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Questions To Ask A Commercial Construction Company

Questions To Ask A Commercial Construction Company

Choosing the right commercial construction company for your project is no easy task. There are multiple choices, and with such a large investment, you want to be sure you’ll be treated right and get the quality build you deserve. If you’re looking for a contractor, there are some questions that can help you narrow down your choices. You can use these as a starting point in a consultation meeting to help you separate the good from the bad.

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3 Tips To Reduce Costs On Your Next Construction Project

3 Tips To Reduce Costs On Your Next Construction Project

It seems like everything is more expensive these days, and that includes both material and labor costs in construction. Fortunately, there are smart ways to stick to your budget and get the most bang for your buck. At Dunlap, we strive to provide both high quality work and value, which can be achieved by knowing how to reduce costs on a construction project. Here are a few tips.

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Dunlap Tackles Many Types Of Construction Projects

Dunlap Tackles Many Types Of Construction Projects

If you’re in the market for a general contractor, look no further than Dunlap. Our portfolio is wide – with projects large and small, commercial and even residential. What started in 1979 as a small family business doing mostly residential grew to become one of the most well-known builders in WNC. And, we are proud to say we are still family owned and operated. We work on a variety of construction projects, so there’s a good chance that we can help you with yours.

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Common Renovation Myths – Busted

Common Renovation Myths – Busted

Renovation is a great way to improve the function of your business without the hassle of moving. But, the portrayal of renovation on tv shows or social media can be misleading. Many times people have ideas about the renovation process that aren’t exactly accurate because of what they’ve seen or heard from others. So, we’re busting some of the most common renovation myths – giving you a realistic picture of what to expect during the process. 

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Avoid These Mistakes To Keep Your Construction Timeline

Avoid These Mistakes To Keep Your Construction Timeline

We get it, construction has a bit of a bad reputation for taking longer than expected. And if you’re thinking about starting a renovation or new build, this can be off-putting. After all, you can’t put your life completely on hold without a reasonable timeline for completion. While some delays are truly out of our hands, there are a few ways to minimize other common delays. Here are a few mistakes to avoid if you want to preserve your construction timeline.

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How We Prioritize Construction Safety

How We Prioritize Construction Safety

Construction is inherently risky, which is why here at Dunlap we take safety seriously. When you have the right systems in place, you can mitigate the risks and create a safer environment. Our goal is to not only perform high quality work on time, and on budget, but to also do that work without people getting injured during the process. This is important on new builds and renovations alike, and especially on projects where parts of the building are still operational, like hospitals. Let’s take a look at how we prioritize construction safety.

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Good Construction Management Leads To Success

Good Construction Management Leads To Success

Any successful construction project needs a skilled and experienced team, but perhaps most importantly is the presence of good construction management. This part of the process involves taking a bird’s eye view of the whole scope, organizing the details, and keeping things on track. At Dunlap, we prioritize both the management of the building process in addition to a highly skilled construction team because we know that success depends on both. What exactly does good management look like? Let’s discuss it.

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Is It Time To Hire Renovation Contractors?

Is It Time To Hire Renovation Contractors?

It can be hard to decide to renovate your business or property, especially when you consider the downtime and expense. But, there comes a point when it might be necessary – the pros outweigh the cons. So, how do you know when it’s time to hire renovation contractors? Here are 3 tips to help you decide if the time is right. 

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Factors To Consider When Hiring Remodeling Contractors

Factors To Consider When Hiring Remodeling Contractors

If you’re planning a remodel in 2024, you’ll have a lot of decisions to make. Perhaps one of the most important ones is your choice of contractor. After all, how many horror stories have you heard from friends or family who have had a nightmare experience with their contractor? You’re investing time and money into a remodel, and you want to make sure you’ve got the best partner for the job. How do you choose the right one from a list of remodeling contractors? Let’s go over some factors to consider when narrowing down the prospects and making the final decision.

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A Local Contractor You Can Trust

A Local Contractor You Can Trust

As we enter our 45th year in business, it’s hard to believe just how many different kinds of projects we’ve been a part of in this corner of Western North Carolina. We have been so grateful to live and work in this beautiful community and are honored to be a top local contractor. We are a full service contractor committed to customer satisfaction with quality work. For any of your general construction needs, choosing Dunlap means working with a partner you can trust. 

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Benefits Of Choosing Quality Construction Materials

Benefits Of Choosing Quality Construction Materials

During our many years in this business, we’ve come to know a few things things. One of those is that there is no substitute for quality construction materials. When we take on a project, we want it to stand the test of time. That’s why we make sure that we are using the best materials the budget allows. Aside from durability, there are other benefits to choosing high-quality building materials. Let’s discuss some of them below.

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We Handle All Your General Construction Needs

We Handle All Your General Construction Needs

When it comes to construction, Dunlap pretty much does it all. We work on large and small projects, commercial and residential, old and new. We can handle all of your general construction needs. Our decades of experience in nearly every aspect of construction truly earns us the title “jack of all trades,” and we take pride in offering such a wide range of expertise to our clients. 

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Is It Time To Renovate Or Remodel Your Commercial Building?

Is It Time To Renovate Or Remodel Your Commercial Building?

It can be hard to decide when to tackle a construction project, especially if it involves downtime at your place of business. If you’ve been thinking about renovating or remodeling your commercial building, we’ve got a few tips to help you decide. When properly timed, a renovation or remodel can be well worth the headache of going through construction. Here are some questions to ask yourself that can give you some clarity. 

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Dunlap Keeps Your Construction Schedule On Track

Dunlap Keeps Your Construction Schedule On Track

In construction, there’s a fair amount of unpredictability. And unfortunately, that unpredictability often costs money. As industry veterans, we’ve learned to cope with these issues by planning well and controlling the parts of the process we can. One of the biggest budget busters we try to avoid is letting the construction schedule get off track. Proper scheduling allows us to get your project done on time while also utilizing some flexibility to handle any issues that come up. Let’s learn more about the importance of this process.

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How We Manage Safety On The Construction Site

How We Manage Safety On The Construction Site

Safety on a construction site is perhaps the most important part of a successful project. Of course, everyone wants a project that finishes on time and on budget, but the safety of our team and the client comes first. We take calculated measures to ensure the safest conditions possible, and our record speaks for itself. Here are some of the top ways we prioritize safety. 

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Signs You’re Working With High Quality Building Contractors

Signs You’re Working With High Quality Building Contractors

When looking for a partner to help you with your next build, it can be hard to narrow down the options to only high-quality building contractors. With so many companies out there, how do you know which ones are reputable? Which ones will do the job right? We can help you understand what to look for. If your potential contractor shows these signs, you’re probably in good hands.

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The Critical Role Of Pre Construction Planning

The Critical Role Of Pre Construction Planning

When you think about construction, what probably comes to mind is an active work site – complete with heavy equipment and huge piles of dirt. The truth is that a lot of the construction process happens behind the scenes before the digging even starts. Construction planning is a critical part of any project, and the end result depends heavily on doing this well. At Dunlap, we call this stage “pre construction,” and it consists of six steps, each one as important as the next.

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Special Considerations For Medical Facilities Construction

Special Considerations For Medical Facilities Construction

At Dunlap, we’ve been fortunate to work with countless medical facilities and offices in the WNC area. This type of construction is a bit different from other construction types and requires special considerations during the process. There are unique guidelines, codes, and challenges that go along with healthcare-related construction. As experts in this field, we have just the right experience and qualifications to handle these particular projects. Let’s discuss the main concerns.

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Top Tips To Manage The Costs of Construction

Top Tips To Manage The Costs of Construction

If it seems like we write a lot about cost control – it’s because we do! This is one of the primary concerns of both the client and us (the contractor). No one wants to be a budget buster! In many aspects, the costs of construction are out of our control, but there are areas where we can take steps to ensure the best outcome. These are principles we operate by daily and have proven to be effective for over 40 years.

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Is Your Commercial Space Ready For A Remodel?

Is Your Commercial Space Ready For A Remodel?

There are many factors that contribute to a decision to tackle a remodel – especially when it comes to a commercial space. You might remodel your home based on personal preference, function, and resale value. But there are somewhat different considerations for an office building, retail space, or other commercial location. Let’s explore these and help you decide if you’re ready for a remodel.

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What Happens When The Construction Phase Is Complete?

What Happens When The Construction Phase Is Complete?

Even a small construction project can take significant time. Although it’s very important, the pre-construction planning phase can feel like a lifetime when you’re excited to break ground. Then, finally, the project is underway. After the initial excitement, this too can start to feel like forever when you’re in the thick of it. And then suddenly you’re nearing the end of your construction project, so what happens now? What can you expect when the construction phase is complete?

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An Experienced Project Manager Makes All The Difference

An Experienced Project Manager Makes All The Difference

Construction project management is a difficult task – with so many moving parts and things happening simultaneously, it’s a big job. That’s why working with an experienced project manager is so important to success. In fact, it can really make or break your project (and budget). At Dunlap, we have decades of experience in overseeing both small and large projects across nearly all sectors of construction. When you work with us, you can be sure that you’re working with the best in the business.

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Tips That Keep Your Project Budget Under Control

Tips That Keep Your Project Budget Under Control

If you’ve watched any of those renovation shows on TV, you’ll be familiar with the following scenario. Someone is tearing down drywall when a very expensive issue is revealed. This budget-busting problem means sacrifices will have to be made in order to keep the budget intact. Sound familiar? While unexpected surprises can be a part of any build, we do have some tips for you, as the client, to help keep your project budget under control.

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Steps We Take To Ensure Quality On Every Job

Steps We Take To Ensure Quality On Every Job

When you hire a contractor, it’s a big decision. Even a small project costs time and money that you want to put to good use. You’re putting your trust in the contractor to do a quality job. At Dunlap, our mission is to consistently provide the highest quality workmanship. We want to earn our clients’ trust, and we know that’s no easy feat. But our 3-step system is designed to ensure success.

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Healthcare Facilities Construction Expert

Healthcare Facilities Construction Expert

When it comes to healthcare facilities, performing construction work has a unique set of challenges. Whether it’s new construction or remodeling, it’s important to choose a contractor that has the experience and qualifications to do the job. We’ve been working with our local hospital systems and medical offices for decades, honing our skills in this specific type of construction. Let’s take a look at some of the challenges of healthcare construction, and how we expertly tackle them.

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Customer Satisfaction Is A Top Priority

Customer Satisfaction Is A Top Priority

At Dunlap, we take customer satisfaction seriously. In fact, it’s one of our top priorities, along with high-quality workmanship and doing business with integrity. We believe that being service-minded almost always leads to project success. And, you could say we know a little something about it after 40+ years in the business. When you work with us, your project becomes our project – and you become a part of the family. 

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5 Things To Ask Your Home Contractors Before Signing A Contract

5 Things To Ask Your Home Contractors Before Signing A Contract

When it comes to hiring a contractor for your home remodel or renovation, you’ll want to be sure you’re asking the right questions. It’s easy to be tempted by a low quote or flashy promises, but how do you know if you’re working with someone reputable? Choosing poorly could mean a bad outcome, budget-busting mistakes, or worse. Here are 5 key questions to ask potential home contractors before you actually sign on the dotted line.

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Commercial Remodelers You Can Trust

Commercial Remodelers You Can Trust

We’ve all heard those stories from friends and family about a nightmare contractor and project that went haywire. No one wants to end up in that position, as it causes undue stress and can end up affecting the bottom line. How do you find a building partner you can trust? Dunlap has been serving the WNC community for decades, with our core mission at the front and center of each client interaction. We aim to provide the highest quality workmanship and client satisfaction through our attention to detail, communication, honesty, and fairness. We believe in building client relationships on trust, which means we do what we say we are going to do and communicate about any deviation from the plan. As a result, we are among the top commercial remodelers in the area. 

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Why We Use A Multi-Step Construction Estimate Process

Why We Use A Multi-Step Construction Estimate Process

If you’re planning a build, it might be helpful to understand the process of getting a construction estimate. Not every contractor has the same method, and some are more accurate than others. At Dunlap, we want you to have the most accurate information at hand to make decisions about your build, which is why we offer several types of estimates to our clients. Let’s take a look at our offerings and how the process works.

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Dunlap Excels In Healthcare Construction

Dunlap Excels In Healthcare Construction

Over the past 40+ years, Dunlap has expanded our construction work into nearly every sector. We have been fortunate to grow alongside WNC, working on new construction as well as remodeling historic buildings all over this region. In addition, we have become a go-to partner for local healthcare construction, a specialty we don’t take lightly. When it comes to this type of construction, there are extra considerations that must be accounted for, and not every contractor is up for the job. 

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A Construction Plan That Helps You Avoid Delays

A Construction Plan That Helps You Avoid Delays

When it comes to a construction project, it almost seems like delays are inevitable. After all, there are so many moving parts on any given build that anticipating a hiccup-free result seems unrealistic. But, there are tools you can use to decrease the likelihood of common delays and to get back on track if something does come up. A good construction plan is our favorite tool for getting projects done on time. 

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Choosing The Right Partner For Your Building Renovation

Choosing The Right Partner For Your Building Renovation

Have you decided to finally tackle that building renovation? The first step will be to find the right construction partner to help! We know that building renovations can be stressful. You want to ensure that the new renovations will improve your business, working conditions, and/or bottom line. And, you likely want to minimize downtime. Choosing the right contractor for the job will make the whole process easier. 

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Good Construction Project Management Leads To Success

Good Construction Project Management Leads To Success

When it comes to the success of your project, the number one factor is good construction project management. That’s right, this choice will not only affect your bottom line, but will definitely have an impact on your overall satisfaction with the end result. Why is project management so important? Construction is an unpredictable, volatile industry. Prices go up and down, materials go in and out of stock. There are a lot of factors you simply have no control over. Working with an experienced project manager who can handle these ups and downs makes the difference between success and failure. 

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Inflation And The High Cost Of Construction Materials

Inflation And The High Cost Of Construction Materials

It certainly seems like everything is expensive right now. Just take a look at your most recent grocery bill for a very real example. Despite inflation trending downward heading into 2023, we still see high prices on construction materials, as well as shortages as supply chains struggle to keep things moving. How will these factors affect construction projects in 2023?

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Tips For More Energy Efficient Commercial Builds

Tips For More Energy Efficient Commercial Builds

As we become more and more aware of our impact on the environment, many business owners are looking for ways to make their commercial builds more energy efficient. With the right mindset, you can make small but impactful changes to your project that increase efficiency over time. This will not only save you money in energy costs, but it is also better for the environment. That’s what we call a win-win!

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Safety Is A Priority On Dunlap Construction Sites

Safety Is A Priority On Dunlap Construction Sites

Many things make a good contractor like the quality of work, communication, and reliability. But let’s not forget the importance of safety on the job. Prioritizing safety at all construction sites protects both workers and customers and contributes to the overall satisfaction of the project. Let’s discuss the importance of safety measures on a job site and the steps we take to keep risks to a minimum.

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Common Building Construction Delays And How To Avoid Them

Common Building Construction Delays And How To Avoid Them

When planning a construction project, the last thing you want to think about is potential delays. Unfortunately, delays are often a part of construction for one reason or another. Some can be anticipated and some are unwelcome surprises. We’re discussing some of the most common reasons for building construction delays and what you can do to avoid them.

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Things To Look For When Hiring A Contractor

Things To Look For When Hiring A Contractor

Don’t you want your next construction project to be done right? That’s why finding a high-quality contractor is so important. After all, you’re making a significant investment in your home/business! How can you be sure you’re working with a reliable, reputable builder? Hiring a contractor can seem daunting, but we have some tips to make it a little easier. 

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Keeping Your Building Budget On Track

Keeping Your Building Budget On Track

With prices on materials still high and long delays in procurement, how can you keep your building budget on track? An experienced contractor will be able to navigate these uncertain times using a large network of suppliers and making educated suggestions about material swaps. Even though it costs more to build now, there are ways to keep your building budget from breaking the bank. Read on for a few helpful tips. 

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Must Have Construction Industry Qualities

Must Have Construction Industry Qualities

Not all companies operating in the construction industry have the right qualifications or experience for your job. When it comes to finding a highly qualified contractor, there are a few things you want to look for. These qualities signal that the contractor in question has the experience necessary to get the job done right. In fact, we’d go so far as to say these are deal breakers! Choosing your contractor doesn’t have to be overly stressful. Using these guidelines, you’ll be able to narrow down the choices and feel confident in your final decision.

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Things To Look For In Commercial General Contractors

Things To Look For In Commercial General Contractors

When it comes to construction, there are a lot of variables that are hard to control. Material pricing, delays in product acquisition, weather, and other issues affect your project’s bottom line. At Dunlap, we have learned that the best way to handle these sometimes unpredictable parts of the construction process is to meticulously plan the things we can control. One of those things is your choice of commercial general contractors. This is the first step in the building process and one you do have control over. What are some things to look for during the hiring process?

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What Remodeling Services Does Dunlap Offer?

What Remodeling Services Does Dunlap Offer?

Thinking about remodeling? Choosing a contractor can really make or break your project! After all, your time and money are valuable. You don’t want to be living or working in a construction zone indefinitely. Fortunately, you don’t have to look far to find a quality contractor. Dunlap offers a variety of remodeling services. With an excellent track record and over 40 years of experience, you can be sure your project is in the right hands.  

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Choose Dunlap For Your Commercial Remodeling Needs

Choose Dunlap For Your Commercial Remodeling Needs

As your business changes and grows, you might find yourself looking for commercial remodeling. Maybe you need more space or a different layout to maximize your operations. Remodeling typically involves heavy structural changes, and we definitely recommend working with a contractor for this type of project. Fortunately, Dunlap has extensive experience in commercial remodeling and has the know-how to get your project done on time and on budget.

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Construction Services Dunlap Provides

Construction Services Dunlap Provides

Over the 40+ years we have been in business, Dunlap has grown to offer a wide variety of construction services across Western North Carolina. We started in 1979 with primarily residential construction, and have since added other types of construction like commercial, municipal, medical, and more to our portfolio. We have become a trusted partner to countless business owners, local hospital systems, and homeowners. Let’s talk more about the services we offer and how we can help you get started on your next project.

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How Dunlap Turns Your Construction Plans Into Reality

How Dunlap Turns Your Construction Plans Into Reality

We have worked with countless clients across nearly every sector to see their construction plans from paper to reality. Over the years, we have honed our process to ensure each project is handled with the detail and expertise it deserves. From beginning to end, you’ll feel confident that we understand your vision and can execute your project to the highest standards. 

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Rising Construction Material Costs – How Will It Affect Your Build?

Rising Construction Material Costs – How Will It Affect Your Build?

It’s no secret that construction material costs are still up from pre-pandemic numbers. Most sources say that prices will continue to be high throughout 2022. While this may be a setback for anyone planning a renovation or new build, Dunlap still has the tools to complete your project on time – and on budget. With decades of experience and a network of suppliers and subcontractors, we are able to complete jobs even under the most challenging circumstances. What do these high material costs mean for your project? Is now a good time to build?

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Why You Should Always Hire A Licensed Contractor

Why You Should Always Hire A Licensed Contractor

With material prices soaring and other commodities like gas and food prices on the rise, it might be tempting to hire the cheapest contractor for your next project. However, if they are not a licensed contractor, it could end up costing you in the long run. We always recommend hiring an appropriately licensed contractor for the job because it protects you and your project from costly issues down the road. 

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Dunlap Is Your Choice For All Your Business Construction Needs

Dunlap Is Your Choice For All Your Business Construction Needs

When you find something you like, you stick with it, right? Our clients come back to us time and time again for that exact reason! For business construction, we are your go-to contractor- whether it’s new construction, remodeling, or restoration. We have worked with countless local companies over the years to help their space evolve with their business. 

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What’s The Difference Between Remodel And Renovation?

What’s The Difference Between Remodel And Renovation?

When you’re considering making changes to your existing space, it’s important to consider the scope of work. This will be the main difference between remodel and renovation. While these terms sound pretty similar, many people use them interchangeably incorrectly. Let’s discuss the differences between remodeling and renovating, and which one might fit the bill for your next project. 

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How We Keep Your Construction Project On Track

How We Keep Your Construction Project On Track

As veterans in the construction industry of over 40 years, we have learned a thing or two about project management. Our tried and true process for keeping a construction project on track involves 3 specific steps. We have honed this system over decades, and it keeps our clients coming back to us time and time again. 

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Handling Volatile Lumber And Materials Pricing

Handling Volatile Lumber And Materials Pricing

If you’re experiencing whiplash from the pricing of housing materials like lumber, steel, and even paint – you’re not alone. To say that 2022 has already proven to be plagued with volatile pricing would be an understatement. Unfortunately, supply chain issues affect the construction industry severely. From long lead times to skyrocketing prices, we are dealing with it all. Luckily, we have the skill to navigate these murky waters. We are still committed to getting your job done on time, and on budget. 

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How To Find A Remodeling Contracting Company

How To Find A Remodeling Contracting Company

When you decide to pursue a remodel, you want to choose the right remodeling contracting company. This decision may very well make or break your project – or your budget. So, how do you know who to work with? We have some tips to help you make a solid choice.

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What To Look For In Commercial Construction Contractors

What To Look For In Commercial Construction Contractors

Choosing the right contractor for the job is quite possibly the most important project decision you’ll make. If you’re looking for commercial construction contractors to bid on your next project, we have a few tips.

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4 Ways To Reduce Building Costs

4 Ways To Reduce Building Costs

Supply chain and labor shortages are affecting building costs across the nation, especially in popular areas like Western North Carolina. In fact, many people may be considering pausing or stopping a build due to high prices and a volatile market. But, Dunlap has weathered storms like this before. You can count on us to manage your project during the most unpredictable times. Here are 4 ways we ensure that your project stays within budget, even if prices are going up.

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A Great Builder Overcomes Challenges

A Great Builder Overcomes Challenges

As supply chain issues and labor shortages continue into 2022, it’s safe to say that the past few years have provided significant challenges for us as a trusted local builder – and for our communities. As always, Dunlap strives to deliver top-quality work regardless of the circumstances. While the world may be unpredictable right now, you’ll always know what to expect from us. Here are just some of the ways we are rising to the challenges 2022 may bring.

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Dunlap Construction- Your Full Service Contractor

Dunlap Construction- Your Full Service Contractor

What does it mean to be a full service contractor? What are some of the benefits? Dunlap offers the convenience of hiring one firm to handle your construction project from start to finish. Let’s discuss more about full service contracting and why you would want to seek it out. 

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Commercial Remodeling With Dunlap

Commercial Remodeling With Dunlap

Over the past two years, it seems the requirements of commercial spaces have changed constantly. We have assisted countless businesses in addressing new recommendations with commercial remodeling. During unprecedented times, business owners can rely on experienced general contractors to help them navigate changing demands and ensure their build-out offers the flexibility they need. 

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Questions To Ask Commercial Construction Companies Before Hiring

Questions To Ask Commercial Construction Companies Before Hiring

Working with a quality builder makes the difference between project success and project failure. Taking the time to do your due diligence up front will save you a major headache down the road – not to mention time and money. We’ve compiled a list of some of the top questions to ask commercial construction companies before you hire. This should help you narrow down your choices to experienced, qualified professionals.

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The Importance Of Pre Construction Value Engineering

The Importance Of Pre Construction Value Engineering

Dunlap Construction has over 40 years of experience working with local businesses, homeowners, hospitals, and more in Western North Carolina. Our process is tried and true – and we stand by it. Clients come back to us time and time again because of our commitment to providing the most value and highest quality work. Before construction even begins, we conduct a thorough checklist of pre-construction services. One of these steps is value engineering. Let’s discuss why value engineering is so important to achieving success.

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Pros And Cons: Do It Yourself Or Hire A Contractor

Pros And Cons: Do It Yourself Or Hire A Contractor

When it comes to your next construction project, you might be wondering if you can act as your own general contractor or if you should hire someone. While a do it yourself attitude can serve you well in many areas of your life, sometimes the help of a professional is warranted. What are some of the pros and cons you must consider when making this decision? Read on to find out.

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Post Construction Punch List: What Is It?

Post Construction Punch List: What Is It?

After the construction process (which can be long and grueling), we know you are eager to take occupancy of your new or renovated building. However, we perform a few extra steps before that happens. Trust us – you don’t want your contractor to leave before a project closeout punch list. This best practice protects you from uncompleted or incorrect work.

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The Construction Delays You Want To Avoid

The Construction Delays You Want To Avoid

Dunlap has been in the construction business for over 40 years. During that time, we developed the ability to adapt to ebbs and flows and notice patterns. Despite operating in a somewhat unpredictable industry, certain things stay the same. These are the construction delays we see throughout the construction industry, and here are our best tips to avoid them.

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When Is A Good Time For Commercial Renovations?

When Is A Good Time For Commercial Renovations?

When considering a renovation for your commercial space, it’s common to be concerned about timing. A renovation might force you to close your doors for weeks or months. Renovations require time – and money. So, when is the best time to start construction? We have some tips to help you decide.

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Pre Construction Services Start Projects Off On The Right Track

Pre Construction Services Start Projects Off On The Right Track

Every successful project with Dunlap starts with our comprehensive pre construction services. We believe this part of the process, while not necessarily action-packed, is absolutely crucial. What exactly is involved in pre construction services and how do these steps ensure your project is successful? Let’s find out!

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Commercial Builders Tips To Make The Most Of Your Renovation

Commercial Builders Tips To Make The Most Of Your Renovation

As one of WNC’s top commercial builders, we have done projects across nearly all sectors. From medical construction to restaurants and office space, we utilize our expertise to provide quality construction services on both large and small projects. To make a big impact in your commercial or retail space, you don’t have to take it down to the studs and start over. We find that specific, intentional renovation choices make a huge difference in how your space looks and feels. Here are some tips on where to invest those renovation dollars.

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Office Construction Changes And Post-Pandemic Life

Office Construction Changes And Post-Pandemic Life

Over our 40+ years in business, we have certainly weathered a few storms. But, it’s safe to say the past 18+ have been unprecedented. Between ensuring the health and safety of our team, our clients, and still meeting the construction needs of WNC amid supply and labor shortages, we have relied on our core values to get us through. We immediately stepped in to help our local businesses adapt to changing safety recommendations, remodeling restaurants and commercial spaces. Now, we are seeing a shift in new builds to reflect a “new normal” for offices around the country. What kind of office construction changes can you expect? Let’s explore these and what it means for post-pandemic office life.

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Coping With Volatile Construction Prices

Coping With Volatile Construction Prices

Any construction company that has been in business as long as we have has weathered some storms when it comes to material supply and pricing. Small hiccups in the system can lead to surprisingly large delays or skyrocketing pricing. What’s more, we can’t always predict exactly when things will return to normal. Fortunately, we have ways of coping with volatile construction prices and navigating this current market.

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2021 Construction Trends We Are Seeing

2021 Construction Trends We Are Seeing

The past year and a half has been challenging on many levels as people struggle to navigate the world safely. We have certainly seen the effects reflected in the ups and downs of construction supplies, both in availability and pricing. That said, through it all, we have continued to provide WNC with construction services to meet changing demands. Over the past 8 months, some construction trends have emerged that we expect to last for some time. Let’s explore some of these trends and why they might be here to stay. 

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What Types Of Construction Does Dunlap Provide?

What Types Of Construction Does Dunlap Provide?

What started out as a small, residential construction business in 1979 has grown into most major sectors including commercial, medical, municipal, and more. Our experience over the last 40+ years allows us to work on projects all over WNC from our local hospitals to government buildings and restaurants. Take a look around downtown Hendersonville, and we’ll show you a Dunlap project on practically every corner!

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Dunlap’s Approach Makes Us A Top Construction Contractor

Dunlap’s Approach Makes Us A Top Construction Contractor

After over 40 years serving the Western North Carolina region, we are still a top construction contractor for local businesses, hospitals, city buildings, and more. Why? Our customer-focused approach and family values allow us to build lasting relationships with our clients. 

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Five Tips For Finding A Renovation Service

Five Tips For Finding A Renovation Service

Many people are taking this unusual and challenging year as a sign to improve their current space, either at work or at home. We are seeing an increase in additions for both businesses and homes as people seek to spread out. Remote workers may need to create a home office. Whatever your need, you’ll want a contractor that is up for the task. Here are five tips to help you find a contractor for your renovation service.

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How Covid-19 Has Changed Commercial General Contracting

How Covid-19 Has Changed Commercial General Contracting

Between supply chain shortages and skyrocketing prices, the past year and a half really challenged all industries to adapt. In March 2020, companies began scrambling to set up remote working and finding ways to continue to operate safely just to stay afloat. While some industries have been hit harder than others, commercial construction has remained essential. One thing we know for sure, the impact of Covid-19 will be felt for years to come. Let’s discuss some of the ways the pandemic has changed commercial general contracting. 

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Tips On Choosing A Contractor For Renovation Projects

Tips On Choosing A Contractor For Renovation Projects

Whether you’re renovating your home or commercial building, choosing the right contractor for the job is critical. Your choice can make or break your budget – and timeline. Here are some tips to use when looking for a contractor for renovation projects. 

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What Contractor Services Do We Offer?

What Contractor Services Do We Offer?

Dunlap is pleased to offer a wide variety of contractor services to the WNC area. Our family-owned and operated business has grown from a small residential company back in 1979 to a full-service contractor. As a result, our portfolio spans multiple sectors. Working on diverse projects allows us to pass on decades of in-depth knowledge to you as a client and provide top-notch contractor services each and every time. 

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We Are Your Premier Restoration Contractor

We Are Your Premier Restoration Contractor

Whether it’s a residence or business, Dunlap is your premier restoration contractor for any historic building in need. We love working on restoration projects because we get to show off our artistry in construction. This type of work requires a delicate touch and know-how of building practices that only come from decades of experience. 

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How To Hire A Builder

How To Hire A Builder

So you’ve decided to build, now what? When it comes time to hire a builder, the process can seem overwhelming. How do you choose the right company? Dunlap has been serving the WNC area for over 40 years, and during that time, we have been fortunate to work on projects in a wide variety of sectors. We have some tips to help you hire the best builder for your job. 

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Renovate or Remodel – What’s The Difference?

Renovate or Remodel – What’s The Difference?

Are you considering making some changes to your commercial space? Should you renovate or remodel? What’s the difference? Before your hire a contractor, you’ll need to decide which approach will help you reach your goals. Let’s discuss these options to see whether renovating or remodeling would be right for you.

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Tips to Control The Rising Cost To Build

Tips to Control The Rising Cost To Build

If you’ve been to any hardware store lately, you may have noticed that lumber prices are higher than normal. Lumber isn’t the only building material to be subject to a price surge! The price of steel affects almost every aspect of commercial or residential construction. While we can’t control the cost of these valuable materials, we do have some tips to help you control the rising cost to build as much as possible.

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Design Tips From A Commercial Construction Company

Design Tips From A Commercial Construction Company

When considering a commercial renovation or new build, there are elements that can really make or break the end result. Start by choosing a contractor that knows the ins and outs of this industry. Dunlap is one of the most reputable commercial construction companies in WNC because of our commitment to customer service and attention to detail. After countless projects and decades of experience, we are giving you our top design tips to ensure your next commercial project is a success. 

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Local Contractor Who Serves The Community: Safelight Renovation

Local Contractor Who Serves The Community: Safelight Renovation

Dunlap Construction has been serving the greater Western North Carolina region since 1979. As a result, we have become a trusted partner for many local businesses, hospital systems, municipal projects, and more. Our involvement in community organizations makes us one of the top local contractors for nonprofit agencies. We recently had the opportunity to work on some renovations to Safelight, an important agency in Hendersonville dedicated to supporting survivors of interpersonal violence, sexual assault and child abuse. Read on to learn more about this project and the services Safelight provides.

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Now Is A Great Time For Commercial Construction

Now Is A Great Time For Commercial Construction

While some industries have come to a screeching halt due to the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic, we have been fortunate to continue providing construction services to our WNC region. In fact, for certain sectors, now may be the ideal time to begin a project. With many office spaces left empty in favor of remote work, builders must adapt to the changes in commercial construction needs.  

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A Local Builder For All Your Construction Needs

A Local Builder For All Your Construction Needs

Dunlap is a family owned business that has been serving the Western North Carolina area for over 40 years. During that time, we have worked in many sectors and become a one stop shop for all your construction needs. Hiring a local builder for your next project is a big decision and depends greatly on the type of construction. Fortunately, our wide range of expertise makes us a great choice for almost any project.

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Tips For Hiring A Commercial General Contractor

Tips For Hiring A Commercial General Contractor

As a full service general contractor, we have experience in a wide range of sectors on the commercial side of construction. When it comes to hiring a commercial general contractor, what should you know? Here are some tips to find the best fit.

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Customer Satisfaction Puts Us Among Hendersonville’s Top Commercial Builders

Customer Satisfaction Puts Us Among Hendersonville’s Top Commercial Builders

Dunlap has been serving the Western North Carolina for over 40 years, and one of the major keys to our success is our focus on customer satisfaction. We value relationship building with our clients. Through open and honest communication, we are able to deliver top quality service and gain repeat business from previous clients. Our commitment to these values makes us one of Hendersonville’s top commercial builders.

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5 Ways To Control Rising Construction Costs in Hendersonville

5 Ways To Control Rising Construction Costs in Hendersonville

We’ve noticed a trend lately that’s not necessarily positive – it’s becoming more and more expensive to build. As Hendersonville and other parts of Western NC grow in popularity, so does the cost to build there. With proper planning and management, it is possible to control your construction costs. Here are some tips to help you get the most bang for your buck.

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Hendersonville’s Favorite Restaurant GC

Hendersonville’s Favorite Restaurant GC

When it comes to restaurant construction in Western North Carolina, we have certainly become a local favorite. Our years of experience and excellent customer relationships have made us a trusted restaurant GC for both new restaurant construction as well as renovations. Let’s take a look at some of the restaurant projects we have had the pleasure of working on.

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Myth Busting: Office & Home Renovation Myths

Myth Busting: Office & Home Renovation Myths

When dealing with homeowners and business owners considering renovations, we have heard a wide range of incorrect assumptions about the process. Unfortunately, it’s easy to stumble on bad advice from friends or coworkers – or even on the internet. It’s always best to talk directly to a trusted contractor about any questions or concerns. Let’s discuss some of the most common myths we hear about office and home renovation.

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Mistakes To Avoid When Renovating Your Office

Mistakes To Avoid When Renovating Your Office

Over the years, we have seen the many ups and downs of office renovation. In the end, all the time and effort will be worth it as you achieve your goals. Still, there are ways you can help streamline the process for yourself and the contractor at work. We have discovered some common mistakes you might want to avoid while renovating your office.

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How To Make Sure You’re Working With A Quality Builder

How To Make Sure You’re Working With A Quality Builder

When you finally get the go ahead for your next construction project, what’s the next step? Seeking out a quality builder may sound daunting, but it doesn’t have to be. We have some insider tips to help you narrow the field and find the best contractor for the job.

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Gym and Recreational Park Construction Experts

Gym and Recreational Park Construction Experts

Dunlap Construction has become one of the top contractors in WNC by taking on projects in a wide variety of sectors. Over the years we have been fortunate to work on dozens of unique jobs. When people think of a typical general contractor, they might not think about the construction of a trampoline park. But, we love working on these recreational spaces! While many gyms and recreation parks remain closed or are operating at limited capacity, we certainly look forward to enjoying these outlets again in the future. In the mean time, let’s look at some of the fun projects we have done over the years.

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Our History As A Commercial Builder

Our History As A Commercial Builder

Dunlap Construction started as a small, family owned residential construction firm back in 1979 and quickly grew into other sectors, including commercial, municipal, and medical. Now, 40 years later, we are still family owned and a prominent contractor in WNC. We are honored to be the commercial builder of choice for so many local businesses when they need remodeling or a new build. Here’s a look at just a few of the projects we have completed.

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Hendersonville’s Healthcare General Contractors

Hendersonville’s Healthcare General Contractors

Dunlap has been serving the Western North Carolina area for over 40 years. During that time, we have grown and changed along with this beautiful part of the country. We have seen the need for development increasing in nearly every sector. But, one of the fastest changing sectors we have worked with is healthcare. Much like the field itself, the design and construction seems to be constantly changing. Throughout our time in operation, we have developed close relationships with many of the healthcare systems – working with them to adapt to new demands. Our reputation as a trusted partner has made us one of the top healthcare general contractors in the WNC area. 

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The ROI Of A Commercial Remodel

The ROI Of A Commercial Remodel

When it comes to your commercial remodel, there are a lot of factors to consider to ensure you get a good return on investment (ROI). Remodeling your business can make a huge positive impact on your ability to attract and retain employees, gain customers, and increase sales. So, how much should you invest in making that happen?

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Creating A Commercial Renovation Budget

Creating A Commercial Renovation Budget

Are you thinking of renovating your commercial space? Maybe it’s time for a move and you need to build out a new space to suit your needs. Regardless of the reason, tackling a renovation can be intimidating. Dunlap has some guidelines that should help you get started, by creating your commercial renovation budget. 

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Hendersonville Commercial Renovation Experts

Hendersonville Commercial Renovation Experts

When it comes to your next commercial construction renovation project, you’ll be hard pressed to find a more experienced contractor than Dunlap Construction. We have partnered with WNC’s businesses to complete renovations, as well as new construction, of commercial spaces for decades. As a result, we have developed enough working relationships and experience in this sector to make us Hendersonville commercial renovation experts. 

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Dunlap Has Become One Of Hendersonville’s Top General Contractors With The 5 Star Customer Reviews To Prove It

Dunlap Has Become One Of Hendersonville’s Top General Contractors With The 5 Star Customer Reviews To Prove It

Dunlap Construction is a full-service, licensed, bonded and insured general contracting firm based in Western North Carolina. We have been serving this community since 1979 and have built countless relationships with homeowners, businesses, hospital systems and more. Throughout the years, we have honed our skills in commercial, residential, municipal, and medical construction and become a top general contractor in the area. 

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The Hendersonville Construction Cost Estimating Experts

The Hendersonville Construction Cost Estimating Experts

Arguably one of the most important parts of any construction project is the cost estimation. Without accurate estimates, you risk going over budget, missing deadlines, and ultimately disappointing the client. Cost estimating is a skill that’s honed over time with experience. Dunlap has been serving our area for over 40 years, which is why we have become Hendersonville construction cost estimating experts. 

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Why and How We Became a Leading General Contractor in Hendersonville

Why and How We Became a Leading General Contractor in Hendersonville

Dunlap Construction began as a small residential contracting company, founded in 1979 by Dennis Dunlap. Over time, we grew into other sectors like commercial, municipal, medical, and even restoration. Throughout our 40 years in business, we have always prioritized the customer experience. We believe in building relationships with our clients, maintaining open and honest communication, and handling any problems with integrity. Our quality service has been recognized time and time again by repeat business and made us a leading General Contractor in Hendersonville and surrounding areas. 

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A History of Medical Construction Expertise: Helping Those That Help Others

A History of Medical Construction Expertise: Helping Those That Help Others

When you’re looking for a contractor, it’s typically beneficial to find one with a wide range of experience. However, each construction project is unique, and some simply require more specific expertise. This is the case with medical construction. At Dunlap, we have worked on dozens of hospital and medical office builds spanning over 30 years of specialized experience.

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Residential vs. Commercial Contractor: What’s The difference?

Residential vs. Commercial Contractor: What’s The difference?

If you’re a developer who is thinking about adding commercial projects to your repertoire, consider this: when it comes to residential versus commercial construction, there are some key differences to note. Read on to find out some of the pros and cons, and how to prepare for each step.

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