Melton Construction, Inc.


January 2012

Melton Welcomes
Two New Employees

Need a Home
Addition but Your
Lot is Too Small?
Think Pop-Top!

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Melton Construction would like to welcome two new employees!

Craig Batchelder, Project Manager

OK, so Craig is not really a new face around Melton. He's a returning employee, and we're lucky to have him back. Craig first began working with Melton as a lead carpenter in 2004 and quickly moved up to project management. His many years' experience and excellent organizational and management skills make Craig a real asset to the company.

Craig Batchelder
Clay Dusel

Clay Dusel, Project Development Manager

Clay closed his own home remodeling business last year and is so pleased to be part of the Melton team now. His eight years of experience remodeling homes in Boulder County makes Clay a natural fit for Melton. And Clay is happy to relinquish some aspects of the remodeling business to be able to concentrate on his favorite part – working with homeowners to develop projects they will love for years to come.

Need a Home Addition but Your Lot
is Too Small? Think Pop-Top!

If your home is on a small lot but you need more living space, don't despair. Just "Pop" your home's "Top" with a pop-top home addition. We're not talking about just an attic conversion, but building an additional new level, or two, of prime living space on top of your existing home. Just think about the possibilities!

Perhaps you just want to add one or two rooms over part of your home to make a private master suite, home office or bedrooms for the kids. Maybe you need more space so you want to add a new level over your entire home. You could move all the bedrooms from the first level to the new level, opening up tremendous options for how you can use your main floor.


Plan a second story home addition carefully

All home addition projects should be planned and engineered carefully, but adding additional levels to an existing home requires special expertise. Generally, the lower levels must be evaluated to make sure they can adequately support the upper levels and how you plan to use the new levels. In some cases, additional structural elements will need to be added to the existing home.

If you plan on using the new level in a way that will put unusual loads on the floor, make sure the architect/designer/engineer knows this. What might be considered an "unusual" load? Hot tubs, large spa tubs, waterbeds, safes, heavy pool tables, heavy weights or exercise equipment, treadmills, etc. All of these can be accommodated on upper levels of your home, if the new levels are designed and engineered properly.

Make it beautiful

You always want an addition to look good with the rest of your home. Second and third story additions are no different. When adding levels to a home, there are many opportunities to make the remodeled home look great, sometimes in a style similar to how it was before the addition and sometimes in a way that makes the home look totally different. Think single level ranch to two-story colonial.

How do I know if I can add more levels to my home?

The major factors that determine if it is possible to add more levels to your home are the design and construction of your existing home and zoning/building regulations. If your home is in Boulder, your project must meet Boulder's special environmental regulations as well. Being experts in zoning, building and our area's environmental regulations relating to building, we can help you determine if your home is a good candidate for adding another level. Just contact us.

Ty's Tip: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

In the winter, the potential for carbon monoxide poisoning increases dramatically. Install carbon monoxide detectors with an audible alarm in your home and garage and follow these tips to help keep your family safe.

  • Make sure your fuel-burning appliances (oil and gas furnaces, gas water heaters, gas ranges and ovens, gas dryers, gas or kerosene space heaters, fireplaces and wood stoves) are installed properly.
  • Never use an oven, gas range or charcoal grill to heat your home if the power goes out.
  • Never leave your car idling in a closed garage to "warm up" in cold weather. Fumes can build up very quickly in the garage and enter the living area of your home.

Ty MeltonSee you next month!

Ty Melton

Ty Melton, President


Construction, Inc.

5075 Chaparral Ct. #3
Boulder, CO 80301


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