Rising cost of lumber in Colorado makes for more expensive homes, DIY projects

 Rising cost of lumber in Colorado makes for more expensive homes, DIY projects

Like many other families affected by the impact of the stay-at-home pandemic, Deborah Cowles saw it as a grand opportunity to improve the look of a few things around her Centennial home.

But the timing of a desire to replace an aging cedar fence just wasn’t working out, so Cowles chose to put it off for a few months, to when things would work out more smoothly.

Smoothly, perhaps. Inexpensively, no.

“I kept the companies’ bids for a year and when I reached out again, the same project, the same company, it was more than a $1,000 more expensive,” Cowles said. “Another company was $2,000 more.”

What was worse for Cowles was the inability of a contractor to guarantee the wood she wanted. The companies were offering what they had, which wasn’t much.

“It was incredible,” Cowles said. “There was a run on lumber.”

Market experts say the cost of lumber — measured in 1,000-foot increments — has tripled or more since…

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