DIY Your Holiday This Year

Looking for ways to spend the holidays this year? 2020 has taught us many things and being thrifty is definitely one lesson we will be bringing with us into 2021. Luckily, this has inspired crafters to DIY their own holiday decorations this year. Whether you’re meeting in person or over Zoom, let these 5 DIY holiday decorations bring a little more joy to your life this winter.

1). Colorful Paper Ornaments

Any colorful paper ornaments will spice up your tree if that’s what you’re looking for! Creative and artistic, you’ll love to see what each family member creates. Who knows, you may end up creating a new tradition!

Here are some great websites for some inspiration:


Adventures & Preggers

The Crazy Craft Lady

2). Advent Calendar

Family DIY advent calendars are especially popular this year as they are unique, easy, and minimalist. There are many options out there for a DIY advent calendar, but how about this one? Advent Calendar Ladder – using holiday cards (new and old), an old ladder, and some other festive decor. Grab yourself some canvas bags, baker’s twine, and all of the above, and you’re set! Here’s a cute idea from Tater Tots & Jello:

3). Elegant Handmade Stockings

Got some extra fabric lying at home? Feeling creative? Need a minimalist holiday mantle? Consider sewing and creating your own family stockings! Check these ones out here from Diary of a Quilter:

4). Affordable Candle Holders

Mason Jars will be needed for this DIY project. Along with some candles, fake berries, spruce, and baker’s twine. This one is simple and the perfect DIY gift idea for the holidays, from Iowa Girl Eats:

5). Crafty Yarn Ball Wreath

You can put together this crafty wreath by using styrofoam balls, yarn, and a wire wreath form. By wrapping the yarn around each ball in different directions, you are able to make it look like an actual yarn ball! Once that is completed, hot glue the faux yarn balls onto the wire wreath form, along with some whatever holiday ornaments/decor for color contrast, and viola, you are done! This great idea comes from the website, Cherished Bliss:

6). No-fuss, no mess Christmas Tree

Hate setting up the Christmas Tree? Hate dealing with the needles? Take a stroll. On that stroll, find a set of branches to display in a vase at home. Or create your own “tree”. You can even hang ornaments on those branches. Small and large versions of this modern DIY Christmas Tree are becoming more and more common. Super affordable and eco-friendly, from Kitchen Fun with my 3 Sons:

7). Hot Chocolate Corner in Your Kitchen

Set up a hot cocoa table for the loved ones in your home. You can use a festive tray and old fashioned candied jars to house the hot chocolate mix, marshmallows, and candy canes! This is the perfect time for a warm drink with the ones you love. Snuggle up, turn on your computer, and Zoom your way into the holidays. From Aspen Jay blog:


Seven Design Trends of 2020

Looking back, 2020 is a year that won’t easily be forgotten. We’ve survived (and are still going through) a pandemic which has yielded itself to an unprecedented shift for our cultural and social well-being. However, we can say that though times have been tricky, we will come out of this stronger and more community-minded than before. We’ve been lucky to have some great clients to work with this building their dream homes and here are a few of the top contenders for home design that we’ve seen emerging this year.

Environmentally Friendly Contemporary Fireplaces

Fireplaces were a statement piece in 2018 and 2019, and they continue to be a statement piece in 2020. With clients continuing to ask for a modern update to their fireplace, many interior designers are elevating the fireplaces while making them minimal as well, leaving a subtle design note in their client’s homes. Clients are also asking for a more environmentally friendly fireplace instead of using the conventional wood-burning and gas fireplaces.  With new innovations, fireplaces are easier to care for and use – these bad boys take up less visual space and are designed to completely blend in.

Dark Painted Doors

Painting an interior door in a rich color not only adds warmth and character to any space but can be paired with beautiful hardware and myriad other home decor ideas.

Fun Bathroom Designs

This has been a staple in the design industry for the last few years and the trend continues to rise. Bathrooms are a great place to experiment and have fun with color, materials, and wallpaper. Wallpaper is definitely making a comeback!

Kitchen Islands with Eat-In-Areas

The kitchen regularly ends up being the hangout area of homes. Many clients are designing kitchens with a kitchen island that drops down to dining height to provide kitchen dining. Not only does it look beautiful, but it will be comfortable as well. What a short trip to the kitchen to do dishes!

Quartz Countertops

Along with fun bathroom designs, engineered quartz countertops are the more eco-friendly approach to countertops. Granite countertops are becoming a thing of the past. Quartz is a great alternative because of its durability and ease of maintenance. You would be surprised by the new styles of quartz and how much they look alike to marble and other natural stones.

Multi-functional Spaces

Let’s face it – more households are experiencing remote working and learning at home this past year. Multi-functional spaces have become extremely relevant in 2020 design trends. Open floor plans? Maybe they’re a trend of the past. Designs of custom homes (and some remodels) have taken to open room plans. Closet and office space – combined. Kitchen and Dining Areas – joined. These types of areas eliminate the need for an entirely separate room!

Single Family Home in Three Springs – For Sale!

The newly completed single-family home in Three Springs is up for sale!

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International Builders’ Show 2019

What a week! In February, we all took a week off to go to the NAHB International Builder’s Show in Las Vegas, Nevada. A first for the Buena Vista Builders Team, this convention was one we won’t soon forget! Hundreds of expos and tons of educational series, we left feeling like we didn’t even see half of what was there!

The International Builder Show (IBS) celebrated its 75th year this year in Las Vegas, Nevada. The trade show takes place every year in either Las Vegas, San Antonio, or Orlando. “With more than 100,000 people attending Design & Construction Week® the exhibit halls were jammed and the energy was palpable. The IBS exhibit floor alone spanned more than 600,000 net square feet and featured more than 1,500 exhibitors. Attendees saw the latest in home technology products, watched live building demos, participated in hammer contests and craft brew tastings and networked with the best of best in our industry and collecting IBS swag along the way,” (Know the Show: IBS Blog).

Last week, the Buena Vista Builders team took the week off and traveled to Vegas to enjoy the trade show, sit in on education sessions and visit the Vegas attractions. The Las Vegas Convention Center is home to the three exhibit halls that were filled to the brim with vendors from all over the country. Some of the vendors that BVB visited were: Artis Wall System, BuilderTrend, Builders Lighting, Floor & Décor, Keene Building Products, Lab Design Laminate, Little Giant Ladder Systems, and Wedi.

It wasn’t all work and no play for the BVB team. We went site seeing, as well as indulged our palates with wonderful food. One of our favorite restaurants was Gordon Ramsey Burger on the Vegas main street.

The BVB Team plans to attend the 2020 International Builder Show and they hope to see you there!

For more information on the IBS 2019 Show, you can read more here.

You can check out some of our photos and videos on our Facebook.

Grand Opening at Kaiut Yoga Studio in Three Springs!

We loved working with this client and being able to bring a new yoga studio to the Three Springs/Durango area! Cheers to a very successful grand opening! We had the Durango Diplomats from the Chamber of Commerce come and help with a ribbon cutting. Check out the video below that our lovely Sarah took of the event and make sure you’re following us on Facebook to see more upcoming videos of our current projects!

A Word from the Owner

As seen in the Local Level Newsletter from the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado’s Board of Directors.

As the Vice President of the Home Builders Association of Southwest Colorado I would first like to give a big shout out to the U.S. Forest Service, Firefighters, Helicopter and Air Tanker Pilots, Durango Fire & Rescue, Durango Police Dept, La Plata County Sheriff Dept. and all the many volunteers for everything they have done in the last three weeks. Enough cannot be said for everything these men and women have done.

It never seems to fail that all our local agencies and citizens come together in a time of crisis to work so well with agencies from outside our community such as the National Forest Service’s Interagency Hotshot Crews.

In the world of wildland/forest fires, the Hotshot crews are comparable to the military’s Special Forces. These men and women are the most highly trained firefighters in the country. Fresh meals, soft beds, and regular showers are not a part of their job description and yet these people spend as many as 48hour per shift to protect our homes and businesses. In a busy wildfire season, these men and women spend an average of 100 days away from home and families. When I meet these brave people, I shake their hands and make sure that they know we are thankful for all they are doing.

“Firefighters are some of the most selfless public servants you will ever encounter,” – Denis Leary.

It has been heartwarming to see all the signs that have been posted supporting and thanking these exceptional professionals. In addition, we cannot forget to thank all our local agencies and volunteers that have also done an outstanding job during the past three weeks in assisting the firefighters, protecting our families, homes, and answering our many questions.

There is also another side to this unfortunate crisis. The costs of the impact on the local economy, public health, property, ecosystems, and livelihoods, are significant and can far exceed the cost of fighting the fire. The cost of fighting the 416 and Burro fire is as much as 1 million dollars a day. The long-term costs of wildfires continue long after the fire is put out. Damage to property, infrastructure, watersheds, and local economies are often an expensive legacy. Smoke from the fire can have a significant impact on health. Flood risks increase in a post-fire landscape. Revenue from tourism and other area businesses may decline not to mention the possible decrease in property values.

Depending on insurance coverage, a business may recover some of the cost of evacuation when it comes to a Civil Authority order. Policy permitting, because it is an elective coverage, a business may be able to make a make a claim for wages or income lost on a job in the evacuation areas. It is worth a call to your insurance agent. Homeowners that have evacuated should save track all expenses related to their hardship or displacement and contact their insurance agent. Depending on the policy coverage they may be able to make a loss of use claim.

In closing, I would like to mention how uplifting it is to live in a community that comes together in a time of crisis where people set their differences aside to support their neighbors and local businesses.

Thanks again to all the Firefighters, Emergency Services personnel, and our local volunteers.

— Bob Smith, Vice President of the HBASC Board, Owner of Buena Vista Builders, INC.