INSIGHT FOR BUILDING & REMODELING
WITH WESTOVER CONSTRUCTION

 IN THE ROCKY MOUNTAINS OF COLORADO 

Westover strives to make building in the mountains an effortless process with our 30+ years of experience in the region. The information below is going to give you an idea of what to expect and the several important factors to consider when building/remolding in the mountain's.

Climate and Location
Climate and Location

Longs Peak - View in Estes Park

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Estes Park TOPO map
Estes Park TOPO map

Topography in the region

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Climate and Location
Climate and Location

Longs Peak - View in Estes Park

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THE landscape, CLIMATE & snow

THE LANDSCAPE

This unique region is high in altitude and surrounded by tree covered mountains to snow capped mountain peaks surging above tree line. The word "rocky" in Rocky Mountains is not lying. These mountains are made up of of solid granite above and below the surface.

THE CLIMATE

This region has pleasant comfortable non-humid summers lasting from June to early September.

But, get the snow plow ready because Winters bring bi- weekly snow storms and periods of sustained wind from mid October to early May. Freeze and thaw is a constant characteristic of the winter season. 

SNOW REMOVAL 

Be prepared to make a snow mitigation plan for the winter season. There are several options for snow removal: your HOA may have snow removal in place, locals in town provide snow plowing services throughout the season or you provide means to your own snow removal.

DESIGNING WITH SNOW IN MIND

Besides the mountain views influencing where a home may be placed on a property, snow is an element that plays into the orientation of the driveway and home placement. Sun exposure is key for mitigating snow and ice build up. In most cases driveways with South sun exposure exponentially reduce the snow and ice build VS north facing drives. 

Your roof pitch may be influenced by snow load as well. If you drive around the region, you may not see to many flat/low pitch roofs. You probably see steeper roof pitches to reduce the amount of snow load/build up. 

Excavation in the mountains 

THE SITE

In this region, it's obviously not uncommon for your property to have sloping terrain that can range from a gentle slope to an extremely steep slope. Sometimes the steep lot will need excessive amounts of cut and fill. It's also not uncommon as discussed above, that the property will have granite below the surface which may need controlled construction blasting during the excavation process.  

THE EXCAVATION & BLASTING PROCESS

After the site has been cleared of unwanted trees and vegetation where the foundation will be placed, the hole for the foundation is dug. Sometimes granite formations where the foundation is planned will 

need to be blasted out using explosives. This process involves drilling several holes into the interfering rock for the explosives to be placed into. The demolition team will cover the explosion with tire mats to mitigate sound and fly rock involved with the blasting. The cost of excavation & blasting varies from site to site.

SOILS

As depicted above, the majority of the soil in the region typically does not have issues with expansive soil. An engineer is sent to verify the existing condition meet the minimum soil PSI for safe measure.

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utilities & Heating strategies 

UTILITIES

Depending on your property how utilities are determined varies.

  • WATER:

The property may have access into the city water system or 

 

THE EXCAVATION & BLASTING PROCESS

After the site has been cleared of unwanted trees and vegetation where the foundation will be placed, the hole for the foundation is dug. Sometimes granite formations where the foundation is planned will