Custom Mountain Home Blog

Custom Mountain Home Blog

Welcome to the Scott Homes— Custom Mountain Home Blog! We like to provide our owners and prospective owners with the resources they need to make a well informed decision.  A variety of articles are written and obtained to provide the information needed to aid in making specific decisions.  We hope these articles are helpful to you in our home building process and your home maintenance process. Please visit with us on a routine basis as we try to add current and timely articles on a regular basis.

Pets with banner 'are you prepared'

Pet Evacuation Planning

Being prepared is the key to being safe in an emergency.  Why would this be different for our beloved pets?  This handy guide will help you prepare and organize BEFOREHAND so your pets have a better chance of surviving an emergency situatution.  Print it out and take care of your fur-feather-scale babies.

Evacuation Plan

Evacuation Planning

Planning for an evacuation should occur well before an emergency happens. Because a wildfire is a dynamic event, time may be limited. It will be important for you to think clearly and act decisively during an evacuation.

Emergency Planning

Emergency Planning

Would you know what to do in the event of an emergency?  The following are some guidelines and recommendation to help you and your famil prepare for disaster.

Burned Forest

Firewise Landscaping

Creating a 'defensible space' around your home is one of the most important and effective steps you can take to protect you, your family, and your home from catastrophic wildfire.  Defensible space is th earea between a structure and an oncoming wildfire where nearby vegetation has been modified to reduce a wildfires intensity.

Home near fire

Firewise Construction

 Firewise Construction involves using non-combustible building materials and keeping the area around your home free of debris. The following .pdf will describe each concept and offer alternative building materials that will reduce a home's risk to wildfire. Firewise construction and landscaping helped protect this home from wildfire.

Wildfires in Colorado

Homeowners Guide To Wildfires

Nearly every state has been devestated by wildfires in the last century. More than 140,000 wildfires occur on average each year.  Since 1990, more than 900 homes have been destroyed each year by wildfires.  So what can you do to protect yourself, your home, and property from wildfires?

Mountain falls

Homeowners Guide To Mountain Ground Water

Mountain residents often worry about the quality of their water.  Some people think of mountain water as the purest on earth, while others argue the effects of high levels of bacteria and othe contaminants.  One thing is known, the very nature of a mountain ground water system makes it vulnerable to contamination.

Grass Fire

Grass Fire Mitigation

Grassfire Mitigation includes vegetation management, property management and prevention. The Colorado Springs Fire Department recommends creating at least 10 feet of separation immediately around the home as well as mowing grasses and weeds to a height of no more than 4 inches at least 30 feet from any structure, but not to extend beyond the property line. You can manage the vegetation beyond 30 feet as long as you do not encroach on your neighbor. Remember, you can't treat what you don't own!

Disaster Prep

Financial Guidelines for Disaster Preparation

Insurers and homeowners share a common goal of reducing exposure to losses from wildfires and ensuring that consumers have adequate homeowners coverage in place to recover from financial losses that can occur. It is very important to regularly revisit the amount of insurance carried on a home to be certain it is sufficient to cover a major loss. An annual insurance check up will help make sure you have enough insurance coverage to rebuild your home in the current construction market. 

Tree Broken In Storm

Protect Your Trees From Storm Damage

The pounding of rain or hail, the fury of wind and the weight of snow and ice test the strength of a tree’s limbs, trunk and root system. The care you give your trees before and after a storm can be the key to their survival and keeping them from falling on your home, car or other valuable property.

Hand Picking Apple

Edible Landscaping

Edible landscapes combine fruit and nut trees, berry bushes, vegetables, herbs, edible flowers and ornamental plants into aesthetically pleasing designs. The designs can incorporate any garden style and can include just a few, or be completely comprised of edible species.

Many Different Trees

Choosing The Right Tree

The trees you choose to landscape your home not only add beauty, they can help cut energy costs by providing shade in the summer and buffering cold winds in the winter. Trees clean the air, reduce noise, create privacy and can increase a property’s value by improving the appearance. It is important to consider a number of factors when choosing the right trees for your particular environment and the best locations to plant trees in your yard.

Water pouring through a pavement slab

Pourous Pavement

Using porous pavement for a home's driveways, walkways, and patios has numerous benefits for the environment. For one, it helps recharge groundwater by allowing rain and snowmelt from paved surfaces to percolate into the soil. Porous pavement also reduces stormwater runoff and the contaminants that runoff carries. Further, the water that is absorbed into the soil is of a higher quality because porous pavement systems filter some pollutants out of the water before it's absorbed.


Xeriscape Basics

There is more to a home than its walls, insulation, and foundation--yards offer homebuyers space to relax, cook out, and enjoy nature. Homebuilders can think of a yard as an additional room of the home, requiring the same amount of planning and maintenance as the interior. Just as interior design elements help bring a home together, landscaping provides a finishing touch that makes a home feel complete.

Outdoor Dining Area

Make Yourself At Home Outdoors

It’s too easy these days to live almost exclusively in a climate-controlled, electronic world. Your days are spent going from air-conditioned house to car to workplace, with your ear glued to a cell phone or your fingers typing away on your personal digital assistant in between. But as people try to re-connect with nature, a new trend in home design — bringing the indoors outside— is emerging.

Green Lawn next to dry lawn

Caring For Your Lawn In Drought

Care, patience and a little bit of knowledge can make the difference between a lush healthy lawn and an arid brown eyesore. But proper lawn care is more complicated than setting out a sprinkler every once in a while. You can water or fertilize a lawn too little or too much, and even the time of day matters.