Story #7

It’s rare that you experience the instant reward for a good deed or smart action. But we had a combination of lucky timing and good decision making that we’re sure prevented expensive property damage. Because we bought our house at the end of summer and plan to completely remodel it, we are focused almost exclusively on completing the inside projects as quickly as possible so we can move in. For the most part, we will work on the yard and exterior next spring. However, we’re so grateful that we chose to remove 2 dead trees in the backyard right away.

There was a sad-looking 10’ high tree stump and a 40’ tall dead tree in the backyard. We decided to get rid of them both as another small project while we gather quotes from sub-contractors and apply for building permits. Another piece of luck on this project is that I happened to see a post in a local Colorado real estate investing Facebook group recommending Armando Arana from A&A Tree Service. I immediately contacted him to request an estimate.

Armando earned our trust and business by competently describing how he trims and removes trees. Then, he worked to squeeze our smaller project (for his crew) into his busy schedule. Josh observed his crew safely and efficiently cut down the dead trees at our first house. 


While taking down the taller trunk, Armando discovered that termites (uncommon in Colorado) had eaten the entire base of the rotten, dead tree. Instead of using a chainsaw, the crew could pull it down with their ropes. Scroll through the photo gallery to the last image to see how the trunk crumbled into almost dust at the ground level. We hadn’t realized how unstable and unsafe that tree was! If we had waited until spring to remove it, it might have fallen during a winter storm. It was tall enough that it could’ve hit my (future) office at the back of the house or the fence and our neighbor’s backyard. In fact, just 1 week later, there was an early snowstorm in Colorado with a lot of strong winds. We feel pretty smart that we proactively took care of that hazard. And because of the termite’s hard work, we weren’t left with a stump to dig out of the ground. Bonus: this may be a great spot to plant a lilac bush next spring.


    Revealing Hidden Costs of Remodeling

    We accounted for the big-ticket items, like countertops and subcontractors, but it also felt like we were always adding things to our rehab budget. Little changes can add up quickly!

    Reuse As Much As Possible When Remodeling

    To protect the environment & our budget, we reused many of the original materials in our first house even though we completely remodeled it.

    Homebuyers, Look for These Clues to Potential Costly Repairs

    Homebuyers, you don’t need any construction knowledge to spot these clues to potential, costly repairs.

    What the Heck are Floating Floors?

    Our flooring services are only for snap-together products that can be installed as a floating floor. We explain what that means and why we chose it for our first home.

    What the Heck are Floating Walls?

    Building codes in Colorado require floating basement walls, but you don’t need magic to make that happen.

    Some Things Didn’t Go Smoothly

    Even though we regularly work with other contractors on clients’ projects, we still had issues with some of the new-to-us contractors & vendors we used to remodel our first home.

    The Best-Laid Plans…

    If you expect your plans to change, you may be able to roll with the design changes without freaking out.

    When a Wall Has Got to Go

    You don’t have to live with a wall you hate! See what a HUGE improvement we made by removing walls in our main living area.

    Moving the Stairs Maximized Our Space

    We knew the first time we saw the house that we wanted to move the stairs, but it took longer to come up with the best new spot for them.

    Digging into Egress Windows & Legal Basement Bedrooms

    With “Basements” in our company name and window installation as an expertise, we are asked to add egress windows a lot. Let’s dig into what an egress window is and why it matters.

    Beams to Basements Contractors logo with top of home & saw blade