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The ADU Cash Flow Conundrum

The ADU Cash Flow Conundrum

For the last couple of years or so, building an ADU in Denver has been a hot trend for homeowners, real estate investors, and would-be rental owners. An ADU or more formally known as an Accessory Dwelling Unit is a great idea to expand the livable square footage of a property. Property owners of all kinds have envisioned their homes to have a detached suite right in their backyard. The apparent benefits look promising, having a detached unit that can be rented out for long or short periods, having a detached property that can house family members or guests, and the increased square footage adds to the property value.
At a glance, building an ADU seems like a worthy investment for future rental owners but more times than not, it’s not the best investment. The reason for this is due to the ADU Cash Flow Conundrum property owners are faced with. Building an ADU requires a lot more time and money than other projects which makes them unappealing to those looking to cash flow as a rental.

Sustainable farming in Denver used car lot

Sustainable farming in Denver used car lot

“Sustainable farming in Denver” is quite the statement in itself, but add a little innovation and you find a very compact and efficient solution that uses shipping containers. For Ullr’s Garden, that is precisely what they have achieved when tackling a difficult problem with shrinking land resources and bio-availability. Ullr’s Garden grows sustainable farm crops in climate-controlled shipping containers in a Broadway used-car lot and only uses five gallons of water a day. Finding innovation in environmental sustainability is difficult in urban areas and even more so when pursuing lasting changes in future developments.

Design and Build a Kitchen Addition Perfect For The Holidays

Design and Build a Kitchen Addition Perfect For The Holidays

The holidays are a perfect time for families to return to each other and spend a little bit of quality time together. This is the perfect time for you as a homeowner or homebuyer to design and build your perfect space for the holiday festivities. If you have family and friends visiting, undoubtedly you will be in charge of hosting and entertaining your guests. Without designing and building a functional kitchen or a new dining room, the family holiday cheer can get a little Krampus (apologies for the terrible joke). Do you believe your home is ready for improvement? Do you know where to start? Ask us at Sustainable Design Build where we can build the perfect space for the holidays.

Land Development in Denver

Land Development in Denver

Sustainable Design Build has its roots placed in Denver Land Development. As a design-build company, SDB led the construction of several multifamily housing projects. In a sense, one could say that SDB “cut its teeth” by starting out as a land development team. The difficulty in designing, developing, and building in Denver is so high that many This is one of the reasons SDB is so passionate about building in Denver, as the process for performing land development is complex and can turn unfeasible at a moment’s notice. This leaves many ownership groups hesitant to build much-needed housing and infrastructure to keep Denver on par with demand. The land development process is long and difficult, but with the right help from experienced groups, it can be a rewarding experience.

Coolest Thing In Colorado: Award Announced

Coolest Thing In Colorado: Award Announced

Sustainable Design Build is always looking for ways to bring Denver homes a more sustainable solution to their construction challenges. Whether that be offering sustainable building materials or incorporating cutting-edge energy efficiency into a home’s design. But more so, SDB is proud to tell all about our own who take initiative to pursue sustainable solutions. SDB is proud to announce our very own Eric Milburn and his running as a finalist in the Colorado Chamber of Commerce’s Coolest Thing Made In Colorado competition.

Land Development in Denver

Dever’s Building Permit Process Delays Construction

The ongoing dilemma that has plagued Denver’s Building Permit process and the construction industry is continually sounding off alarms. This most recent news story published by Jon Murray of The Denver Post brings even more perspective to the worsening conditions of Denver’s Community Planning and Development. Sustainable Design Build has consistently kept up with Denver’s Average Plan Review Times and monitored the growing durations needed to perform even the most simple construction projects. In Denver Post’s article, “Denver’s efforts to build much-needed housing, and even its residents’ attempts to make their homes more appealing, are running into delays that can last several; months as the city struggles to overcome the [plan review and permit] backlogs”. These delays are causing issues in an already strained housing market and construction environment, leaving even recent progress for affordable housing to stumble. Thousands of new buildings, custom homes, and renovations are caught in an expanding web of delays at short-staffed community planning and development review and permit offices.

Coolest Thing In Colorado: Hempline Insulation

Coolest Thing In Colorado: Hempline Insulation

Sustainable Design Build is always looking for ways to bring Denver homes a more sustainable solution to their construction challenges. Whether that be offering sustainable building materials or incorporating cutting-edge energy efficiency into a home’s design. But more so, SDB is proud to tell all about our own who take initiative to pursue sustainable solutions. SDB is proud to announce our very own Eric Milburn and his running as a finalist in the Colorado Chamber of Commerce’s Coolest Thing Made In Colorado competition.

Denver Zone Lot Verification

Denver Zone Lot Verification

Denver zoning covers various categories and requirements for all structures, homes, and businesses to fall under when it comes to community planning. That said, a large amount of information can be overwhelming for the casual homeowner and un-initiated developer. First and foremost. What is Denver Zoning? Denver zoning in the simplest terms is the criteria Denver’s community planning and development sets to determine what can be built and where. For a homeowner, builder, or developer to confirm these criteria and see what their property lot is zoned for, they will need to request a Denver Zone Lot Verification from the Community Planning and Development Department.

How much value does a patio add?

How much value does a patio add?

There are many approaches a homeowner or business can take when it comes to construction here in Denver, Colorado. Whether it is for residential building or commercial construction, Denver residents have the choice to subcontract out project work piece by piece over time or work with a general contractor to perform a traditional construction project or Design-build construction. But what are the main differences between these types of construction project management styles? What is the meaning of design-build project management? Sustainable Design Build believes in our process and the benefits residential construction and commercial construction can have. Let’s take a look at these factors of design-build and how they can be right for your project.

What is the meaning of design-build?

What is the meaning of design-build?

There are many approaches a homeowner or business can take when it comes to construction here in Denver, Colorado. Whether it is for residential building or commercial construction, Denver residents have the choice to subcontract out project work piece by piece over time or work with a general contractor to perform a traditional construction project or Design-build construction. But what are the main differences between these types of construction project management styles? What is the meaning of design-build project management? Sustainable Design Build believes in our process and the benefits residential construction and commercial construction can have. Let’s take a look at these factors of design-build and how they can be right for your project.

Sustainable Fall Home Idea

Sustainable Fall Home Idea

The cooler weather will be coming in soon and Colorado’s colors will begin to change. As always, it’s quite the event to go view the leaves change in the mountains or simply enjoy your own backyard’s transformation. But all those autumn leaves that fall in your yard are not down with their job. These fallen leaves are a great source of nutrient-rich materials that can be used for your garden’s soil! Fallen leaves make an excellent habitat for pollinators and beneficial insects. Composting your leaves instead of throwing them out can save you money and even benefit your garden next year. Save on in-store fertilizers and compost solutions by starting your very own fall leaves compost supply.

Denver Architects Best Home Addition Contractors

Denver Architects Best Home Addition Contractors

Denver Architects is an organization that highlights and recognizes the companies that and contributors to the city that go above and beyond. This year, Denver Architects wanted to show off the highly-qualified and accredited renovators. They have showcased professionals that carry out the necessary developments to preserve or enhance the city’s infrastructure. Out of seven, Denver Architects has decided to list Sustainable Design Build as one of Denver’s best home addition contractors. See what they have written on their site!

Determining the scope of your residential construction project

Determining the scope of your residential construction project

On the City and County of Denver’s official website, the Denver Development Services explains criteria that categorize construction projects by size/scope. While it might be a simple question, How big is your residential construction project?” the answer can be slightly tricky to answer. Denver’s Development Services department differentiates between Minor, Intermediate, and Major construction projects. Your follow-up to this might be, “I’m only remodeling some finishes of my house, therefore, it must be a minor residential project.” But you might be surprised if you go over a certain amount of square footage, the ‘minor’ designation increases to intermediate.

ADUs in Denver are popular, why aren’t there more?

ADUs in Denver are popular, why aren’t there more?

In an article published by the Denver Business Journal, a headline calls out the City of Denver’s building Department by stating “While some may never become a reality, Denver saw a 395% spike in development plans in June as new affordable housing rules loomed.” Throughout this year and last, Denver’s building department has seen an unprecedented number of plan submittals for land development projects, new construction, and residential construction projects. The overall understanding is that lead times for building permits are at an all-time high with some projected timeframes reaching as far as eight months. There have been observations made that the demand for new construction has been higher these last two years following certain economic influences. But for this sudden spike of development plans being submitted, the culprit lies with recent changes to Denver’s Affordable Housing Policy.

Land Development Companies Stack Plans on Denver

Land Development Companies Stack Plans on Denver

In an article published by the Denver Business Journal, a headline calls out the City of Denver’s building Department by stating “While some may never become a reality, Denver saw a 395% spike in development plans in June as new affordable housing rules loomed.” Throughout this year and last, Denver’s building department has seen an unprecedented number of plan submittals for land development projects, new construction, and residential construction projects. The overall understanding is that lead times for building permits are at an all-time high with some projected timeframes reaching as far as eight months. There have been observations made that the demand for new construction has been higher these last two years following certain economic influences. But for this sudden spike of development plans being submitted, the culprit lies with recent changes to Denver’s Affordable Housing Policy.

Grant Street Custom Home Finishes

Grant Street Custom Home Finishes

Our Grant Street home addition project is coming around just nicely and is projected to be finished this Summer. The client has chosen some very nice custom home finishes for the project and Sustainable Design Build can’t wait to share them. So here is a sneak peek of the custom home project building an addition.

How Design-Build Could Help Denver Small Business

How Design-Build Could Help Denver Small Business

South Federal Flats, a multi-family commercial apartment complex has officially broken ground. On April 19th, CO Investment LLC and Sustainable Design Build made the exciting step forward and began construction on the project after a long process with Denver’s developmental services.

South Federal Flats Breaks Ground

South Federal Flats Breaks Ground

South Federal Flats, a multi-family commercial apartment complex has officially broken ground. On April 19th, CO Investment LLC and Sustainable Design Build made the exciting step forward and began construction on the project after a long process with Denver’s developmental services.

Concrete Foundation Soil Prep

Concrete Foundation Soil Prep

There is plenty of work that goes into a home improvement project such as a home addition or ADU build. As such, to begin a large project – requires a solid foundation. Literally. The purpose of a concrete foundation is two-fold, for structural conditions and weatherproofing.

Denver is 7th most expensive city in US

Denver is 7th most expensive city in US

There is no shortage of issues plaguing the construction industry all across the nation; from labor shortages, to supply chain problems, and manufacturing delays. While most of the concerns stem from the pandemic which has now died down, the construction industry is still feeling its effects now. If you are planning to start a construction project such as building a new home or remodeling one with an addition or accessory dwelling unit, be prepared for some delays. There is a lot of builders and contractors can do to help alleviate the stress of lengthy timelines but you as a homeowner or client should be prepared to understand where supply weaknesses are currently in the construction industry.

Construction Delays: Top 5 Items Holding Up Your Project

Construction Delays: Top 5 Items Holding Up Your Project

There is no shortage of issues plaguing the construction industry all across the nation; from labor shortages, to supply chain problems, and manufacturing delays. While most of the concerns stem from the pandemic which has now died down, the construction industry is still feeling its effects now. If you are planning to start a construction project such as building a new home or remodeling one with an addition or accessory dwelling unit, be prepared for some delays. There is a lot of builders and contractors can do to help alleviate the stress of lengthy timelines but you as a homeowner or client should be prepared to understand where supply weaknesses are currently in the construction industry.