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How to Build a Simple Raised Garden Bed

Bored? Use Boards!  How to Build a Simple Raised Garden Bed. Use it as a stay-at-home success garden. For this garden bed, we used: 8 6x6 4' rough sawn cedar 1 pak 5# 10" galvanized spikes 8 pieces 1/2"x18" rebar 1. Start with as flat a trench or area as possible. Being level is the key. Add dirt, scrape dirt away to fully provide a good surface for the timber. Pound dirt compactly to avoid settling that will cause "un-levelling." TIP: WATCH FOR BURIED UTILITIES! 2. Set the first timber.  TIP: Pre-drilling the holes for rebar will avoid upsetting your [...]

Eight Spring Maintenance Tips For Your Home

Take a break from the news and start tackling these home maintenance projects. With the new Shelter in Place order in Colorado, we all have some time to do those projects we’ve been putting off. When possible, get the kids involved - it's all about teamwork! Eight spring projects to do while home due to Covid-19. 1. Clean the gutters Water doesn't pass properly through clogged gutters. And that means more water gets near the foundation of your home causing damage and weakening. Clogged gutters and downspouts can also cause the wood trim at the eaves to rot, and that [...]

Construction Loan Advice

What to consider before you get a construction loan. We used a construction loan to assist us through the construction of our 2nd lumber yard in Fort Lupton. Here’s a few construction loan tips we learned from the process: Get bills from contractors and suppliers as soon as possible, even partials and use this information to help stay on budget. Track these expenses compared to your planned numbers so you know if/when you can splurge on anything extra - or cut back. Putting off the inevitable won’t change the outcome – make decisions as soon as possible. Do it right [...]

The Characteristics of Walnut

As a new contributor to our blog, Andy will highlight a specific hardwood and speak to its characteristics. Up first: Walnut! Walnut is commonly called black walnut. This American hardwood is widely available in a variety of sizes. Lengths generally do not exceed 12’. The more desirable boards come from the heartwood with a familiar darker brown color as opposed to the lighter yellowish tan of the sapwood. It is on the higher end price wise for a domestic wood (it’s still a great value when comparing to imported and exotic hardwoods); however, everyone appreciates walnut’s easy workability, versatility and [...]

Product News

At Front Range Lumber, we like to keep our customers informed about the building industry products we sell. We will be updating this post as new updates become available, so check back often! Redwood Meets/Exceeds Requirements Jefferson County, in particular, is upgrading their codes to limit uses of building materials in locations over 6000 feet in elevation. Specifically, only non-combustible materials will be allowed on the exterior of all buildings. Tests have shown that REDWOOD may very well meet/exceed the requirements, thereby allowing you to enjoy a wood deck. Check with both your governing jurisdiction, builder and supplier to verify. [...]

Taking Stock

Our Taking Stock section is filled with new information on the products we sell. We will be updating this post as new updates become available, so check back often! Higher Quality 4x4 Posts In Douglas Fir, Front Range Lumber consistently carries in 8, 10 and 12’ lengths a higher quality 4x4 post. Virtually all uses for a 4x4 are not only structural in nature, but also its placement, means it is exposed to open view. Therefore, everyone desires a good looking post! This quality provides exactly that appearance. Stop chasing for a good timber, prevent call-backs, avoid the extra work [...]

How To Apply Penofin Stain

Front Range Lumber is one of the largest Penofin stain dealers in the Denver metro area. Penofin exterior wood finishes, wood stains, and wood care products set the bar for quality, durability, and ease of maintenance among discerning consumers, craftsmen, and professionals. We stock Penofin Verde Stain, Ultra Premium Red Label Stain, Premium Blue Label Stain and Penofin® Pro-Tech Brightener. Consumer Reports lists Penofin Red Label as one of the best options in the market. We also stock a selection of the Verde series, a water-based stain for all the same applications as the original Penofin. If you haven’t done it [...]

31 Handy Tips For Entrance and Interior Doors

Save yourself time and money! Read our useful tips and advice on entrance doors and interior doors. Your headquarters for entrance and interior doors, plus 31 useful tips and advice: When switching doors, think about also switching the way in which the new door could swing – in some cases, a different swing direction may work better for you based on how you use the room, furniture placement and so on. Think about using a full or half louvre style door in places to get better air circulation – minimize hot or cool spots. For example, on a utility room [...]

Your Guide To Pressure Treated Lumber

What is pressure treated lumber? Pressure treated (PT) lumber is wood that has been infused with chemical preservatives to protect the wood from rot and insects. The wood is placed in a depressurized holding tank that removes the air and replaces it with a preservative. This process is the best way to avoid harmful rot and insects but does not prevent weathering and corrosion. When working with treated lumber, we suggest you wear gloves, eye protection and a dust mask (NIOSH N95) when handling wood. Due to preservatives in pressure treated wood, it should never be burned. Sawdust and scraps [...]

Accent Wall In a Box 

Accent Wall In a Box - Modern Rustic, Reclaimed Inspired, Barn Wood. Using quality pine boards from Gorman, Accent Wall in a Box provides an easy-to-install modern, rustic barn wood look.  Accent walls are a perfect adaptable and inexpensive way to perk up any dull space in your home. Accent walls are an inexpensive way to break up a large room, emphasize an architectural feature, or liven’ up a wall. It’s the wall you notice first when you enter a room – due to its distinct color, texture or other eye-catching detail. An accent wall draws the eye to it [...]