March 2014



Tools, Tips and Information from our business to yours - Building better business together!

New at Big Creek Lumber

  • Help us celebrate Arbor Week, March 7th-14th!  We have 2000 Coastal Redwood seedlings that we will be "adopting" out to our customers at our Half Moon Bay, Santa Cruz, Watsonville, and Paso Robles locations.  Pick up a free seedling and grow it in your community!
  • Big Creek Lumber has been voted the "Best Lumber Supply Store" in the Pajaro Valley!  We are proud to be a community favorite and we are dedicated to serving you well in 2014!


March Lumber Market Report

Despite poor weather across many key regions, mills have been able to firm and bump up Green Fir framing lumber prices.  Western plywood markets are also firm and rising.  OSB prices are also rising, due to shortages created by transportation issues (snow and rail car shortages).  Keep these factors in mind when quoting new jobs this month.


March Store Special

Back by Popular Demand!  10% Off All Composite and PVC Decking!

Take 10% off all in-stock composite and PVC decking.

Trex, AZEK, TimberTech, Evergrain, and Fiberon.

Sale price only valid March 1st, 2014 - March 31st, 2014.


Building Trends

Energy-efficiency: the remodeling trend that's here to stay

From the Lubbock Avalanche Journal

Remodeling trends come and go, which is a good thing if you're talking about shag carpet or avocado-colored Formica. But some trends have both staying power and universal appeal, such as the strengthening movement toward homes that are more energy efficient and eco-friendly. 

"Demand is high for homes that are not only attractive and comfortable, but also that perform well," says Patrick L. O'Toole, editorial director and publisher of Professional Rebuilder magazine. "Today's homeowners are looking for remodeling options that make their homes more energy-efficient. Cost-savings over the long-term and minimizing a home's environmental footprint make energy-efficient remodeling very appealing to homeowners. At the same time, they're not willing to sacrifice quality design and beauty." 



March Project Profile

"Swanton View Redwood Deck"

Swanton View Redwood Deck by Dunton Construction

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Builder:  Dunton Construction

Builder Specialty:

"We’re in the business of making dreams come true.”  Dunton Construction is a family owned and run local business that has done exceptional work for over 36 years.  From rough construction to the finishing touches, they take pride in building your dream project.  They take a no-limits approach to their work and can build whatever is on your wish-list from start to finish, inside and outside; decks, remodels, kitchens, landscaping, even custom cabinets from their high-end cabinet shop.  No residential job is too big or too small."

Project Description:

Deck remodel using high-end redwood decking and pressure treated underpinnings.  The deck is accented by redwood benches and freestanding planter boxes fitted with drip line.  A new rain chain water feature and decorative landscaping was added, as well as a redwood trellis.  Deck, benches and planter boxes were first cleaned using a deck brightener and then oiled with Brazilian Rosewood oil and sealed with a natural-color Penofin.  All decking, pressure treated, brackets, color-matched screws, deck brightener, and Penofin deck sealer used in this project was from Big Creek Lumber.   

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