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Our goal: To help people make a career of concrete

The common perception of concrete laborers looks something like this: They’re tough guys who don’t have big plans for a long-term career. But we’re here to tell you that isn’t true, and we’re working hard to change that perception. Concrete construction can provide a...

Feature project: Senior housing community in Bellingham 

If you’re anything like us, you love when overgrown, abandoned lots are used for projects that benefit the whole city. Not only do these projects beautify the community, but they fill needs and provide valuable services for its residents, too. That’s why we were...

Feature project: Building a traffic circle in Sedro-Woolley

As of 2015, Washington state was home to roughly 307 roundabouts. For almost every Washingtonian, they’ve become a familiar part of our daily travel routine. But two decades ago, in 1997, the number of roundabouts in the state was… 0. It’s not just your imagination...

Feature project: Building a pervious driveway in Bellingham

We’ve been doing a lot of work lately to make our pervious concrete processes even better, and we were excited to get to show it off on a recent job. Custom Concrete Contracting was hired to do some pervious concrete work for a construction project manager in...

Feature Project: Connecting neighborhoods in Bellingham, WA

Another fun, community-building project is in the books! Custom Concrete Contracting recently completed a pervious concrete contracting job for the City of Bellingham’s Public Works Department. Two neighborhoods up on the hill in the Barkley area in Bellingham needed...

Myths and facts about pervious concrete

Though not exactly new, pervious concrete is innovative and exciting. It offers a durable parking and driving surface that simultaneously reduces runoff by allowing water to filter directly through it. That has to be too good to be true, right? Certainly, there are a...

Pervious concrete is a viable option for LEED projects

Did you know that using pervious concrete in your next construction project could help you earn LEED certification? It’s true. The use of pervious concrete can earn points in several categories, most notably the area of Sustainable Sites. We’ll explain how below.But...

The benefits of pervious concrete around landscaping

Planning a large patio in your backyard? How about a new driveway? Or maybe a small pad for you and your kids to shoot some baskets? There’s a lot to love about these ideas, but two things you don’t want are roots breaking through your new concrete or ground that’s...

Pervious concrete vs. porous asphalt, what is the difference?

Concrete or asphalt? Urban planners and roadway engineers have been asking this question for decades. Depending on the specific needs of a community, both can be wonderful options. Deciding between pervious concrete and porous asphalt can be a more difficult task. The...

The benefits of pervious concrete

The main purpose of pervious concrete is to capture rainwater, evenly disburse it and return it to the ground. When installed properly, pervious (or porous concrete) will reduce storm water runoff and provide environmental stability. It is also helpful in lowland...

Maintenance tips for pervious concrete

Just like traditional concrete that you sweep or blow clean and pressure wash, pervious concrete needs maintenance too. Proper maintenance will ensure that your pervious cement keeps working as it should for a really long time.  See pervious concrete in action!...

Hiring a Craigslist contractor—is the savings worth the risk?

Did you know that hiring an unlicensed contractor puts you as the property owner at a huge risk? Think about this scenario—you hire a contractor off Craigslist because their estimate was $2,000 less expensive than a local company your friend recommended. The...

Feature Project: Maple Street Apartments in Bellingham, WA

Custom Concrete Contracting crews recently completed an impressive project at Maple Street Apartments in Bellingham. The new residential building completes a four phase mixed-use development that added essential housing units in Downtown Bellingham. The apartments are...

Feature Project: Huntington Street Pervious Concrete Installation

Pervious concrete can be a perfect solution for cities looking to improve stormwater runoff and overall water quality for their residents—as was the case on this recent public works project in Bellingham, WA. In late 2015, Custom Concrete Contracting worked with...

Aggregate concrete patio increases usability of garden area

Custom Concrete Contracting recently completed a residential aggregate patio project located in the South Hill neighborhood of Bellingham. While the home was fairly new construction, built within the last few years, the homeowners wanted to make areas behind the house...

Feature Project: Installing concrete at Bellingham Co-Op Bakery

You’ve probably noticed a cool new bakery on State Street in Bellingham—maybe you’ve even stopped in to buy some freshly-baked treats there. Did you know Custom Concrete Contracting played a part in bringing the old building the bakery now sits in back to life? Here’s...

Feature Project: New Sidewalks at Bellingham Co-Housing

Bellingham Co-housing is a unique collaborative housing community that works to overcome social challenges of modern subdivision living where homeowners often don’t know their neighbors and a sense of a community is missing. Co-housing is typically characterized by...

Feature Project: Concrete Patio Replaces Wood Decking

With the weather we have had so far this summer, Custom Concrete Contracting crews have been busy! One of our latest projects, a custom patio in Bellingham, WA, greatly improved the outdoor living space for a local homeowner--we took an unusable space (image below)...