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When Is the Best Time to Pour New Concrete in Vancouver WA?

Mar. 12th 2018

The great northwest. If you don’t like cool, wet weather then this is probably not the right place for you to live. However, many people love this area and would never trade the rain for anything else. That being said, living in the northwest does have its challenges, especially when it comes to construction.

One of those challenges is working with new concrete. It’s not always easy pouring new concrete in driving rain. So when is the best time to pour in the Vancouver WA area? Obviously, it’s always easier to pour concrete when it’s sunny and dry as opposed to cold and wet.

That means from late May through early September is better for pouring, with July and August being the most optimal time. However, that being said, you can pour concrete anytime of the year. You want to avoid freezing temperatures if possible, but you can combat this with cold-weather concrete mixes, as well.

If you’re looking to pour any new concrete this year, including a foundation, a patio or a new driveway, then please contact us today at Direct Finish Construction for a trusted and reliable Vancouver WA concrete contractor. Just call us at 360-690-5616 or click here to connect with us online.

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Top Energy-Efficient Features to Consider for Your Vancouver WA Home

Feb. 26th 2018

If you’ve done any research about home building lately then you know that saving energy is a big part of any construction project these days. From energy efficient appliances to solar panels for heating, there are all kinds of energy saving options available on the market today.

So which of these features should you add to your home? These are just a few of the options available that you should strongly consider.

Cool roofing – these reflect sunlight thus lowering the roof temperature keeping your house cooler in the summer.

Energy-efficient exterior doors – getting the right exterior doors in your home will help you keep the warm or cool air inside your house, thus reducing the amount of energy it takes to heat or cool your home.

Advanced house framing – this framing method uses less lumber and more insulation and produces less waste. It cuts the cost of the initial build and reduces heating and cooling costs by as much as 5 percent.

Window treatments – window treatments can also help regulate the temperature in your home, thus reducing the amount of electricity you burn.

Skylights – this is another feature that can help save money. By adding natural light you can use your lights less and avoid spending as much money on electricity.

House color – the color of the exterior of your house can also help you save energy. Lighter colors help keep your house cooler and darker colors help keep it warmer. By matching your color to your climate you can save on your energy bill.

There are several good ideas if you want to save energy in your home and Direct Finish Construction can help you choose the right ones. Please contact us at 360-690-5616 or click here for your residential remodel in Vancouver WA.

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How Long Will My Vancouver WA Remodel Take?

Feb. 12th 2018

No matter what type of remodeling project you’re going to start, one of the top two questions is how long will it take? The other question usually has to do with how much it will cost? But that’s a topic for another blog.

Of course, anyone who starts a remodel project wants to know how long it takes. Customers ask this question because they really don’t know and because they really want to know when they can expect to see the completed project. In almost all cases, they prefer sooner rather than later.

The problem is, in most cases contractors can only give you an estimate. There are simply too many variables and possibilities for them to nail down a specific time. However, most contractors can give you some kind of a time frame, or a window of completion you can go by. But even those are estimates, so you shouldn’t set them in stone.

There are many factors that play a part in the timing of a remodel project, including the size of the job, the actual job being done, ho many subcontractors will be used, the number of materials and supplies being used, and so forth.

Even though it might seem like some contractors in Vancouver WA don’t really want to finish the jobs they start, the reality is, in most cases, they want to get the job done right, more so than getting it done fast.

If you’re ready to start a remodeling job in your Vancouver WA home then contact an experienced and reliable Vancouver WA remodeling contractor. Call Direct Finish Construction at 360-690-5616 or click here.

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Top Upgrades to Include in a Custom Vancouver WA Home

Jan. 26th 2018

When you build a new home in Vancouver WA or even remodel an old one. There are so many options to choose from. Of course, for most people, there is a budget to consider, so in most cases, you have to choose which options you want the most, including which upgrades to include.

While it’s nice to add as many as upgrades as possible, the fact is some make a lot more sense than others. In other words, not all upgrades are really worth the cost. So that leads to the question, which ones are really worth it?

The kitchen is the first place you should look to add upgrades, as this is likely the room you will spend most of your time in. And there are plenty of places to add upgrades. The cabinets, the countertops, the appliances and the flooring are well worth the extra money. Not only will you enjoy your kitchen more, but also the upgrades will add value to your home if you ever decide to sell it.

Lighting is another great upgrade that is usually worth the money. Your house can never have too much lighting, so splurging in this area is a smart move. Flooring is an extremely important part of your home because it covers the entire house. Upgrading your flooring brings additional value to your home and you’ll notice the difference.

Having more storage space is another excellent splurge, as is adding anything that can help save energy. Again, you will enjoy these features while you’re there and your house will have added value.

If you’re planning a construction project at your Vancouver WA home then contact Direct Finish Construction at 360-690-5616 or click here.

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Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Vancouver WA Contractor

Jan. 12th 2018

If you’re hiring a contractor in Vancouver WA you need to do your homework before you make your choice. As with anyone you hire to perform a service at your home, you want to be sure they will do the job right and that you know what you’re signing up for.

Therefore, in order to be sure you’re hiring the right Vancouver WA general contractor you need to ask a lot of questions. You might already have a list of questions in mind, but make sure you add these important questions to your list if you haven’t already.

Will you itemize your bid? This is an important question because it provides you with a specific price for each aspect of the job, instead of a bottom-line price that doesn’t really offer any details about what you’re paying for. You can also compare bids much easier when offered this way.

Is your bid an estimate or the actual price? It’s difficult for any job to stick to an exact estimated price, as unforeseen complications can happen at any time. One way to prevent major cost changes is to ask for a fixed bid instead of an estimated bid.

How long have you been working here? Another good question to ask is how long a contractor has been working in your area. The longer he or she has been at it in a certain location the more likely he or she is to have a good list of suppliers and subcontractors to work with. That means your job is likely to go smoother and quicker.

These are three of the most important questions you can ask a potential general contractor but there are many others. If you’re ready to remodel your Vancouver WA home with the help of an experienced and reliable Vancouver WA remodeling contractor call Direct Finish Construction at 360-690-5616 or click here.

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Commercial Property Remodel in Vancouver WA

Dec. 28th 2017

Every business owner wants to do everything in his or her power to attract more people to his store location and become a buying customer. Even if you have a great product, it doesn’t matter if you can’t get people inside your store. There are several factors that play a part in getting people to visit your store. One of them is how your store looks.

If your store is boring, drab, dirty or lacks any aesthetic appeal then it will be tough just to get people to come inside, let alone stay long enough to buy something. Therefore, you might need to consider a commercial property remodel if you’re having trouble attracting customers.

So here are some things to consider. First, determine what needs to be done at your store in order to make it work. Next, choose the right team for the job. Then come up with a detailed plan and a timeline to get it finished. Consider your layout, your lighting and your color scheme as you make your plan.

There are many things to consider in a commercial property remodel and a lot is riding on how it turns out. Therefore, you want to be sure you get it done right so you can maximize your remodeling efforts.

If you need help with your commercial construction project then please give Direct Finish Construction a call today at 360-690-5616 or contact us online. Let’ get your next commercial construction project in Vancouver WA or the Portland OR area finished.

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New Concrete in Vancouver WA

Dec. 15th 2017

Are you ready for a new concrete driveway in Vancouver WA? If so then you probably have a lot of questions. That’s ok. We’re here to answer all of your concrete questions, whether you are considering a new driveway or any other concrete project.

These are some of the common questions regarding concrete that we hear at Direct Finish construction.

  • How do I choose the right concrete contractor?
  • Should I seal my new concrete driveway?
  • What happens if my concrete driveway cracks?
  • What color should I choose for my concrete driveway?
  • How much does stamped concrete cost?
  • Does my concrete driveway come with a warranty?

These are just a few of the common questions that we can answer for you at Direct Finish Construction. We know you want to get the job done right and that you don’t want to overpay for your project. We’ll give you an upfront and affordable estimate and answer any questions you have.

If you’re ready to start a new concrete project at your home or office then please contact us today at Direct Finish Construction for a trusted and reliable Vancouver WA concrete contractor. Call us today at 360-690-5616 or click here to get in touch with us online.

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Tips for Vancouver WA Bathroom Remodel

Nov. 25th 2017

Other than the kitchen the next most important room in your home is probably the bathroom. People spend a lot of time in their bathrooms, so it’s important for this room to be nice looking and functional at the same time.

If you’re tired of your old, run-of-the-mill bathroom then it’s time to look at getting a remodel. So what kinds of things can you do to update this important room? Your bathroom consists of several important parts: the tub, shower, sink, cabinets and of course the toilet.

When you are doing a bathroom remodel it’s important to choose finishes that are compatible with moisture. Here are some other important tips to keep in mind when doing a bathroom remodel.

Start with your colors and then begin to consider your fixtures, your cabinets, your window coverings and your lighting in order to formulate an overall plan. Consider the rest of your home, as well, as you make your choices. You can also speak with an experience contractor that can help you with your choices.

Please give us a call at 360-690-5616 or contact us online if you are looking to remodel your bathroom or to start any other remodeling project at your home or office in Vancouver WA. At Direct Finish Construction we’ll get the job finished right.

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Vancouver WA Kitchen Remodel

Nov. 14th 2017

There is nothing quite like having a brand new kitchen. From the new cabinets and appliances to the lighting and flooring, it’s just a nice feeling to be in your beautiful new space, which is the gathering spot of almost any home. Even if you can’t afford to do a whole house remodel, you might be able to remodel your kitchen. This will help give your home a fresh new look.

So how do you go about completing such a big and important project? Remodeling a kitchen requires an experienced contractor as well as a detailed plan. There are so many things you have to decide on before you get started. Here are some of the major components of a kitchen remodel.

  • Appliances
  • Cabinets
  • Floors
  • Lighting
  • Finishes
  • Sinks
  • Backsplashes
  • Colors
  • Storage space
  • Island design

The list can go on and on. The first thing you need to do is choose the right contractor. The contractor will help you make a plan, set your budget, choose your design and layout, select your materials and optimize the entire process.

If you’re ready to remodel your kitchen in Vancouver WA then please contact Direct Finish Construction to get the job done right. You can reach us at 360-690-5616 or click here to send us a message online.

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How Much Does a New Concrete Driveway Cost in Vancouver WA

Oct. 14th 2017

If you’re in the market for a new driveway then you are probably considering several options. Asphalt is one way to go, and concrete is another popular option. While asphalt is cheaper than concrete, concrete will easily outlast asphalt by several years.

Concrete also adds some nice curb appeal to your home and concrete driveways require very little maintenance. Of course, there is that cost factor that you always have to consider. So how much does a concrete driveway typically cost?

There is no easy answer to this question, because there are so many factors to consider. The cost of the materials, the size of the pour, the hours of prep work, demolition work and what finish you choose all play a role in the price of your project.

Additionally, you have to take into account man-hours, as well as the cost of pumping the concrete to the desired area. Thus, you can see why it’s difficult to pinpoint an exact price. The best way to know how much your new concrete driveway in Vancouver WA will cost is to contact a concrete contractor and ask for an estimate.

When you are ready to install a new concrete driveway in Vancouver WA contact a trusted and reliable Vancouver WA concrete contractor. Call Direct Finish Construction at 360-690-5616 or click here.

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