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Avoid Construction Mistakes with Vancouver’s Direct Finish

Jan. 31st 2014

The Home Improvement Factory lists the ten largest home improvement mistakes made by home owners across the country.  Vancouver, WA homeowners are probably just as guilty of these mistakes.

Here are the mistakes as listed on the home improvement website.

  1. Failure to Obtain References– Taking shortcuts and not obtaining references can result in shoddy workmanship. While it may take more time, it is always worth it to carefully check the background of anyone you hire.
  2. Managing Your Own Project– Many homeowners make the mistake of trying to play general contractor and manage their own project in order to save money. In the end, this can result in cost increases and delays.
  3. Not Reviewing Contracts– It is always important to carefully read contracts with contractors before you sign on the dotted line. Make sure you understand delivery and payment schedules as well as the scope of the work to be performed.
  4. Not Knowing Your Own Limits– A DIY project can save you money, but it is important to know when to call in the professionals. Consider how much your time is worth and whether you will spend more money hiring someone to fix mistakes if you are not up to the task.
  5. Ignoring Local Building Codes– Proceeding with a remodeling project without the proper permits can result in delays, fines, and even prevent you from selling your home in the future.
  6. Not Setting a Realistic Budget– Home improvement projects typically cost more than homeowners expect. As a safeguard, you should expect to spend about 10% to 15% more than your initial budget.
  7. Choosing a Contractor Based on Price– Being cost-conscientious is important, but if you look at the price of a contractor only, you could end up with poor quality work.
  8. Not Having a Plan in Mind– Without a solid in plan in mind for the design, you may make changes later on that can result in additional costs and blow your budget.
  9. Not Thinking Like a Future Buyer– Regardless of whether you plan to be in your home long-term, it is important to think about what will happen if you do decide to sell your home and whether the improvements you make will appeal to prospective buyers.
  10. Overpricing Your Home for the Neighborhood– Consider whether your home will continue to fit into your neighborhood after your renovations or whether it will stick out.

Direct Finish Construction has seen each of these mistakes in Vancouver homes. Give them a call. They can handle every mistake.

  1. As general contractors in Vancouver, WA are prepared to give your references.
  2. As a general contractor, the crew at Direct Finish will help avoid cost increases and delays.
  3. Everything in a contract from Direct Finish will be spelled out.
  4. Crew members from Direct Finish will help you know what you can and can’t do yourself.
  5. Having experience in the Clark County and surrounding areas, the staff at Direct Finish knows the building codes for new homes and for remodels.
  6. As plans are developed, you will have help setting a realistic budget.
  7. All work by Direct Finish is competitively priced, but not priced to sacrifice quality.
  8. At this Vancouver, WA general contractor this is someone to help you design now so you won’t have to make changes later.
  9. Having someone who is in homes all over the area, will help you plan a home which will sale later on.
  10. Understanding the area comes with the experience that is available at Direct Finish.

Call for a consultation today 360-690-5616 or click here and read more about this overwhelmingly organized and professional company.

If you are interested in exploring the option of building a custom home with an open floor plan, or renovating your existing home, call Direct Finish Construction for a consultation today 360-690-5616 or click here and read more about this overwhelmingly organized and professional company.

Read what others are saying about Direct Finish Construction by going here.

To learn more about their concrete services in Vancouver, WA go here.

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Bring Your Ideas to Direct Finish Construction in Vancouver, WA

Jan. 31st 2014

There was a time when people would arrive at our offices with a stack of pictures they had ripped out of magazines. This was their way of telling us what they wanted in their new Vancouver, WA home or how they wanted their remodel to look.

At Direct Finish Construction we still get magazine pages, but more often than not out clients hold out a kindle or and iPad and we scroll through Pinterest pictures or an interesting website.

Make your kitchen beautiful.

Make your kitchen beautiful.

Another great site is houzz.com.  There are great photos and ideas which you can peruse as you decide what you want.  For example at this link  is a way to add an eating counter either below or above the counter. One option that is featured is adding an extension to the counter. Counter heights are typically 36 inches. An extension at table height of 30 inches can be added and then regular kitchen and dining chairs will pull up to the counter comfortably.

There is also a large section here  on outdoor design. At Direct Finish Construction we have some of the best concrete professionals in the Vancouver, WA area. They can help you decide how to improve your yard and turn it into an extension of your living.

Gathering ideas is a great way to start. Then call in the experts at Direct Finish Construction.

Call them today. They’d love to see your ideas.  360-690-5616.

 

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Commercial Construction Needs Direct Finish from Vancouver, WA

Jan. 24th 2014

When you decide to build a custom home, choosing a general contractor is very important. When you decide to build a commercial construction or remodel a commercial building the stakes are even higher. This is your livelihood. You can’t afford to make a mistake.

You need a building contractor you can trust and a contractor that knows that they are doing. To read more about Direct Finish Construction and their commercial services click here. To see more pictures of the work they have done click here.

Direct Finish Construction believes in working in an organized manner from the first walk through the property, to the planning stage, clear through to cleaning up the area before you walk in to take possession of the location.  They have many years of experience working construction for Commercial businesses. They have a long list of jobs they can complete as a general contractor in Vancouver, WA

The staff at Direct Finish offer Vancouver, WA services that boast the lowest costs and the highest standards of service possible. They have had the pleasure of working with businesses all along the Columbian River.

Call them today and have an experienced building contractor on your site 360-690-5616.

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Direct Finish Can Give You The Kitchen You Want

Jan. 17th 2014

Building a fence is a construction job. Building a barn is a construction job. Building a garage is a construction job. Building or remodeling a kitchen is not just a construction job. It is building the center of a home. Kitchens are the heart of a home. They reflect the personality of those living in it.

You need to have professionals that will understand your vision as well as a contractor who is versed in interior design and who is prepared to use modern technology to help plan out your kitchen. You also need a general contractor who can follow through on a schedule so you will be inconvenienced as little as possible.

Recently, we were in a home where the home owner had spent a considerable amount of money on beautiful counters and a new state-of-the—art fridge. The money was gone before they got to the stove and the floor. The tile was cracked and ugly. The stove stained and unreliable.

With a little more planning you can have a kitchen that doesn’t look half done or incomplete.

Designing where food will be cooked everyday takes a lot of thought.

Designing where food will be cooked everyday takes a lot of thought.

A kitchen remodel is exciting as well as a great way to add value to your home. Especially, if you consider the following:

  • Make the kitchen not only easy to navigate as well as aesthetically pleasing.
  • Emphasize the practical. Don’t put the dishwasher in a position that makes it difficult to unload. Be prepared to bend on aesthetics in the name of making the kitchen practical.
  • Include money for everything. Don’t spend all  your budget on cabinets and not have enough for a decent sink.

Call Direct Finish Construction 360-690-5616. Or click here to see testimonials about this company.

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Concrete Contractors in Vancouver, WA from Direct Finish

Jan. 10th 2014

Concrete is more than just heavy grey construction material. It can add or detract from the value of your home.

Concrete, that grey stuff you drive on and get grumpy when it starts to crack and weeds grow through those gaps.

A poor concrete job can destroy the look of your home and devastate the resale value of the same property. The problem is, most people don’t know if they are getting good concrete or poor concrete until they see how this addition to the property holds up in a year or two.

Direct Finish Construction wants to make sure that a year from now your concrete is still looking good.  That is why they keep up with the new concepts in concrete.

Pervious concrete is an idea that is becoming more popular in the Vancouver, Washington area. This is due mostly to the fact that this area gets approximately 39.14 inches of rain every year.

Typically 6.77 of those inches come in December just a little more than the 5.9 inches that falls in November. January gets about 5.5 inches. February normally gets a little less at 4 inches. March sees about the same amount of moisture with about an inch less in April. The deluge drops off to about 2 .5 inches in May.

As you can see, there are a lot of months with a lot of rain. July normally gets the least amount of rain at .69 inches. August about .77. So if you are not prepare to only pour concrete in the two months out of the year with very little rain, then you need to hire a concrete contractor from Vancouver, WA that understands moisture and concrete.

One type of concrete that is being used more often is pervious concrete. This is a relatively low maintenance substance that is being used more and more often in residential projects. This type of concrete eliminates runoff and the amount of pollutants being carried to waterways because it allows water to flow through it rather than over it.

Call Direct Finish Construction today if you have any concrete projects you want done. You don’t have to wait until July or August. They can help you today.

For more about these general contractors who have an expertise in concrete, click here.

Call 360-690-5616 to contact one or their qualified contractors.

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So Many Advantages to a Home From Direct Finish Construction

Jan. 3rd 2014

If you want to build a new home, now is probably a really good time to get started.  If you come to Direct Finish Construction we can have your design ready and construction started by early in this New Year.

This means you can spend the fall in the home of your dreams. There are lots of benefits of building your own home.

  • Most builders can get you discounts on some items.
  • Everything is new. Until you have enjoyed that “new” home smell you’ll never understand how much you enjoy not having “used.”
  • Annual savings come from having a new furnace and air conditioner the function optimally. Homeowner’s insurance is often cheaper on a new home.
  • Your design. Everything you want from the start. So often people move into a home and then start “redoing” the house.
  • Easier to entertain. Most new homes have an open floor plan that supports having friends over.
  • More outlets.  Older homes seldom have outlets where you want them.

The crew at Direct Finish Construction is always eager to see your ideas and help you implement them.

Read more about the staff here. Or call them 360-690-5616. They can explain how building a new home is often much less expensive than attempting to repair a pre-existing home. There are always unexpected surprises that can be involved in buying a pre-existing home. With a new home, you are in control.

 

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