Last week we wrote about building your dream deck. Once you have built your awesome deck, you’ll want a little privacy for your outdoor parties. If you’re lucky, you already have a fence to shield yourself from your neigbhors. If not, build one now. Putting up a fence is a lot easier than building a deck.
Good news! Private residential construction spending increased by 2.2% in February (compared to January). It’s not a big gain, but according to Eye on Housing, residential construction activity is more than 20% above its year-ago level and about 36% higher than the cyclical low in mid-2011.
If you are thinking about hiring a contractor, then you should check out the ten tips listed in this Houzz article: What to Look for in a Contractor’s Contract (written by Kenny Grono of Buckminster Green). The tips are just a starting point, but they will get you thinking about the important issues before the contractor starts working on your house.
The first week of March Madness is over and the Oregon Ducks are still in the Big Dance. This Friday, the Ducks will take on the Louisville Cardinals at 4:15 pm. The game will be televised live on CBS. The other Pac-12 team in the Sweet 16 is the Arizona Wildcats. They will take on the Ohio State Buckeyes tonight. That game will be televised on TBS at 4:47 pm. On another note, don’t forget to enter our March Madness contest. You can win $250 or a collegiate jacket. Remember, you can enter daily to increase your chances of winning.
Are you remodeling your kitchen and having a hard time deciding on the finishes? If you are, then you should check out this helpful Houzz article: 3 Steps to Choosing Kitchen Finishes Wisely. According to the article, the selection process is complicated because there isn’t a set rule for choosing materials and finishes. However, there are still some general guidelines that can help homeowners make sense of a kitchen remodel.
Yesterday was the first day of spring. Soon it will be time to fire up the grill and enjoy the outdoor. If you’re thinking about building a deck this year, then check out this Houzz article on how to build a deck in a single weekend. When you’re ready to build your deck, be sure to take advantage of our decking specials for this month (promotion ends March 31, 2013).
The first round of March Madness starts today (official bracket). Oregon is one of five Pac-12 teams selected for the NCAA men’s basketball tournament. Unfortunately for the Ducks, they are the lowest seeded Pac-12 team in the tournament. On a positive note, Oregon will play Oklahoma State in San Jose. I think there will be a lot more Ducks fans than Cowboys fans at the game this Thursday.
According to the Eye on Housing blog, the cost of building materials have increased quickly. This is the result of the housing recovery that has gained momentum since the start of 2012. Overall producer prices have increased by less than 3%. On the other hand, softwood lumber (30%), OSB (80%) and gypsum (26%) prices are higher than at the start of last year.
Planning on remodeling your home soon? If you are, then you should check out this interesting article on Houzz: 11 Things to Expect With Your Remodel. The article was written by Anne Higuera. She and her husband are owners of Ventana Construction, a full-service remodeling company with a focus on whole-house remodels, additions, kitchens, baths and custom new homes in the Seattle area. The following are eleven things you can expect during a home remodel.