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Long-Term Construction In Grand Junction, CO

Our family business as general contractors has always given us a unique perspective about building in Grand Junction, CO. Western Constructors is owned by Bruce Milyard and his son, Tyler Milyard. The two have a family history in construction that reaches over 30 years, when Bruce first began the company. Relationships are our strategy for long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO. In some of our earlier blog posts from last year, we talked about how we’ve now completed work all over the United States. But recently, we’ve reaffirmed our love for Grand Junction, and our dedication to the community. In this blog post we want to talk again about why we are the right choice for general contractors in Grand Junction.

Community And The Internet

It used to be that neighborhoods really meant something. People didn’t just buy homes because they liked the location, the school, the lawn, and the interior. They got to know the people who could become their neighbors. It was important for families with kids to know if there were other kids in the neighborhood, or if there were parks nearby so they could play. Before the days of the internet, community meant more. Some of the best moments of life were spent in community bbq’s or picnics. It wasn’t uncommon for kids to congregate en-masse to play games of football or tag.

The internet, of course, has brought its own forms of connection, and neither is necessarily better than the other. Some people develop rich relationships online with their friends, or colleagues. As general contractors, our professional world has expanded with the internet. Not just in terms of the people we network and do business with, but in our education. It’s much easier to keep abreast of the latest trends in technology, and innovation. We’ve created great relationships across the country that have brought jobs and income to families in Grand Junction, through the internet’s growth over the last twenty years.

Long-Term Construction In Grand Junction And Our Communities

What we want to share with you today is that we’ve taken a couple profound lessons from our past, and from society’s changes to being more online. First, we liked the days of rich community involvement. Maybe you miss days like that too. Our goal is to increase community involvement by creating live-work spaces. You can see our love for it in the projects we take on. We’ve blogged about these projects in the past in more detail, but our project at Los Colonias and near the Edgewater Brewery are perfect examples.

The business park at Los Colonias is one of our favorite projects we’re currently working on. This construction project will bring dozens of new businesses into Grand Junction’s riverside area, and we envision, will expand the downtown. The work at Edgewater, which is just a few hundred yards away, already has the River’s Edge Townhomes, which we’ve put in over the last few years. That area will soon have more retail space, restaurants, and be a perfect live-work community in Grand Junction. When we think of long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO, we think of the Los Colonias development. New businesses are moving to Grand Junction, like Rocky Mounts. Businesses like these are creating new jobs in Grand Junction, and make our job as general contractors very exciting.

Live-Work Construction In Grand Junction, CO

The reason we like the expansion to the Riverside part of town is because it will be a live-work community. A place where people can live, like in the River’s Edge Townhomes, and walk to work either downtown or in the Los Colonias business park. We believe that one of the answers to our fast-paced society today is for general contractors in Grand Junction to develop communities where people are encouraged to know each other. The internet is a big world. Our own small communities in Grand Junction have become virtually global. It’s put a stress on our society, where we no longer know our neighbors. We want to bring back that local feel to our ever-expanding social network with people we see every day in our homes and places of work.

The second profound lesson we’ve learned from our society’s vast changes is that even though people connect more online now than they maybe even do in person, it doesn’t change the fact that we all want real in-person connections in our lives. Even though there are plenty of companies doing long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO, and many of those companies can be found online, people want to work with people they feel they can trust. The best way to build trust is with genuine conversations, and really listening – which is what our family atmosphere at Western Constructors has always taught us to do. Our office doors are always open to anyone we’re working with, or to anyone interested in hiring a general contractor. We also do our best to connect with the community in other ways, such as helping students in Construction Management at CMU.

When working with us, people can expect to be treated like family. It’s just the approach we take. We want to be part of Grand Junction for the long-term. We realize that the buildings we construct will be here probably long after we are. It’s a legacy that we’re proud to be part of. Grand Junction is a unique community that wants to hold on to what it’s always been. We don’t want to lose that neighborhood aspect to who we are.

Long-Term Construction In Grand Junction Is Making The World Smaller Again

Long-term construction in Grand Junction, CO, for us, is all about building communities that last. It’s why we work with companies we trust like Electrician Grand Junction, and pursue projects we can be passionate about.

You’ll notice that a lot of our projects have a live-work element to them. The Knollwood apartments on Patterson and 1st Street and right across the road from McCalister’s Deli. Walgreens is also there, a satellite office for Enstrom’s, and several buildings of office space. It’s a place people can live, eat, and work, all without driving. It’s a smaller community within the larger Grand Junction area.

Our goal is to make the world of construction in Grand Junction a smaller community, in an ever-growing society. We think that by helping people connect in smaller groups of people we can do Grand Junction a great service. We can help people feel connected even though the internet is so big. Even though Grand Junction as a city is growing faster than it ever has before.

 

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

 

Reasons to Hire a General Contractor in Grand Junction

In the past, we’ve talked about things like what you should look for when you hire a general contractor (you can find a link to that article here). But while these things are incredibly important to talk about, we’re going to go in a different direction. Today, we’re going to talk about why you should hire a general contractor instead. Knowing why to hire a general contractor is just as important as knowing how to find the right one. It’s our hope that this article—like our other blog posts—will make our industry a little clearer for you and give you all the information you need to make the right decisions. If you learn just one new thing every time you visit, this blog will have done its job. So today, we’re going to talk about some reasons to hire a general contractor in Grand Junction.

General Contractors Have the Right Knowledge and Skills

Do you know what all of the building codes across Grand Junction are? What about which subcontractors to hire and which to avoid? Would you be able to look at a finished project and guarantee that it will pass inspections? The truth is that most people have no idea. This is one of the reasons that hiring a general contractor is so incredibly important. General contractors like us know the answers to these questions. Plus, they can help you make sure that your building is safe and ready for inspection. If you try to work it out on your own and your building fails inspection, it means that you’ll have to spend time and money redoing your project and pay extra reinspection fees. Hiring a general contractor can help you avoid this unfortunate circumstance.

General contractors also have the skills and the experience necessary to manage a construction project. Scheduling isn’t as easy as it might seem, especially when you have to manage a lot of different people. But general contractors have experience in scheduling and know how to finish projects in the least amount of time. They also have contacts within the industry, which means that they know which subcontractors to hire and how to handle the subcontracting process. Imagine having to take care of scheduling and hiring for thirty to forty subcontractors (which is not an unlikely number when building a house) on top of your already-busy life. General contractors have the knowledge, connections, and skills necessary to complete your project safely and efficiently.

General Contractors Can Save You Money

Speaking of efficiency, one of the best reasons to hire a general contractor in Grand Junction is because they can save you money. And because they get the job done right the first time, you don’t have to go back and fix things after your project is finished. This leads to even more savings for you. Plus, when the job’s done right, the value of your new home or business is the highest it can be. If you’re trying to finish a project on your own and you’re not sure what to do or you have to cut corners, it can affect the value of your property. In this way, you can see hiring a general contractor as an investment. If you ever decide to sell your property, you’ll be glad that you had a general contractor leading your project.

Your general contractor acts as your single point of contact throughout the construction process. That means no mix-ups, no disputes, and no having to manage several different schedules all at once. Because things like mix-ups, delays, and disputes can all take time to resolve, you can complete your project more efficiently by hiring a general contractor instead. And remember those connections we mentioned before? Because of these connections, general contractors can get the materials and labor needed for your project at a lower price. When subcontractors don’t know who you are, they’ll often charge higher rates than they’ll charge the general contractors they’ve worked with before. In fact, the best subcontractors might not even choose to work with you if they don’t know who you are. This alone can almost completely mitigate the management fee that you pay your general contractor.

Some More Reasons to Hire a General Contractor in Grand Junction

Of course, there are other reasons to hire a general contractor as well. Unfortunately, construction can be a dangerous business. And if you don’t know what you’re doing, it can get you into trouble. General contractors have liability insurance and worker’s compensation policies so that you don’t have to worry about what happens if someone gets hurt on the job. Most people don’t have insurance that can completely cover the accidents or injuries that sometimes take place during the construction process. And even if it’s not an injury or an accident, something is bound to go wrong in every construction project. It’s better to have an experienced general contractor who knows what they’re doing than to try to take on those problems by yourself. If you’re interested in learning some more reasons to hire general contractors, be sure to check out this article here.

At Western Constructors, we have years of general contracting experience. Whether you’ve designed a new home or you’re looking to build a custom metal building, we can help. We’re confident that we can tackle any project that you can send our way. We’ve played a big role in Grand Junction, putting up new commercial buildings in the Las Colonias business park and new homes in the Redlands Mesa area. And that’s not the only thing we’ve done to improve our city. We’ve also helped shape the future of Grand Junction’s downtown. (You can read more about how we’ve shaped the future of downtown here if you’re interested.) We’re proud of the work we’ve done, and we can’t wait to keep making Grand Junction a better place. So if you need more reasons to hire a general contractor in Grand Junction, just give us a call.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Building Homes in Grand Junction, CO

We’ve been focusing our blog on the construction industry lately, but sometimes it’s important to look back, too. That’s why today we’re going to shift our focus away from commercial building and the construction industry. Instead of telling you about this year’s trends in construction (which you can find here, if you’re interested), we think it’s about time that we turn our gaze homeward. There’s a lot to love about Grand Junction—so much, in fact, that we think it’s an incredible place to build a home. So today we’re going to focus on what makes our city such an exciting place to live, and we’ll also talk about building homes in Grand Junction, CO. We’ll explain why building a home is often a better idea than purchasing an old one. And if you don’t live here or don’t own a home here, we’ll tell you why you should.

Why Build Homes in Grand Junction?

So before we get into some reasons you should build a home, let’s answer this question first: why Grand Junction? Probably the biggest reason why people choose to live in Grand Junction is its unparalleled access to the outdoors. Whether you’re interested in kayaking, hiking, biking, or camping, Grand Junction has everything you could possibly want. And Grand Junction encompasses the best of all worlds. It’s not so small that there’s nothing to do, but it’s not so big that it feels like city life. On the weekends, you can take a trip to Denver or even to ski resorts in Utah. In Grand Junction, there’s always plenty to do. You can go fishing, take a hike, go whitewater rafting, or even learn to rock climb. It’s an incredible place for trying something new. Grand Junction is known for its outdoor opportunities, and we know they won’t disappoint.

At Western Constructors, we’re proud to say that we’ve helped shape Grand Junction into what it is today. Whenever you go downtown or near the Riverside area and see new construction, take a second to think about the people who put up those new buildings. There’s a good chance we were a part of it. From our work in the Las Colonias Business Park to the homes we’ve built in the Redlands Mesa area (you can read more about our work in the Redlands area in one of our blog posts here), we’ve been hard at work improving Grand Junction. The city hasn’t always had the greatest reputation, but we’ve always seen its potential. We’ve had a big hand in the future of downtown Grand Junction, and we can’t wait to keep making the city a better place. It’s our home, and we’ll always keep working to improve it.

Building Homes vs. Buying Homes

Now that you see why Grand Junction is such an exciting place to be, let’s talk a little bit about building homes as opposed to buying or renting. Probably the biggest reason that people decide to build new homes is the quality of construction. It’s common sense, really; construction companies build new homes using new methods and new and improved equipment. What this means is that new homes are better quality and can last a lot longer than older homes. It’s like making an investment. Building a new home allows you to stay in it for as long as you want, and after that, it’ll still be worth a lot of money. When buying an older home, on the other hand, it won’t be worth as much if you ever decide to move out.

With better construction quality comes less hassle, too. When you’re buying an older home, you have to consider the wear and tear that old homes inevitably have. That means more money and a bigger headache. When you build a home instead, your home is not only free from these problems of age but you’re able to make sure that it fits your needs, too. Often when people buy an older home, they end up buying a lot of space that they don’t need. Why buy a home with a huge yard you won’t use when you could instead increase the size of your home and actually use it? When you build a home, you make sure that you’re only buying what you need. And newer homes are generally bigger, too; the average older home is almost 1,000 square feet smaller than average new homes.

Maintaining Homes in Grand Junction, CO

It’s important to consider the cost of maintenance when it comes to buying or building homes in Grand Junction, CO. Older homes have a lot that needs to be fixed, whether it’s an old roof or having to maintain outdated heating and cooling systems. When you choose to build a new home, a lot of those worries go away. Because everything in your home is new, you don’t have to worry about your heating going out. Plus, newer homes can save you money through their energy efficiency. Because they have better insulation than older homes, it costs less to heat and cool them, which helps you save on your utilities. If you’re interested in reading about more reasons to choose a newly built home over an older one, we recommend taking a look at this article here.

We’ve been working and building homes in Grand Junction, CO for many years, and we have decades of experience. Whether you’re interested in building a home or designing a custom metal building for your business, we can help. If you’ve lived here for a while but are interested in building a home, call us at (970) 241-5457. We’re always happy to here from you. And even if you’ve never lived here before, hopefully you can now see why we’re so excited to work and live here. We’d love for you to live here, too. Grand Junction is an exciting place to be, and its future is just beginning. Who knows what the city will look like ten years from now? What we do know is that we’ll still be here, hard at work improving the city we love.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

An Overview of Western Constructors

If you’ve read our blog the past couple weeks, you might have noticed that we’ve been sharing a lot about the industry lately. It’s true—it’s important to us that you’re kept up to date about things happening in construction. But we also think that it’s important to remind you of the services we provide at Western Constructors. We don’t want who we are to get lost in all the information we’ve given you! That’s why this week we want to tell you a little bit more about ourselves. It’s important to us that you get to know us so that we can build a working relationship. We’ve often said that at Western Constructors, we build relationships. In today’s article, we’re going to give you an overview of Western Constructors. We want you to know who we are, what we value, what we’ve done, and what we still plan to do.

An Overview of Western Constructors’ Projects

We’ve written before about some of the projects we’ve taken on around Grand Junction. In one of our articles, which you can find here, we talked about the work we’ve done in the Dos Rios area. We’ve helped make the Dos Rios area more modern as we’ve shaped Grand Junction’s downtown. And part of that new development is changing the way people live. We’ve helped create live/work communities through our residential and commercial construction in the area. This encourages growth, encourages people to move to Grand Junction, and offers people a chance to live right where they make a living. We think it’s incredible that some people just have to cross the street to get to work. And we’ve been a big part of making that happen. The Dos Rios area has been a long-forgotten part of Grand Junction, but we’ve helped make it an amazing part of the city.

We’ve always envisioned a string of pearls along the Riverside area. It originally became an idea way back in 1987, and the original vision was to create a series of parks and other projects on the water’s edge. That’s one of the reasons that we’ve been doing so much work in the Riverside area, whether it’s through our residential construction in the Redlands Mesa area or our developments at the Las Colonias Business Park. It’s our goal to help make this vision a reality, to make Grand Junction an exciting place for people to work and live. At Western Constructors, it’s important that the work we do always goes toward making our city a better place. And we think that our work in the Riverside has done exactly that. The work we’ve done at Western Constructors has been its own little string of pearls.

Our Values and Services

But we don’t want to just talk about what we’ve done. We also want to talk a little bit about what matters to us. Integrity is one of the most important values to us. And that doesn’t just mean integrity in our business—it’s about our respect for your integrity, too. We always want to get our clients’ projects done as efficiently as possible, and we’re dedicated to always providing the very best quality. But we aren’t a company that will rush a job just for the sake of getting it done quickly. We always work hard to communicate with our clients so that we can thoroughly understand the expectations and requirements of your project. It’s important to us because you’re important to us.

But in an overview of Western Constructors, it would be impossible not to talk about the many services that we offer. We’ve talked a little bit about what we’ve done, but we haven’t talked enough about what we do. We essentially take part in every aspect of the construction process. We help with planning, where we provide services like budget development and critical path scheduling. It’s our goal to help make your project a reality in the best possible way. And after we’ve finished planning, we can work as both general contractors and construction managers. As general contractors, we can see your project through from start to finish. And if you’re looking for expert advice and consultation, we offer comprehensive construction management services. And these are just a couple of our services—take a look at our website for the full list of everything we do.

Western Constructors’ Design-Build Atmosphere

Part of what makes Western Constructors so great is the way we approach our construction projects. We’ve created an amazing design-build atmosphere. In short, design-build is a process that simplifies the entire project from planning to construction. In traditional project delivery, project owners have to work with both general contractors and designers. But what happens when there are conflicts between those two people? What happens when something goes wrong and one of them blames the other? Instead of working with two different groups (which encourages delays) we simplify the process. We work with designers from the beginning to make sure that everyone is on the same page before the project even starts. It contributes to an atmosphere of team-building and cooperation, and it helps ensure that no problems arise. If you’re interested in learning more about design-build project delivery, be sure to check out our article here.

Knowing who we are and learning about the services we provide is an essential part of building a relationship. And at Western Constructors, relationships and integrity mean everything to us. Good contractors find and keep the best people working for them—and we’re incredibly proud of our experienced and talented workers. Good contractors also have a positive work environment, something that we’re constantly working hard to maintain. For more information about traits of successful contractors, we recommend checking out this article here. It’s our hope that this article has helped teach you a little more about who we are and what we value at Western Constructors. It’s important that you know where we come from and where we’re going. We’re proud of our experience and the work we’ve done in Grand Junction, and we can’t wait to keep serving this incredible community for years to come.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

Grand Junction Home Builders And Commercial General Contractors

Though many people understand that there’s a difference between residential and commercial construction, few understand all the complex ways that home building and commercial construction differ. At Western Constructors, our goal is to make the process simple, whether you want to build a home, add to your business, or are just curious about the construction industry. It seems simple enough: residential construction is for building homes and apartments, and commercial construction is for businesses. But that’s just a broad overview. We want to show you the differences between the two types of construction so you can have a better understanding of the projects we take on every day. In Grand Junction, home builders and commercial general contractors have different scopes, different codes, and different equipment. We’re proud to be a company that does both kinds of construction, and we want to show you exactly what that means.

Scope of Residential vs. Commercial Contractors

Most people think that the difference between home builders and commercial general contractors is a difference of type. Each type of construction builds or works on something different. But something that people often don’t realize is that it’s a difference of scope, too. Because residential buildings are meant to be living spaces, they often have smaller floor plans. That means that there’s less work to do and that the design is often simpler. Commercial construction, however, often has a larger scope. Different businesses have different needs, but their projects often require a sturdier frame and more complex designs. A commercial general contractor may also have to plan for multiple businesses that will be operating in the same location, which makes the design process even more complicated. Bigger projects also require more materials and the use of different equipment (which we’ll talk more about later).

And though both residential and commercial construction are terms most people think they understand, one is much broader than the other. Residential is easier to understand; it refers to building homes, apartments, condos, and other buildings where people live. But commercial construction has many types. It includes building projects for schools, colleges, and universities. It also includes infrastructure projects like roads, highways, and bridges. And these are just a couple of the categories; there are also medical construction projects, retail construction projects, and government construction projects. Basically, any project that isn’t residential is a commercial construction project. And that means that while residential construction is a clearly defined subset of construction, commercial construction isn’t. When a company says they’re working on residential construction, it’s clear what they mean. But when they say the same thing about commercial construction, you have to ask, “What kind?”

Materials and Timelines for Home Builders vs. Commercial Construction

The equipment and materials used in construction also differ between home builders and commercial general contractors. Each project has its own needs, but residential projects often use more cost-effective materials. Because the projects are smaller, home builders can afford to use cheap materials like strong timber for their structures. But larger commercial projects can’t afford to use the same kind of materials. Often, commercial projects require larger buildings with steel frames to support them. Depending on their purpose, commercial projects may need to be a lot more sturdy than residential projects. And different materials means different equipment, too. Commercial projects often require the use of cranes and other large-scale equipment you don’t normally find in residential construction. That also means that personnel can differ for commercial projects; you need to have the right people who are trained to use more complicated equipment.

But contrary to what you might think, commercial projects often finish faster than residential projects. Even though they’re larger projects, businesses have to stick to a tighter schedule than most homeowners. More money is also required for commercial projects, which means that staying on a timeline is very important. While home builders generally work for one client who may have specific requirements for themselves or for their family, commercial general contractors work for a team of stakeholders. They have put in a bigger investment than residential clients because they have to pay more for more experienced workers, more complex equipment, and more working hours to complete their project. And often, like their timeline, businesses have to stick to a stricter budget than residential clients.

Codes and Permits for Residential vs. Commercial Construction

Codes and permits are another way that residential and commercial construction differ. Most of the time, commercial general contractors have to follow more codes and obtain more permits. Of course, home builders have to make sure that their residential projects are safe. But for commercial construction, the projects are often bigger and impact more people. This means that the safety codes that commercial general contractors have to follow are stricter than they are in residential construction. There are also certifications necessary for building things like elevators and parking garages that you probably aren’t going to find in residential construction. Of course, it depends on where you live. Grand Junction has many of its own codes and permits that commercial and residential general contractors have to follow. That means that Grand Junction home builders and commercial general contractors have different restrictions.

At Western Constructors, we take on both residential and commercial construction projects. If you’re interested in learning more about the differences between commercial and residential construction, be sure to read this article here. And if you want to see some of the work we’ve done in Grand Junction, you can find out more on our blog. You can check out our article on some of the residential construction we’ve done in the Redlands Mesa area in our article here. And you can look at some of the commercial construction we’ve done in the Las Colonias business park in another article here. We’re proud to be have the experience and means needed to complete all kinds of projects, and we hope that this article made the differences between commercial and residential construction a little clearer. It’s always our goal to make things as simple and easy for you as we can.

*This post was written by Third Loft Marketing.

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