Current Projects

The following are guidelines we use when planning, designing and building projects.

Project Consideration, Planning and Design

  • Recommendations for design
  • Value engineering suggestions
  • Plans review and corrections
  • Price planning services
  • Assistance with specifications
  • Building permit

    General Conditions and Project Management

  • Secure storage of materials during course of project
  • Onsite trash and recycling services
  • Full OSHA-compliant safety program
  • Weather protection of Project and materials
  • Remediation of damage to adjacent areas
  • Full accounting with budget analysis and cost tracking
  • Scheduling and ordering
  • Common labor for cleanup and miscellaneous
  • On-site and off-site project management
  • Full subcontractor management

    Excavation and Dirtwork

  • Existing trees and landscape features preserved as possible
  • Utility lines installed in sleeving
  • Full compaction of all replaced soils
  • Remove, conserve and replace topsoil
  • Stormwater management practices

    Foundation and Concretework

  • Radon mitigation measures under slab or in crawlspace
  • Consider frost-protected shallow foundation
  • Use insulated concrete form blocks (ICF) where practical
  • Foundation insulation at perimeter and sub slab
  • Waterproofed foundation / basement
  • Perimeter subsurface water control drainage system

    Rough Carpentry and Framing

  • Engineered lumber for the floors and roofs
  • Non-CCA pressure treated lumber
  • Insulated structural headers
  • Microlam stairway construction
  • Solid wood blocking for handrails, towel bars, etc.
  • Semi-finished storage space at attic, etc.
  • Use FSC-certified lumber where budget allows
  • Use recycled / reclaimed wood products
  • Employ lumber-efficient framing practices
  • Structural insulated panels (SIP) where practical

    Plumbing and Hydronic Heating

  • High performance radiant hydronic heating system
  • Sealed combustion high efficiency boiler
  • Controls with energy saving modes and timers
  • Insulated hot water pipes
  • High quality water saving plumbing fixtures
  • Water filtration at the kitchen sink
  • Floor drains at mechanical and laundry rooms
  • Outdoor water spigots on each side of building
  • Fire hose station on each floor level
  • Stub out for future irrigation system
  • Solar hot water heating system where practical

    Ventilation and Forced Air Heating Systems

  • High efficiency HVAC units with economizer function
  • Geothermal exchange heat pump system integration
  • Powerful and quiet exhaust fans in the bathrooms
  • Sealed and insulated ducts, where applicable
  • Range exhaust ducted to outside
  • Backdraft dampers on appropriate ducts
  • Heat recovery ventilator, where appropriate
  • Carbon monoxide sensor, hardwired with battery backup
  • Use high quality filters on circulating duct systems

    Electrical and Related

  • Intelligent lighting system design and controls
  • Insulated airtight recessed light fixtures
  • Compact fluorescent lighting in non-exposed fixtures
  • Wiring for phone / internet / tv with Cat 5e and RG6 cables
  • Extra capacity in electrical system for future additions
  • Dimmers on appropriate lighting circuits
  • High quality electrical controls and devices
  • Outdoor electrical outlets on each side of building
  • Smoke detectors, hardwired with battery backup
  • Stub out for future grounds lighting
  • Photovoltaic (solar) power systems where practical
  • Hydrogen fuel cells for commercial buildings
  • Optional backup power system for emergencies

    Roofing and Related

  • Consider cold roofs and superinsulated roofs
  • Continuous venting of roof at eaves and ridge
  • Use insulation baffles to keep air flow open
  • Install ice and water shield membrane
  • Snow fences and gutters where appropriate
  • Use durable  recycled content roofing products

    Windows and Doors

  • Intelligent fenestration design for solar gain
  • Solid insulated entry doors where not glazed
  • High performance metal clad windows and doors
  • All glazing to be low emissivity multiple pane glass
  • Solid wood interior doors
  • High quality locksets and hardware
  • Insulating window treatments
  • Use skylites and skytubes for daylighting

    Insulation and Weatherproofing

  • Reduce air and moisture infiltration from exterior
  • Sealant system at all wall and ceiling penetrations
  • Insulation that meets or exceeds the model energy code
  • Sound insulation at bathrooms and mechanical room
  • Air and vapor barrier at high moisture areas of house
  • Bottom plate continuous seal at perimeter of walls
  • Use recycled cotton or cellulose insulation products
  • Inject non-expanding foam around windows and doors

    Drywall and Plaster

  • Recycle drywall waste if services are available
  • High-impact bullnose corners on drywall
  • Use vacuum-assisted sanders for finishing
  • Attach drywall panels with screws
  • Minimize acrylic products in drywall finishes
  • Use natural or earth plasters where appropriate

    Cabinets and Counters

  • Solid plywood carcass construction for all cabinets
  • Use solid wood doors on all cabinets
  • Nontoxic or sealed countertop substrates
  • High quality non toxic countertops
  • Cabinets in laundry area if plan allows
  • Recycling center in kitchen or pantry
  • Use ultra high quality finishes on all cabinets and doors

    Finish Carpentry, Interior

  • Real wood trim at interior (Finger Jointed ok if painted)
  • Solid wood or full wrap laminate shelving
  • Solid wood flooring installed over cork
  • Install wood skirting on the stairs
  • Use nontoxic adhesives and glues
  • Heavy duty bath accessories
  • Securely anchor all handrails, grabrails, etc.
  • Use bamboo materials wherever appropiate

    Finish Carpentry, Exterior

  • Solid wood exterior siding
  • Solid wood exterior trim package
  • Build decks with rain and snow in mind
  • Decks constructed of ACQ (non CCA) framing
  • Use polymer / recycled wood decking
  • Solid wood railings and details
  • Stainless steel fasteners on all exterior trim
  • Corrugated steel skirting at foundation

    Finishes and Decoration

  • Low VOC paints and finishes everywhere
  • Use only low / no VOC adhesives
  • Water based wood finishes
  • Exterior material protection with paints and stains
  • Super high quality caulking at all gaps / transitions
  • Quality tile installation at all wet area floors
  • Minimize use of carpets where possible
  • High quality natural carpet with long lasting pad
  • Heavy glass panels and door at showers
  • Use real linoleum, not vinyl for resilient flooring


  • High quality energy and water-conserving appliances
  • Gas and electric provided for dryer and range
  • Minimize use of superfluous appliances


  • Use native and drought-tolerant plantings
  • Reuse shredded vegetation waste for mulch
  • Preserve topsoil quality
  • Use greywater for irrigation if codes allow
  • Plant trees and other vegetation for wind / sun control
  • Conceal detention / retention ponds with landscaping
  • Minimize non-permeable surfaces where possible


  • Photograph all walls before applying drywall
  • Photograph all underground work
  • Owners orientation package with manuals, etc.
  • All work done to code or better
  • Walk through orientation with Owner

    These specifications are for general planning purposes, and are intended for use as guidelines in the design and budgeting process.  The actual constraints of the Project (including design considerations and budget) may require different specifications.  It is the intent of Blue Sky Builders to construct the absolute best product possible given the parameters of the Project, and to integrate as many of the above listed features in order to achieve the highest level of quality and satisfaction possible.


  • This website and all contents within are Copyright 2008/9 Blue Sky Builders