Rising lumber costs explode the tab on new home construction, DIY projects in Colorado – Sterling Journal-Advocate

 Rising lumber costs explode the tab on new home construction, DIY projects in Colorado – Sterling Journal-Advocate

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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