New Position Available: Project Manager

February 1, 2017

February 1, 2017

Project Manager

Job Description:

Our project managers manage our outside partners to ensure project completion follows timeline and budget. This typically involves getting contracts while maintaining accountability to their fulfillment of the contract. As a measure of our standards, all of our team members must present themselves in a professional manner as the key point person communicating with Ryan and the team regarding progress and flow of each project as well as the homeowner/client. This would include daily phone calls with the management team to update and emails to the customers as well. 

As a part of our team, this role would involve attending weekly meetings with the team to update progress spreadsheet, report status and progress of projects, and meet with partners. Our project manager will also be responsible for filling out daily reports to the homeowner. 

Our work starts at 7:00AM on site or on job site until 5:00PM. Another duty of this role is picking up any and all materials for the job site (and will be provided a credit card for business expenses with receipt tracking). The application and pick up of permits is necessary to work with business inspectors and pass inspections - which will be another aspect of this position. 

We operate on a strict project schedule, and as a project manager, you will need to monitor and record items completed, organizing sub-contractors, and inspection scheduling. A key aspect of this position will be working in conjunction with our office manager in reporting job expenses, change orders, and budgeting. 

About 5-7% of the work includes tidying up projects and make sure they are completed to company standards. This work may include, but is not limited to: touch up, hauling materials, loading materials, etc.

Our working relationship is integral to our business and this position also includes the expansion of our extended network as well as collecting lean waivers from outside parties.

If this position sounds right for you, please don't hesitate to reach out to us!

To apply: Please fill out the form located on our Careers Page

Trends for Denver Decks That will Take You into 2017

August 24, 2016

Does your home need a deck? Or is your deck dated and in need of updating? Today's homes are incomplete without a well-functioning, modern deck that bridges recreation, functionality, and design. At Kona, we understand your need for a deck that looks great, you can be proud to show off to friends and extended family, and that meets the needs of your immediate family. Here are a few new deck trends to consider.

Fancy Deck Railing
New trends point to a more widespread use of fancy railings, because while matching railing to decking materials remains a reliable design option, homeowners are enjoying the opportunity to contrast colors, or even mix materials, to suit their style and taste. Decking now serves as a neutral-colored "wall" and railing is the "artwork" that gives it character. You can further express your design flair by adding, for instance, balusters in contrasting colors or post caps made of metal or stained glass.

Living Zones
Homeowners are turning their interior and outdoor living spaces into one, open-into-each-other living zone that fits their lifestyle and taste. Think big, glass "garage doors" between home and deck that can be opened up in great weather to join the two. It is also fun to create outdoor rooms in your outdoor living space, sectioning off the deck and outdoor area for personalized purposes such as cooking, entertaining, sitting around a fire, relaxing in a hot tub, a children’s play area, and meditation.

When it comes to taking decks from functional to fantastic – and even futuristic – automation is the key. We know you want your decks to be hassle-free, functional and low-maintenance. So consider grills, TVs, charging stations, and entertainment systems that are installed underneath the deck and that emerge from under water-resistant "lids" with the touch of a remote-control button.

While automation is mainly a custom design capability at this time, the leading-edge innovation clearly shows that homeowners desire to continue to explore unique ways to develop their outdoor living zone with personalized flair.

As families with children and pets spend more time outdoors, safety is becoming even more important. Homeowners are adding elements of security to their decks without sacrificing aesthetics. Two features that meet this dual desire perfectly are recessed lighting and deck gates. Recessed lighting on steps not only provides a safety feature, it also adds dramatic ambiance. The ideal deck gate for families includes durability and controlled, self-closing hinges.

Whether you prefer trendy or traditional, contact us to talk with our team about your deck vision, because at Kona Contractors, we can customize designs to your exact specifications. We serve the Denver Metro and surrounding areas in Colorado, and we're here for you to offer support throughout the deck building process, making it as simple, easy, and stress free as possible. Call us directly at 720-935-4922. Let us guide you through the options of decks Denver residents love.

The Feel-Good Benefits of Adding a Water Feature to Your Denver Outdoor Living Space

August 17, 2016

If you think for a moment, you will realize that people naturally sit and congregate more often near fountains, waterfalls and moving water – that's because humans are naturally attracted to moving water. There is nothing more relaxing than settling down and listening to the sound of a soothing water feature in your Denver outdoor living space.

Whether it's a dramatic waterfall or a soft gurgle, water features work their magic by providing a focal point, health benefits, and delightful background sounds that cover unwanted noise. Water features can transform a deck, your backyard, your mood, and your health. A water feature is any of a full range of fountains, containers, pools, ponds, cascades, waterfalls, riverbeds, and streams in landscape architecture, on decks, and in garden design.

Water – especially moving water – produces negative ions. What are ions? They are electrically charged atoms and molecules. Atoms and molecules become positively or negatively charged continuously, as part of the chemical reactions that keep us alive. There's nothing wrong or unusual about this. The only thing that can bother us is when there are too many positively charged (versus negatively charged) particles in our bodies and/or environments.

As early as the 18th century Horace-Benedict de Saussure built a measuring device to show the amount of negative ions generated by water in places like forests, mountains, and near waterfalls. 

Dr. Albert P. Krueger, at the University of California, studied the effects of negatively charged particles on human health and wellbeing. His research showed that negatively charged (ionized) air has a direct relation to the levels of serotonin (a neuro-hormone) in the blood, thus having a great effect on altering the mood. Serotonin is the "feel good" chemical that, when present in sufficient amounts, allows us to relax and know that all is well.

In 1981, The New York Times reported on research that showed how humans are negatively affected by a positively charged environment, such as that produced by wind. In their post, Ions Created by Winds May Prompt Changes in Emotional States, they site experiments described by Dr. Jonathan M. Charry of Rockefeller University and Dr. Frank B.W. Hawkinshire of N.Y.U. in an issue of the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, stating:  "The apparent effects of positive ions included increased tension and irritability as well as a slowing of reaction times."
In nature, beneficial negative ions are released by:
  • Summer rains
  • Water waves or flowing water
  • Falling waters
  • Sunny weather
  • Water evaporation produced by plants
  • Photosynthesis
  • Fresh Snow
We can create outdoor living spaces for any backyard imaginable. At Kona Contractors, we will work with you to create the perfect outdoor living space. If you have an idea of what type or style you like, we can install it for you. If you are looking for some guidance, we can offer style ideas that fit within your budget – and your dreams. Contact us today to get started:  720-935-4922.

Add a Fire Pit to Your Denver Outdoor Living Space

August 10, 2016

Are you considering a fire pit? You already know that the backyard is a great place to hang with friends and family. For entertaining purposes, a wood deck with a simple barbecue is outdated. These days, amenities like ponds, water features, flowerbeds, faux riverbeds, vegetable gardens, outdoor kitchens, and fire pits are a must, and we can create fire pit spaces for any backyard space imaginable.

According to the experts, one reason for their appeal is that a fire pit can extend your backyard use through fall and into winter. In fact, fire pits have become so popular that builders construct them as part of the package for their higher-priced homes.

Your choice of fire pit should be based on the style of your space, how much room you have available, and local ordinances. Fire pit styles, sizes, and materials are many and varied. Here are a few more things to consider before making this important decision.

Do you want a fire pit that is built in or something that’s lightweight and potentially portable, so you can take it where you want your gathering? Do you want a focal point for yard or need/want a fire in different areas for different gatherings? For a built-in design, consider matching the style to the house, fence, pergola, etc., so that your fire pit area is cohesive and harmonious with the rest of the surroundings. Make it proportional to the size of your yard. And when considering outdoor fire pits and fire pit safety, be sure to plan for plenty of room between your pit and other structures. Look at seating and circulation factors too.

For portable fire pits, there are fire bowls that come in a variety of materials. Copper or stainless steel bowls are usually lighter, but heavier cast iron bowls do a nice job of radiating heat. Fire tables are similar to bowls, but are often made at coffee table height. There are also chimney-style options, freestanding pieces with a chimney-style vent, which come in a range of materials.

Regardless of which way you go, you need to ensure that you’re using proper materials – something that won't splinter when the fire heats up. That's where we come in. We have the experience and skills to help you get the aesthetics you want with the functions and safety you need.

Wood or gas is the most common type of fire pits. Those who favor a true outdoor experience usually prefer burning real logs, but that requires keeping flames going – as well as not letting them escape. It also requires a steady supply of firewood and a screen of some sort. An alternative is to use gas or propane for an instant fire – maybe even powered with a remote switch – though it’s not as hot as a wood fire, and you don’t get the same crackle and smoke.

At Kona Contractors, we will work with you to create the outdoor living space of your dreams. If you have an idea of what type or style you like, we can install it for you. If you are looking for some guidance, we can offer style ideas that fit within your budget. Contact us today to get started:  720-935-4922.

Outdoor Living Space Trends – Outdoor Rooms

August 3, 2016

Outdoor rooms are all the rage and are quickly becoming a staple in new home design. But even if you are not building a new home, we can assist you with your outdoor living space design to bring the indoors out in order to provide a welcome extension to your space with all the comforts and luxuries you have come to expect of indoor living.

Pergola Shade
Pergolas keep family and friends cool all season long while providing the framework and sense of enclosure for this outdoor room. Screens can be added for morning or afternoon sun protection and further privacy. The ability to integrate fans, misters, lighting or any other electrical features like speakers, allows for complete customization unique to your private space. The utilization of patio heaters also extends its season of use.

Fire Pit
Because of the cozy warmth and light produced, your fire pit can be the focal point to any outdoor space and extends the use of your outdoor room into the cool season and cool evenings. Spend quality time huddled near the warmth or cuddled up on comfy outdoor furniture.

Integrated lighting, especially low voltage LEDs, provides an efficient glow creating a stunning setting for your evening gatherings. Illumination of your outdoor space will add drama and personality, allowing for continued use into the night.

Outdoor Kitchen
Outdoor kitchens now provide a wide range of modern amenities – including stainless steel sinks, refrigerators, grills, pizza ovens, etc. The only thing better than a home cooked meal is a home cooked meal prepared in a fully equipped outdoor kitchen. Entertaining friends and family during meal prep and while cooking just got fun – and a whole lot more versatile.

Interior Luxury
We can help you easily improve the quality of your outdoor design with modern technology, because popular accessories for outdoor rooms now include outdoor speaker systems and TVs. Including music for your outdoor room is great for added ambiance. And don’t miss the next pool party when the big game is on. Simply push a button and transform your backyard into a fun entertainment hub where everyone can play.

We know that spending time outdoors is one of your major enjoyments, so why not live outside in style and comfort with all the luxuries of indoor amenities? Extending any living space to the outdoors adds a distinct, useable environment to enjoy with friends and family. Imagine neighborhood gatherings, family time, and intimate conversations in the presence of the warming fire in your outdoor room.

We can create outdoor living spaces for any backyard imaginable. At Kona Contractors, we will work with you to create the outdoor living space of your dreams. If you have an idea of what type or style you like, we can install it for you. If you are looking for some guidance, we can offer style ideas that fit within your budget. Contact us today to get started:  720-935-4922.