Construction Defect Footnotes

Sunday, July 17, 2011 @ 10:07 AM
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We hope that this will be helpful to those with questions about residential construction defect claims in Colorado.  Please note, however, that the information on this site is of a general nature; it should not be relied upon as legal advice, nor should one assume that all of the above will apply in all situations. Questions of builder negligence, contract interpretation, applicable statutes of limitation/repose deadlines, and related topics often depend on numerous factual and legal issues. In addition, the law changes frequently, and this website may not always be updated with the latest developments. If you think you have a claim for construction defects, you should speak with a qualified attorney promptly to discuss your situation. If you would like to request an appointment with an attorney at The Witt Law Firm call us at 303-216-9488.

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[1] In 1750 B.C., Hammurabi decreed that a builder was entitled to specific payments based on the size of a completed house, but that, if the builder “does not construct it properly,” he would be liable for any resulting deaths or property damage, plus reconstruction costs. See L.W. King, Code of Hammurabi, pp. 229-233, http://avalon.law.yale.edu/ancient/hamframe.asp.
[2] Carpenter v. Donohoe, 154 Colo. 78, 83-84, 388 P.2d 399, 402 (1964).


[3] Cosmopolitan Homes, Inc. v. Weller, 663 P.2d 1041, 1045 & n. 6 (Colo. 1983).


[4] Roper v. Spring Lake Dev. Co., 789 P.2d 483, 486 (Colo. App. 1990); Heritage Vill. Owners Ass’n v. Golden Heritage Investors, Ltd., 89 P.3d 513, 515 (Colo App. 2004).


[5] Sloat v. Matheny, 625 P.2d 1031, 1034 (Colo. 1981); Lakewood Vista at Green Mtn. Ranch Ass’n Inc. v. Foxpointe Vista Phase I Ltd., No. 03CV790 (Colo. 1st Dist. Jefferson Cty., Sept. 8, 2004) (copy on file with author), citing Buecher v. Centex Homes, 18 S.W.3d 807 (Tex. App. 2000), aff’d 95 S.W.3d 266 (Tex. 2002).


[6] Gillespie v. Plemmons, 849 P.2d 838, 840 (Colo. App. 1992).


[7] Carpenter, 154 Colo. at 83, 388 P.2d at 402.


[8] See, e.g., Int’l Bldg. Code § 110.1 (2003 ed.).


[9] E.g., Int’l Bldg. Code § 1405.15 (2003 ed.).


[10] See Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-20-804(2)(b) (2003).


[11] Cosmopolitan Homes, 663 P.2d at 1046; A.C. Excavating v. Yacht Club II Homeowners Ass’n, Inc., 114 P.3d 862, 870 (Colo. 2005).


[12] Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-20-804(1).


[13] Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-80-104(1).


[14] Colo. Rev. Stat. § 6-6.5-101.


[15] Id. ; Hoang v. Arbess, 80 P.3d 863, 870 (Colo. App. 2003).


[16] Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-20-806(7)(a).


[17] Colo. Rev. Stat. § 38-33.3-302(1)(d); Heritage Vill., 89 P.3d at 515.


[18] Colo. Rev. Stat. § 13-20-808(3).


[19] Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. v. Holmes, 193 P.3d 821, 828-29 (Colo. 2008).


[20] Colo. Rev. Stat. § 5-12-102(1)(b).


[21] Colo. Rev. Stat. § 38-22-101.


[22] See In re Regan, 151 P.3d 1281, 1286 (Colo. 2007).


[23] Colo. Rev. Stat. § 38-22-102(3.5).


[24] Colorado Coffee Bean, LLC v. Peaberry Coffee Inc., 251 P.3d 9, 27 (Colo. App. 2010).


[25] Cf. id.; see Colo. R. Civ. Pro. 38(a)


[26] See, e.g., Gergel v. High View Homes, LLC, 996 P.2d 233, 235 (Colo. App. 1999).


[27] See Philip L. Bruner, “Rapid Resolution ADR,” 31 Constr. Law. 6-7 (Spr. 2011).


[28] See Caroline E. Mayer, “No Suits Allowed / Increasingly, Arbitration Is the Only Recourse,” Wash. Post, July 14, 2002, at H1.