Rich Rasmussen doesn’t like to be the center of attention.
The general contractor and owner of Triple R Builders prefers to stay out of the limelight; however, it’s hard not to stare when you see his one-of-a-kind builds like the recently completed ‘Silo Project.’
Rich was eager to partner with the homeowner’s unique vision of joining two side-by-side grain silos to create her dream home. All it took was a bit of curiosity and creativity, and Rich was all in. He relishes the chance to do something that few, if any, have done before.
“I don’t follow the crowd. I gravitate towards the ‘one-of-a-kind’ projects. [With the Silo Project] I could envision the finished project, and it was an absolute ‘yes’ for me,” says Rich.
From the start Rich could taste the sweet satisfaction of accomplishing such a challenging feat. He’s keen on projects that many builders would turn down due to complexity or difficulty.
That’s the presiding attribute that differentiates Rich from the crowd - he’s never met a construction challenge he didn’t like. He’s always looking for something interesting or different, and the silo project certainly fits the bill.
“This is the signature build of my whole life. I’ve achieved something using what I’ve learned and what God gave me - skills, knowledge, experience, and a drive to work hard,” he says.
Rich’s 17 years of building experience layered atop of early work on his family’s farm and his three college degrees have taught him a thing or two about planning, problem solving, and hard work. Those skills were useful in the silo project given the perplexing task of fitting a build to a circular frame.
“Everything in this project was circular or curved; the walls, kitchen, stairway, ceiling, and more were all custom cut and made to curve,” he says. Hours were spent researching ways in which he could duplicate the exterior of the silo on the interior rounded ceiling. Inspired by a copper canopy at Flatiron Steel in Greeley, he was able to partner with this local supplier to create a one-of-a-kind ceiling. Every obstacle helped him to learn something new, and he even had to defy nature on a few things (such as successfully bending a 2x10 board.)
“I would lay awake at night thinking about how to make something work, and God would give me an idea to resolve the obstacle,” he recalls.
Rich is deeply thankful for the opportunity to be part of this unique and challenging project. It was gratifying to overcome the dilemmas of this extraordinary, round-about build.
“It’s cool to do something that blows people’s minds!” Rich says.
However, satisfaction isn’t the sole motivator for Rich. He’s passionate about using his talents and skills to help people bring their dreams to fruition.
“Together we achieved her dream, and mine as well,” he reflects. “Sometimes people develop a lot of fear around designing the home of their dreams. I try to alleviate their fears and figure out a way to make it happen. It’s not rocket science, it’s achievable.”
Rich puts his heart into every project as if it were his own, which gives his customers peace of mind. He considers himself a straight shooter who does what he says he’s going to do. It’s no wonder that his tagline is, “If you can dream it, we can build it.”
While there have been times when he felt like he was holding onto a rope and bouncing over the rocks, Rich says, “I always have faith in the provision.” He attributes his success to a lot of prayer and God’s guidance through it all, saying, “God has been driving and directing me my whole life, and I’m thankful for all of it.”
Triple R Builders, Inc.
1852 Hillrose Drive, Loveland