4 Ways to Keep Customers Safe & Happy During Construction

Commercial Construction Pinehurst, Commercial Construcion Services PinehurstAs fall approaches and temperatures cool off a bit in Pinehurst, we are coming into a busy season for new construction, reconstruction, and remodeling. With busy summer business seasons winding down, and a new school year just around the corner, this is a popular time for companies to invest in some changes in their business. If you’ve decided to remodel, expand, or even build a brand new facility, Century Construction Services can handle your project start to finish!

But, we understand there is a lot more to projects like this than just choosing a reputable construction company. More important than that decision is keeping your customers happy and safe during the entire process. Here are four ways to minimize the impact of construction work on your business.

  • Status Updates. Have you ever been a customer of a business going through a remodel and received emails from them about the progress and any changes or closures that might impact you? We highly recommend keeping your customers in the loop on the construction process so they aren’t surprised or hesitant to enter when they see work being done at your business.
  • Manage Traffic. Make sure the main entrance in and out of your business stays open to foot traffic during normal business hours. Customers should be able to come in, access crucial customer areas (or shopping areas, depending on the type of business you have), and easily exit the property. The easiest way to get this done goes along with our point above: communicate. In this case, communicate through clear signage. Post signs for construction zones, creating a good traffic flow, where people should park, building entrances and exits, areas that are off limits or require extra caution when entering, detours, totally restricted areas, employee areas, and even access routes for emergency vehicles. The more clearly labeled everything is, the more comfortable your customers will feel being on site. Hey, if they are bringing their small children, there are a lot of little boys in the world who might be thrilled to witness some of the hustle and bustle of the construction process, too!
  • Keep it Clean. There are several levels to this. First, make sure the construction company you hire is committed to keeping workspaces as clean as possible and are able to contain the construction mess and debris to affected areas. Chambers can be constructed to divide affected areas from unaffected areas, and machines can be set up to scrub and keep the air clean. Daily cleanup is also a must.
  • Stay On The Same Page. Make sure you and your team are on the same page with your messaging to your customers during the construction process. Don’t hesitate to apologize for a little bit of disarray or noise. Feel free to explain to them what you’re doing to make your business better than ever! And, consider having a grand reopening to celebrate the changes, updates, expansion, or whatever else you may be calling it when the project is all said and done!

Hurricane Harvey: Restoration & Recovery Efforts In Houston

disaster reconstruction houston, reconstruction houstonAs we write this blog, the rain is still coming down in Houston – and there is a threat of more rain to come. The entire team at Century Construction went on standby the moment it became certain that Hurricane Harvey had its sights set on Texas. Our teams are mobilizing throughout Houston and surrounding areas, as it becomes safe to do so, to help as many homeowner and business owners as possible get the drying and rebuilding process started.

We cannot emphasize enough that it is important to wait to get the restoration and drying process started once water in your area has receded, and local authorities say it’s okay and safe to return. Safety comes first for you, your family, and our crews. Here are some simple things to remember when assessing the damage of your property:

  • Be sure it’s structurally sound. Water and water damage can be deceiving. If you don’t think the property is safe, stay out.
  • If you do enter or are exposed to the water at all, be sure you protect your body. This includes rubber boots, gloves, and other personal protective gear you may have. The water is dirty. This probably goes without saying, but floodwater like this often carries a whole lot of bacteria with it from overflowing sewage, runoff, overworked septic systems, and so on. Any item that’s been touched by flood water should be considered hazardous. While many porous items will have to be thrown away, don’t worry – Century Construction can likely clean and save other items in your home.
  • Be mindful of electrical currents! While many places are without power and could be for some time, you never know where there would be a live wire. Because water is a conductor, it is important to avoid areas of standing water. Also keep in mind equipment and electronics that have come into contact with water could post an electrocution risk as well.

With that said, there are some things you can get together to help get the ball rolling once we can get to you!

  • Secure your personal property. Boarding up the property, if necessary, is something Century Construction can help with if we can get to the site. In the meantime, just be sure things are secure.
  • Take inventory. Once you get inside your home or business, start taking an inventory of everything in there – and mark what is damaged and what is not. Feel free to start taking photos for your insurance company of the water lines, the damage, the debris, and so on. Once our crews arrive on the scene, we will take a smattering of photos as well, but this will give you immediate proof of the damage within your property.
  • Let the pros handle the big stuff. We realize losses from Hurricane Harvey are completely overwhelming and there is likely a feeling of desperation to recover quickly. However, there are a lot of dangers lurking in these flooded properties. Century Construction in Houston has well-trained and highly skilled disaster reconstruction crews who are working around the clock to start getting homes and businesses like yours dried out.

Need help? Call Century Construction now!

Tips For Home Remodeling In Houston

Home Remodel Houston, House Remodeling Houston, Home Remodeling HoustonYou love the location of your home; it’s perfect, nestled in the ideal neighborhood within a range of the best schools and parks. There is just one tiny little detail that is missing from this picture perfect home – the house itself is in desperate need of a facelift. Remodeling your house can make it that home you know it can be. Before you jump head first into a remodeling project consider the following advice.

Things to consider when remodeling your home.

1). Set a budget –  Sticking to your budget can be tricky but with a little diligence and research, it can be done. Picking up the little extras that show your personality before the remodel starts is a good way to cut down on the initial expense of a remodel. Leave a little cushion, some projects are a little costlier than you might think. There is a fine line in being flexible but not going overboard

2). Research contractorsFind a company you can trust, someone who will be there to help you realize your vision. Ask around, word of mouth is a good way to find a great contractor. Ask as many questions as you need to in order to be sure the contractor is the right one for your needs. You want a contractor that has experience and knows what needs to be done. You don’t want to get stuck halfway through a remodeling project because your contractor failed to get the right permits. When looking for the contractor that fits your needs be sure and check out the quality of their work and the professionalism of their employees on the job. Remember a good contractor is worth the wait, they will work with your schedule the best they can. If they cannot start immediately do not be discouraged, a good contractor, such as Century Construction of Texas, is well worth the wait. Remodeling your home can be disruptive of your schedule, but the right contractor will be mindful of your time and work to accommodate you as best as they can.

3). Consider family – When creating the blueprints for your remodel consider the family members, do the changes make sense? Will the remodel accommodate the whole family? Do you have ample counter space? it’s amazing how fast counter space diminishes when you add appliances. Is there adequate storage space, let your creativity shine there are a number of ways to add extra storage spaces. Stick to your plan, make sure there is enough space for the stove and refrigerator of your dreams, it’s depressing to have to return them because they simply do not fit in the space allotted for them. Keep appliance dimensions in mind when finding the appliances that fit your space and style.

Enjoy the remodeling process, after all, it’s your dream home, make it your own you deserve to have the best. Century Construction will be there with you from start to finish. With quality work that will stand the test of time, so sit back and relax knowing you have hired the best in the business.

5 Popular Must Haves When Building The Home Of Your Dreams

New Home Construction HoustonNothing is more exciting than the prospect of building the home of your dreams. Designing the home of your dreams may not be as simple as you initially thought. The process can be overwhelming and some aspects can be overlooked in the design process. The experts at Century Construction have found that the following must-haves can often be overlooked when designing a new home.

Making sure there is enough counter space.

There is nothing more frustrating than trying to cook a meal for family or friend and running out of counter space for meal preparation. Juggling bowls and plates trying to get dinner ready is not something a homeowner wants to deal with when it is time to cook family meals. Counter space on the blueprint make look adequate, but once you add the toaster, blender, canister, tea or coffee maker, and other kitchen gadgets in you may be surprised to see just how little counter space is left for the preparation of your meals. A few ways to counteract this is to include your kitchen gadgets in the design or consider installing an island to extend available counter space.

Planning for adequate storage space.

Planning adequate storage space and cabinetry can be daunting. How much storage will you need? What kind of cabinetry will fit the design and size you need? When planning for storage decide on the cabinet’s or shelving’s function. Where do you want your dishes to go to? Should your pots and pans hang on a rack or stack on a shelf? Do you need extra storage space for extra blankets and pillows? Is there any unused space that would be perfect for small items? Do you want to devote an entire wall in your kitchen for full-height storage? You can get creative with storage space without sacrificing the desired look and feel you want for your home. If you plan on building a house with multiple floors, consider adding hidden storage space under the stairway.

Include a mud room.

If you have children and pets running in and out of the house a mudroom is a must. Create space by the back door with a small drain area and a shower nozzle, add some towel hooks and a small area for shoe storage and your set. You can even install a simple bench to make it easy to take off and put on shoes. This will help cut down on the dirt that gets tracked through the house.

Add outlets in drawers for the bathroom and under cabinets for the kitchen.

You are planning the house of your dreams, have ample outlets without ruining the beauty of the rooms. There never seems to be an outlet where you need it, adding outlets to drawers and under cabinets ensures that you will no longer have to rearrange items to reach an outlet in the kitchen. Keep the hair dryer concealed in the drawer with its own power outlet freeing up counter space and maintaining the beauty of your bathroom.

Consider installing a smart thermostat.

Having the optimal temperature of your house 24/7 feels like a luxury and is a great way to save on your power bills. Smart thermostats learn from your habits and behaviors and allow you to control the climate of your home remotely. They can even adjust the temperature based on ambient conditions such as humidity. With some smart thermostats, you can even view energy consumption in real-time.

The new construction crew at Century Construction in Houston are always available to help design and plan your next big project. Contact us to learn more.

Tips For Commercial Remodeling

Taking on a commercial remodel is a big job. The improvements that can be made to a building are well worth it, but it can be aCommercial Remodeling Houston, Business Remodel Houston huge source of stress and hassle to the business owner. That stress is only compounded if you don’t totally understand how the process works or what to expect. This article has a few simple tips about commercial remodeling that may be helpful for you.

Tip 1: Remember to take care of any necessary permits

Depending on where your building is located and the type of work being done. Make the effort ahead of time to check and double-check that everything regarding permits is ironed out. Not doing so could cause progress to stop, or result in annoying delays.

Tip 2: Make careful plans ahead of time

A commercial remodel is a lot different from a residential remodel because it affects more than just you. Making plans for a successful remodel includes everything from creating a detailed budget to providing for enough time to complete everything on a schedule. This is extra important in commercial remodeling because you will likely have clients or potential clients coming in and out of your property. While people do understand the need for remodeling from time-to-time, it would not be a good impression for your clients to see things in disarray and disorder at your place of business. All that chaos can be easily prevented or at least limited by taking the time to make careful plans ahead of time.

Tip 3: Make sure your remodeling fits your brand

With so many remodeling variations and property styles that are available to us, it can be easy to fall into the trap of going after the newest, most popular fad. No matter how popular or inventive the choices you make, a remodel won’t be successful if it doesn’t reflect your brand. For example, the design considerations for a family-style restaurant would be far different from that of a downtown coffee shop. So make sure that the renovations you are making strengthen your brand, not muddle it or take away from it.

Tip 4: Think about how the remodeling will affect the people living and/or working in your commercial building

This falls closely under the planning category. Before things start to get crazy with all the remodeling work, make sure that everyone that utilizes your building will have space to work and that all the necessary functions performed at work are still possible and efficient. This may require moving some things around and making adjustments beforehand to ensure that work is not disrupted during the remodel.

As mentioned above, all of these tips are very important and helpful, but the most important decision you will make is which contractor you choose. Do some research. Read reviews. Interview a few restoration companies in your area and make sure you find one that will work diligently, honestly, and with good communication. In Houston Texas, Century Construction Services is a great choice with a healthy reputation. Their solid background is something you can trust.

Why Should You Remodel Your Home?

home remodeling pinehurst, home reconstruction pinehurstLet the professionals at Century Construction Services in Texas take your home in their hands and give your home a new and stylish makeover. They are trained, certified, and know what they are doing when it comes to remodeling, building new homes, and restoring your home from damages caused by fire, water, hail, flooding, mold, vehicular damage, or any other types of damage done to your property. If you let the professionals at Century Construction Services effectively and properly work on your home, you can increase the value of what your home is worth. You can also get custom things done to your home the way you want it, so it’s your style and taste.

Why Should You Remodel Your Home?

Remodeling your home can be inexpensive due to your budgets and what area of your home you would like to give it a facelift at. The professionals at Century Construction Services are loyal to the times that they are working on your home because they know and understand that it can be hard and renovations can ruin your normal life schedules. You can make your home more “go-green,” which can help save your money by reducing your electricity bills. Go-green measures are easy and very simple, like replacing old windows with energy-efficient windows, upgrading the insulation and electric wiring, and installing energy-efficient appliances. An HVAC system is also considered a “go-green” measure. The professionals with also get rid of toxic old paint and insulation, so your home is safer and a healthier place to live in.

You can also have the certified professionals at Century Construction Services remodel your home to take out certain walls to make space a bigger place to be in. Taking out some walls could open your kitchen or entertainment room up, giving you and your family that extra space. You can remodel your basement, giving you an extra and/or bigger entertainment space, or even to put more bedrooms in. Maybe you want a huge gym to work out in, so you don’t have to leave your home to use weights. It’s really just whatever you and your family prefer to transform that room into. You may be getting in your older ages and getting ready for retirement, which means a few major changes in your everyday life. Seniorhood is one of the major realities of life: that means a few major changes in your everyday life. You will need certain facilities then, which should be provided for in your home remodeling project now. Keeping your future needs in mind, and planning an appropriate remodel today will save you hassle later. You want to help make sure that your home is safer and healthier than ever, to protect you and your loved ones from getting hurt. Let Century Construction Services in Pinehurst Texas start your remodeling now, so it’s not a hassle later!

Certain parts of your home may age faster than other parts. For example, kitchens and bathrooms tend to age faster due to humidity, temperature changes, oil in the air, etc. and this is normal for them to do that. This also does not mean that the rest of your home is immune to aging. The signs of aging are more visible to the eye of the visitor. Since you live in your home and you are there every day, these signs of aging aren’t noticeable to you. Let Century Construction remodel your home, giving it the necessary facelift that it needs when you feel as if it looks old and outdated.

The 4 “Don’ts” of Business Remodeling

Just like remodeling a home, remodeling a business can be a very exciting adventure for everyone involved. It is likely the remodeling is happening because the business is doing well, and it is time to expand or upgrade. Century Construction has helped more Pinehurst businesses wow their customers (and staff) with amazing remodels than we can count, and we want YOU to be next!

In past blogs, we’ve talked about ways to make sure the remodeling process is a positive one for you and anyone else at your company involved in the process – be it the decision making, the check writing, or choosing the tiles for the new breakroom space.

This time around, we want to dive into five things we encourage you to stay away from during a remodeling project. At the end of the day, avoiding these things will make the experience much less stressful, and much more enjoyable.

  1. Don’t buy your own materials.

We understand the desire to try to save money, but there is a good chance we can get better quality materials at a lower price point through our suppliers. We can guarantee the quality of the materials we use during your business remodel; others may not be able to say the same. Plus, we buy in such large quantities that we are able to gobble up goods at reasonable prices.

  1. Don’t go without a budget … AND a contingency fund.

Even the most realistic budget for a remodel simply may not be enough when all is said and done. Have you ever watched a remodeling show on HGTV where a floor or wall is ripped out, only to discover a support beam is in the wrong place, the wiring is dated, or there is a serious mold problem? Unfortunately, things like that happen – and they require some additional cash to be solved correctly.

We want all of our clients to enjoy the remodeling process as much as possible, and we make our quotes as accurate as we can, but like you – we can’t plan for the unexpected.

Trust us, you will enjoy the whole project a lot more if there is some flexibility in what you are going to spend. Set some money aside for those unexpected expenses. If you don’t need it by the end of the project, great! Use that cash to throw an open house for the community to show off the new space!

  1. Don’t delay decisions.commercial slider

As you plan for the remodel and look at architect drawings and sketches, think about all the decisions you will need to make – and try to make them ahead of time. Those kitchen tiles being two weeks late means other parts of the project have also been pushed back two weeks, and you’re waiting even longer for the remodel to get done and your business to return to normal.

  1. Don’t change your mind all the time.

Changing your mind sometimes is totally okay! Seriously, don’t sweat it! Just try to do your due diligence before the project starts so, again, your decisions are made and you are confident with them. Lots of changes to a plan not only slows down the process, it can increase the bill if different materials have to be purchased, and certain parts of the job have to be redone.

One bonus tip – don’t be a distraction. We understand a remodel is exciting, and you want to witness the transformation as it happens. However, we encourage our clients to stay as out of the way as possible to allow our crews to work as efficiently as they can. The better they are able to work, the sooner you will have your business back!

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6 Tips for a Successful Business Remodel

business remodelMaking the decision to remodel your business can be both exciting and horrifying all at once! It is a major investment that could cause a few hiccups in the short term, but really pay off down the road. However, it is important to make good decisions along the way.

Just like building a house, it is important to acknowledge your expectations and understand what it will take to make those expectations a reality. Spend some time thinking about areas where you might be willing to sacrifice a top-of-the-line finish in return for an upgrade elsewhere. Also, think about how to use the remodel to make your business more efficient, and your customers and employees happier and more comfortable in the environment around them. Also, consider the time of year you’re hoping to make the remodel. After all, some months in Pinehurst are hotter than others – some are wet, some dry. While we can’t tell Mother Nature what to do, we can try to beat her at her own game!

Okay, so we already laid out a few tips for remodeling success above. Now, let’s dive a little deeper.

  • Contain the construction areas

If you are going to be open for business during the remodel, it is a good idea to have the area being worked on contained if it is within sight of the general public. While not always necessary, Century Construction can rather easily create barriers to keep dust and debris out of customer service areas, or even offices where computers and electronics may still be in use. Containment may also be a good idea to keep customers and others out of areas that are under construction.

  • Remodel after hours

Right off the bat, it’s pretty likely you are going to pay more to have a crew working after hours. However, choosing this route can help keep your customers happier during normal business hours, especially if you run a business where it is important to have less chaos and noise. Having work done after-hours also allows the crew to work a bit more efficiently and freely than they can during business hours, meaning the project could potentially get done sooner.

  • Do your research

Any time you’re doing any kind of construction project, it is likely permits are going to be involved. While Century Construction can handle a lot of this for you, it might help for you to do a little research on necessary permits so you understand what all the paperwork coming your way means, and why there might be a slight delay from time to time waiting for a certain permit, inspection, etc.

  • Stay organized

Before a single tool is lifted, be sure you have a plan to keep your business organized during the process. That means putting important documents in a secure area, having a workflow in place for whatever new work may come in during the project, and even having traffic flow planned out for your employees and customers.

  • Be a good neighbor

We cannot emphasize the importance of being a good neighbor! If you’re in an office building, strip mall, or other location where you have adjoining neighbors, please be courteous and let them know before the project gets started. Century Construction crews work very hard to keep works areas as clean as possible, and vehicles, tools, and other items out of the way – but there is still going to be a pretty obvious buzz of activity at your business that may inadvertently affect those around you.

The last tip we have for you: don’t stress, and communicate! We will be communicating with you constantly throughout the project so hopefully, you never feel in the dark. However, if you have a question or concern, do not hesitate to speak up. Communication between you and your contractor, you and your staff, and the contractor and their crew are all vitally important to pulling off a successful remodel.

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Why you should Build your own Home

 

new home magnolia texasBuy or build? This is a question homeowner or soon to be homeowners must always ask themselves at one point or another. There are advantages and disadvantages for both, but it is something really special to walk into YOUR home for the first. YOUR home that you made up the plans and had the ideas for; a home that was YOURS from the beginning. Here are a few more of the advantages that go along with building your own home.

It’s a Smart Investment-

n an economy that has been shaky at best for a while now, having a dependable investment with high probably of an increase is worth is an invaluable asset in our times. In the United States as a whole, home values have gone up by 5.4 percent over the past year. In Texas, the median home value over just the past year has increased by 8.1 percent. When building your home, you can look at the market and evaluate what different aspects of a home have strong potential to increase in value over the coming years. You are the one in control and you get to make sure it gets done right!

New Homes Have More to Offer

 On average, homes built today opposed to homes built twenty years ago have approximately 700 more square feet of livable space. That’s slightly over the size of a two-car garage that you’re adding to your home! Not only do you have more space, but you have high quality, modern, improvements that have been made in home building over the years. This would most likely include less maintenance, new energy efficiencies, upgraded safety features, and many others that would require a lot of money and time to implement into an old home that you just bought.

 It’s Cost Effective

A few different factors figure into this, but if done right building a home will save you more money in the long run than buying a home would. Often when building a home you have the option of paying the contractors directly. You may also have the added benefit of working with an experienced general contractor who can get quality sub-contractors and save costs.

Therefore, the traditional markups most people pay for are omitted.

 Do it the way you want it

When it comes down to it. This is the reason most people build instead of buy. You can do it the way you want it from the beginning. A home is different than a house. A home is YOURS. You can buy a house and hope that it works out, that you’re comfortable there, and that you can make memories there OR you can build your home, and it will be your home from the beginning.

With all of this said, at Century Constructions Services we are here for all your building needs.  Based in Houston, but available throughout the entire state of Texas we are here to help your dream home become your actual home.

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Commercial Property Disasters!

Whether your commercial property was struck by a fire, flood, of even a fallen tree branch, damage to your property is always devastating in the Houston area. Your commercial building is more than just a place with roof and walls. It’s a place where you make a living and have invested a lot of time in. It is always hard to see damage where your memories are. The other issue with having damage to your commercial property is that the future seems so unknown. Will your insurance company handle the repairs? How will you be able to get life back to normal? These questions can be scary and leave you wondering about the security of your future.

You will never know when a disaster will strike, but we can help prepare you to know what to do when one does happen. If you have a plan to know what to do when a disaster strikes, you won’t have to worry about those big questions. Knowing who can help you with commercial disaster reconstruction ahead of time will definitely make you more clam, and get you back to normal as soon as possible.

With most disasters, the faster you can start getting things cleaned up and get started on the reconstruction, the more you can salvage. Take water damage for example. The faster you can get the water cleaned up, the less of a chance mold and mildew will build up. Therefore, taking less money out of your pocket for the commercial disaster restoration process. Fires can leave chemicals behind that can destroy many of your belongings. The sooner you start the cleaning process, the faster you can get your property back to normal.

How do you choose the right post-disaster reconstruction company in Houston? You should always make sure that they have the capability of taking you through the whole reconstruction process. It’s always a hassle when you have to juggle between too many companies to get the task done. The reconstruction process starts by having a thorough assessment of the damage and then followed by a plan. Make sure to find a company who can offer a quick and accurate estimate so you can get the project covered by your insurance company.

Be sure to stick with the same company all the way. This will make sure that your project will stay on budget while staying on schedule. The reconstruction project will include demolition, building stabilization, and remodeling while making sure they stay within code to avoid further damages.

In the Houston area, Century Construction Services is your number one source for commercial damage reconstruction. Their team can help you clean up after your disaster and help finish by offering the reconstruction services needed to help get you back on your feet. The professionals at Century Construction will make sure to get your commercial property back to normal quick and effective as possible. Their team will even help work with your insurance company so they know exactly what is going on with the project as well.