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Jan 18

Written by: Backcountry Inn
1/18/2011 11:43 AM  RssIcon

A Labor of Love That Began When Southwest Drywall, Inc., Needed Housing for Workers NORWOOD – It has been interesting and exciting to watch the complete transformation of the previously run-down Westward Ho motel at the west entrance to Norwood. Gone is the greenish hue from the building’s fluorescent lights, and the seemingly abandoned front office that left passersby wondering if the glowing red “vacancy” sign was left on by mistake. It sat there dark, empty and, frankly, sad.

Signs of life returned to the motel in 2007, when Eagle, Colo.-based Southwest Drywall Inc., began housing its workers there. Three years later, what was once an eyesore is now a thing of beauty. The tastefully restored and renamed BackCountry Inn is now open for business, beckoning visitors with a classy post-and-beam porte-cochere, natural stone and stucco exterior, and brand new doors and windows. Even more impressive are the inn’s impeccably sophisticated rooms – unlike anything you would ever expect from a rural roadside motel.

For SDI President Mark Beagley, the process of restoring the Westward Ho has been a real learning experience. In retrospect, “It’s been more than I anticipated,” he admits with a laugh, adding, “I didn’t do my legwork.”

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