Your Next Outdoor Project:  Why Hiring a Contractor Might be Your Best Bet

Drive through most any neighborhood these days and you’ll see that outdoor living is on the top of everyone’s minds.  From simple decks to massive outdoor structures, including patio covers and pergolas, with so many options in materials, as well as installation methods and tools needed to get the job done right, hiring a contractor might just be your best bet.  And money well spent.

Western Red Cedar Patio Cover

Here are some reasons to think about getting some professional help with your next outdoor project:

Design – while Pinterest and magazines have many pictures of beautiful outdoor living spaces, will it actually work in your yard?  A professional can help you design a space that will work well with the size of your property, while taking things into consideration such as the natural slope and other factors, and make recommendations that can turn a basic deck or outdoor living room into a masterpiece.

Custom Pergola made from Azek PVC materials

design, craftsmanship and photo by Skagit Custom Decks

 

Engineering and Complexity – Each outdoor project is as unique as the person dreaming about it, and each project brings its own set of things that need to be considered, such as weight bearing requirements (for example a if a hot tub will be placed on your new deck), electrical needs, and attachment points.  If a new deck or pergola will be attached to any existing structures, an expert knows how to properly attach a ledger board to your home’s exterior to ensure both your new structure, and your home, are safely connected and protected.

Mahogany decking and outdoor fire place

design, craftsmanship and photo by Washington Deck and Fence

 

Material Selection – with so many options from natural wood to a composites and other manufactured decking projects, stainless steel and more, a professional has spent the time researching and working with a variety of materials and can help you select the ones that will work best for your project and budget.  With tons of experience, they know how to correctly purchase the right amount of materials from the best suppliers, with the best support.

Western Red Cedar Pergola Materials

design, craftsmanship and photo by Hillman’s Tranquil Hardscapes

 

Permitting – a professional has experience and will be able to interpret your city, county and state building codes, as well as navigate the permitting process seamlessly.   This expertise can help save you lots of time and money.

Hiring a Contractor for Outdoor Living Projects

design, craftsmanship and photo by Minnesota Pergolas

 

How to find a good contractor?  Always check to make sure anyone who will be doing work on your property is properly licensed and bonded.  Your local building association is a great resource to find one in your area who is experienced in the type of project you want, and you can always be assured that they are properly licensed and bonded, as that is a requirement of membership.  For help in Skagit and Island Counties, please visit www.Sicba.org for assistance.  Outside our area, you can search the data base of the National Association of Home Builders to find your local association by simply entering your zip code.

Before your next project, be sure to visit us!  We ship nationwide!

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

950 B Fountain Street, Burlington WA

360.757.6343

 

Snow Continues to Fall in the PNW

For over the past week, our region has been hit with an unusual amount of snow and freezing weather, which has made it difficult for travel, by our employees, vendors and customers.  We continue to watch carefully and are working limited hours, but checking emails regularly.

Western Red cedar arbor in snow

Getting our Cedar products in an out have proven to be a challenge.  However, we were able to get a nice shipment of custom, Clear Western Red Cedar siding out to a customer in California yesterday.

We ship Western Red Cedar building materials nationwide

Western red cedar and Alaskan yellow cedar lumber sales

Wishing all our customers and vendors safe travels and hope you enjoy slowing down just a little to enjoy what Mother Nature has brought us.

Western Red Cedar timbers and Alaskan Yellow Cedar fencing

www.CedarCountryLumber.com

360.757.6343