Keeping it Natural

During the process of building a house, a certain amount of disruption to the natural state of a site is inevitable. That is where restoration of the natural habitat becomes important to many builders and homeowners.

On our Loveland site, the homeowners want a yard with grass for their children to play, but they also wanted to keep much of their site looking as if it had not been disrupted too much by construction. Much of the area is wild grasses, and we turned to a local company in Greeley to help us replant with native grasses from that area.

Pawnee Buttes Seed Inc.  established themselves in 1998 with the belief that a seed company should be doing more than just selling grass seed. They developed grass mixes that are found in particular areas, so that say a person who had their pasture catch fire in Eastern Colorado and wanted to replant, could actually get a seed variety that is specific to that location. They have worked with oil companies in Northeast Colorado to replant the areas that have been used for well sites (Pawnee Buttes Seed of Greeley). They have also developed seeds specific to wildfires in Colorado. The process of replanting an area isn’t as simple as tossing out seed and calling it good. It can take several years to reforest an area burned and you can read about it here: Colorado Wildfire Restoration.

Loveland Update

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Something we have really been appreciating is our interactions with our clients on this project. We are working with a husband-wife team, and the wife comes by the jobsite twice a day to walk and look over things, and talk about what is going on/where things are at. We’ve really enjoyed that as questions or concerns are thought up they are also addressed right away and the project continues to flow smoothly as we are all working together. Positive job site and client relationships are important to us and make our work easier and more enjoyable.

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Our house pad is almost complete, we’ve got a secondary pad site for a shop also being cleared out. Next up on our list is to start preparing for the foundation work. We are looking forward to trying out a new system for the foundation, using a three in one product that serves as foundation footing material, foundation drainage and radon collection.

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Here’s a view looking out from the back of the property, it really is a beautiful site!

Pretty soon we will be starting the site work on another project in Berthoud and we are also looking forward to a cutting edge project this spring (the client really wants to push the envelope on building performance) that will be in Fort Collins. As always we are grateful for the folks that are interested in what we are doing and want us to be a part of building their home!