The Roaring Fork Valley Construction Market

McSwain Builders has been building homes and satisfying clients since 1996. Since then, we have experienced many ups and downs in our business and our industry. These experiences have shaped who we are today.


We are a lean and mean custom builder focused on manifesting our clients’ dreams. Lean and mean = no fluff and no unnecessary expenses in our business or our budgets.

McSwain Builders is proud of what we have created, and the glowing reviews from the vast majority of our past clients says we’re doing something very well.

Given the strength of the local market and the number of great projects presented to McSwain Builders, we are in the unique and fortunate position of being able to choose our clients. This means we will not bid on each and every project presented to McSwain Builders. We choose the projects and the customers who we believe will be easy to deal with, those who are appreciative of what McSwain Builders offers, clients who are able to make timely decisions, and those having a realistic budget. 


Demand has never been higher for good builders in the RFV. Additionally, demand has never been higher for skilled tradesmen and subcontractors. Material costs for lumber, millwork, fasteners, concrete, sheetrock, doors/windows, electric wire, lighting controls, plumbing supplies and fixtures and HVAC systems/supplies increases in price every year without fail. The positive side of this reality is that in most cases, the supplies, tools, materials and equipment used on McSwain Builders projects are all of exceptional quality and dependability. The downside is prices continue to increase.   


The high demand for good builders/construction workers/subs, coupled with the low supply good builders/construction workers, results in prices for labor that are higher than most all other markets. Also, the local weather (and the extreme fluctuations in temperature), that are part of everyday life here in the RFV, translate into unique construction materials + methods and challenging local building regulations that also drive up local construction costs.


This means it will cost more to build your house, more to renovate a house, more to build a new addition and more to remodel a kitchen here in the Roaring Fork Valley than almost any other market in the US. The high cost of construction (and the high cost of everyday life) is simply the reality of living in the Roaring Fork Valley. People don’t live here because it’s affordable. People live here because the quality of life is off the charts, and most “locals” make countless sacrifices that enable us to live in this amazing Valley while still supporting our families.

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MCSWAIN BUILDERS INC, Colorado is a family owned construction company based in Glenwood Springs, Colorado. We are a residential and commercial general contractor specializing in:

  • Custom Home Builder, Custom Homes and Fine Homebuilding

  • New Construction

  • Additions

  • New Bathrooms and Bathroom Remodeling 

  • New Kitchens and Kitchen Remodeling 

  • New Garages

  • Mother in Law Suites, Mother in Law Apartments and ADUs

  • Basements and Basement Remodeling

  • Commercial and Retail New Construction and Remodeling

  • Tenant Up-fits

  • Office New Construction and Office Remodeling

  • Builders, Home Builders, General Contractors

  • Remodeling Contractor

We build in the following markets:

  • Aspen

  • Snowmass Village

  • Old Snowmass

  • Woody Creek

  • Basalt

  • Missouri Heights

  • Carbondale

  • Glenwood Springs

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