Lumber Prices Up and Down and Up Again
If Seattle had an official bird, it might be the crane. Well more than a dozen of them dot the downtown area with long arms and flashing lights above. West Seattle alone is about to have its third crane go up in the Alaska Junction. It’s a sign of strong commercial construction, but residential is also booming. That is also a harbinger of the predictable roller-coaster of lumber prices that follows high activity in construction. Prices have actually already been up this year, per the National Association of Home Builders’ weekly board foot lumber price survey. Lumber hit a peak price … Continue reading
Water, Water Everywhere
It’s like clockwork: The weather changes to cool and wet and a flood of calls ensues. Furnaces are on the fritz, drains are clogged and the drip drip drip of a mystery leak threatens to push an otherwise calm and collected homeowner to the brink. It’s definitely autumn, so it’s time to arm yourself against the onslaught. Consider these steps that you may want to tackle over the next few weeks: Schedule a tune-up of your furnace or boiler. You need a whole season’s worth of action out of them, so make sure they’re running well and have new filters … Continue reading
Why You Need A Design Professional (and some plans)
There are three things homeowners tend to care the most about when remodeling: cost, schedule and quality. This trifecta of construction bliss is hard to achieve, however, without careful planning and specifically, plans. In remodeling, this means a dimensioned drawing looking down from above at the floor (a floor plan), and dimensioned elevations (drawings that provide a vertical look toward each wall of the room) that include things like tile layout, location of bath accessories, and ideally, electrical placement. There is a temptation, particularly with small projects like bathrooms and decks, to forge ahead with construction sans plans. “It’s a … Continue reading
imagine the possibilities!
Ventana Construction is a Seattle-based professional remodeling company specializing in whole-house remodels and home additions. We also build custom homes and garages, and remodel kitchens, baths and transform unfinished basements into great living space. Our website includes information about our company and the special services we offer. We also have an extensive remodeling portfolio, a great list of useful resources for remodeling, and a link to our remodeling blog. You can also learn about how to sign up for our free monthly workshop on remodeling and custom home building. We welcome questions about the remodeling process and will happily share the sources of materials shown in our portfolio. Just click here and let us know how we can help with your project!