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Best Homebuilder & Commercial Builder Denver 2017

Denver Design Build was recently awarded the first place titles of Best Home Builder and Best Commercial Builder in the ColoradoBIZ Magazine 2017 Best of Colorado Awards.

Second through fourth place in the commercial category included FCI Constructors, Adolfson & Peterson Construction, and Brinkman Construction, respectively.

The runner-up candidates for the Homebuilder award were familiar names across the front range: Richmond American Homes, Oakwood Homes, and DR Horton.

The Best of Colorado awards are “people’s choice,” meaning the category winners are decided by popular vote. As a local contractor, the team at Denver Design Build couldn’t be more proud to receive this kind of recognition from our homeowners and partners in the industry.

“We strive to build strong relationships with the people of Denver, as well as those who wish to move here or make their mark on it,” says Ches Arms, director of marketing. “We’re thrilled to be honored with this award and we are excited to push both our residential and commercial building efforts forward.”

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The Advantages of Being a Homeowner

Many would say that being a homeowner is a part of the American Dream. However, in the past decade, there has been a steady increase of home renters from all age groups, up to the upper-middle class. Prompted by the recession of 2008 according to some experts, they predict this trend continue, stating that cities with more homeowners are more inflexible to the demands of the knowledge economy.

For supercities and tech hubs like New York, Los Angeles and Silicon Valley, renting seems to be more practical, a necessity even, but other US cities may offer more leeway. After all, wanting to own a home is rarely just about getting a place to hang your hat at the end of the day. To have a familiar and intimate place of refuge where you can grow old and raise a family, and maybe something to pass onto the next generation, the experience of living in a place you call your own is vastly different from one that you just rent.

Now if you’re considering moving to Denver, you might find that buying and owning a home might be more advantageous to your situation. Here are some things to consider:


Rent is still going up in Denver

Rent has been rising in Denver and is expected to continue to do so this 2017. With 2016’s short-lived, month-after-month decrease ending last January, rent came back at a 2.7% increase is predicted to go up to 5% for the year. The completion of new apartment units this year versus the momentum of the local economy will be the major determining factor that will affect rent growth.


You get tax breaks for owning a home

A Denver homeowner can take advantage of several tax deduction that adds up to a significant sum. Some of these are:

  • Home Improvement Tax Deduction
  • Home Equity Loan Interest Deduction
  • Property Tax Deduction
  • Mortgage Interest Deduction
  • Energy Efficiency Deduction
  • Home Office Expenses Deductions

There can be other deductions aside from these depending on the homeowners circumstances.


300 Days of Sunshine

It has been a popular misconception that Colorado is always cold, but Denver actually gets a lot of sunshine, 300 days of it! Aside from the occasional bouts of snowstorms, the nice weather and clean air is something that a lot of other cities in the country envy, and is the reason why a lot of people come to stay for good.

Named U.S. News #1 Best Places To Live In 2016, there are in fact, so many more reasons why you should consider being a homeowner, and a permanent resident of Denver – it’s a craft beer mecca, the assortment of free public parks, the bike culture, the flourishing art and music scene, the world-class ski resorts, the excellent global cuisine… perhaps too many to mention, so if you think this is a kind of town where you’d want to put down your roots, check out the infographic “Five Reasons Why You Should Move To Denver” by Clean Conscience Home Cleaning and Denver Party Ride.




Metal vs Shingle Roofs—Which is Right for You?

When buying or maintaining a home, there are a lot of decisions to make in your building plans—including those concerning roof maintenance or installation. You may be building a roof on a custom home, or you may be replacing the roof on your current home. Either way, it’s important for homeowners to consult with their builder to understand their options and make the best decision possible.

The Pros and Cons of Metal Roofing

Metal roofing is one option Denver home builders may consider. Amazingly, these roofs can last from 40 to 70 years, making these a potentially smart investment. These roofs are also very durable, withstanding wind up to 140 miles per hour. They do not crack or corrode, and some types of metal will be resistant to many of different impacts it will encounter in Colorado.


As far as maintenance, metal roofing does not require as much as other roof types. During storms with lightening or fires, this material will not spark or burst into flames, so it is rated very high for safety. Metal roofs are designed to be slippery and will not allow for accumulation of snow or rain. Metal roofing tiles are lighter in weight—ranging from 50 to 150 pounds per square (an area equal to 100 square feet). They can be applied to other roofing structures without needing to tear down the material underneath. They also reflect solar radiant heat; so cooling costs are reduced by 10 to 25 percent. For those who are concerned about being environmentally friendly, metal roofs are made with 25 to 95 percent recycled materials and are completely recyclable at the end of their life.

While there are many advantages of metal roofs, homeowners and home builders must be aware of the disadvantages as well. First and foremost, metal roofs can be up to two to three times more expensive than other roofing options. They can range from $150 to $600 per square foot of material.

Metal roofs will also be noisier than other roofing materials. Rain, hail, and other weather conditions will be noisy; insulation can be added to dull the sounds but that will add to the cost of the roof and building plans overall. Furthermore, some weather, such as hail, may dent the metal. Any repairs that involve walking on the roof may result in dents as well.
Metal roofs can expand and contract if applied in large panels. If they are not installed with the proper fasteners to allow the panels to breathe, they may loosen over time. In addition, if there are repairs needed to replace panels, it may be difficult to find an exact color match given the wide range of metal colors available and the UV damage and fading that is likely to occur over time in the Colorado sun.

Finally, water collection to poorly installed metal roofs can cause damage, especially to thinner metal panels. Some metal materials may rust or tarnish in certain weather climates as well.

Asphalt Shingle Roofs the Good and the Bad

While there are certainly plenty of pros and cons to metal roofing, another option is to choose a shingle roof. One option in this category is an asphalt roof. This is the most affordable type of shingle roof, as well as the easiest to install. They work well with steep-sloped angles and adapt to various applications. Shingle roofs do not require special tools or materials for chimneys, roof edges, or vents. They are very low maintenance and will not break if walked on.


In particular, asphalt shingles are light weight and work well with most roof types. As far as maintenance and repair, it is easy and most shingle brands are available with good fire protection. Asphalt shingles are available in many different colors and are available in laminate or organic.

Of course, asphalt shingle roofs have their disadvantages despite the many advantages. They are susceptible to wind damage, as they may not be resistant to very high winds. Asphalt shingles can also transfer heat into the home and can be damaged by the heat. In shady areas of the roof, mildew can grow if there are moist areas in the shady locations.Shingle roofs can last up to 15 to 30 years, a duration significantly lower than metal roofing options.

A Look at the Benefits and Drawbacks of Wood Shingle Roofs

Another option for a shingle roof is wood shingles. These are very unique and give a very natural look to a home that can increase the property value. These shingles are available in many different colors, cuts, and thickness. They are light and do not require additional structural support. They insulate the attic and in that way are energy efficient while allowing the roof to breathe. Wood shingle roofs are also very durable, withstanding storms and walking on top of them for repair or maintenance. If properly sealed, they are not as likely to deteriorate.

However, wood shingles also have their downfalls. While they could be a preferred material to use, they are slightly more complicated to install. They are more expensive than asphalt shingles, but just like metal shingles, the investment could be worth it. Wood shingles require more maintenance than other shingle types and are susceptible to insect, rot, and mold damage. They are not recyclable and are not rated high for fire safety.
The Positive and Negative Sides of Slate Shingles

One more option for shingle roofs is slate shingles. These shingles are also attractive and unique. They are available in many different styles and colors, are low maintenance, and fire resistant. They have a very long lifespan, so it would be worth the investment for most cases.
They are, however, expensive to install and replace. They are heavier than other roofing options and require reinforcing structures along with special tools for installment. They are also not as durable as the other options, so it may be difficult to walk on them during repairs or maintenance.


A home builder or roofer will want to carefully research these options for their building plans before installing your roof. Your Denver home wouldn’t be complete without a quality roof; this guide provides you with a some of tools you need to make a decision that will be perfect for your home and new roof.

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6 Tips in Honor of National Remodeling Month

May is a beautiful month in Denver. Hidden between a slew of unpredictable storms, and our first 80+ degree temps, we get to experience three… maybe four… days of spring.

It’s these delightful spring days that inspired the builder community to deem May: National Remodeling Month! The warm temperatures, coupled with long hours of daylight, make spring and summer opportune months for residential construction. So, in honor of May, here are 6 tips from the Denver Design Build Remodel Team for Denver homeowners:

  1. Start at the top and work down! The roof is essential to protecting your home and it’s contents. Whether you see a leak or not, roofing should be inspected regularly for damage winter may have caused.
  2. Below the roof, the arrival of spring and summer is the best time to renovate the exterior of a home as well. After a harsh Colorado winter, it’s ideal to have the exterior inspected. If you’re making repairs, why not also make updates?
  3. When remodeling your home, don’t forget the bathrooms! Updated bathrooms can add significant resale value.
  4. Projects don’t always have to involve knocking down walls. Although this is a ton of fun(!), a renovation can be as simple as updating cabinetry, flooring, appliances, or perhaps adding a few custom pieces to make your space stand out.
  5. Aging-in-place is a growing trend that can improve everyone’s quality of life within their home and does not have to look institutional (check out this gorgeous mid-century home we designed and built specifically for a client with these needs).
  6. Think about how you and your family use your home. Does it support your lifestyle and needs? Updating a floor plan based on how the space is used can make a home more livable than you may have ever dreamed!

Now that you have some ideas, tell us about your project!

What upgrades have you been dreaming about all winter long? Now is the time to make it happen!



Denver Design Build is both humbled and honored to be nominated for Best Custom Home Builder in the upcoming 2015 HAP (Homebuilders and Associates in Partnership) Awards.

These awards were designed to encourage and honor the values of trust, communication, loyalty and ethics with the HBA builder members in their business dealings with HBA associate members. This award recognizes the top builder in each of the three categories who exemplifies this vitally important partnership.

Awards are bestowed by the HBA and ultimately determined by the votes industry partners and professionals. Winners will be announced on Oct 27th, 2015 at the Homebuilders Association of Metro Denver General Meeting.

Thank you to our community partners and everyone who voted.

2015 HAP FINALISTS (in alphabetic order):

National Production Builders
  • Brookfield Residential
  • KB Home
  • Ryland Homes
  • Shea Homes
  • TRI Pointe Homes
Local Production Builders
  • Berkeley Homes
  • Boulder Creek Neighborhoods
  • New Town Builders
  • Oakwood Homes
  • Wonderland Homes
Custom Home Builders
  • Celebrity Custom Homes
  • Denver Design Build
  • Jackson Design Build
  • Larsen Development Company
  • Sopris Homes


Joined by the likes of North American Builders, Energy Executive, and Manufacturing & Distribution Executive, Modern Builder + Design is the residential construction market authority within the fold of Translucent Publishing. The magazine focuses “…on the success stories of builders in the single family, multifamily and custom homes, as well as developers and hospitality contractors.” And Denver Design Build is honored to be featured in the Summer 2015 issue.

The editorial team reached out to us in early spring, letting us know they were looking for a company to highlight in a “Rocky Mountain Focus” issue. After reviewing some of our work, and researching a bit about the DDB team, the mag knew it found the right fit.

We had several rounds of interviews to make sure our story and message was delivered just right. In the end, we couldn’t have been happier with the final result.

Big thanks to the MB+D team for letting us grace their pages! You can find current issues of the magazine in some of your favorite retail locations and offices throughout the Denver area, and check out digital edition here: http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/translucent/mbd_2015summer_vol2/





With Memorial Day around the corner, we’ve got grilling on the mind. There’s nothing like having friends and family over to show off your culinary genius over an open flame (bonus points if you know what to do with that rotisserie attachment thing). But if your backyard isn’t on-par with your searing skills, you may have trouble pulling a crowd.

Check out these awesome improvements to your outdoor grill area for ideas on how to make your home something special this summer:

13 Upgrades to Make Over Your Outdoor Grill Area

And for more photos and awesome dream home designs in the Denver area, check out the DDB Houzz page!


Home Builders Association of Metro Denver

Denver Design Build prides itself on staying abreast of best practices in the

Home Building industry. One of our most valuable relationships is with the Home Builders Association of Metro Denver.f28e72ee-e29b-4016-8b0a-73fcc84f8928

The HBA is a trade organization representing homebuilders, developers, remodelers, architects, mortgage lenders, titlecompanies, subcontractors, suppliers and service providers. Founded in 1943, the association now serves over 600 business in 8 of the metro Denver counties.

The benefits the HBA provides to industry professionals and members of the community are next to none. Monthly member events include networking happy hours, round table discussions, and ongoing education programs. In addition, they produce reports and periodicals showcasing timely information about housing activity in our region.

DDB Principal, Jeff Ayres, and GM, Ches Arms, attended a recent event: the Sales and Marketing Council’s 2015 Think Tank. The program focused on the challenges faced by ‪New Home Sales‬ professionals in Denver’s increasingly hot real estate market. The event was standing room only, and there was invaluable information exchanged around how to better serve new home buyers.

We’d like to thank the Home Builder’s Association for all they offer, and encourage anyone in the industry to get involved. We’d love to meet you at the next event!

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