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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.

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.

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.

Denver’s median home prices are $100,000 more than this time last year

Denver’s median home prices are $100,000 more than this time last year

Denver’s housing inventory continues to be strained reporting record-low available properties. But with the warmer weather on the rise and the pandemic fading into the background, homebuyers are coming back into the foray now that things are looking up. According to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors, recent metrics have shown that Denver’s median home prices have achieved new heights.
Denver’s housing inventory continues to be strained reporting record-low available properties. But with the warmer weather on the rise and the pandemic fading into the background, homebuyers are coming back into the foray now that things are looking up. According to the Denver Metro Association of Realtors, recent metrics have shown that Denver’s median home prices have achieved new heights.

Why You Can’t Do a Garage ADU Conversion in Denver. Probably.

Why You Can’t Do a Garage ADU Conversion in Denver. Probably.

ADUs seem like the perfect option for many reasons but unfortunately are not viable projects for most properties. One of the main reasons we at SDB have to steer homeowners away from ADUs is because of a misconception regarding garage ADU conversions. Straight to the point, you as a homeowner in Denver, cannot convert your current garage into an ADU.

How much affordable housing should developers build?

How much affordable housing should developers build?

Denver has been seeing increasing pressure from the housing market as community prices continue to strain residents of Denver. According to Denverite, the city doesn’t have enough market-rate housing for people near the area’s median income. Denverite’s recent article states that the rate for Denver rests explicitly at the level of $94,320 for a three-person household. There are not enough income-restricted or appropriately priced homes on the market to support the hard-working demographics of Denver. The city has been working on a plan that will increase efforts to affordable housing and enlist the help of its Developers and Builders.

Denver Wants to Make ADU Construction Easier

Denver Wants to Make ADU Construction Easier

Denver’s interest in ADU construction is hot. Residents in neighborhoods are looking into the trending home improvement project but are finding considerable barriers. Of those barriers to overcome is the city and county of Denver’s Building Department. With their long review times for permitting and strict zoning and design requirements, building an ADU in Denver is not a common choice homeowners can invest in. Despite that, Denver still claims they want more ADU construction in the residential construction department docket. Denver wants to make building an accessory dwelling unit more accessible, but the proof of their efforts is minimal. 

City of Denver to Require New Commercial Construction Multifamily to Designate More Units as Affordable

City of Denver to Require New Commercial Construction Multifamily to Designate More Units as Affordable

To address Denver’s increasing shortage of affordable housing, Denver’s Community Planning and Development, combined with the Department of Housing Stability, have released a final draft of proposed reasonable housing requirements for new commercial construction multifamily. The city’s proposal has been revised to require new commercial construction multifamily projects of 10 or more units to designate between 8% and 12% as affordable housing. 

City of Denver to Require New Commercial Construction Multifamily to Designate More Units as Affordable

Denver’s income-restricted housing mandate

Home additions are widely regarded as the most complex and expensive home improvement project there is. This is due to the fact that one is not only performing new construction but they are also conjoining or building off of an existing structure. This means that a litany of factors can be involved with construction and code regulations. Building a full room addition will typically require changes to the home’s existing floorplan, installing additional foundations, new framing, and finishing to create a new living space. If that isn’t complicated enough, starting a home addition can be daunting as homeowners who begin the process won’t have a finalized budget until approved plans with their municipality are approved which can mean months of architectural, structural, and design work. Despite the daunting scope of this type of home improvement project. Home additions are extremely valued due to the inherent value of increasing livable square footage to one’s home is.

5 More Denver Neighborhoods Are Looking to Rezone for ADUs

5 More Denver Neighborhoods Are Looking to Rezone for ADUs

Home additions are widely regarded as the most complex and expensive home improvement project there is. This is due to the fact that one is not only performing new construction but they are also conjoining or building off of an existing structure. This means that a litany of factors can be involved with construction and code regulations. Building a full room addition will typically require changes to the home’s existing floorplan, installing additional foundations, new framing, and finishing to create a new living space. If that isn’t complicated enough, starting a home addition can be daunting as homeowners who begin the process won’t have a finalized budget until approved plans with their municipality are approved which can mean months of architectural, structural, and design work. Despite the daunting scope of this type of home improvement project. Home additions are extremely valued due to the inherent value of increasing livable square footage to one’s home is.

Denver Building Permit Approval Is Almost 200 Days for Residential

Denver Building Permit Approval Is Almost 200 Days for Residential

Home additions are widely regarded as the most complex and expensive home improvement project there is. This is due to the fact that one is not only performing new construction but they are also conjoining or building off of an existing structure. This means that a litany of factors can be involved with construction and code regulations. Building a full room addition will typically require changes to the home’s existing floorplan, installing additional foundations, new framing, and finishing to create a new living space. If that isn’t complicated enough, starting a home addition can be daunting as homeowners who begin the process won’t have a finalized budget until approved plans with their municipality are approved which can mean months of architectural, structural, and design work. Despite the daunting scope of this type of home improvement project. Home additions are extremely valued due to the inherent value of increasing livable square footage to one’s home is.

4 Common Mistakes In Denver Commercial Construction

4 Common Mistakes In Denver Commercial Construction

Home additions are widely regarded as the most complex and expensive home improvement project there is. This is due to the fact that one is not only performing new construction but they are also conjoining or building off of an existing structure. This means that a litany of factors can be involved with construction and code regulations. Building a full room addition will typically require changes to the home’s existing floorplan, installing additional foundations, new framing, and finishing to create a new living space. If that isn’t complicated enough, starting a home addition can be daunting as homeowners who begin the process won’t have a finalized budget until approved plans with their municipality are approved which can mean months of architectural, structural, and design work. Despite the daunting scope of this type of home improvement project. Home additions are extremely valued due to the inherent value of increasing livable square footage to one’s home is.

Boulder County Fire: Quick Insurance Questions and Answers

Boulder County Fire: Quick Insurance Questions and Answers

Home additions are widely regarded as the most complex and expensive home improvement project there is. This is due to the fact that one is not only performing new construction but they are also conjoining or building off of an existing structure. This means that a litany of factors can be involved with construction and code regulations. Building a full room addition will typically require changes to the home’s existing floorplan, installing additional foundations, new framing, and finishing to create a new living space. If that isn’t complicated enough, starting a home addition can be daunting as homeowners who begin the process won’t have a finalized budget until approved plans with their municipality are approved which can mean months of architectural, structural, and design work. Despite the daunting scope of this type of home improvement project. Home additions are extremely valued due to the inherent value of increasing livable square footage to one’s home is.