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Denver Approval Time For Building Permits Breaches 300 Days

Denver Approval Time For Building Permits Breaches 300 Days

Denver’s Community and Planning Department has been struggling with the large increase of plan submittals for building permits. Earlier this year, around January of 2022, the longest amount of time for building permit approval reached about 191 days. Specifically,...

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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