Tacoma Construction Blog

The Wilder Outdoor Spaces blog is a place to be inspired. We share the places we go, things that inspire us, designs we love, tricks of the trade and of course the construction projects we design and build in Tacoma, WA.

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The Tacoma Electrician

As a general contractor in Tacoma, we’re always looking for great companies to work with for various types of construction projects here in Tacoma, and to be honest it’s not always easy to find honest and reliable companies to work with. So when we do find an awesome local company that we enjoy working with we believe it’s super important to support and share them with our friends and family that we work with here in Tacoma. That brings us to the local Tacoma company that we’re highlighting today, The Tacoma Electrician.

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Tacoma Tiny Home Inspiration: 10 Modern Tiny House Designs We Love

We are pretty excited about the passing of the new rules allowing every single family home in Tacoma to be able to build an attached (ADU) or detached (DADU) additional dwelling unit without any special zoning permitting. If you haven’t read about the changes yet you can read our full blog post about the new ADU & DADU rules here. What does that mean in real life though? Well, that means Wilder can build you a tiny home, tiny house or cottage house without needing to go through the endless hoops that used to be required to build one just a few months ago.

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The Maui Project

If you’ve been following Wilder, then you know that we typically take a chunk of time off in the winter and leave the cold and rainy PNW. We generally close up shop for a couple months and go live somewhere a little warmer. This past winter (2019) we decided to spend our time on Maui and while we were there we picked up an exterior remodel job.

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Tacoma's New Juice Shop: Gather Juice Co.

Gather Juice Co just opened a few blocks from our shop, and we wanted to take a minute and welcome them to the neighborhood. They’re currently serving cold pressed juices and smoothies made right here in Tacoma, and plan to expand the menu in coming weeks with Acai bowls, salads and lots more healthy options. If you haven’t already popped in and checked out the beautiful space, we highly recommend it!

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Fences: More Expensive Now = Less Expensive Later

At the end of the day we decided we weren’t going to play the cheap fence game. It’s more important for us to be able to stand by everything we build and know it’s constructed with some best available materials, then to chase more money building things we can’t stand behind.

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The Dunn's Deck Project in Ruston

We first met the Dunn’s in the summer of 2018 when we built them a new modern cedar fence to enclose their property and give some privacy to the wide open back yard. The horizontal fence project turned out great and they said they would be calling us again in the future.

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The Caulkin's Patio + Pergola Project in North Tacoma

The Caulkin’s Patio & Pergola project was completed in summer 2019 in North Tacoma. The project got its start in the spring of 2019 when the homeowner reached out to Wilder with a photo of pergola that they really liked. Additionally, they wanted to create a space below the pergola to hang out, so we decided to create a simple 10x12 patio out of Mutual Materials Vancouver Bay 2x2 pavers.

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Wilder in the Winter

People often ask us how we handle working in the the winter in the PNW. The answer is, we don’t! The beauty of launching our own company was that it allowed us to be able to take the winters off. So every year when the weather gets bad we go and live somewhere we’ve never experienced before. These trips have become a source of fuel for us at Wilder.

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A Couple Creative Fence Ideas

We love this little fence design here! It’s simple and clean. We like how they combined beautiful cedar lumber with galvanized steel conduit ran horizontally from post to post. This gives the fence a modern finished look that keeps pets and kids contained, but still allows the yard to feel open and accessible.

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What Type of Decking is Best in Tacoma

People often ask us what type of decking is best to use here in Tacoma, and it’s a tough question to answer simply. It really depends on your budget, design style and location. There are pros and cons to every material, so we thought we could spend some time and breakdown the different materials individually to help you get educated on the products we can use for your project.

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Demystifying The Garden

People always struggle with finding the right recipe for healthy lawns and lush gardens. It can seem like a pretty complicated and complex puzzle when googling yourself into a wormhole of blogs and YouTube videos. In our opinion though it's not as tough as most of the landscape "professionals" will lead you to believe. There is only really 3 simple things all plants need: water, sun and nutrients.

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Modern Outdoor Design in Tacoma

I worked in the landscape construction business in Seattle for many years. Towards the end of my time up there, it seemed like I was working on a seemingly endless stream of new modern homes building a variety modern decks, patios, walls and fences to match. Now I get it some people hate it, some people love it, but for me I've always really enjoyed modern design. It has clean lines that create gorgeous symmetry, it maximizes space making things more sustainable, and it incorporates utility beautifully in a way that others styles fail.

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Nobody NEEDS a Pergola.

What makes pergolas so cool? You don't really NEED them. Unlike many other things in a yard (fences, walls, etc.) their utility is simply to be a beautiful place to gather under. Having a pergola built will certainly add some flavor to your home’s exterior, and may even raise the value of your home a bit, but its real purpose is closer to art than necessity.

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Tacoma Stories Blog Features Wilder Outdoor Spaces.

Our owner Alex recently did an interview with Jack Cameron over at the local blog Tacoma Stories. We transcribed the interview below for you to read here. Please do go and give Jack's site some love as well! He's got a ton of great content for you to check out and it's all dedicated to our beautiful city of Tacoma. Here's the interview:

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