Before the construction dust flies |

Before the construction dust flies

Susan Clotfelter
The Denver Post
Vail, CO Colorado
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What’s that sound? Could it be the call of excavation machines, power saws and appliance-delivery trucks?

It could be. The organizers of the recent Colorado Fall Home Show that took place in Denver over Labor Day Weekend, believe a whole lot of people have pent-up desires to make their homes better and, finally, the savings to realize those desires.

Combine that longing with an economy still only inching along, and the mantra changes from “fix and flip” to “get it right and enjoy it for decades.” Getting it right might mean creating a new kitchen and great room. Or transforming an exposed, sweltering porch into a shady, secluded nook.

But it surely means doing it the smart way.

“If you’re going to remodel, you should seize the moment to remodel green,” said Jim Fricke, executive director of the Colorado Garden and Home Show Inc. The nonprofit uses the proceeds from its two annual shows to fund horticulture-related grants and scholarships, and has awarded more than $5 million to date.

Fricke steered us to John Kurowski, whose Kurowski Development Co. has been a leader in green construction since 1976. Kurowski talked about the seven most important things to think about before remodeling, updating or upgrading.

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