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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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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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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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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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Best Practices For An Accurate Hendersonville Construction Estimate

Best Practices For An Accurate Hendersonville Construction Estimate

Dunlap Construction has been working commercial projects for over 40 years, and we know the ins and outs of estimation challenges. Determining an estimate for a bid plays an important role in the success or failure of a job – and whether you even get the job at all. The community in Western NC has come to trust our process to provide an accurate Hendersonville construction estimate for any commercial project that comes our way. Here are some of our best practices in the estimating process.

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Tips For Resolving Disputes With A Building Contractor

Tips For Resolving Disputes With A Building Contractor

At Dunlap Construction, we have prided ourselves on high quality post-construction services for more than 40 years. We take customer satisfaction very seriously and we strive to ensure that every project ends with a smile on our customer’s faces. Unfortunately, we can’t handle every construction project in Western North Carolina and not every contractor is good to their word. Unexpected problems can pop up at any stage and less experienced and reputable builders sometimes choose not to stand by their work; it can be particularly challenging to handle an issue after construction is over. As an experienced, family-owned building contractor in Hendersonville, NC, Dunlap Construction is committed to ensuring you are happy with your construction project at every step – including after we leave the site. What is the best way to handle a dispute after the job is complete?

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Hendersonville Municipal Construction: Navigating the Process

Hendersonville Municipal Construction: Navigating the Process

Not all construction projects are created equal. In some cases, special considerations must be taken to ensure the end result meets all legal requirements. When it comes to Hendersonville municipal construction, there are certain regulations that must be followed above and beyond regular construction regulations. Fortunately, Dunlap Construction has years of experience doing municipal construction projects and is well qualified to help you through this process.

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Hendersonville Builder: Project with Community Foundation of Henderson County

Hendersonville Builder: Project with Community Foundation of Henderson County

Since 1982 the Community Foundation of Henderson County has been championing initiatives to serve the residents of Henderson County. Initially created to manage the William C. Armstrong Scholarship Fund and the Charlie Renfrow Scholarship Fund, the founding members quickly sought to build a vehicle for other people in community to give back. Through grants, scholarships, and other funding, they aim to improve the quality of life in this area, addressing social issues affecting the community like food insecurity and homelessness. The reach of CFHC is far and wide, offering school and camp scholarships (camperships), charitable trusts and endowments funds, and more. Their mission:

Helping people who care make lasting contributions to causes that matter.

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Hendersonville Construction Contractor: How to Set Expectations for the Construction Process and Cost

Hendersonville Construction Contractor: How to Set Expectations for the Construction Process and Cost

Even a small construction project may give you restless nights due to the amount of effort, time and cost involved. Most people feel overwhelmed, and a certain amount of despair when it comes to planning the construction project as the construction process and costs involved need to be carefully thought out before initiating the project. In this article, we explain how you can set expectations for the construction process and the costs involved by doing some planning beforehand. Before hiring a Hendersonville construction contractor, make sure to learn how to set expectations for construction process and cost.

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Downtown Hendersonville General Contractor: 5 Steps in Commercial Building Renovation Process

Downtown Hendersonville General Contractor: 5 Steps in Commercial Building Renovation Process

Renovating a commercial building is a complex process that requires a good amount of planning, cooperation with the contractor, getting required permits and certainly a good amount of money. Most people are hard pressed for an informed answer when they try to come up with the initial steps required in renovating a commercial building. In this article, we explain the whole commercial building renovation process using a step by step approach. If you are planning to hire a downtown Hendersonville general contractor, make sure to learn the 5 basic steps in commercial building renovation process.

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White Duck Taco Shop Opens Door Soon on Seventh Avenue

White Duck Taco Shop Opens Door Soon on Seventh Avenue

Seventh Avenue has long been one of the main commercial centers in Hendersonville. It attracts a large number of visitors due to its proximity to several restaurants, cafes, and shops which also serve as the main attraction in the city of Hendersonville.

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The Importance Of A Local General Contractor in Hendersonville: What is and How Can Dunlap Help You Obtain a Building Permit?

The Importance Of A Local General Contractor in Hendersonville: What is and How Can Dunlap Help You Obtain a Building Permit?

Most local governments have strict laws in place which regulate the construction of new buildings or renovation of existing ones. Laws usually differ for commercial and residential buildings, but you can be assured that there are laws that you need to follow to carry out most construction activity on your property. In most cases, you don’t need to worry about this if you are going to hire a local general contractor.

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How to Choose the Best Hendersonville Builder for Your Project

How to Choose the Best Hendersonville Builder for Your Project

We are dedicated to serving the Hendersonville, NC Community, and have worked with several local businesses in the restaurant and commercial fields, helping them construct workspaces, restaurants and offices of their dreams. Often, clients come to us confused about the things which they should know before hiring a builder. 

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Top Hendersonville General Contractor: How to Choose One for Your Project?

Top Hendersonville General Contractor: How to Choose One for Your Project?

Hiring a general contractor is not an easy task as most people have no idea about things which qualities they should search for in a general contractor. Very few people have any prior experience of construction, and are thus, clueless when it comes to hiring a top-quality GC. In this article, we will go into detail on how you can choose a top Hendersonville general contractor.

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Hendersonville Restaurant Contractor: Dunlap Construction

Hendersonville Restaurant Contractor: Dunlap Construction

Hendersonville Restaurant Contractor, Dunlap Construction has brought the dreams of many restauranteurs to life. Are your ready to start work on your dream business or restaurant in Hendersonville or the greater Western North Carolina region? We have specialized for years in helping to create a Turn Key environment for restaurant owners in Hendersonville. Dunlap Construction understands how to communicate with you if you are out of state and need to just walk through the door and open. We have also worked with hands on owners who want to be involved in the development process – turning their dream into a reality. No matter where you land on this spectrum, we can support and help you get the end result you’ve always wanted!

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Verify BEFORE You Hire a Licensed Contractor in Hendersonville

Verify BEFORE You Hire a Licensed Contractor in Hendersonville

Licensed Contractor in Hendersonville (managing projects of $30,000 or more) are licensed by the:  North Carolina Licensing Board for General Contractors
3739 National Drive, Suite 225
P. O. Box 17187
Raleigh, NC 27619
919-571-4183

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Launch Trampoline Park, Asheville, NC

Launch Trampoline Park, Asheville, NC

The blank canvas is just the beginning of the most important park of work. Here at Dunlap Construction we see so many possibilities in a blank page or canvas. The creation of one of our most valued canvases started in March of 2015, and our client was Launch Trampoline Park.

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Restoration: A Prominent Sight in Downtown Hendersonville

Restoration: A Prominent Sight in Downtown Hendersonville

Here at Dunlap Construction we pride ourselves in renewing the beauty of deteriorated structures. One of our strengths as a company is the remodel and restoration of weathered and worn buildings. When thinking back to how many successful restorations we have completed since 1976, there is always one that stands out in our mind. It’s located in the heart of downtown Hendersonville, NC. It is on the National Register of Historic Places and has become a landmark to both locals and tourists.

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