(Cascade construction)

(Impossibilities Explored)


Over the years of working in the world of construction, one of the most common questions I get asked is, “Why do you use plywood rather than OSB?”



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How long does it take to install an Endless Pool and what does that process look like?


With the plethora of options, sizes, and finishes available I could write all day.

So, lets narrow things down a bit by looking at the install of the most common size and style of Endless Pool, The 7’ x 14’ steel panel pool with minimal accessories. We will assume the pool location does not need additional site work. We are also going to ignore finishing work such as custom coping or skirting as install times vary greatly based on finish materials used.

Now that we have narrowed things down a bit, I can say the install typically takes 2-3 days with 2 experienced installers working on th...

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Swimming is just about as good as it gets for a total workout. Water has been considered one of the best therapeutic options for centuries. Swimming is the second most popular exercise activity in the United States and a good way to get regular aerobic physical activity. Just two and a half hours per week of aerobic physical activity, such as swimming, bicycling, or running, can decrease the risk of chronic illnesses leading to improved health for people with diabetes and heart disease.

If you don’t love working up a sweat but do love the benefits of a cardio workout swimming may be your best bet. The water helps keep you cool even as your heart rate rises allowing you to workout long...

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The Sequence of Events for a Remodel or Addition-

  • Step 1- Making initial contact with your potential *General Contractor “GC” to schedule a site meeting. During that call it is very important to discuss if you already have your drawings in process or completed and ready to apply for the permit.
  • Step 2- The first site meeting can take 3-5 days to schedule and if you have permit ready plans, you can skip right to step 12. If not, this site meeting is for a little Q and A about your project such as:
    • Evaluating the need for
      • Permits
      • Design, Architect and/or an Engineer’s consultation (Plan Specialist)
      • Permit Documents
      • Site Plan
    • Talking about finishes
    • Layout
    • Placement and so on
  • Step...
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“How can I be prepared as possible for my first meeting with my potential General Contractor” is a question you should ask yourself if you are nearing the estimate stage of your project. In reality you have most likely been thinking about this new project for some time now and are ready to see if it’s even feasible.

Let us start with why would we prepare? “Wouldn’t I just call and schedule an appointment and then ask them all my questions as I think of them?” Sure, you could do that but then you will likely have multiple emails, follow up calls & additional questions later. This often leads to changes to the quote as they are working on it. That equates to ...

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How do I find my Setbacks

By Natalie Mills

How do zoning and setbacks work?
Setbacks are the minimum distance your building can be located from the four sides of the property line. Setbacks apply to new buildings as well as additions or remodels that change the footprint of the building. Setbacks do not apply to an existing structure. Setback requirements are based off zoning, once you figure out what zone your property is in you will be able to identify what your setbacks are and how close you can build to the property line without a waiver.

What is the easiest way to find my zoning and setback requirements?
You can find this information by looking up the zoning map for your City or County. One of the main websites I use to find zoning...

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I get asked this question weekly, and it goes about like this: "Andy, now that you have seen our home, I have a question for you: what is this project going to cost me? I will not hold you to it, you do not even have to write it down, but just give me a verbal ballpark estimate."

Why don’t we answer this or use a square foot price? That is a simple answer, really, we do not want to give you misinformation. For instance, do you have the same taste in a project that, say, your cousin has, your parent, your sibling, your neighbors, or a total stranger has? Most likely you do not.

For Example: If we averaged out a $35,000 Master Bathroom Remodel that was 8 feet by 15 feet that’s 120 sq...

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Molalla, OR 97038

Phone. 503-919-2201

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