About Us

Our Values

We started our company to address the need for truly sustainable construction company for homeowners and businesses in the Front Range of Colorado. Our values are important to us, and we try to honor them in all aspects of our process.

Local

Local

Build using materials that are found or produced locally and have as little embodied energy as possible. Use local labor to build the local economy.

Non-Toxic

Non-Toxic

We use materials that are not harmful to the people producing, installing, or living among them.

Healthy

Healthy

Not only do we want the inhabitants and environment to be healthy, but also the building itself.

Low-Impact

Low Impact

We use materials with low embodied energy, sourced using the least extractive methods possible.

Worker Owners

Ben Waldman

Ben started building while a disaster relief volunteer after Hurricane Katrina, the 2010 Haitian Earthquake and Superstorm Sandy. He followed this experience up with several natural building work-trades and workshops. He is trained as a Certified American Clay Applicator, a Certified Passive House Craftsperson and a Living Futures Accredited Professional.

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Frank Wetenkamp

Frank started working as a carpenter in the late 1990s, while in high school. He graduated from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Civil Engineering and a minor in Architectural studies. Later, he worked as a field engineer for a bridge and road construction company. A Natural Building Intensive course at Yestermorrow Design Build School in Vermont set him up for a move to Colorado and an apprenticeship under Ryan Chivers of Artesano Plasters. Frank is now a guest instructor with Tiny Hemp Houses, Yestermorrow, and Community Rebuilds.

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Cheryl Corsiglia

Cheryl graduated from the University of Florida with a degree in Environmental Science, and went looking for how to make the world healthier. Finding natural building, she got started in the construction industry with an internship with Community Rebuilds, building a straw bale home in Moab in 2010. She followed this up with a six week Adobe and Earthen Building course in Nicaragua in 2014. Cheryl is on the board of the Colorado Straw Bale Association, and an active member of Common Earth since 2014.

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Where We Work

What Our Clients Say

Everything you want in a contractor

Ben, Frank and Cheryl were a pleasure to work with on the project. Our plan was to alter a brick wood burning fireplace with a gas insert and to redefine and modernize its appearance and shape. Our first thought was concrete, which proved to be too heavy and expensive. Living Plasters’ suggestion of a finish …

Pride in their craft

We couldn’t be more pleased with our experience with this dynamic team of professionals. We hired them to build out our unfinished 1000 sq. ft. basement. Ben put together a comprehensive estimate, finding competitive bids for the electrical, heating, plumbing, and drywall portions, plus concrete floor stain & polish. We were pleasantly surprised to find …

My favorite room

I am really pleased with my clay walls. The clay surface creates such a soft beauty full of subtle variations in tone and texture. Their natural, earthen feel gives the room a unique ambience. It’s now my favorite room in the house. Ben and Ethan were a great team and really worked with me to …

Beyond our expectations

We highly recommend Ben Waldman. His outstanding workmanship and professionalism were beyond our expectations.  Reliability, honesty, consideration and attention to detail were several of the qualities Ben demonstrated.  We will certainly call him if we need to have more work done in our home.

The work they did was superior

Ben Waldman and his crew were delighful to have in our home for 7 days; polite, friendly, conscientious, efficient, and hard working. They cleaned up every day, and all the work they did was superior. Ben is a thoughtful and fair businessman, who does what he says he will do, when he says he will …

Wonderful craftsmen

Ben and his partner who remodeled my small bathroom in my 80 year old house are wonderful craftsmen who designed a beautiful room that incorporated the elements I was looking for while suggesting adjustments that made the best use of the small space. The room had given me moisture and leakage problems for 25 years …

A gorgeous upgrade

Frank, Ben and team plastered a large portion of the inside of our house in Lyons over a four month period in 2016. This was over 3500 sq. ft of floor space with vaulted ceilings, rounded arches, and extensive trim work. The craftsmanship is incredible and the end result was a gorgeous upgrade to our …

Their art is a pleasure

We have been living in our straw bale house for two years. Every day we enjoy the beautiful artistic work Frank, Ben, and Cheryl did plastering the walls and applying the tadelakt technique in our bathroom and along our kitchen counters. Their art is a pleasure for the eyes and to the touch. Tadelakt walls …