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Custom Home Builder and Concrete Contractor in Vancouver, WA

Feb. 24th 2013

Whether you are building a new house or just having the driveway replaced, meeting with a Vancouver, WA general contractor for the first time can be intimidating.  Perhaps you have never worked with a general contractor in the past. Maybe you feel that you are not construction savvy. Maybe you’re not exactly sure what you want done and would like a few suggestions.

If this describes you, you’ve come to the right place. We are made up of three core members: Eric, Leslie and Alan. We are a diverse group of people here at our Vancouver, WA based Direct Finish Construction. Eric has 14 years of wide-ranging construction experience. Alan is an expert in design. Leslie loves to customize projects to your specific tastes.

Don’t sell yourself short. You do know several things. You know your budget and you know what you like. You may not be able to describe it, but when you see something, you’ll be able to say, “Yes, that one! That’s the one I want!”

We are a custom home builder in Vancouver, WA and concrete contractors of Vancouver, WA that want  to help you find exactly what you want.

Whether you choose us or not, be sure to find someone you feel comfortable doing business with.

If you are looking for a general contractor in the Vancouver, WA area, give Direct Finish Construction a call (360) 690-5616 . We are not scary.

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General Contractor, Vancouver WA for Custom Homes and Concrete

Feb. 16th 2013

In the present economy, many homers have decided not to sell and instead are remodeling.  A growing number of Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, WA residents are spending more on home renovations.

When you make the decision to hire a contractor, make sure you hire a Vancouver, WA general contractor who you can work with and understands code compliance.

If updating your home requires any structural change, addition or demolition, you need a permit. The process involves applying for a permit to begin the work; getting inspections during and after completion, and then the issue of certificate of completion.  Separate permits for plumbing, mechanical and electrical work may also be required.

Building codes are adopted and continually updated statewide.

This is not as complicated as it sounds, but failure to follow the procedure can cause unwanted grief and the threat of fines.

A licensed general contractor in Vancouver works with county code professionals to insure all work will meet current codes and standards.

If you have a project in your future, call a Vancouver general contractor or custom home builder that knows what is required for every project.

Direct Finish Construction is a full service construction company in Vancouver, WA who prides themselves on being honest and hardworking.

They understand the legal requirements for every project. Call 360-690-5616 today for concrete work, remodels, additions, or tenant improvements.

Call 360-690-5616.

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General Contractor in Vancouver, WA Specializes in Concrete

Feb. 8th 2013

The weather is cold and the rain keeps falling, but at Direct Finish Construction we are still optimistic that spring isn’t far off. In fact, we know that if you have a spring project to get done, now is the time to do it.

If you love the out of doors, or if you love growing your own food there is one project which might enhance your life in a lovely sort of way. Build a concrete raised bed garden.

There are a lot of reasons to build such a structure, two of which are:

  • You have limited space
  • You have lousy soil


These beds are nice because

  • They are easier to weed.
  • There is no tilling required because the soil doesn’t get compacted when you step on it.
  • There’s no bending over to plant
  • You can put the kind of soil in them you want to
  • The concrete helps the soil warm earlier in the spring and stay warmer in the fall. Plants mature sooner and freeze later.
  • These structures are easily adaptable to form hoop houses to protect the plants


At Direct Finish Construction we love to build these structures. We’ve had several years of experience and know the best positioning.

As general contractors in Vancouver, WA we are available to help with other construction needs including:

  • Renovations
  • Dry wall
  • Concrete–demolition, driveway repairs, new sidewalks, patios, footings, retaining walls, deocrative, box gardens
  • Remolding–kitchen, bathroom or home additions
  • Landscaping
  • Wood floor installation
  • New home construction
  • Garage additions
  • Repairs to existing buildings

Call (360) 690-5616 if you want a concrete garden spot before those first spring blossoms poke through.


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Concrete Contractor in Vancouver, WA

Feb. 1st 2013

Build a Beautiful, Functional and Long-lasting Retaining Wall

Retaining walls are not just concrete growing up from the ground.  These are functional pieces of construction that need to be done correctly so they will not only be solid and firm initially, but will stand the test of time.They need to be done by an northwest expert.

Retaining walls often need steel in them. They must drain properly. They should be mounted on adequate footings. To build a wall properly, it must be built on a solid foundation. The compaction from behind also needs to be solid. Even a small wedge of soil can add pressure to the wall.

Don’t trust a retaining wall to just anyone. They need to be done by a contractor who understands soils, construction, design and drainage.

You need to have a Vancouver contractor who is willing to annoy the neighbors for a little while with a heavy, noisy vibrating plate to compact the soils properly.

There is nothing worse than a wall which looks good the first year or two and then starts to crack or back water up into a spot that never had water problems before.

Retaining walls can lean, separate and even tip over. Now what you had hoped would be a beautiful addition to your yard has become an eyesore that is making your original problem worse.

Direct Finish Construction is a Vancouver, Washington general contractor who has more experience in concrete than the average contractor. You can trust them to design the finest retaining walls in the Vancouver/Portland metropolitan area. Call now (360) 690-5616

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