Every year, Christmas lights displays in Vancouver get bigger and better than they’ve ever been before – and this year is no different. Each lights display is unique and features thousands of bulbs and strands that add just a little bit more magic to the season.
From traditional displays to fanciful ones that highlight popular culture and the year behind us, you’ll find whatever you are looking for without having to travel too far.
Not every city is so lucky, so it is important that we take advantage of the opportunities we’ve been given here. When you are looking to add a little sparkle and shine to your holiday season, check out these local destinations:
1. St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope
St. Paul’s Hospital Lights of Hope is a tradition within the community that was eliminated for a little while, but so many people loved it that they had to bring it back. There are over 100,000 light bulbs at this event that span a whopping amount of distance so that people aren’t crowded together.
Even better, this event is a charity campaign that helps promote the hospital and all of its endeavors. The lighting display will be up throughout December and will be open to the public.
They’ve raised millions of dollars and continue to do amazing work.
2. Northwest Window Washing
If the items on this list make you want to get your own Christmas decorations out, but it seems like too much of a
hassle, consider calling up Northwest Window Washing. This team of professional installers will outfit your home with as many Christmas lights as you want – from just a few strands to enough to make your yard the next great Christmas display.
Working with commercial and private properties, they will talk you through their process and decide what type of design you really want to work with. From there, they do the rest! They are the ones that test each strand of lights, climb the ladder, and ensure that the lines are straight. If lights aren’t your thing, they also have “garland, wreath, trees, topiaries, bows, ornamentals and more.”
3. The Lights of Christmas, Stanwood
With over one million Christmas lights, The Lights of Christmas in Stanwood, WA is one of the largest displays in the area and it continues to grow. This year, the spectacle will spread out over 15 acres, plenty of room for children and adults to wander around.
The even combines the lights with seasonal food, holiday shopping, children’s activities, live entertainment, and a community environment. If you are looking for something a little longer, there are even some overnight options.
There are different activities throughout the holiday season, so you might even be able to make it back a few times to experience all this place has to offer. Make sure to check out the calendar on their website to find the best activities.
4. Christmas Ship Festival
The 2nd Annual Christmas Ship Festival parade of boats will take place this year, adding to the already special
tradition of Christmas lights on the water. This is a unique experience that will allow you to take in the lights from on the boat and off.
According to the website, going onto the ships offers a great experience: “Every year, the Argosy Christmas Ship sails to different Puget Sound waterfront communities, around 65 in total. Choirs on board give 20-minute performances to these communities, all broadcast via our state-of-the-art speaker system. On shore, thousands of people gather around roaring bonfires anticipating the arrival of the Christmas Ship.”
For those on the shore, you’ll get to see over 65 different ships that have been fully decked out in their Christmas finest.
5. Garden D’Lights, Bellevue
The Garden D’Lights installation in Bellevue focuses on some of the most beautiful parts of our lives. The colors used throughout this display are bright and vivid, yet they still make you think of Christmas. With over half a million lights that transform the Bellevue Botanical Garden, you are able to forget your cares for a while and just give yourself over to the magic of the season.
While the botanical garden will be a favorite with adults, there are also quite a few activities for children, so don’t be afraid to bring them.
Even if you have been to this display before, make sure to come back because it is always changing.
6. WildLights, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle
If you are up for a little bit of travel, nothing beats the WildLights, Woodland Park Zoo, Seattle, which combines the
Christmas spirit with the magic of the zoo. The displays take on a unique feeling because they do center around animals and the zoo. You’ll see cheetahs and lions in towering lights displays next to a beautifully decorated Christmas tree.
Even better, there are live reindeer and chances to bring your dog to meet Santa.
For those with children, or those that are young at heart, the indoor snowball fight is one of the most unique features on the list.
7. Christmas Lights Vancouver
Customized Christmas displays are a great way to put your entire family into the Christmas mood. However, you
probably don’t have all the time in the world to put together displays like some of the ones on this list. If you’d like to replicate that magic, you should consider reaching out to Christmas Lights Vancouver.
Their team will create a display for you that is unique and special, weaving together technology and classic Christmas design in a way you’ve never seen before. If you have an idea, they will take it and run with it. If you don’t have any ideas, they will walk you through a planning process where you can get what you want.
Brace Yourself – Winter is Coming
This year, the weather is predicted to be particularly tough in Vancouver. While it might mean that we get to see a white Christmas, it could also mean that your trees are in for an incredibly rough year. Make sure you are prepared for the season ahead by giving us a call and asking about our cabling and bracing services.
Cabling and bracing your trees gives them structural support that they sometimes lose due to infestations and bad weather. If you don’t want to lose your tree this year, but you know that it is going to need some help, give us a call. Our team will offer up a free estimate for how much it will cost to save your tree this year.
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Weather is unpredictable, especially in the Vancouver area. You never know when something is going to happen that will prevent you from getting your chores or To Do List done. Last year, a family wasn’t able to get a Christmas tree because they waited too long and the bad weather prevented them from getting the kind of tree they wanted. Do not be the person that has to settle for the Charlie Brown Christmas Tree. Instead, start shopping early. When you got a Christmas Tree farm where you can cut down your own tree, it will last the entire season.
Take a look at some of the farms that offer this service:
1. Farrell Farms
If you are looking for a little bit of family fun while you are selecting your Christmas tree, consider going to Farrell Farms. This 150 acre Christmas Tree Farm has the country atmosphere along with some of the most beautiful Noble, Nordman, or Grand Fir Christmas trees. All of the trees here are meticulously groomed and cared for, ensuring that whichever one you pick, you will have a tree that lasts a long time.
You are also able to purchase wreaths and beautiful greenery to bring the joy of a Christmas Tree into other areas of your home.
While you are selecting your tree you can drink cider or hot chocolate while enjoying a candy cane by the campfire.
2. Larwick’s Christmas Tree Farm
The Larwick U-cut Christmas Tree Farm has been a favorite since 1990, when 500 Douglas Fir seedlings were
planted. Now they sell a beautiful assortment of over 18,000 Douglas-Fir, Fraser, Noble, and Nordmann trees. Their 20-acre farm is a Christmas Wonderland for families of all sizes, with beautiful decorations, a Santa Gift Shop, and even visits from the man in red.
The trees are selected by you, though the staff will give you guidance over which trees will be the best pick.
On the coldest days, you can get a sweet treat and a hot drink while your tree is shaken and baled. Parents also love the tree stands, wreaths, and garland that you can buy on site. it is a great way to ensure that all of your Christmas decorations are cohesive.
3. Fischer’s U-Cut Christmas Trees
The trees at Fischer’s U-Cut Christmas Tree Farm are absolutely gorgeous, especially if you are looking for a Turkish Fir tree in Vancouver, WA. They also sell absolutely beautiful Nobles and Grand Fir trees too. Each tree is hand tended to so you know that they are the highest quality. Any trees that don’t meet their standards are used for the various crafting classes they have or for wreaths and garland, which you can also purchase. Even the stumps are used for firewood.
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time because you are going to need it to look at everything they have to offer. Consider signing up for one of their classes as well, especially the ones where you can make your own decorations.
4. Lone Cedar Tree Farm
Noble fir trees are really some of the biggest stars in the Christmas tree world. They are full, lush, green, and
extremely fragrant. Not only that but they tend to stay alive a lot longer than other types of trees.
For the family that is looking for an experience, but maybe not one that lasts all day, the Lone Cedar Tree Farm has Christmas trees that will match any style. Trees range from small (4 feet) to larger (12 feet and over).
It’s really simple: you park in their parking lot, find the tree you want, cut it down (or have someone cut it down for you), shake and bale the tree, and get on your way. They’ll even help you load your tree.
If it gets too cold out there, make sure to take some time to warm your hands by the fire.
5. Tree Wisemans
If you are looking for a tree that is large and ready to be decorated with hundreds of decorations and yards of garland, then you might want to head over to Tree Wisemans. They specialize in growing trees that are taller, some even going up to 15 or 16 feet. These trees are specially taken care of so that they are healthy and ready for cutting – they aren’t the “freaks” that grew a little bit taller than the rest. Choose from Douglas-Fir, Fraser, Grand, and Noble.
Services to their trees include flocking, fire retarding, and baling. They will also help you attach the tree to your car.
People love to come here because of cleanliness and the friendliness of the staff that really brings in the Christmas season. Espresso and hot chocolate on weekends are available on weekends.
6. Thortons’ Treeland
For kids, there is no place better than Thortons’ Treeland. Not only do they get to select a Christmas tree, but they
also get to partake in a petting zoo, walk around an old barn, listen to Christmas music, take a hay ride, and go shopping in a hand crafted gift shop. For them, there is no place better to be, even if they have to be bundled up.
Choose from Douglas Fir, Fraser Fir, Grand Fir, and Noble Fir.
Parents love Thortons’ because everything is clean, there is no mud, and the trees are fantastic. Their trees range from short to extremely tall, so everyone can find something here. There is even a small number of layered nobles. As an added bonus, there is even a Christmas tree stand called the “Marriage Saving Tree Stand” which helps make that process easier.
7. LA Center Farms
If you are interested in starting a tradition, consider going to one of the most scenic Christmas tree farms in all of Vancouver, LA Center Christmas Tree Farm. They have a family-friendly atmosphere with just a little bit of Christmas mischief hidden amongst the soaring trees. With over 70-acres, you are sure to find something that you’ll love.
You get to cut down your own tree here, choosing one from among thousands of Douglas, Grand, and Noble Fir. Once you’ve selected your tree, they will shake and bale it. For children, hot cocoa and cartoons will keep them occupied.
Make sure to check on their website for a coupon.
AK Timber Keeps You In Line For The Rest of The Year
Your trees are important, all of them. When you are thinking about your Christmas tree, don’t forget about your live trees. When the temperature turns cold, your trees aren’t given the chance to thrive. We can help you situate your soil and prepare for the cold season. Even better, we can help you make it so that your trees won’t experience too much damage during the winter season.
Whether this means we need to trim them so that they don’t fall on a wire or we need to treat them for an infestation of something trying to get warm this winter, you need to take care of your trees. Give us a call and we will be able to give you a free estimate for our work.
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You can feel it in the air, especially in the mornings, that winter is just around the corner. When the weather gets colder, you start to have a new set of problems. Last month we talked about things that you could do during the fall to get ready but you might not want to do by yourself. This month, we are going to highlight the things that you really should have a professional take a look at.
These are things that require someone with training and experience to take care of, no matter how severe or easy the fix is. Taking care of some things on this list will make your life a lot easier if the winter, even if we don’t necessarily expect to get weather that is too awful.
Take a look and decide what you need to get taken care of before the cold hits:
1. Your Chimney by Matchbox Chimney Sweep
Throughout the winter, your chimney will start to develop accumulation on the inside that can be bothersome at best and downright dangerous at worst. You have to get your chimney cleaned properly, both the inside and outside, before you burn. This is a time-consuming job if it hasn’t been done in a few years, and it takes a practiced hand to do so without ruining anything.
At Matchbox Chimney Sweep, they have equipment for chimneys large and small, including “a RoVac vacuum system, with HEPA filtration, to ensure that our work is done in a clean and professional manner.” They will also look out for the integrity of your chimney. If they think you need repairs, they will point you in the right direction.
2. Your Car by Ron’s Automotive
Winter months mean that your car needs to be performing at its absolute best or you might not be safe when
traveling. Ice, snow, and even debris left on the road can become increasingly dangerous as the temperatures drop, especially if you drive at night.
The team at Ron’s Automotive will work with you to prepare your car for the season. They know that getting your car fixed and tuned-up isn’t always the best. Still, the knowledgeable and friendly staff makes it a lot easier to deal with. They also provide vehicle shuttle services and have snacks while you wait.
If you do find yourself in an accident, give them a call for their 24-hour towing services.
3. Your Plumbing by All County Plumbing
This next idea is incredibly important if you like to leave the Vancouver area and go somewhere warmer during the cold months. We’ve all seen it happen to other people and we don’t think it could happen to us – but it happens a lot more frequently than you’d think. Plumbing breaks more often during the winter months because of freezing water that expands.
If something were to happen, call All County Plumbing and they will help you take care of it. Their team is well qualified to handle jobs of any size and their expertise makes solving the problem easier.
However, if you can stop the problem before it starts, that would be even better. Getting routine maintenance to problematic pipes or just an inspection to see if there are any problems is in your best interests. Give All County a call today to take advantage of their amazing team.
4. Your Wiring by Compass Electrician
While terrible storms are rare, there have been times when people lost their electric during a pretty severe storm
during the winter months. When this happens, you can lose your lights, your refrigerator, and your clocks. If you don’t have a generator, it is bad news. Even worse, once you lose your electric and it comes back, it can reveal problems that were previously hidden.
Compass Electric LLC is a local electrical contractor that does extremely efficient work. Their team is fully trained and insured in the newest and best ways to handle jobs of any size. Everyone is extremely friendly, walking and talking you through some of the problems that might have emerged and telling you how to avoid them, if possible.
They can also do installation work if you think the time is now for something new and fun.
5. Your Gutters by Right Way Gutters
All throughout the year, debris hangs around inside your gutters. Thanks to the beautiful weather we have here, people do tend to take care of their gutters. Still, sometimes people forget that sitting water can develop during the winter months when things start to freeze up, and that sitting water can spell big trouble.
Right Way Gutters is a local business that will clean and repair your gutters for you. Their team is adept at spotting damage and fixing it before it can get too bad. Typically these are minor repairs like bending, warping, or lose installation points. They can also install gutters in different colors and finishes if yours a looking a little worse for the wear.
Make sure to ask them about how your roof looks as well, or you might need the next company…
6. Your Roof by Legit Roofing
If you have something unfortunate happen with your home during this season, you are going to want to get a new
roof as soon as possible. A poor roof or a poorly insulated roof can really bring up your heating bills and allow your house to have that “damp” feeling that no one likes.
Legit Roofing, which is located in Vancouver, is a full-service roofing company that many people have gotten stellar results from. They are committed to their job, working around problems and continuing tirelessly until everything is as you had hoped.
According to their website: “Each Legit Roofing project is custom-designed to meet our clients’ individual needs, and all of our materials and products are of the highest quality. Our employees are all trained in a wide variety of roofing applications and safety standards. When you need roofing services, look no further than Legit Roofing.”
7. Your Furnace by Dan’s Top Notch
Your furnace is pretty much the star of the winter season. It helps to keep the chill out of your home, making it a safe
haven away from the elements. That is part of what makes this season so cheerful. Unfortunately, many people don’t think about testing out their heater until that chill is already in the air. This season, stay ahead of the curve and check sooner. Even better, get maintenance to ensure that it works at its best.
Dan’s Top Notch Heating is a local business that does impressive work. They have annual maintenance packages that will have your HVAC system working like new again. If they spot problems, it will probably be a money-saver in the long run because they can fix it now instead of when it gets worse. Everyone on the team is extremely nice and, more importantly, educated in all the tricks and techniques that they need to be.
8. Your Trees by AK Timber Services
Trees are beautiful but dangerous things, especially when ice and snow starts to fall. Unfortunately, there are too many instances of “everything would have been okay but that tree fell and things got really bad.” Fortunately, there are some steps you can take to prevent something like that from happening.
The first is that you can get an inspection by a certified and insured team, like the one at AK Timber Services. Then, you can have the problem areas fixed. It is that simple. Sometimes our team won’t find any problems. Sometimes it will be something simple and easy like a limb hanging too close to wires or a dead limb that should be removed. Sometimes it isn’t as easy, like an entire tree that needs to come down. Still, our team is equipped to handle any and all of that.
Emergency Tree Service in Vancouver, WA
Even if you don’t heed our warnings and get your trees checked in the fall, we will still be there for you. After a storm, you might need help with emergency clean up or emergency tree removal. Instead of stressing over trying to figure it all out yourself, reach out to our team and we will help you – we are only a call away.
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Fall creeps in quietly – so quietly that at times, you don’t even notice it is coming until you have to pull out a sweater or the leaves start to fall. In Vancouver, we can have some wild weather around this season, which only adds to the stress. When September rolls around, that means that it is time for school to start, practices to begin, work to amp up, holiday shopping to start, and your time gets shorter and shorter.
It doesn’t have to be that way. You don’t have to be stressed in fall – you can have fun and make memories that will last a lifetime. These companies will help you:
1. Vancouver Pumpkin Patch
Nothing says autumn like carving a pumpkin – whether it is a success or a failure. At Vancouver Pumpkin Patch, kids of any age will be able to search for the best pumpkins around. This could take hours because there is quite a selection of pumpkins from very small to very, very large.
You can really get into the holiday spirit with the hay pyramid, hay tunnel, and hay maze and other fun activities that will get your kids moving. For those who aren’t as adventurous, there is usually a costume party and storytime sessions.
Finally, there are tons of fresh and new options each year, so be sure to pay attention to the latest releases on their website. Last year, it was an 835-pound pumpkin.
2. All Fixes Handyman
It seems like anything that could go wrong with your yard happens during the late summer and early fall. This is
partly because it gets such a beating from children and visitors throughout the summer. It is also because of the change in temperature that causes expansion. Still, it can be difficult to keep up with everything that you need to do. That’s where All Fixes Handyman comes into play – they can help you with just about everything, including “hanging walls, shade covers, bridges, trellises, arbors, benches, outdoor rooms, patios, fire pits, sculptures, ponds, dry streams, waterfalls, pergolas, fire pits, fencing, edging, picnic areas, and fountains.”
If you have a problem that you needs to be corrected, run it by All Fixes Handyman.
3. Mike and Dad’s Hauling
Why you should trust Mike and Dad’s Hauling is expressly stated on their website: “Since 1989, Mike and Dad’s Hauling has served Vancouver. We pride ourselves on our impeccable reputation which we have built one customer at a time.” They don’t just talk the talk, either – they walk the walk.
Mike and Dad’s works with both commercial and residential properties to haul off junk and garbage that you have sitting around your yard. Whether you are doing a lot of yard work or cleaning out your kid’s room after he goes off to college, you probably have a lot of junk sitting around. While the air is cold, get rid of it!
Give Mike and Dad’s Hauling a call and they will give you an estimate and a timeline.
4. Means Nursery
Means Nursery is a great place to go if you are looking to add a little bit of fall color to your yard. From the muted orange shades to the dusty reds, you’ll be able to find something great here. The nursery is known for having a wide selection in terms of sizes and colors. They also keep everything natural and they know their plants – which is extremely important.
If you are looking for tools to make your autumn work a little easier, they also sell tools and other goodies for yard cleanup.
5. New Leaf Pest Control
When fall comes, it is also the time where bats and other pests come out to play. One of the biggest problems for
people around Vancouver is mice. They come into our homes to eat our great foods and share our warmth. Another problem is bed bugs – the soft fabric of backpacks is the perfect place for them to hide.
New Leaf Pest Control helps prevent and/or fix any of these problems in a safe way. Their approach is green so that your children and pets will be safe. They are also willing to work on preventative tactics so that you can sleep easily at night.
Give them a call right away if you think you hear something or see something that shouldn’t be there – you don’t want any pests to bring friends.
6. Sunmark Seeds
Soil is an important part of the health of your trees during the colder months. If you have poor soil, your trees won’t
get the nutrition that they need. While it is still warm enough to work outside, add some new soil around your trees and plants.
Sunmark Seeds has a few different types of seeds to help with the erosion control thanks to all of the soaking rain, including EC Seed. Turf Seed helps to keep your lawn plush throughout the season, especially if you have a commercial property that you need to look its best. Wildflower seed is specially fortified for our area to give you the best results. Finally, Forage Seed helps those in the agriculture business.
They are willing to work with you on just about anything, so give them a call.
7. Velvet Acres Gardens
Fresh produce seems to get all of the credit during the summer months, but it seems to fall by the wayside once autumn comes around. At Velvet Acres Gardens, the produce is picked every day so that it is always fresh and ready to go. Whether you want apples or squash, they will have the best selection around.
During the fall months, they have something even better – a fall festival with a gorgeous pumpkin patch. Searching through the fields for the prime pumpkin is a memory that will stay with you forever. They also sell vegetables, decorative pumpkins, gourdes, and more. For those with a more adventurous side, there is a hay tunnel, some hay rides, and antique tractors.
8. AK Timber Services
Of course, AK Timber Services is also there to help you prepare for fall and get through the season. Our team
is licensed, bonded, and insured in both Washington & Oregon to help you with tree care – whether that means you want to get trees removed before they start to drop leaves (a popular option) or you need some limbs trimmed, we are there to help you.
Serving both residential and commercial clients, we can help you keep your trees healthy throughout any season of the year and we can even up your property value. It all starts with a phone call, so give us a call at (360) 635-1076 to have a discussion about what you need, want, and expect.
Start Winter Preparation Now
Winter is going to be here much sooner than you think, which means you need to prepare. Ugly weather and ice can really do a number to your trees, which can then affect everything else in your yard. AK Timber Services offers tree risk assessment to keep that from happening. Our team will look over each and every inch of the tree or trees in your yard to find any problem areas – and then we will suggest fixes.
If you’ve never had a tree inspection before, or if you are new to your home and aren’t sure about the health of the trees, we can help you sleep more peacefully at night.
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Having a pool used to be a luxury that few people had. Now, it is something that more and more families are getting. Our summers keep getting warmer which opens up the opportunity to go in more frequently. Pools are great family bonding tools that create an outdoor space for everyone to enjoy, no matter who they are.
You can use pools to get in shape, to have a fun volleyball game, to get some relaxation in, or to cool off at the end of the day.
Still, you really need to think about what you are doing when you get a pool. They are a huge investment and, if not installed properly, can create a huge mess. You need to find a company or contractor that knows what they are doing and has a good reputation.
Here we highlight seven Vancouver businesses that have great reputations:
1. Anderson Poolworks
Anderson Poolworks is a “licensed and bonded residential and commercial pool contractor” that works throughout the Portland and Vancouver areas. They build absolutely gorgeous pools that have all of the accessories and features that you could ever dream about. While other companies will give you a gorgeous pool, Anderson Pool Works adds diving boards, sliding boards, water features, lighting, spas, and concrete features.
The team at Anderson Poolworks will build your pool from the ground up, adding features and crafting details that are special and make it your own. If you don’t want your pool to look like anyone else’s, consider Anderson Poolworks.
2. Blue Mountain Pools
Blue Mountain Pools has been one of the best pool companies in the Vancouver and Portland areas for the last forty years. They specialize in building in-ground gunite swimming pools and water features. The even build pools indoors and in tough terrains. If you’ve been told you can’t get a pool, try here.
Each one is designed for the individual customer, providing them with what they want and what they need. The goal is to add beauty and value to your home with expert craftsmanship, high-quality products, and a lot of interaction. If you give them a call, they will walk you through what it is they can do, giving you a clearer picture of what your new backyard oasis will look like.
3. Pacific Northwest Pools
The expert pool construction team at Pacific Northwest Pools has had a staggering 40 years of building experience.
They build swimming pools and spas as well as remodel them, so you could do that instead of getting all new construction. Of course, they will have to come look at your pool and see what kind of shape it is in.
The team at Pacific Northwest is extremely professional. They are always on-time and in control of the situation. Your budget is extremely important to them, so they always let you know where they stand on costs.
Finally, they will educate you about your pool if you’ve never owned one before. It can be a bit daunting, but they make the whole process seem much easier.
4. Cascade Pools
With 65 years of experience, Cascade Pools has long-lasting pools that dot the Northwest. If someone wants something that is particularly special or unique, they tend to go to Cascade Pools for the best possible treatment. They build absolutely stunning water features and infinity pools that take the traditional pool and makes it sleeker and more beautiful. To get this result, they use the highest quality methods and materials, building something that will last a lifetime.
Not only that, but they sell a wide range of accessories and chemicals to keep your pool in working order. If you aren’t that great with chemicals, they also use Ultra Pure ozone water purification equipment.
5. Northwest Vinyl Pools
If you aren’t looking for a lot of construction or you have a smaller budget, Northwest Vinyl Pools builds above
ground pools that are amazing. These pools are great because they won’t break your budget, and they have come a long way. With plentiful options for outside and inside of the pool, you can get a look that matches with the rest of your yard.
An above ground pool is also a much quicker installation process. You’ll be able to have your pool in about a week, compared to the weeks and weeks it can take for in ground pools.
Still, Northwest Vinyl Pools do install on-budget in ground pools, so you don’t have to sacrifice your clean lines if you don’t want to.
6. Premier Pools and Spas
Premier Pools and Spas help you to get something that is extremely luxurious. The contractors have tons of experience in the designing, installation, and maintenance of many pools. They can even work to build you a pool with a fire pit, a deck, or a bar.
Premier Pools are beautiful at all times of the year, even when they are covered, because they just take that much time to think about it. They use natural materials and lines to build something that looks like it could have just formed by itself.
With 25 years of experience, there are few companies that work with the high-tech tools and tricks that you’ll find with this company.
7. Neptune Pools
Neptune Swimming Pool Company builds swimming pools for both residential and commercial properties. It can be
difficult to find a company the builds commercially because there just isn’t always a market for it. Still, they will walk your business through the design, installation, and maintenance of the entire project.
If you have an in-ground pool, Neptune Pools also sells automatic covers, which will make your life a lot easier. if it storms, you have to mow the lawn, or you just want some protection from the elements, all you have to do is hit a button and you will get automatic coverage.
AK Timber Services Makes it Easy
There is nothing worse than sitting back in your pool and seeing a branch sticking out over the top, blocking the sun. Those branches can then change from annoying during the summer to potentially devastating in the fall and winter. Those leaves can weigh down the cover and push water from the pool when they fall, making a mess for the entire season and then when you open the pool.
Or, even worse, any branches over the pool when it gets colder can fall if they are weighed down by ice or snow. Those branches can rip liners, collapse fences, or just make the aesthetics of your costly investment look worse.
Don’t let your investment become a big problem – give AK Timber Services a call today.
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Your yard is your playground, your little slice of heaven, and your peace of mind. Whether you use your backyard for fun and parties or you go out there to just escape the rest of the world, you have a right to create a space that you can truly feel at peace in, there is something that can add to that overall appeal. Ponds are a great addition to any backyard because you can personalize them as you see fit. They can be as crazy and over the top as you want them to be or they can be modernized and sleek for a completely different feel.
No matter what approach you want to take, your pond needs to be installed properly and with skilled hands. If you want to go with a company that is reliable, which you should, you need to work with some of the local favorites. Try one of these:
1. Tranquility Ponds
Tranquility Ponds is a full-service pond contractor that works on everything from pond installation to pond maintenance so that you don’t have to worry about any problems popping up as you go. This company in particular creates some absolutely gorgeous natural looking ponds that fit in with many different yards.
Their ponds can be large or small and made to fit into your yard. They are great at coming up with solutions for problematic areas that are too steep, too rocky, or just don’t work for ponds. Not only that, but they can do it quickly and efficiently.
2. Watershed Pond Supplies
If you already have a pond installed, then you probably want to get accessories to make it look its best. Watershed
Pond Supplies is one of the best options in the Vancouver area because they go above and beyond. Not only do they only stock the best supplies, but they tell you how and where to use them. They won’t try to sell you something if it doesn’t work, and if you have any problems, they will work with you to solve the problem.
Even if you only need a few plants or some stones, Watershed Pond Supplies is worth the trip. You’ll likely see some things to give you ideas to really make your pond your own.
3. Pond Doctor
With over 15 years of experience, Pond Doctor is a “mobile consulting and water garden contracting company providing customized planning and maintenance services.” They work with everything related to ponds in order to give you a full experience. Not only will they install ponds, they will add fish and plants in order to pull it together.
They will also work with ponds that have already been installed but need a little bit of help. From fixing the filtration system to working to restore order if things go wrong, they will be there to help you. Even if you didn’t get the pond from them, they are willing to help you out.
Even if you didn’t get the pond from them, they are willing to help you out.
Working with both commercial and residential properties, Waterscene builds absolutely stunning ponds of all sizes,
shapes, and depths. They will take your vision and make it a reality, listening to your needs and making realistic promises.
From ponds to water gardens, they will install just about anything you want. They even specialize in pondless waterfalls which are a great compromise for people who want a water element in their yards but don’t want to add the danger of a pond. This makes it a good idea for people who have pets or young children.
5. All Fixes Handyman
We’ve highlight All Fixes Handyman before, but really, there is no reason not to do it again when they work on absolutely gorgeous ponds. While most often they are known for some of their other hardscaping working, their ponds are absolutely gorgeous. If your pond is going to be part of a bigger yard plan, why not go with a company that does it all?
Whether you are looking for one small thing to make your yard better or you are looking for a complete renovation that just happens to include a pond, All Fixes Handyman might just be the way to go.
6. Portland Pond Cleaning
Fountains, waterfalls, stone, cement, vinyl, and whatever else you can imagine has one big problem: they get dirty.
Pond water can get filled with algae, outside elements can put debris into the water, and animals can use your pond as a bathtub. Over time, no matter how great your pond is, it will get dirty. Portland Pond Cleaning can help you get your pond back to normal.
From cleaning out individual lines so that your fountains are strong again to making it safe for your fish. From one time cleanings to fall cleanings to routine maintenance, Portland Pond Cleaning will get you back on track.
7. Northwest Landscape and Pond Supply
If you’d like to build your own pond, which isn’t recommended unless you know what you are doing, or you want to add some special elements on your own, there is one great place to go: Northwest Landscape and Pond Supply. They have everything from decorative stone to put around the outside of your pond to weather safe statuary and lights that will add interest to the pond.
If you don’t have a big enough budget to get something that is as unique as some of the other ponds on this list, this could be a compromise. Get something a little basic and add your own touches for half the price.
8. Cambie Water Gardens
A water garden is slightly different than a pond. Instead of focusing on the water and the movement of the water, it focuses on the plants. Cambie Water Gardens makes absolutely gorgeous water gardens that bring color, interest, texture, scent, and even animals into your pond. From lily pads to moss, they carefully select the best plants for the Vancouver area.
They can also help you add plants to a pond you already have if you want to add some interest. Not only that, but they will build on to a pond you already have so that you can have your water garden and pond together.
9. SheerWater Pond Supply
SheerWater Pond Supply is one of the best resources for fish supplies in the entire area. If you decide to get a koi pond or another type of fish pond, you will start to understand that fish are also an investment. You’ll pay for the best fish (don’t just go to a pet store) and you’ll want to keep everything in order to keep them alive. You will also fall in love with these fish.
Make sure to give yourself plenty of time to walk around at SheerWater because you are going to need it.
AK Timber Services is a Pond’s Best Friend
Before you get a pond, you might have to do some land clearing. Whether this means you want to cut down a tree or two, you need to get a stump removed, or you just need to cut back on some branches, you are going to need help. AK Timber Services will help you to get that land cleared quickly so that you can get your pond.
After your pond has been installed, you may have gathered that keeping it clean is sometimes difficult. We can help to remove the branches or trees that are creating a problem for you – especially in fall.
Give us a call today and we will give you a free estimate.
Header photo is courtesy of F. D. Richards on Flickr!
At AK Timber Services, LLC, we are excited to make the announcement that we will be involved in the Washougal Bike Park Skills Course. This project will take place in August 2016, and we can’t wait! The first build party will take place August 4-7th, with the hopes of the second party to take place shortly afterwards.
We believe in giving back to the community and our involvement in this project allows us the opportunity to provide the community with something that will keep them enjoying the outdoors for many years to come. We work hard so we can play hard. And we love playing outdoors, especially on our bikes. And we want to share that passion for outdoor play.
Our owner, Aaron Krieger, is personally committed to the project and helping out to ensure the bike park has all the timber related features in its design from day 1. Office staff and work crew will also be pitching in where they can to make sure we can spread the word and that all needed materials are obtained and prepared in time for building.
Aaron has promised that AK Timber Services will donate ALL of the logs needed for the building of the course, and he has also made a promise to operate the saw mill to cut all of the timber as well.
The Washougal Bike Park Skills Course will be made up of challenges ranging from easy to hard and will include log features, kicker ramps, bike stations, roller ramps, bake racks, teeter totters, and more.
All materials and supplies for the Washougal Bike Park Skills Course have been raised thanks to the wonderful donations from residents near and far. The team has also received grants to help fund the project as well.
The project has received all of the boulders needed thanks to Wally Grover, and the Parks Foundation of Clark County has granted a total of $11,000 for the course.
How You Can Help
Here is where we need your help. The project needs to raise money to ensure the park is fully funded and there are no hiccups in the building of the course- a complete course will be much more fun for everyone to ride on than a partial one. As of July 6, the Washougal Bike Park just needs a little over $4,000 to reach its goal.
With the help of the Parks Foundation of Clark County, a donation link has been setup where you can make a donation of any size.
All donations should be made through the website and you can choose the feature you wish to sponsor. Let’s make the new skills course great and raise the money needed to make sure that ALL of the features can be added in August.
Let’s give our community a new bike park course for all to enjoy!
Fences are one of those things that just takes a little bit of stress off of you. They help with security, keep your young children from running onto the street if you take your eyes off of them, allow you to let your dog out in the yard without having to worry, and even keeps lose animals and people from getting into your yard if you have a pool.
Still, fences are quite the investment and choosing a contractor shouldn’t be a quick decision. Instead, you should look at multiple companies with proven records to see if they can give you what you want. Start with these eight:
1. Fenceman Company
Despite sounding like some kind of villain in a Goosebumps book, Fenceman is actually one of the best fencing contractors in all of Vancouver. They’ve been building high-quality fences for the last 35 years and show no signs of stopping. Part of this is because they have such a good reputation of being fair and reliable to their customers. They are actually the heroes when it comes to fencing.
Working with commercial and residential customers, they are one of the only specialty fencing stores around. While they have a large amount of wood and chain link fencing material in store, they can also order special items. They offer up free estimates for their installations.
Their uniqueness is in the fact that they build on C-Posts. This means that the fences will stand up to 60 MPH winds.
2. Pioneer Fence
When you call up Pioneer Fence for a consultation, they will immediately ask you what you want to do with your fencing. From your answer, they will start to build an idea about your fence that will fulfill all of your requirements. They work diligently to ensure that if you want a fence for security, you are going to get a secure fence. If you want a fence for decor, they will get you a beautiful fence.
They work with a ton of different styles, even blending them together beautifully. Since fencing isn’t the only thing that they do, you can even get a complete make-over of your backyard from Pioneer.
3. DJ Fence Service
Sometimes you don’t need to be a huge company to really make an impact on the fencing industry. DJ Fence Service works with wood, vinyl, chain link, and ornamental fencing for residential or commercial fencing installations. They do honest, reliable work that will stand up to the elements. Not only that, but they are aware of your time and will always show up when they say they will.
If you have more space, they also work on field fences, post and rail fences, barbed wire, and gates. That work is just as high quality as the residential and commercial fencing.
As an added bonus, if you already have a fence, they will look into repairing it before they will try to sell you on a new one.
4. Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking
Often, the reason people start to look for a fence is because they are getting a pool and learn they have to have a
fence for safety reasons. If this is the case for you, looking for a contractor that does both fencing and decking is a good way to go. By doing this, you will have the same materials, tools, and style of craftsmanship for both.
It will also save you a lot of stress.
Rick’s Custom Fencing & Decking is one of those companies.
They build absolutely gorgeous decks and fences, working diligently to ensure that their customers are happy. Not only that, they will build fencing of any kind to go around the perimeter of your property, from wooden privacy fences to ornamental aluminum.
5. Able Fence Company
If you’ve got a bit of a tough job to do, Able Fence Company is the place for you to look. After all, their logo is, “If we’re not able, it can’t be done!” For the most part, this is true. They are able to put gorgeous fencing in places that are quite tough. They can even build custom designs for people who want to mix styles or try something new.
With 35 years of experience, they have a lot of experience in making people happy. Their fences are durable and will last you for decades. In part, this is because they use only the best materials.
If you are a little low on cash, they have tons of financing options that can help you out as well.
6. Superior Fence & Construction
Superior Fence & Construction is one of the premier fencing companies in the Vancouver area. They work
with chainlink, wood fencing & repair, vinyl, precast concrete, farm, ornamental steel, and aluminum fences for both residential and commercial needs.
In addition, they will repair fences of all kinds for those clients. If the job is too big, they offer up rental fencing and automated entry systems. Their emergency services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for industrial & commercial clients needing temporary fence rental where security or fence repair is an issue.
7. Lifetime Fence
If you are looking to DIY your fencing, which you shouldn’t really do unless you know what you are doing, Lifetime Fence is one of the best companies to purchase your materials from. Not only are they trusted by many of the companies on this list, but they are a favorite of people even a few states over.
They will quote you for their materials and even offer up suggestions on how to build the fence. They’ve been a leader regionally for over 20 years, so they know their way around fencing materials.
If you know how to install a fence on your own, give this company a go.
8. Lane Fence Company
Details are important to Lane Fence Company. They ensure that every single square inch of your wood, vinyl, chain
link, or ornamental iron fence is perfectly installed. They will even create custom designs so that you get the best possible product.
If you don’t know what you want, Lane Fence Company will walk you through almost every step, helping you without talking down to you. Even after they are done, they will answer any questions you have about maintenance.
If you want a gorgeous gate, they can custom design those as well.
Call AK Timber Services for Fence Maintenance
After you have a fence installed, the work doesn’t end. You’ll have to do a thorough job cleaning your fence so that things like chemicals and natural debris don’t ruin the fencing or just make it look a lot worse.
While some of that will be up to you, AK Timber Services can help you with some of it. Trees and fences are a little bit like oil and vinegar – they really don’t mix that well. Trees can drop debris onto the fence, which in serious cases can cause weaknesses and in lesser cases cause staining.
The worst is a branch that has fallen, however. One branch can cause feet of damage and even take down an entire fence if it falls during a storm. If you have a suspect branch dangling over your fence or just want to clean up so nothing happens, give us a call today.
Header photo courtesy of Mr. Gray on Flickr!
Though we don’t always get a lot of time to enjoy it, our patios deserve to have furniture that is high quality and comfortable. Having all of that really makes it that much more special to sit outside and enjoy the beauty of nature.
Still, we have a lot of different weather here in Vancouver, so you need to have furniture that can withstand it all. That isn’t as easy to find as you would think. Sometimes you really need to dig and look around at different stores.
For people who regularly go to big box stores that have furniture in boxes that you can assemble with a single tool, it might seem strange to go to some of these stores and see what great furniture really looks like:
1. Arctic Spas
Many people around the Vancouver area know that Arctic Spas is a great place to go for your spa and pool needs, but what some people don’t realize is that it is also an extremely good place for patio furniture as well.
In fact, they boast that they have the largest patio furniture selection in all of Vancouver. You are able to find more modern looking furniture or you can find traditional furniture that will fit any budget. Of course, their furniture is good for around pools, which means that of course it will stand up to the elements.
Their selection of name brand furniture cannot be missed, so make sure to put this on your list of places to shop.
2. Vancouver Woodworks
Vancouver Woodworks is the type of place the you recommend to your friends. Their furniture sometimes requires a little bit more work, because you have to put oil on them so that they last, but it is worth it. In fact, it was one of the most recommended furniture around because of just how high quality it is.
While the work mostly with indoor furniture, there are some outdoor options (or furniture you can make outdoor) that will appease your need for craftsman furniture.
This is a family business, so you know that when you go shopping here you are supporting people who are giving back to the community and working hard – not come big company with headquarters somewhere else.
3. Metal Art Bells
While this place doesn’t sell patio furniture, it does sell patio decor, which is something we haven’t really talked about yet. Metal Art Bells is a small business with handmade bells that sound as good as they look.
The best part about Metal Art Bells is that you can get a personalized bell that matches your style, colors, and even your personality. There aren’t many people who can make bells like this anymore – or anything like this really – so you should really take advantage of it. They make really great conversation pieces that will last you for a long time. Plus, they make a great tool to call your kids home, they are that loud.
Please note that 2016 is the last year for this company, so make sure you get your soon – or you won’t get the chance anymore.
4. Stonewood Design
Stonewood Design Center is another place that can give you some of the best decor for your patio. What is patio furniture if it doesn’t have anything nice to sit on top of? Stonewood Design gives you great options for the flooring and base of your patio.
From natural stone to beautiful wood, the choice is really yours as to what you want to do for your outdoor area. Stonewood Design also sells a ton of other outdoor and indoor finishings that will add a touch of luxury to your yard, patio, and home.
Even better, the staff at Stonewood Design is extremely friendly and really helps you in any problems you have, providing solutions that work for you.
5. Premier Patios
Premier Patios offers up a piece of patio furniture/equipment that we haven’t talked about yet, awnings. Now, awnings are considered by some people to be more of an older type of addition to your porch or patio but don’t listen to anyone who says that.
Awnings are a great way to control the temperature on your porch and patio. They also look really great and add a touch of style and class to your yard. Awnings, especially the kind at Premier Patios, also aren’t what you really think they would be – no more aluminum things you lower and raise. If you were looking for a patio umbrella, for example, consider something a little more unique.
6. Perch Furniture
Perch Furniture is another great option that we have in the Vancouver area. They build custom furniture that you can get as personalized as you want. This means that you should be able to get personalized outdoor furniture as well.
Everything at Perch is made with extreme quality in mind so that it lasts a long time, no matter what you put it through. In order to make something safe for outdoors, you’ll likely have to select a fabric that is graded for outdoor use, but you will still have to put it in a place where it gets some protection.
If you have the choice to do something personalized, why not take it?
7. Grant Michael Industrial and Antiques
We are going to warn you that with Grant Michael Industrial and Antiques, it is going to be incredibly hit and miss with what you can get for outdoors. However, if you do go and find something extraordinary, you can thank us later.
This store has some of the best options for people who are looking for something that is a little more unique or out there. They take antiques or strange furniture, fix it up so that it is actually usable, and then sell it. Of course, this isn’t the place for people who need everything to look the same, because it just isn’t going to happen.
If you are lucky enough to find something that can go outdoors, make sure to scoop it up right away.
Make Room For Your Patio Furniture
Are you thinking of creating an outdoor oasis in your yard but have a ton of trees or stumps in the way? AK Timber Services can help you clear your land so that you can have the patio of your dreams.
If you already have your patio, we can remove trees so that you get more sunlight, clean them up so that you don’t have tree debris falling all over them, or we can plant new trees so that you can some shade protection.
You’ve read above how much we value customer service and quality, so we strive to give that to our clients as well.
No matter what you need, give us a call and we can give you an estimate.
Header photo courtesy of futurestreet on Flickr!
If you get your yard pruned, buy flowers and trees, and maybe even set up a swing set for your kids, your yard is complete, right? Not quite. If all you do is look at the organic parts of your yard, then you are missing a key element: hardscaping.
Hardscaping is everything that can be put in your yard that is made of cement, wood, stone, or a combination of the above. It includes retaining walls, pathways, pavement, drive ways, kitchens, pools, patios, and anything else you can think of.
Before you get some cement and try making these things for yourself, slow down. You really should hire professionals that know what they are doing and how to handle everything from gravity to mudslides. If you are in the Vancouver, WA area, take a look at these local businesses:
1. Boulder Falls Landscaping
While this business does a few different things, their hardscaping is really where they hit their stride. From absolutely gorgeous sidewalks that aren’t slippery to beautiful retaining walls that beg for florals, they can do it all.
Boulder Falls is trusted by many people in the Vancouver area, and with good reason. The specialize in using hardy materials, like bricks or stones, and making elegant looking paths and walkways. However, just because they are elegant doesn’t mean that they don’t stand up to the elements – they do that as well. In fact, Boulder Falls walkways are some of the longest lasting around.
No matter what you want to do with your walkway, give them a try.
2. Cornerstone Hardscapes
Driveways are a lot more important than they get credit for. If you have a nice car, then you don’t want to park it in a
driveway that allows sitting water, plants, or other pests in and around your car. If you have children, a level drive way is important for roller skating, riding bikes, and just playing.
Cornerstone Hardscapes does beautiful work with driveways. They use cement for a sleek finish, or bricks and stones for an elegant look. You’d be surprised what different materials would mean for your driveway – it can reduce problems that you may have.
A good looking driveway also adds to the curb appeal of your home, especially if you are going to sell your home anytime soon. With a patio like the ones that Cornerstone makes, it could even double as a patio for special events.
3. Mutual Materials
If you want to get a beautiful looking yard, drive way, or patio, but you don’t have the extra cash to hire a contractor or hardscaping company, then you might have to get a little creative. With Mutual Materials, you can get the high quality materials that you need to do the job – the rest is up to you.
Mutual Materials specializes in pavers and brick, so you could even use them for your DIY projects that you find all over the internet. With a little bit of research, you should be able to make your own walkway, garden wall, or repair what you already have.
Plus, they encourage you to be a little creative, which is always good.
4. All Fixes Handyman
The list of things that the All Fixes Handyman works on is seemingly endless, including: Fountains, hanging walls,
shade covers, bridges, trellises, arbors, benches, outdoor rooms, patios, fire pits, sculptures, ponds, dry streams, waterfalls, pergolas, fire pits, fencing, edging, picnic areas…and much more.
If you take a look around their website, you will see that they do take care of a lot of outdoor elements. Even more importantly, they will work with what you already have. So many companies just want to take what you have and get rid of it before starting new. However, that isn’t the most cost effective way.
All Fixes Handyman seems to work with people who are looking to flip or sell their homes, but they also work with the common home owner on all sorts of hardscaping projects.
5. BPC’s Contracting
Sometimes calling a contracting company, like BPC’s Contracting, is a great way to get a more utilitarian outdoor space. Many people don’t want the bells and whistles, they just want something plain that is easy to take care of and clean. That’s where BPC comes in.
Still, their concrete work is done beautifully and lasts a long time.
If you are looking to get something done inside and outside of your home, then you can really get a two for one deal here and get everything done – great for people who are looking to sell their homes.
6. BSR Construction
Maybe you have nothing in your yard and you want a complete overhaul. Maybe there is a lot in your yard and you
want a complete overhaul. Either way, sometimes jobs are really big and require a company that has a lot of equipment.. If that sounds like you, BSR Construction might be the way to go.
They have all of the skills needed to make something that borders the line between artistic and utilitarian, without spending too much. In fact, they are one of the most budget conscious teams you will find in the Vancouver area.
7. Noble Stone
Some people don’t want to put things that you wouldn’t find in nature in their yards, and that is totally understanding. With Noble Stone, you can get just about anything you want made out of stones.
Many people choose to work with Noble Stone because it creates hardscaping that is long lasting, natural looking, easy to repair, and it works with your yard. Stone drains better, holds up better in the elements, and even handles soil better. It just so happens to be more cost effective too.
If you like a more farmlike or rustic look, this might be a place to start looking.
Keep Your Hardscaping Safe
It doesn’t really matter how high quality the materials and installation of your hardscaping is if you don’t take care of it. AK Timber Services can help you keep everything safe and sound. With proper pruning techniques, you won’t see the build up of leaves, pests, or sap. You will also see the appropriate amount of sunlight and shading to prevent decay.
We can also help you before you get your hardscaping, by clearing the land of trees, branches, and stumps. Give us a call today at (971) 404-7624 and we will see how we can help you on your mission to get a gorgeous back yard.
Header photo courtesy of Yuriy Kuzin on Flickr!