Assisted Custom Construction Partners with You to Design and Build

According to a 2016 survey by Wakefield Research, 88 percent of American homeowners believe they’re knowledgeable about how to maintain their current home – but there are major gaps when people are asked the specifics.  The survey pulled 1,000 U.S. homeowners and found that they just aren’t as savvy as they need to be with home maintenance do-it-yourself projects.

From cost savings to the sense of accomplishment, homeowners are increasingly passionate about taking an active role in their home projects. But often times, DIY projects can result in mistakes and misfortune – costing more in the long run to repair a project gone bad.

Thankfully, Assisted Custom Construction helps homeowners decide how much or how little they would want to contribute to the construction process – saving money along the way – while having a construction professional supervise projects to ensure quality design and build.

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Assisted Custom Construction provides customers the opportunity to take an active role in building or remodeling the home of their dreams through owner participation. The experts help homeowners design and build, provide construction consulting, assist with building and help guide homeowners on how to do projects themselves.

“A.C.C. is definitely the way to go if you are wanting to be involved in the building of your new home or are just plain wanting to have a contractor that you can trust.” – Tina McDonough

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Your home should reflect your design style and be a place of comfort that matches your personality and family needs. Assisted Custom Construction offers homeowners the opportunity to select materials that meet their style – not the cookie cutter examples on your street. Choose from windows, doors, siding, roofing, flooring, appliances, fixtures and more!

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Assisted Custom Construction offers basic services including financial qualifying assistance, land acquisition, custom design, construction permits, and will help prepare your bid package to build your dream house. The customer can assist in any phase of the program from design, nailing, painting or remodeling your current home. The program is designed to help homeowners bring down the cost of markups on all “build custom home” phases.

Ready to get started on designing and building your own home alongside professionals? Contact Assisted Custom Construction.

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5 Back to School Home Improvement Projects

1. Update the kid’s bathroom and bedroom with an easy paint job

Adding an accent wall or touching up the paint in the living area is an easy and affordable way to bring a fresh change to your home when you’re feeling a bit dull. Before school starts, work with your kids to help pick out a new color for their bathroom and bedroom. A cool new room is just what every kid wants, and might encourage them to spend a little more time studying.

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2. Remodel the study and work space

One major key to successful study habits is a quiet, organized space. Hire a contractor to help you design and build the perfect space for your student to focus. Alcoves or an unused wall is the perfect canvas to transform into a purposeful and functional area. A responsible contractor can work with you to help build your vision. Use our directory to find the right remodeling contractor for you.

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3. Stay organized and on-time with a chalkboard wall calendar

School starts at 7 a.m. Sara has a dentist appointment at 1 p.m. Jack has soccer practice at 3 p.m. and you’re scheduled for a committee meeting at 6 p.m. It’s that time of year again! Stay organized with a “command center.” This is the place to keep track of your family’s busy schedules and stay organized throughout the year. A chalkboard wall in the kitchen or off the mud room keeps the family up-to-date and hopefully will reduce the stressful chaos!

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4. Mom and dad, update your coffee station

It’s a simple equation.

Organized coffee station + faster coffee gets to you = happier mornings. Well, don’t we all wish it was that simple? An organized section for your morning coffee or tea will make those early mornings easier. It’s like your own coffee shop built into your kitchen. Sorry, barista not included.

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5. Heating and cooling maintenance 

This is the best time to start thinking about weatherproofing your home, just before summer is officially over and the rain returns. Before the kids’ schedules take over the day and you forget, use the dog days of summer to schedule any heating and cooling maintenance you need so that you’re ready before the fall chill sets in.

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Have a Home Improvement Idea? Get Started with a Qualified Contractor

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When’s the last time you looked around your home and thought of at least one change you’d make today? Chances are, those thoughts aren’t too far gone. Adding an extra window in a dark stairwell can dramatically change the look and feel of your home. Turning that bonus room into an official bedroom by adding a closet is an easy way to increase the value of your home, or just create an extra storage solution.

These dreams are attainable with the right general contractor or builder. But how do you know if you’re getting the best deal at the right price with a trusted contractor? Responsible Contractors’ goal is to connect consumers with qualified, responsible contractors they can trust.

We define “responsible” as those contractors who are licensed, bonded, insured and can provide at least three verifiable references.

How do I choose the best contractor for my needs?

Browse our trusted from A to Z directory of contractors. It’s easy, free to search and anonymous. Each contractor has a description of their work, customer testimonials and often a photo gallery of past work. Look for the contractor based on the scope of work needed, review profiles and view their website for more information. Contact them for a free consultation, price quote and estimated completion time.

Do you save my information or put me on email list?

If you choose to contact a contractor through our site, you are connected directly with the contractor via their email. None of your information is saved when you use our site. You can subscribe to our monthly newsletter – visit our Contact Us page.

What if I am unhappy with a contractor?

We do our best to provide you with as much information as possible and to verify licenses and references but the choice to contact or use a contractor is always up to you. We recommend interviewing and getting bids from multiple contractors. If you have a serious problem with a contractor, please let us know as listings are reviewed regularly.

If you have used one of our contractors who made your home dreams come true, let us know! We always love sharing testimonials.

To get started on your project, click here to visit our list of responsible contractors by specialty.

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3 Home Projects You Should Never DIY

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In the age of Pinterest and HGTV, there lives an inner do-it-yourself professional inside all of us. Homeowners are feeling more empowered and creative about their wish lists thanks to easy how-to-guides on the web and television shows. The 2017 Houzz and Home survey concluded that spending is up for home renovations among millennials and first-time buyers. But while simple projects are great for saving money, and a fun hobby for some, here are three projects you should leave to the real professionals.

1. Painting kitchen cabinets

Painting interior walls is generally a simple project for even the basic homeowner. With the help of home project stores you can get the right paint and tools needed to complete your project. But that doesn’t mean you can paint everything like a pro – and that includes kitchen cabinets. The buildup of grease and oils mean the cabinets need to be thoroughly cleaned with a degreasing agent distributed through a sprayer. Unless you’re a professional painter, most homeowners don’t know how to successfully use the specialized and expensive equipment. Leave the cabinet painting to a responsible contractor who can get the job done quickly and with perfect results.

2. Roof and gutter maintenance and repairs

Just because you can use a ladder to get up on the roof and hang Christmas lights doesn’t mean you should be up there with a hammer and nails attempting to fix that “small” leak in the shingles. Amateur work can cause more problems to what may be a simple fix for a contractor to complete. Not to mention the level of safety and caution that a professional is trained in. Stay safe and call a responsible contractor for any roof repairs, maintenance or replacement. Get a detailed estimate of the work to be done and ask for references of similar completing roofing projects.

Quick Tip: Preventative maintenance, cleaning, and regular inspection of your roof can not only save you money and headaches when the weather turns bad, but can make your roof last longer and even save you money on homeowner’s insurance.

3. Window replacement

Go to any home project store and you can find an aisle of new and sleek windows to choose from. Does this mean you should pick out your style, bring it home and install it yourself? Unless you’re a professional, we cautiously advise that you don’t. There are specialized tools and safety knowledge needed to make sure the windows are installed and sealed properly and don’t hurt you in the process – you are working with glass after all. If you want to replace your windows, contact a responsible contractor who has the know-how to safely and accurately install new windows.

Quick Tip: According to the Energy Information Administration (EIA), homes lose up to one third of their heat through their windows and doors. You can increase your energy efficiency and save money by replacing your old windows. The greater the R-value is on your window, the less money you have to spend on energy bills. Low-E glass is up to four times more efficient than clear glass.

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No Exterior Detail Too Small with Perdue Builders & Supply

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Residents in the Pacific Northwest face unique weather year-round, which can have a significant impact on the quality and maintenance of the home’s exterior. These circumstances can make choosing the right product overwhelming. For more than 30 years, Perdue Builders & Supply has been committed to providing valuable and accurate information to assist you in product choice for your siding, windows, painting, doors and decks.

Siding replacement is one of the most common home improvement projects that homeowners undertake. When looking at siding options, remember to check the durability, longevity, workability, and versatility of the material.

Perdue Builders & Supply specialize in the siding choices for your home and offers a Lifetime Workmanship Warranty to guarantee customer satisfaction. They are premier providers of top-quality products such as: wood, vinyl, fiber-cement, stone and brick.

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Q: How do I decide which siding material to use?

A: You have several choices when it comes to siding your home, from traditional wood siding to more advanced materials like fiber cement. The decision on which is best for your home depends on many factors, including how long you plan to remain in your home, local weather conditions, budget and your tolerance for maintenance.

TIP: Consider adding aesthetically-pleasing stone as an accent to your home’s exterior. Stone adds an appealing layer to your home’s exterior, and looks gorgeous in the forest environment of the Pacific Northwest. The crew at Perdue Builders & Supply will work with you to create stone accents that complement your home.

Replacing your windows overtime can improve the air quality of your home and help save on energy costs. If your windows are updated, they are going to help hold in cold air when running the air conditioner, or keep your house warm instead of letting heat escape.

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Q: Why should I consider getting replacement windows?

A: According to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the average home loses more than 30 percent of its heat through windows. Modern replacement windows are durable and help to lower monthly energy costs, increase the value of your home, reduce maintenance hassles and add beauty to the interior and exterior.

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“I want to express my thanks to you and your staff and let you know the new windows are everything I expected. The bedrooms of my home are no longer drafty and cold and the kids have noticed the reduced road noise. I look forward to inviting you folks over again when it is time to replace a few more windows. Thanks again.” Jeff & Family, Edmonds

Whether you wish to install siding or take advantage of one of their other exterior services, contact Perdue Builders & Supply for a free estimate.

All photos are provided through the portfolio of Perdue Builders & Supply.

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Expand Your Living Space with a Custom Outdoor Deck by Northwest Decks

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Imagine your dream outdoor space. Does it include a large deck with plenty of seating for entertaining guests? Or is it a quaint area just spacious enough to support a grill and table for a family of four? The possibilities for deck designs are endless – and the experienced crew at Northwest Decks can help you determine the right deck size, materials and style for you.

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Northwest Decks have been serving the area since 1999 and continue to pride themselves on being a customer-oriented small business. Whether you’re looking to build a grand, custom deck or a sensible outdoor living area, they will meet your needs with expertly crafted decks that stand up to the test of time.

During the warmer and drier months, we spend most of our time outdoors, which for homeowners includes relaxing and entertaining on your backyard deck. But take a close look around for any rotted or broken boards – these can cause a major safety issue for you and your guests. Along with traffic, weather can also cause damage to your deck, so selecting the right material for your deck is important to the quality and longevity of your project. Whether you’re looking to make repairs to an existing structure or design a new deck, the crew at Northwest Decks can create custom decking solutions.

Northwest Decks is your solution for composite decking and are recognized as a Trex ProGold certified installer. Trex, a wood-alternative solution, is known to be the world’s number one decking brand. It offers a low maintenance, high performance and elegant backyard retreat that is weather resistant for decades. Not sure if Trex is right for your home? Northwest Decks is happy to schedule a free consultation and provide a no obligation quote.

Alternatively, if you want a traditional wood deck, Northwest Decks can help select the type of wood appropriate for your design and style need, such as Cedar, Tigerwood, Ipe and more. Wood decking is natural, strong and least expensive. However, it should be re-stained and treated at least every two to three years.

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Northwest Decks is also well-versed in the required building permits needed for a new deck. So forget the hassle and allow them to handle the process of permit submissions while you sit back and dream about your new deck.

If you’re looking to sell your home, remember that a safe, updated and high-quality design deck can increase the value and saleability of your home. Northwest Decks offers full inspections and reports of your deck for real estate agents or home-buyers.

“I adore Northwest Decks! The quality is awesome and their work is impeccable. They went above and beyond, keeping me informed, finishing on time, and even created a specially designed gate for my children. I would recommend them to anyone.” Kristina H., Gig Harbor

Ready to take the next step? Click here to contact Northwest Decks for a free consultation.

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Concrete, Etc. Proves Concrete Doesn’t Have to be Boring

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Forget everything you think you know about concrete; it can be far from boring and ubiquitous. Almost every home has a paved driveway, but few homeowners have one that adds curb appeal and value to their home. Driveways don’t have to be drab, instead, decorative concrete is one of the easiest and most affordable ways to instantly elevate your home’s look. Concrete allows you to be creative and stretch your imagination, but it is also an affordable material that requires little maintenance over time. Concrete is very durable and is able to withstand wear and tear from daily use for decades.

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Hiring a contractor to work at your home or commercial property can be stressful, especially with an element as permanent as concrete. Concrete, Etc. is committed to designing quality concrete projects with great service. The team at Concrete, Etc. is known for their flexible and creative problem solving for any concrete structure or fixture.

Concrete, Etc. is known for their high-quality work, no matter the size of the project. Many of their first projects from 27 years ago are still standing and functioning as well as on day one.

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A clean and safe driveway, parking lot or sidewalk is the first thing guests or customers will see when entering your property. Curb appeal will increase the value of your home, help you sell faster, and for commercial properties, gives your customers a beautiful and safe welcoming.

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Concrete, Etc. is a reliable concrete partner for your commercial site.  Their services include: custom design and constructions, drainage, radiant heated floors, parking lots, game courts, retaining walls, and site utilities.

For the home, Concrete, Etc. can upgrade your home’s concrete, both inside and out, with repairs, replacements and new installations. Their projects include: exposed aggregate concrete, foundations, retaining walls, site preparation, excavation and concrete hauling.

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Concrete, Etc. offers complete concrete services from front to pack including design, delivery and haul away of any debris.

“Top notch professional work. They have done multiple projects for us including removing and building new garage, concrete driveway, concrete steps and even a concrete parking garage. They watch the details and don’t miss stuff. The inspectors loved them. Everything is always well coordinated and the pricing is fair. On top of that, they are very nice people to work with.” Gary, North Tacoma

“Super honest and I couldn’t be happier with their work. They poured a pad, walkway, and back porch. Knowing what I wanted, they made some little changes to my original design that really improved it. Great concrete contractor.” Dale, Lake Tapps

Click here to contact Concrete, Etc.

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