Creative Construction & Consultants, Inc.

Creative Construction & Consultants, Inc. A Class A Builder with 30+ years experience building homes, renovations, additions, deck , kitchens, bathrooms, basements, and barns for residential and small commercial customers.

We start as your contractor and finish as your friend. Dave Knowles, Vice-President of Creative Construction & Consultants, Inc., is a Virginia Class "A" Licensed contractor and can handle the complete building process for your project whether it be light commercial, a custom home, a new kitchen, bathroom, garage, finished basement or any building project you have in mind. Our construction consu

We start as your contractor and finish as your friend. Dave Knowles, Vice-President of Creative Construction & Consultants, Inc., is a Virginia Class "A" Licensed contractor and can handle the complete building process for your project whether it be light commercial, a custom home, a new kitchen, bathroom, garage, finished basement or any building project you have in mind. Our construction consu

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FYI, this is NOT one of our projects!
07/13/2020

FYI, this is NOT one of our projects!

For your future reference, here's a great idea when painting a room! Tell you painting contractor to do it if you aren't...
07/09/2020

For your future reference, here's a great idea when painting a room!

Tell you painting contractor to do it if you aren't doing it yourself.

Here are suggestions to improve the selling price of your home:
11/29/2018

Here are suggestions to improve the selling price of your home:

08/01/2018

Should you renovate or sell and buy/build a new home?

Here are reasons to renovate:
If you love your home and feel that a new room or bathroom is needed, or you want more space for storage or another bedroom, by all means, renovate. This saves money in all sorts of ways: no moving expenses, packing, trashing things you want to keep; the time and money incurred in moving , and getting use to a new environment.

I you want to move, spruce up the house for potential buyers:
1. Work on the lighting especially in the kitchen
2. Wash the windows
3. Store items that may be turn off to buyers.
4. Paint with neutral colors
5. New hardware on doors and be sure the hinges don't squeak.
6. Replace outlets and switches if unsightly and worn.
7. Always check the gutters and repair and clean if necessary.
8. Take care of outside trim if loose , cracked or broken.
9. Be sure the roof is clean with no evidence of mildew, loose or missing shingles.
9. Update appliances if need be.
10. Definitely spruce up your deck. Replace old wooden slats with newer brighter composite ones.
11. Be sure your garage doors are presentable and working without creaks and noises.
12. Add a backsplash to the kitchen
13. Finish your basement. it adds to the value.
14. Get rid of old carpet and install laminate or wood.

We here at Creative Construction can help with all your needs. Just call and we will be glad to help!!

04/20/2018

Recently, we had the first thunder storm with lightning for the year. I expect a lot more and with those storms, it is certain that the electricity will go tout, and who knows for how long. it seems, over the years, there has been more power failures, so it behooves everyone to think about a generator.

Traditional generators come in a variety of sizes, but the easiest to manage is in the 4,000 to 5,000 watt range. They're simple to operate, but you want to pay close attention to a few things:

Always operate a gas generator outdoors, instead of indoors or in your garage, because of deadly carbon monoxide build up. Never operate a generator in standing water to avoid electric shock.Remember that parts of the generator get very hot during operation.

Proper maintenance is important. Have your generator serviced annually and keep plenty of fuel and oil on hand to be sure it's ready when you need it. While it's best to store a generator empty, you can use a fuel stabilizer to leave fuel in it for up to 12 months. Run your generator once a month to keep it good condition, and change the filter once a year.

For convenience, it's possible to have your generator wired directly into your electrical panel. This should only be done by a licensed electrician, and it requires a special disconnect switch. Without the switch, the generator can feed back onto the grid, harming utility workers who are trying to restore power. The safest way to use a generator is to plug directly into the unit.

When the time comes, move the generator to a dry, level outdoor space to start it. Plug loads directly into the generator using short, heavy-duty extension cords to minimize the chance of the cords overheating. Always let the generator cool before refueling.

Using a generator safely can keep food from spoiling, the lights on and phones working, helping to make your home more comfortable and safer during an outage.

04/14/2018

Alright, I'll agree now. SPRING has sprung, I guess. I except any 19 degree weather and 70 mph winds anymore.
So, spring is officially here, and I suspect someone out there has some things to around the house.

No, I'm not going to tell you we're the best to do it for you, today.
What I am going to tell you is what tools you should have around the house for those pesky little things that are just not working right. Whatever they are, you will need some basic tools.

I wrote a book about this very subject Chapter 4 in Man's Unofficial Guide to the Use of His Garage. It's still on Amazon, too.

I call these tools the Must Haves:

1. A Claw Hammer. If you're going to bang a nail in, there will be a time you ned to pull it out, and that's what the claw is for.
2. A Screwdriver: Best have a manual one.
3. A cordless drill for drilling holes and to take out and put in screws
4. Some kind of Pliers: A tongue in groove pliers and channel lock pliers.
5. A Ratchet set - in metric and inches
6. A Metal measuring tape, 25-30' with a 9' standout.
That means you can extend the metal tape a good 9' before it bends.
7. A level - gotta keep everything looking right!
8. A saw. Probably best to have an electric one, more powerful, and you can switch blades for wood and metal.
9. Allen wrench sets, metric and inches.

These are the minimal amount of tools you should have.

Now get out there and fix some things.

03/27/2018

Well, I believe the awful weather may be behind us, but I'm not betting even my bottom dollar on it.

Officially, it's Spring, so we are ready to help you get the things you need done on your house, and that includes everything from renovations you dreamed about inside while the weather was keeping you from the outside. Need that porch screened in, bathroom or kitchen spruced up, did your roof have problems now need fixing, or thinking about building your own home from bottom up?

We are here to help. We offer the best customer service around and are willing to prove it to you. Right now, we have some projects starting, and they will be finished soon, so please think of us for your next project.

You will be happy with our work, guaranteed!

02/21/2018

How many of you have built a house from your plans you drew up to the finished product, your home? Not many, I'm guessing. Most people either buy a home that already exists, a house that a contractor speculated on and sold to you, or you chose a house from the builder's portfolio to be built. With the first house, you really had no input with many things in that home, but the overall plan seemed to work for you and if you didn't like it, after all, you felt you could change it or renovate later, right?

Same really goes for the second one above. The third, home above gives you a little more latitude in the appliances and lighting, etc, to choose from, but overall you rely on the contractor to do almost everything even though you do want certain things. Then you find out, you will need to pay more in the long run!

Well, there is a fourth way. Draw out what you really want, floor by floor, bedroom by bedroom, kitchen, family room, etc. Go for it all, what you need and what you want. When you are through, interview contractors and show them what you want. Now comes the rub: an honest contractor will tell you that what you have drawn out will be expensive, but he will give you plans for exactly what you want and the bid for that house. He will also tell you, that from there, you will eventually need to start subtracting what you want until you are financially within your budget for what you need and some of what you want.

Either the contractor, a draftsman, or an architect can draw up construction plans for you. Then comes the difficult part. You will take these plans and go over them in detail and decide what needs to go, stay, or be changed. This may take a while. 3-4 changes will be necessary so using us or a draftsman is cheaper.

The most important thing to remember is having your chosen contractor with you all the way through. His input must be a part of your decision, and if he is not interested, seems to always go for the more expensive or inexpensive material, or is not responsive to your wishes, you may want to seek another contractor.

We here at Creative Construction will stay with you all the way from the beginning of the process to the end. We will bend over backward to make your project enjoyable and come in within your budget. You see, we have built our own houses and know what you will be going through, and we care about how you feel while the project progresses. If you aren't happy, we're not happy. We will never cut corners, we will never hide anything from you, and we will not ever leave you thinking we could have been better.

So, if you have a project, we are the contractor you need and want. We guarantee it. "We start as your contractor and end as your friend."

Please contact us for all your construction needs.

For all of you contemplating a renovation or remodeling of your home in the future, there will a lot to consider. We fou...
02/06/2018
Planning a Remodeling Project | Angie's List

For all of you contemplating a renovation or remodeling of your home in the future, there will a lot to consider. We found this article on Angie's List which we think is a must to read. It gives the homeowner a good base to build upon to get themselves ready for the trials and tribulations of home improvements:

https://www.angieslist.com/research/planning-a-remodel/?m=angienewsletter&entry_point_id=32950215&cid=eml_E007_M001_green__20180206

02/02/2018

Weather is holding up so far. Jobs are being completed on time. I think we may be on to something with ordering supplies and getting them at reasonable prices and relatively quickly, but one never knows when this will end and return to the slow process so often seen in the construction supply business.

Hopefully, the new tax changes will allow folks to start thinking about additions and renovations and building their dream homes.

WE ARE READY IF YOU ARE! Please give us a chance to show you our outstanding customer service and work.

We start as your contractor and end as your friend!

01/20/2018

2018 is starting off to be good for us. Our projects have not been hindered even though the weather has been frigid. The rain and snow have stayed south of us, and our clients are happy with our work.
Really can't ask for better than that!

Roof repairs, septic pipe repairs, several home renovations, large deck additions, and large garage conversion to a bath/guest house are all in the queue.

We hope that you will want us to take a look at your project because we guarantee the best customer service and work done to your satisfaction.

Give us a call at 540-399-1484. You'll be happy you did.

01/03/2018

HAPPY NEW YEAR TO ALL!
As we enter the new year, we have the ability to do more and do it better than ever. We have good crews available for several projects at the same time. Our work is guaranteed, and we will do everything in our power to make your project finish on time and within budget.
Please contact us for any questions or concerns you may have even if you are just thinking about a building project in the spring or you already have plans that we could help with.

Spring will be here sooner than you think, so if you have some ideas for your a project, we can help make them real. We are a full-service construction company at your service. Please give us a call.

We can promise the best customer service you could want.

We always start as your contractor but end as your friend.

12/13/2017

What an exciting time, CHRISTMAS is almost upon us. Time for good cheer and celebration for sure, but many folks are now seeing some things in their homes that they would have liked to be been corrected before friends and family come for Christmas get-togethers.

Well, it may be too late for this Christmas, but now that you know what you need, Creative Construction Inc. is ready to help.

Need renovations, sprucing up, or repairs that you have neglected for quite a period of time, Creative Construction Inc. are the folks to help.

Need an addition for those family members who have wanted to visit for so long but you have no room for them, Creative Construction is here for you, too.

We are ready to give you a bid on any project you have, and we can promise you that we will give you the best customer service you've ever had. We want your home to be exactly as you want, and we can help you to that end.

Please call us at 540-399-1484. If we're out on the job, leave us a message and we will return your call.

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A VERY PROSPEROUS 2018 NEW YEAR TO ALL!

10/25/2017

When thinking about renovations, think about these tips as well:

Define what you want. Start by making lists of what you like and don't like in your home. Make sure that everyone who lives with you agrees with what's on the lists. What activities do you do in each room? How do they relate to features you'd like to add? All this will help your contractors understand your goals.

Be an informed homeowner. Personal intrusion, noise, distractions, dust, and inconveniences are often unavoidable but they can be managed if you prepare yourself and your family for the process of renovation. Make your home accessible to workers, and take time to understand their schedules. Some contractors may want to work from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., others from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Discuss this with them so that their schedule accommodates your lifestyle. Plan some dinners out and a few weekend getaways to give you a break from the craziness around your house.

Be a good communicator. You must completely understand what you are getting into before you purchase any products or start any work. This means always asking questions, studying drawings and confirming all details with your contractor. A calendar and message center can help you, your children, the contractor, and tradespeople know what is happening in the house on any given day. Being accessible during the day (via cell phone or a work number) can help your contractor make fast, smart decisions as issues arise.

Plan to spend more than you thought.
On average, people spend 10 to 20 percent more on their renovations than originally planned. If you expect this at the outset, you'll feel more at ease when you add a feature you forgot or indulge in a luxury or two.

Check your contractor's references when hiring someone you don't know. Most of us find contractors through recommendations. A good contractor pays attention to details, such as placing drop cloths and cleaning the site each day, is courteous of your time, follows up with your questions and bills on a regular basis. Does he or she have a cellphone or an email address?

More to come!

10/16/2017

Recently, we bid on a project that included 2 homes, one for the parent and one for their daughter who was getting married. We met the clients at the home site which was filled with broken down trees, w**dy shrubs and not very level. They had chosen two home sites and had even started excavation. The excavator had referred them to us.
We discussed what they wanted and told them our bid would be just that, but the costs probably will be needed to be reduced to what they needed. Obviously, there were some land problems to deal with, but not insurmountable. We then, I week later, met with them with our bid, went over it line by line with a fine tooth comb and were told the bids were well within their budget and they would get back to us.
Months later, we heard they went with someone else. Recently, we were informed that their construction was still ongoing, they were at odds with their contractors, and the price of their project was escalating.

The moral here is to beware with whom you contract. It is imperative you not be influenced by the lowest bids. There are contractors who know how to underbid a project by using builder grade items and appliances that are cheap and mark them up but still lower than what the homeowner really wants. They make their money through "change orders."
These are changes you want after signing the contract, so the contractor has a markup on the original items and then charges more to upgrade them. This is why you must go over the items you want, one by one. Yes, it is time-consuming for both you and the contractor, but if the contractor cares about your budget and your home, he will take the time to do it right. Then, before signing the contract, you can choose less expensive items to meet your budget if necessary. The lowest price bid is not always the best way to go.

We always discuss this with our owners and include the higher priced items they want in our bids. We discuss "change orders" and tell them how they will affect the cost of their project, so it is best to get what you want for a bid and then adjust to your budget rather than going with the lowest bid that doesn't meet your wants.

We appreciate everyone's interest in our construction company and our new website, cthreeinc.com . We are actually finis...
10/15/2017

We appreciate everyone's interest in our construction company and our new website, cthreeinc.com . We are actually finishing a renovation in Richmond, VA. We don't normally go that far to work, but they are repeat clients who once lived in Leesburg and recently moved.
Feel free to contact us anytime to ask any questions you have, pick our brains for information about your project, or just to say hello and get to know us.

10/06/2017

Welcome, everybody.
We have just launched our new website: CTHREEINC.COM
Please come and take a look at our new look and let all your friends know about us.
We are presently building up crews to take on more projects in an efficient way. Right now we have two full crews and almost a third with Dave Knowles as our supervisor.
Please let us know what we can do for you!

Address

18126 Carolina Ln
Culpeper, VA
22701

Opening Hours

Monday 8:30am - 8:30pm
Tuesday 8:30am - 8:30pm
Wednesday 8:30am - 8:30pm
Thursday 8:30am - 8:30pm
Friday 8:30am - 8:30pm
Saturday 8:30am - 8:30pm
Sunday 8:30am - 8:30pm

Telephone

(540) 399-1484

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