HOMEBUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION

Sun River Blog

Our blog contains some helpful articles on building a custom home, remodeling and different types of home design. In addition, we have included the stages of the home building process and some of the more popular floor plans.
February 12, 2021
Home Design: Modern Farmhouse Design Style

Looking to evoke feelings of warmth and comfort? Are you divided between contemporary home trends and those that stir up the cozy, rustic comforts of simplicity even if you have never set foot on a farm? The ultra-popular Modern Farmhouse design style provides the traditional, family-centered, homey feel paired with a no-fuss casual design filled […]

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January 12, 2021
Building Your Home In a Subdivision

Choosing a place to build your home is one of the most important decisions you will make during the entire home building process. The neighborhood location can end up driving a lot of other factors like the style of home as well as the price you end up paying. While some people prefer to live […]

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January 12, 2021
Craftsman Home Design Style

Take a drive around Colorado Springs from Old Colorado City, to the Ivywild neighborhood through Downtown and into the Old North End, what do you find? The classic style that stands out of the pack because of its rich past and character. The Craftsman home appeared at the beginning of the 20th century, developing from […]

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January 12, 2021
Mountain Modern Home Design Style

Living in the beauty of the Rocky Mountains is not all bear rugs and deer heads anymore. Once upon a time, the rustic home weekend getaway could include a kitschy design not always made for full-time living. That fun weekend space may seem too heavy and cluttered for real-life living.  Enter the dawn of the […]

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January 12, 2021
15175 Raton Rd - Custom Home Build

This home is based on the LaFleur floorplan and is a great fit for many different kinds of Colorado lots and views. Scroll through this blog and watch as this home takes shape. Lot Selection This great lot has tons of native Ponderosa Pines. Clearing the Lot This lot has a lot of potential, but […]

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January 12, 2021
13145 Peregrine - Geothermal Home

This home was based on one of Mike Hall's most popular floorplans, The Englemann. Lot Selection View of lot prior to staking. This gorgeous lot near Cathedral Pines has stunning views of Pikes Peak. Lot Staking Staking the lot on Peregrine. Ground Breaking Equipment is brought in to begin clearing the lot of trees and […]

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January 12, 2021
5225 Vessey Rd - New Home Build

The home built at 5225 Vessey was based on the Galleria Home Plan. Clearing the Lot The lot for Vessey Road is ready to be cleared. The foundation wall are going up. Take a look at that perfect view! Framing Begins Framing begins on Vessey Road. Framing Continues Framing continues on Vessey Drive......window placement is […]

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January 5, 2021
Colorado Springs Home Building Process

Building a home is a huge undertaking with thousands of tasks, interdependencies and conditions. Sun River Constructions follows a well established routine set of phases to assure a quality home built on time and within the specified budget. We don't like surprises, and we know that you don't like surprises either. We have found that […]

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January 3, 2021
The Relationship Between Lot Cost and Total Building Cost

With Colorado real estate being in high demand, local housing markets are experiencing a shortage in inventory for resale. This lack of availability in existing homes is motivating some buyers to buy vacant land and build, rather than wait for their ideal home to come on the market or to settle for a home they […]

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August 12, 2020
4985 Vessey Road - Cathedral Pines New Home Build

5,527 finished square ft on approximately 3.0 acres in Cathedral Pines Clearing the Lot Lot clearing has begun. Staking the lot The lot has been staked for 4985 Vessey Road. Cathedral Pines is a great area for trees and views. Foundation Footers Work has begun on pouring the foundation footers. Forms Installing the forms is […]

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August 12, 2020
9890 Highland Glen - Pine Creek New Build

The Home Plan for Highland Glen was unique and specific to the client. Lot Selection in Pine Creek Pinecrest is a small custom luxury home enclave situated at the top of the Pine Creek community. These home sites offer remarkable views, large home sites and quick access to the Pine Creek golf course and clubhouse. […]

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May 15, 2020
The Trottier Floorplan

This custom home floorplan features a large great room at the heart of the main level. Additionally, the Kitchen and Dining Room combine to make a very comfortable living area. The exterior features stucco, stone and rustic exposed truss work. 2,677 Main Level Square Footage 2,677 Lower Level Square Footage 5,354 Total Square Footage 4 […]

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May 15, 2020
The Galleria Floorplan

This custom home floor plan is similar to the Perrault with an expanded master suite. Additionally, we turn the garage at a 45 degree angle, this affords us the ability to maximize the garage area while minimizing the impact on the footprint. 3,178 Main Level Square Footage 3,178 Lower Level Square Footage 6,356 Total Square […]

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May 15, 2020
The Englemann Floorplan

This custom home floor plan is such a well-designed plan, we have used it as a base for a number of homes. The main level features a stunning great room with vaulted ceilings, large windows stone fireplace and walks out to a covered deck. The Kitchen features a spacious nook, large island and hearth room.This […]

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May 12, 2020
The LaFleur Floorplan

The LaFleur Floorplan This custom home floorplan is similar to the Perrault with an expanded master suite. Additionally, we turn the garage at a 45 degree angle, this affords us the ability to maximize the garage area while minimizing the impact on the footprint.This stunning two-story custom home floorplan features a dramatic main level featuring […]

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April 27, 2020
Colorado Springs Home Building Process Phase 1 - Planning

This first phase of the home building process is centered around planning and communicating requirements.  This is the stage where we have our ears wide open and are documenting the specifics of what you, the client, desire in your new home. Budget We help you determine your budget for the entire project. This will set […]

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April 25, 2020
Home Building Process Phase 2 - Design

Once the design agreement is in place, we use the Living Requirements Inventory to develop the actual plans for your home. You will work with our design team to produce the final set of plans. We use these plans to finalize pricing in addition to actually build your home. Design is a collaborative process where […]

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April 23, 2020
Home Building Process - Phase 3 Contract & Preparation

Phase 3 begins after the final plans have been completed.  These are the final steps required prior to ground breaking and the beginning of construction. Design is a collaborative process where we present you with choices and you respond with honest feedback. For example…”I like this kitchen but”….at this point our planner would take your […]

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April 17, 2020
Home Building Process - Phase 4 Excavation & Foundation

Phase 4 is where the excitement begins.  With the lot staked and cleared, the excavation and construction can begin. Excavation & Foundation Begins When it comes to building your home, there’s a great deal of work that goes on behind the scenes before you can take the first steps towards constructing the building itself. One […]

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April 15, 2020
Home Building Process - Phase 5 Framing and Construction

Phase 5 of the building process is where the exciting part of the construction begins. Framing Activities that occur during this stage include: • Framing• Fireplace install• Roof Dry In• Gutter and Downspouts• Window Install• Plumbing Rough• Mechanical Rough• Plumbing and Mechanical Inspection• Electrical Walk Through• Electrical Rough• Electrical Inspection• Electrical Service• Garage Doors Installed• Stucco/Masonry Lathe• Phone/AV/Cable Wiring• Radiant Tube Install (if applicable)• Pour Lightweight concrete (if applicable)• Frame Inspection• Insulation• Insulation Inspection• Drywall• Shelving• Stucco Brown […]

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April 10, 2020
Home Building Process - Phase 6 Interior Finish

Phase 6 is the last phase of the construction process. Interior Finish The home is nearing completion and the detail of the home is added to make it truly special. • Interior Wall Paint• Trim Installation• Tile Installation• Hardwood Installation• Cabinet Installation• Counter top Installation• Stair Rail Installation• Stucco Top Coat application• Roof Installation• Exterior Flatwork• Paint and/or stain interior trim• Plumbing trim• Electrical trim• Mechanical trim• Phone/AV/Cable Trim• Stain and […]

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April 9, 2020
Home Building Process - Phase 7 Final Walkthrough

Phase 7 is the last phase in the Building Process.  During this stage, the client and Mike Hall will conduct the the “Pre-Walk Through”.  This is our chance to get your input on any of the remaining issues or decisions prior to the final walk-through and closing.

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