Building Series

Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch, PE May 30, 2019
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Part 12 – Deep Breaths, What’s Next, and Starting Over! When we started this process, we were balancing several objectives; we wanted to build our home ourselves, we needed a place to live in a relatively short time, long-term we wanted a detached space for […]

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Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch, PE April 5, 2019
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Part 11 – Siding, Final Inspections, Fun…and a baby Final inspections started in the middle of September with Final Fireplace, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing inspections all going quickly.  Minor things like caulking the shower handle plate and toilet base, a pin in the door to […]

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Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch, PE March 29, 2019
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Part 10 – Flooring, Cabinets, and Tile The end was in sight even though it was only July and there was still lots to do.  The work became easier to tackle each night since each task could be split into smaller tasks and progress was […]

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Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch, PE March 21, 2019

Blog 9 – Subs, Sheetrock, Insulation, Gas, …. And Xcel With an exhaustive sigh of relief, most of the significant physical obstacles were in the rear-view mirror.  Moving forward, most of the work included things I needed to have others do or was comfortable with […]

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Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch, PE March 8, 2019
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Part 8 – Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC, and Testing With the exterior waterproofing of the home well underway, the focus turned to the interior organs.  This was the one area that I was by far the least familiar with and the least comfortable doing.  I felt good about […]

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Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch, PE February 22, 2019
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Part 7 – Framing, Trusses, Walls, Weather Proofing…and Family Trusses and Lumber During the development of the plans, I started pricing lumber and trusses to ascertain a budget. This also allowed me to review truss and lumber companies where I could value engineer or adjust […]

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Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch, PE February 15, 2019
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Part 6 – Footings, Foundations, Slabs, Inspections, and Backfill…in January While I was waiting for permits, I started preparing for the construction work.  I lined up my excavator, staked outbuildings corners and set elevations for excavation, and sent plans out to subs to price out […]

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Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch, PE January 24, 2019
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Part  3 – Land Search, Home Style…and Hospitals Despite what the impressions may be, there aren’t many lots available in the area; the good ones go quickly while the rest are analyzed over and over.  There are a lot of questions that we get when people […]

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Designing a Dream, Building a Mountain Home, All Under One Hat

by Brian Welch, PE January 10, 2019
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Part 1 – Engineers, Architects, Contractors…and Spare Time There’s often a disconnect or bias between engineers, architects, and contractors; some contractors believe designers don’t know how to apply real life to paper and some designers think that contractors can’t read or follow plans (and that’s […]

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