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Construction Industry Trends for 2020: Part II

 Interior view of wooden frame of a house under construction

In our last blog post, we highlighted some of the big-picture developments that are shaping construction and remodeling at the dawn of a new decade.

This time, we take a closer look at the design trends influencing both residential and commercial projects. 

Home improvement and repair spending is expected to exceed $330 billion in 2020. That’s a 1.5% increase, according to the Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard University. Trends driving demand include low mortgage rates, young adults entering their peak buying years and older folks looking to downsize or age in place.

As for commercial remodeling, the global market is projected to reach $2 trillion in value by 2024. Key objectives for building renovations include reducing fixed costs, increasing energy efficiency and creating an appealing work environment for attracting — and retaining — a qualified workforce.

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At Rollex, they are committed to quality products, fabricated and warehoused at their facility in Elk Grove Village, Illinois. They use renewable resources that can be recycled again and again. From materials used to processes implemented, every aspect of manufacturing and installation is as safe for the environment as possible.

Construction Industry Trends for 2020: Part I

construction worker with iphone and ipad

As the new decade begins, many trends that have shaped the construction industry in recent years continue to be relevant in 2020.

In this two-part blog series, Mid-City Lumber highlights the opportunities and challenges awaiting contractors in the year ahead. 

This month’s article summarizes the ongoing influence of digital technologies, modular building and labor shortfalls. 

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What’s New in Construction Power Tools for 2020?

Construction worker wearing hard hat and using a power drill

Continued growth in the construction industry translates into an ongoing need for quality power tools to satisfy increasingly stringent client demands. Read the rest of this entry »

Josh Cornine

Josh has enjoyed the construction industry most of his life, helping in his Dad’s business as a kid. As part of the Mid-City crew, he likes getting out to meet new people and talk to customers. He was born and raised in Sedalia, where he currently lives with his wife and two children. In his spare time, Josh enjoys hunting, fishing and spending time with his family. 

Sean Wooten

Sean feels even more at home than most at Mid-City Lumber, having grown up with some of the current staff. He says he is happy to be part of the team and is enjoying learning new stuff every day. A Hallsville resident, Sean enjoys down time with his yellow lab, Bear.

Seaboard International Forest Products

The traders at Seaboard understand markets, have a wealth of product knowledge, and are passionate about helping their partners make profitable decisions. But most importantly, they recognize and believe that building relationships through service, trust, and confidence is paramount to being a top performer for you.

Boise Cascade

Boise Cascade Wood Products Manufacturing provides quality products and services to meet all your construction needs. We manufacture engineered wood products, plywood and lumber. As leaders in our industry, our focus is to give our customers the highest quality products and service with a competitive edge.

Quaker Windows & Doors

For nearly 70 years, Quaker Windows & Doors has been providing The Right Solution to customers.Quaker offers that unique blend of design, quality and craftsmanship, with state-of-the-art manufacturing technology to create the perfect solution for your project. 

Inform Clients about These 7 Home Remodeling Myths

Two contractors working on white kitchen remodel.

Home remodeling is big business.

The Joint Center for Housing Studies at Harvard tells us that U.S. spending on home improvements reached a record of $425 billion in 2017, according to the most recent data.

On top of that, the typical renovating homeowner shelled out $15,000 on home improvements in 2018. Motivations for renovating include a desire to boost home value, aging in place or accommodating the needs of a growing family.

But not all projects are created equal. While many home improvements do increase home value, many have no impact at all and some even backfire.

It’s essential that contractors take the time to educate clients on the best improvements to meet their needs, achieve the best return on investment and stay within budget.

Here are 7 common myths that lead many consumers astray when it comes to remodeling.  Read the rest of this entry »

Bob Proctor

Bob has known the crew at Mid-City Lumber for years, so it seemed the perfect place to spend his time after retiring from 30 years of business ownership. He brings his expertise of paint and hardware to the customers of Mid-City, where he says he already feels like part of the family. Bob lives in Jefferson City and enjoys hobbies such as cooking, woodworking, skeet shooting and photography.

Jonathan Stone

Jonathan joins Mid-City Lumber after a long career in law enforcement. He lives in Jefferson City and is looking forward to being part of the MId-City team. When not working, Jonathan enjoys outdoor activities such as hunting ad fishing, and any chance he gets to wrestle with his grandkids.

Why People Love Open Floor Plans

Luxury open floor plan featuring living room and kitchen

Design fads may come and go, but the open floor plan is still going strong.

After almost three decades, homebuyers continue seeking out large, communal spaces that combine multiple activities for greater convenience. 

Open floor plans remain a must-have feature for new builds and for remodeling older homes.  Read the rest of this entry »

Home Office Design for Maximum Work-Life Balance

With more Americans working at home, a convenient home office is a must-have consideration for new builds as well as renovations.

Some 3.7 million employees already work from home, and one Stanford University researcher found many benefits including greater productivity and fewer distractions.

Whether you’re including a home office with a new construction or adding onto an existing structure, here are some helpful hints for a successful project. Read the rest of this entry »

Construction Industry Outlook for 2019-2020: Smooth Sailing or Rough Waters?

Construction spending fell to $1.287 billion in June, down 1.3% from May. Meanwhile, the Commerce Department reported a 4% decrease in new housing starts in July. 

Are these numbers a sign of trouble ahead, or just a momentary pause in an otherwise robust construction market? An assessment of current trends reveals both promising opportunities as well as continuing risks for contractors.

  • A recent survey found that most contractors expect the dollar volume of projects they complete in 2019 to be about the same as in 2018. Continued economic strength, the emergence of a new generation of home buyers and historically low mortgage rates are among the trends pointing to opportunities for growth. 
  • However, contractors continue to deal with an ongoing labor shortage, fluctuating commodity prices and emerging concerns about how long the current economic recovery will last.

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Home Improvement Systems, Inc. is the manufacturer of the SCREENEZE® system and accessories. They use a no-spline technology to take the headaches out of screen installations. The company is family owned and operated and their products are proudly made in the USA. 

Yard Puller / Delivery Driver

Job Title:  Yard Puller / Delivery Driver

FLSA Status:  Non-Exempt, hourly

Customary Work Schedule:  Monday – Friday, 1 Saturday per month

Job Purpose:  To receive, warehouse, and pull / load inventory onto trucks for the safe delivery of all orders sold by Mid-City Lumber Co Ltd. 
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Real Reproduced Barnwood Ceiling

Authentically reproduced using real wood, these shiplap and other tongue and groove planking brings the outside in without the hassle of reclaimed wood.

Steel Balcony

When you need a unique balcony solution, try steel! Mid-City carries everything you need to make it happen.


MiraTEC is a a treated wood composite that is specifically designed for exterior trim. Because it handles like real wood but performs like a composite, MiraTEC is one of the most popular exterior trim options for builders and carpenters.

How to Use Shiplap in Your New Build or Remodel

Is shiplap in or out this year? This may be the great home design debate of 2019.

Some caution that the white-hot farmhouse craze, with its heavy reliance on shiplap, may be cooling off as homeowners look for fresher fads to latch onto. Others contend that farmhouse design isn’t going away — it’s just getting a little more refined

Keep reading for some of the advantages of shiplap, as well as ideas for incorporating it into your next new build or remodel.  Read the rest of this entry »

Should Homeowners Remodel, Move or Build a House?

Man and woman dreaming about their new house.

Is it better to remodel or move? Or perhaps it’s time to build a new house?

Contractors frequently hear questions like these. 

A Harris Poll found that 76% of U.S. homeowners plan to complete home improvements in 2019, an increase from 2018. Big-ticket residential remodeling activity increased 4.1% in the first quarter of 2019 from the same period a year ago.  Read the rest of this entry »


At Vytec, vinyl is more than a commodity. It’s a precision product. That’s why they design, formulate and precision-engineer their full line of vinyl siding to meet, or exceed, the highest standards of the industry.

Easy Trim Reveals

At Easy Trim, they believe you should get a little more than you pay for. Their products demonstrate modern architecture and contemporary design, with superior water management and sustainability. Find QuickPanel® and Fiber Cement options for every aesthetic and budget.

Diamond Kote® built on LP® SmartSide®

Diamond Kote® Building Products leads the industry as the #1 recognized brand of pre-finished LP® SmartSide®, backed by 30-Year No Fade Finish and 5/50-Year Limited Siding Systems Warranties. Exclusively available from Diamond Kote, RigidStack™ siding is designed with a spline to stack and lock together for ultimate performance. RigidStack siding protects your home from extreme weather including hail and high winds. Choose low-maintenance RigidStack siding that will not peel, chalk or fade, all backed by a 30-Year No Fade Warranty. Leave your siding out of your chore list – no repainting necessary!

2019 Patio and Decking Design Guide

wooden terrace with wicker garden furniture and lots of greenery

After long weekdays filled with traffic jams and tight deadlines, more and more people are seeking the comfort of a relaxing getaway, right outside their own back door.

A well-designed patio or deck is the perfect retreat for delving into a good book, entertaining family and friends, or enjoying a breathtaking sunset before turning in for the night. Homeowners also want a smoother transition from indoors to out, with patios and decks functioning as “outdoor rooms” that reflect the look and feel of the home’s interior. Read the rest of this entry »

Deck – Sunburst Color

This beautiful new deck was built at a home in Camdenton, MO, using Rockface decking. The outside border is Duralife Brazilian Cherry decking. The owner felt the two products and colors would compliment each other nicely. We agree!

Melanie Carver

Melanie developed a passion for design early and fondly remembers trips to the hardware store with her Dad, who introduced her to the construction industry. She loves helping people select the details that will make their house a home. Melanie is a Jefferson City resident who enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.

Building a Home? Talk to a Contractor Before Buying a Lot

Ghosted house above a grass field

Before you can build that dream home, you must first decide where to build it.

Buying a lot comes with a number of important matters that must be addressed. How do you know if you’re building in the right neighborhood? Is it convenient to work and good schools? Does the land have access to utilities? Are there any legal or environmental concerns?

That’s why it’s best to talk to an experienced contractor before buying land. A reputable general contractor will have the knowledge and relationships to help you select the best lot and navigate the purchase process with minimal headaches and without spending more than you have to.

Keep reading for a summary of the issues to ask about when purchasing a lot. Read the rest of this entry »

NEW Products Coming in May from James Hardie

Mid-City Lumber is proud to announce a new product from James Hardie® Building Products, coming to stores this May!

The Aspyre Collection by James Hardie™ combines Artisan® siding with the Reveal Panel® System.

The newest flat wall profiles, Artisan Shiplap, Artisan V-Groove, Artisan Square Channel and Artisan Bevel Channel, integrate with Artisan Lap siding and the Reveal Panel System, offering a new level of design flexibility with the durability of James Hardie fiber cement.

For more information, check out the brochure – or speak to your Mid-City Lumber sales representative!

Tiffany Peters

Tiffany has called mid-Missouri home for more than 12 years. She and her family live in Rocheport where they enjoy time together and, when the weather is nice, being outside. Tiffany says she has always had a passion for design and is excited to utilize her talent to help Mid-City Lumber customers inject their personal taste and vision into their projects.

Choosing the Best Windows for Your Next New Build or Remodel

Windows offer so much more than just a great view. They’re essential for maintaining comfortable indoor temperatures, reducing noise pollution and lowering energy bills.

With such a wide variety of options available, it’s easy to find quality new construction or replacement windows to fit almost every budget, whether for a new build or to update an existing home for maximum curb appeal.

Here are five factors to look at when selecting the best windows for your next project.

#1: Window Glass

Homeowners increasingly want larger windows with abundant, unobstructed views of the world outside, or as one builder puts it, “more glass and less frame.”

Three alternatives include single-pane, double-pane and triple-pane windows.

  • Single-pane: Mostly found in older buildings and in mild to warm climates, single-pane windows are considered outdated for most projects.
  • Double-pane: A sealed space between two panes includes an inert gas for better insulation against both hot and cold temperatures.
  • Triple-pane: Sealed with gases including argon or krypton, triple-pane windows offer superior insulation for homes in extreme cold climates.

Double- and triple-pane windows provide excellent sound insulation, which is a big advantage in urban neighborhoods.

#2: Window Materials

When choosing window frame materials, considerations include durability, insulating properties and maintenance requirements.

  • Wood: Frequently used in remodels, wood helps to retain the classic look of an older house, but may require more maintenance than other options.
  • Aluminum or vinyl: These attractive and budget-friendly materials are popular for new construction. They insulate well and typically require less maintenance than wood.
  • Fiberglass: Stronger than vinyl, fiberglass performs well in areas prone to weather-related damage. Although somewhat expensive, fiberglass offers excellent insulation for attractive energy savings.

#3: Energy Efficient Windows

Eco-friendly windows offer many benefits including durability, comfort and lower utility costs.

Here are some numbers to know when gauging the energy efficiency of windows.

  • U-Factor: This tells you how well the window conducts heat. Values range from about 0.25 to 1.25, and the lower the better.
  • Solar heat gain coefficient: Expressed in values between 0 and 1, a lower number means that the window is better at blocking unwanted solar heat.
  • Visible transmittance: The higher the number, the more natural light comes in, with values ranging from 0 to 1. This enables less reliance on artificial lighting during daylight hours.

#4: Window Styles

Current design trends include big, modern windows that let in lots of natural light, a nice mix of complementary shapes and dark colored frames.

Other options work well depending on the overall look and feel of the home.

  • Double-hung: One of the most common designs in America, double-hung windows slide up and down, and some models tilt for easy cleaning.
  • Casement: These windows pivot on hinges and open like doors, providing excellent ventilation.
  • Sliding: As the name implies, these low-maintenance windows open much like a sliding glass door and offer an excellent view of the scenery outside.
  • Bay: Ideal for dining and seating areas, bay windows let in lots of light and make almost any room feel more spacious.

#5: Window Installation

Selecting the best materials and designs available means nothing if the windows are not installed correctly. In fact, poor installation may even void the warranty.

If you’re trying to find the right windows for an upcoming project, reach out to us at Mid-City Lumber. We offer a wide selection of quality windows from the industry’s most reputable manufacturers, and our friendly experts will help you choose the best option for your job.

Stay Up-to-Date with the Latest Innovations in Construction Technology

Contractors face increasing pressure to thrive in a world of stringent client demands, shifting economic trends and a dynamic regulatory landscape.

But the continued emergence of innovative digital tools lets you meet these and other challenges.

Let’s take a look at some of the high-tech solutions making their mark on the construction industry this year. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Design Trends to Watch in 2019

Early indicators point to 2019 as a year of great opportunities for first time homebuyers as well as those who are ready for an upgrade.

Residents want homes that support their busy lifestyles, encourage positive interaction and promote a sense of well-being in today’s topsy-turvy society.

Here are 10 trends to watch as the year continues to take shape. Read the rest of this entry »

Gene Sandner

Gene enjoys the people that work at and do business with Mid-City Lumber. He says the family-oriented team of staff work hard to deliver all the resources their customers need. He is a Columbia resident and likes spending time on his farm and with family.

Looking for the Industry’s Most Durable Tape Measure? Meet the Milwaukee STUD™

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Custom Millwork Benefits & Industry Trends

From stairs to custom cabinets and from multi-purpose crown molding to wainscoting, utilizing millwork and custom woodworking is an excellent way to add functionality and personality to almost any space.

The largest purchasers of millwork products include residential and commercial building contractors, wholesalers and retail outlets. Residential construction accounts for about 90% of overall millwork sales, with projects evenly split between new construction and remodels.

Let’s take a closer look at a few of the benefits of custom millwork for residential and commercial customers alike, as well as trends affecting the millwork industry, including competition and customer preferences. Read the rest of this entry »

Forest Products Supply Co.

Forest Products Supply/F.P. Supply is a leading wholesale distributor of lumber and building materials in the Midwest. Their focus and mission is to be a low cost provider of building materials while also having the most diverse product mix and largest inventory in the market. Their product mix currently consists of over 2,500 products ranging from general commodities to specialty products

Developing an Effective Marketing Plan for Construction Companies

Whether your construction firm is a new startup or has been around for decades, your marketing strategy must engage customers and create a positive experience for everyone who comes into contact with your business.

It’s also an ongoing effort that includes the whole organization, not a one-time event or a single person, department or agency.

Prospects are more savvy than ever, and effective marketing gives you the opportunity to learn about them so you can provide consistent value and keep them satisfied over the long term.

Let’s take a look at three important ingredients for an up-to-date marketing strategy that lets you stand out from the competition in a dynamic construction industry. Read the rest of this entry »

Must-Have Features for Energy Efficient Homes

Let’s face it – everyone wants to cut costs these days.

It’s no wonder that energy efficiency continues to be a top priority for homeowners looking to remodel or build.

People want features that promote lower heating and cooling costs, smart water usage and a better mix of natural and artificial lighting. And a significant number of consumers are more than willing to take on higher, short-term project costs in return for smaller utility bills over the life of the property.

If your clients are looking to go green or just spend less on utilities, here are some of the energy efficient features that can benefit almost any home. Read the rest of this entry »

House Floor Plans & Architectural Styles You Want to Know About

Many people are looking to build their next home rather than buy.

New housing starts for August 2018 were up 9.4% from a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Commerce.

What architectural styles are people seeking out? Home design experts say buyers are looking for comfortable and practical over showy and ostentatious. Eco-friendly features are big with those looking to go green or save on utilities, while tech-friendly options are must-haves for contemporary and traditional homes alike.

Let’s take a look at the most popular house plans, along with some of the hottest building features, that homeowners are looking for. Read the rest of this entry »

Home Design Trends: Update Your Gray with a Pop of Bold

What colors are attracting today’s homeowners for new builds and remodeling projects?

The choice of color plays a major role in meeting client expectations and guides the selection of countertop materials, fabrics and of course paint colors for walls, doors, window frames and more. Read the rest of this entry »

Andersen Corporation to Sell Some Lines

Andersen Corporation recently announced that they have signed an agreement to sell their Silver Line brand to Ply Gem. At this time, Mid-City Lumber does not anticipate any changes to the Silver Line product or service of this brand and will continue to provide all Silver Line products for our customers. If you have any questions, please contact your sales representative or any Mid-City Lumber associate.

Construction Industry Trends for 2018 & Early 2019

It’s no secret that construction plays a vital role in the strength of our economy at both the state and national levels.

Construction contributes $11 billion to the Missouri economy and nearly $800 billion to the U.S. economy as a whole, according to the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).

But what can construction industry trends from 2018 tell us about potential trends in early 2019? Let’s take a look at some of the factors that are currently influencing the near-term outlook for the construction industry and discuss how these factors might influence both Missouri contractors and contractors across the U.S. Read the rest of this entry »

Wolf Home Products

Wolf Home Products is an innovator in the building products industry. We’ve cultivated our 175 years in business into a total satisfaction guarantee. With our vast inventory of kitchen and bath, outdoor living and building products, we deliver your orders in a fraction of the time and ensure you get unparalleled value — when and where you need it. Wolf stands behind our service because, above all, Wolf stands behind you.

Unique Ceiling Designs

Mid-City Mike

Mid-City Mike has never met a project he didn’t like. Consumed with the building process for as long as he can remember, he loves to help friends and customers make their construction and remodel plans a reality. A native of mid-Missouri, Mid-City Mike enjoys vigorous hikes and fishing.

Westbury Aluminum Railing

Beauty and strength – elegance and distinction – masterpiece and innovative engineering. This is Westbury Aluminum Railing. With a variety of designs, colors and textures you’ll find the perfect railings for your project.

Renovation and Construction Planning: Sweat the Small Stuff to Stay on Time and on Budget


High customer expectations, tight budgets and stringent deadlines mean your reputation and your profits are on the line with every renovation or construction project.

And from weather disasters to costly rework requests to subcontractor defaults and other construction delays, there are lots of things that can throw off your construction timeline and inject unwanted costs along the way.

That’s why going beyond the basics to get the little things right from start to finish is key to maintaining control of your new construction project while meeting the seemingly endless challenges facing today’s contractors. Choosing the right contractors or subcontractors, construction planning and proactive scheduling are more important than ever. Read the rest of this entry »

Lumber Theft Reported Not From Mid-City Lumber

On Wednesday, June 6, the Columbia Police Department reported that Jason Pattillo has been arrested for stealing approximately $25,000 worth of lumber over the course of a month from Mid-City Lumber. This report is inaccurate.

The lumber stolen was not taken from the Mid-City Lumber store, located at 4709 Paris Road as reported, but in fact, was lumber being stored by a contractor who was renting storage space at a facility owned by Mid-City Lumber and located at a different address on Paris Road.

No lumber or any other materials have been stolen from Mid-City Lumber at their 4709 Paris location or at any of their other operating stores in Jefferson City, Boonville or Sedalia.

Cool Stairs and Millwork Projects

At Mid-City Lumber we have a wide variety of stair parts and millwork products to fit any design aesthetic. Whatever you envision, we’ve got the products to make it happen! 

Boonville Fire Update

Early Sunday morning, our Boonville store was destroyed by a fire. Fortunately, no one was injured. We thank the Cooper County Fire Protection District, Boonville Fire Department and others for their hard work to put the fire out.

Clean up is beginning immediately and we will start construction to rebuild as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will continue to serve our Boonville customers through our Columbia store.

The Boonville phone lines are being redirected to Columbia, so you can still call the Boonville number to place orders. You can also call your sales person directly. We ask for your patience as we work through the cleanup and rebuilding process.

Choosing The Best Decking Material for Your Next Outdoor Project


Your deck is your own little staycation spot. You come together for family fun, to entertain friends, to enjoy your morning coffee or to relax at the end of your day. A well-designed deck can hold many memories, so be sure to do your research before choosing the best decking material for your budget and lifestyle. Read the rest of this entry »

Jesse Bower

Jesse started with Mid-City Lumber as a driver and transitioned to dispatching, eventually taking the role as supervisor. He is a Hallsville native and enjoys the relationships he has with other Mid-City staff. In his free time, Jesse spends time with family and friends and can often be found playing basketball or riding four-wheelers.

William Devin Noonan

William lives in Columbia with his wife and three children. He likes the family atmosphere of Mid-City Lumber and especially enjoys his role leading the delivery logistics for the most efficient outcomes. When not working, William enjoys being outside and spending time with his family.

On a Budget? How to Save Money on Your Kitchen Remodel

It is no secret that kitchen remodels make for higher home resale values, engaging spaces and happy chefs. But while kitchen remodels offer a larger return on investment than most other remodels, the costs can be overwhelming. Even minor kitchen remodels can sneak over your budget limit if you aren’t careful. Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to do a kitchen remodel on a budget without sacrificing style. Read the rest of this entry »


Fiberon has a history of industry-leading innovation. Their manufacturing processes are highly efficient and sustainable, resulting in a 98.5% recovery rate of manufacturing material waste and preventing more than 60,000 tons of plastic and wood from reaching landfills and incinerators each year.

Forever Barnwood

Our passion comes from our love of nature and all things natural. We have grown up in an outdoor culture, hunting, fishing, and appreciating all the natural gifts that God has provided. Each piece of Forever Barnwood that leaves our shop is a handcrafted masterpiece.

HB&G Columns

HB&G offers a wide variety of porch products to help you create the design that best suits your way of life. Best of all, many of our products require little or no maintenance and come with a lifetime guarantee.

Larson Doors

Larson Manufacturing was founded with a strong commitment to quality, integrity, and service. These principles are the foundation of our company and living these core values is as essential to our success today as it was in the beginning.

Woodgrain Doors

Woodgrain Doors is one of the world’s leading manufacturers and suppliers of hardwood and softwood stile and rail doors, and door components. Woodgrain is committed to innovation through continuous improvements in manufacturing, investment in design, excellence in craftsmanship and use of the highest quality raw materials to build doors that are as durable as they are beautiful.

DSA Master Crafted Doors

DSA Master Crafted Doors inspires homeowners, designers, and builders. Our doors are crafted by skilled artisans in our 51,000 square foot manufacturing facility. Our product line consists of doors constructed of mahogany, knotty alder and other hard woods, which adds instant beauty, distinction and value to any home.



Door hardware is more than a way to open, close, and secure a space. To us, it is an integral part of a room’s design theme. Each order is custom assembled in our Southern California facility. Because door hardware should make a statement, your statement.

Checklist For Hiring A Contractor: What To Know

The overwhelming process of hiring a good contractor can be made easier with a little preparation. Knowledge is power and your best chance at a great result. Whether your project is a home renovation or a brand new build, knowing what you want, what you can spend and researching several contractors can help you find the best fit for your next project. Read the rest of this entry »

Boonville Fish Fry Makes Good Friday Extra Good

What a great turn out we had at the annual Good Friday Fish Fry held at our Boonville store! We fed about 250 or more local customers and their families and had a lot of fun. Thanks, too, to our own Mid-City cooks as they did what they always do – made a great meal for all! Hope to see you again next year.

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Since the company began in 1924, Milwaukee Tool has led the industry in both durability and performance. With an unwavering commitment to the trades, Milwaukee continues to lead with a focus on providing innovative, trade-specific power tools and hand tools.

Hitachi/Metabo HPT Power Tools

Technology is the common thread behind the Hitachi/Metabo HPT brand. It’s what makes these power tools superior in design and durability. From its birth, Hitachi/Metabo HPT has pioneered innovative technologies that have improved lives around the world.

Sedalia Home Remodel

Mid-City customers Opal & Gary Johnson were pleased to share with us photos of their newly remodeled home. Materials for this project were purchased at our Sedalia store.


Merillat Cabinetry is not just cabinets. First and foremost, it’s people. The people who create. The people who design. The people who have it in their homes. Together, we each bring our talents, our ideas, and our passions. And collectively, we are “America’s Cabinetmaker”. Based in Michigan, and part of Masco Cabinetry, Merillat has been providing quality cabinetry since 1946.

Norcraft Cabinetry

Norcraft constructs beautiful cabinetry with products built using time proven techniques to ensure consistent quality. We specialize in product styling that is aligned with updated home fashion. The combination of well designed products, built to exact standards, delivered complete, when you need them makes Norcraft the best value in cabinetry for the home.

StarMark Cabinetry

At StarMark Cabinetry has been in business since 1978, building quality StarMark Cabinetry in Sioux Falls, South Dakota. At StarMark, a cabinet isn’t punched out of wood and then stored on a warehouse shelf until you order it. We make each cabinet by hand, one at a time, to your exact specifications.

Great visiting with you!

We enjoyed talking with everyone who came out to the 18th Annual HBA Home Show of Central Missouri!

Thanks for coming!

We had a great time at our Contractor Lunch in Columbia last week. There was lots of good food and good company – thank you to everyone who attended!

Enforcement Policy – Soil and Waste Pipes in Exterior Walls

John P. Simon, Building Regulations Supervisor for the City of Columbia issued a statement on January 24, 2018, regarding a “lively debate pertaining to the International Residential Code Section P2603.5 Freezing as amended in the City of Columbia Code of Ordinance Chapter 6.”

Coming Soon: Reveal® Panel System by James Hardie

James Hardie is excited to announce the launch of the Reveal® Panel System. The customizable Reveal Panel System features high-design, high-performance components to distinguish your multi-family projects. 

This new product will be available n January. Contact us for more information.

Sheila Schneller

Sheila is a Jefferson City resident with 16 years of experience in design. She enjoys the process of working with Mid-City clients from floor plan to fruition. When not at the softball field with her daughter, she and her family enjoy spending time at the Lake of the Ozarks and camping.

Austin Mueller

Austin is a Harrisburg native with a background in general construction. He is pleased to be part of the Mid-City Lumber team and says the people are friendly and deliver a high quality of customer service. When not working, Austin loves being Daddy to his daughter.

Everett Mertens

Everett has worked in the building and construction industry for more than 26 years and says what he likes most is the way the industry is always changing. He enjoys the people he works with and for at Mid-City Lumber, and when not working, enjoys spending time with family and following Patriot football.

Good luck, Charlie! We’ll miss you

We are sorry to say goodbye to one of our long-time associates, Charlie Waller, who is relocating to St. Louis. We wish him all the best in his new endeavors and thank him for his service as part of the Mid-City family.

Rob Miller

Rob is a Missouri native who currently lives in Columbia. He joins the Mid-City family with more than 26 year of experience in IT. Rob says what he enjoys most about this field is that, even with years of experience, there are always new challenges and new things to learn.

Unique Features Available for Your Home

Mid-City Lumber always offers the very best brands for your projects, large and small. We are also proud to offer unique products for homeowners who want something a little different. Check out this open corner door system available through Win-Dor.

Win-Dor Systems

Win-Dor is Southern California’s largest manufacturer and installer of vinyl replacement windows and doors and hybrid folding doors. Using the same proven platform to make hybrid folding windows as that for hybrid folding doors, Win-Dor combines both vinyl and aluminum to offer customers something truly  unique.

Mid-City Lumber Recognized for Support of St. Jude Hospital

Mid-City Lumber was proud to partner with Shaw Floors on a program designed to raise funds for St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital.


Donna Ventura

Donna is a Sedalia resident with more than 24 years of experience in interior design. She loves helping customers find the perfect match for their diverse tastes. In her spare time, Donna refurbishes furniture that she finds at garage sales, making old things lovely again.

Bob Davis

Bob joins Mid-City Lumber with 30 plus years of carpentry experience. He and his wife live in Holts Summit with their four boys and enjoy being active in their church. He says what he likes most about Mid-City is being able to utilize his love and talent for carpentry to draft blueprints for contractors and clients.

Mike DeShazo

Mike comes to Mid-City with more than 20 years of management experience. He lives in Columbia with his wife and is blessed with seven children and 16 grandchildren. His hobbies include anything outdoors, woodworking and running a nonprofit organization. He loves the people and culture of Mid-City Lumber and is happy to be here.

New Winter Hours

closed_sign-1475793852-8115Please note, Mid-City Lumber will continue to be closed on Saturdays for the foreseeable future. Please visit us Monday – Friday 7 AM – 5 PM.

New County Guidelines for Exterior Deck Construction

Boone County will now use these new guidelines in reference to exterior deck construction. Of course, if you have any questions, we are happy to be a resource.

City of Columbia Issues New Guidelines for “Solar Ready”

The City of Columbia has issued new guidelines for “solar ready” buildings, as well as a new city building permit application. Forms are available here.




More information can be found on the City of Columbia website.

High School Football Tailgates

Mid-City Lumber loves to help out our local Booster clubs. Here are some pictures from the tailgates we’ve hosted this year in Boonville, Jefferson City and Sedalia. Thanks to all who attended!


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Cedar Pergola

Just one of the many beautiful things you can create with the products at Mid-City Lumber!


Another Great Mid-City Tailgate

It was a great day! Thank you to everyone who could join us!



Tiger Win and Mid-City Fun!

Thanks to those who came out to cheer on the Tigers! We had a great time with you!


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New Building Code Requirements as of October 1, 2016

Significant changes in the 2015 Codes and new enforcement policies will begin October 1, 2016. Columbia Building & Site Development held a meeting on August 23 to share important information about these changes. Please visit their website for more information.




Laura Hagemier

Laura is happy to join the Mid-City team Lumber team where she says the people are helpful and welcoming. Her previous experience includes 11 years of accounting. Laura and her husband live in Middletown, where she is fortunate to be close to both her grown sons and regularly enjoys her two grandsons.

Thanks for Attending!

IMG_2903A big thank you to everyone who attended the Mid-City Lumber Product Showcase! We always have a lot of fun with this event, and we hope you did, too! Let us know if you have any follow up questions about the products and options you saw. We’re here to help make your project a success!



Audrey Matteson

Audrey comes to Mid-City and Columbia all the way from the state of California and is excited about living in a Midwest climate with all four seasons. Previously employed as an accountant at a law firm, she enjoys the faster-paced environment of Mid-City Lumber, and finds the people at Mid-City to be a lot of fun.

Becky Strawn

Becky is excited to join the accounting team at Mid-City and is enjoying both the new people and new challenges. A Boone County resident, Becky currently resides on her family farm. With three kids in high school, Becky doesn’t get a lot of time to herself – but when she does, she prefers to spend it outdoors.

Cedar Creek

Established in 1977 as wholesale building materials distribution company, Cedar Creek provides the highest quality lumber available from the most reputable vendors in North America and internationally.

Another win for Mid-City Lumber

It’s always a WIN when Mid-City hosts friends at our tailgate! Thanks to everyone who braved the rain to join us. We didn’t bust out the grills but still had some great food and great company.


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Mid-City Lumber was proud to support the Jefferson City Jays Booster Club when the Jays took on Rockhurst. It was not a win for the Jays, but it was definitely a win for the Boosters as we helped them serve up lots of delicious hamburgers, hot dogs and brats. We always have a great time supporting our community schools!










Mid-City Lumber Homecoming Tailgate Had Huge Turnout

We all wish the final score would have been better, but if you joined us for the Mid-City tailgate, at least you can say that part of the day was worth celebrating!

Thanks to everyone who came out – we had a huge crowd! So many of our customers and their families were with us and that’s what it’s all about. We had a great time with all of you and hope you had a great time, too!

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Let the Tailgates Begin!

Thanks to everyone who came out to the season’s first Mid-City Lumber Tiger Tailgate! We had a great time. M-I-Z!

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Football Night in Boonville

Thank you to all who came out and supported the Boonville Pirates!

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The Village of Bedford Walk on Nifong Boulevard

Allan Reetz

Allan enjoys the way his job keeps him up to date on all the current trends in design and construction. Allan lives in Columbia and when not at Mid-City Lumber, enjoys the artistry of woodworking – from cabinets, to music boxes, to puzzles and more.

2015 Product Showcase

Mid-City Lumber would like to thank all those who attended our 2015 Product Showcase! We had a really good time with all of our vendors and customers. It was great to see so many home owners and visit with them about their remodeling projects, and we always enjoy the chance to share with our contractors all the best and latest products. If you left hungry, it wasn’t our fault! As always, our Mid-City cooks prepared something delicious for all. We hope you had a great time and will join us again next year! Read the rest of this entry »


Unique, stylish and made with pride in the U.S.A., these dazzling privacy window products are more than just windows… they’re jewelry for your home!

Andersen Windows

With Andersen Windows, you won’t find a stereotype. Instead, you’ll find your own unique personality. Offering five distinct product lines, Andersen provides the exact amount of economy, performance, aesthetics and architectural authenticity for every homeowner.

Missouri Vinyl

Designed with the professional builder and homeowner in mind, their line of boxed deck railing kits and accessories are easy to install and offer value to any project you might have up your sleeve.

DuraLife Decking

Duralife’s unique polypropylene and hardwood composite outperforms other wood and composite decking materials, giving you a one-of-a-kind deck that will stand the test of time and weather.

Good’s Millwork

Through years of partnership and hard work, Good’s Millwork has grown to serve its customers with high quality and care. For the finest woods… It’s Good’s!

Dixie Pacific

Sophistication is Dixie Pacific’s middle name. All construction tools have been designed by architects, homeowners and builders, built with your satisfaction in mind. From wood columns to posts, Dixie Pacific can support and guide your projects.

Jeff Hemme

The people at Mid-City Lumber are always ready and willing to provide a level of service that you just can’t get at big box stores. That’s number one for me. Next is the loyalty – I’ve had the same sales guy for almost 15 years. He’s stayed with them that long, and I’ve stayed with him that long. He knows me, knows how I think and anticipates my needs. It all makes my life a whole lot easier.”

Derrick Schooler

Schooler’s Construction chooses Mid-City Lumber not only for their quality materials and great service, but because of their knowledge and willingness to work with both me and my customers. With Mid-City, I can be sure we get everything just right – from the 2×4, to the paint, to the flooring and everything in between – to build my customers the house of their dreams.”

Nick Bryson

I’ve been doing business with Mid-City Lumber for 17 years. They have a courteous and knowledgeable sales staff, and that’s important when it comes to my custom-build clients. They have a great showroom which is also helpful, along with an extensive inventory of building materials and products. But probably the biggest thing that sets them apart is their service. In this business it’s inevitable there are going to be issues from time to time. No matter what the problem, they will do whatever necessary to make it right.”

Dan McCray

Mid-City Lumber’s professional staff provides outstanding customer service. They have great product knowledge, a wide product selection, quick turn around on material quotes and prompt delivery.”

Jake Bruton

Mid-City Lumber knows what it means to stand out. They will go above and beyond to take care of customers. If it’s a single box of nails at 5 o’clock and we need it, they’ll bring it. We know we can always count on them.”

Mike Teel

Mike started Mid-City Lumber with a desire to bring good people together and build something to benefit the community. A resident of Hallsville, Mike spends his spare time enjoying his family and their horses.

Zane Cobb

Zane says the best part of working at Mid-City Lumber is that every day presents a new challenge. Zane lives in Hallsville and enjoys hanging out with his wife and children.

Windsor Mills

Builders choose WindsorONE because every product is smooth, straight and comes with an industry leading prime coat. Craftsmanship and attention to detail has placed the team at WindsorONE as a leading manufacturer in exterior/interior trim market for years.

Jeff Wilmsmeyer

Jeff enjoys working with contractors to help them construct a great home. Jeff lives in New Franklin, and in his spare time, likes to fish.

Dane Wilson

What Dane enjoys most about working at Mid-City Lumber are the contractors, many of which he has known for years. Dane lives in Columbia and likes riding horses in his spare time.

Will Clark

Will loves helping customers see their lumber and construction projects to completion. He lives in Columbia and likes to farm and spend time with his kids.

WM Coffman LLC

With a heritage dating to 1874, WM Coffman’s Premium Stair Parts Collection contains iron and wood components recognized by consumers nationwide for their quality, style and breadth of design.

Marilyn Bishop

Marilyn says working at Mid-City is like being part of a family. A resident of Moberly, Marilyn enjoys sewing, knitting and quilting.

Gary Hague

Gary enjoys working with people and helping them figure out their construction projects. Gary lives in Hartsburg and spends his spare time fishing and gardening.

Steve Moak

Steve says he loves that the building industry is still a people industry and that things are still done through personal contact. A Fulton resident, Steve enjoys spending time with his family and hunting.

David Johanning

David feels that working with people is just plain fun. He is a resident of Columbia and enjoys hunting, fishing and golf.

Adam Palmer

Adam says that working at Mid-City Lumber means he gets to face a new challenge every day. Adam lives in Columbia and enjoys hiking and biking.

Jessica Hux

Jessica likes working with the Mid-City team and helping people construct their dream homes. She lives in Columbia and likes to spend time with her family and play with her dogs.

Mike Dodson

Mike loves to work with contractors and homeowners to help them complete their projects. Mike lives in Columbia and likes to spend his down time enjoying family.

Gayle McCoy

Gayle has enjoyed the people at Mid-City Lumber for quite a few years. A resident of Columbia, she is always happy to get to spend time with her grown grandchildren.

Mary Fitch

Mary is new to the Mid-City family and says that the people are really nice. Mary lives in Columbia and enjoys attending baseball games, gardening and working the family livestock.

Karen White

Karen really enjoys her customers and says they are fun to get along with. She lives in Hallsville and prefers to spend her spare time doing anything outdoors.

Kurt Kammerich

Kurt says working with customers is fun and the best part of his job. He is a resident of Pilot Grove and likes to spend his spare time fishing or enjoying his grandchildren.


At Aristokraft Cabinetry, we understand that a customer’s visions are endless. That is why we offer the style, selection and value needed to make any dream space a reality.

Distinctive Doors, Inc.

Since 1987, Distinctive Doors, Inc. has delivered creative and custom cabinetry and doors to the woodworking industry. Through sound attention to detail, the team at Distinctive Doors delivers products of sound quality and service.

Kitchen Kompact

At Kitchen Kompact, we believe a home should encompass a personality, not confine you within four walls. No matter what your style or budget, Kitchen Kompact walks with you through design, production and delivery of your kitchen cabinets.


Simply stated, Masonite doors will make your home more beautiful. They provide an arresting beauty, lasting durability and timeless performance that will make your home the talking point of the neighborhood block party.


Looks good on the outside, feels good on the inside. Therma-Tru fiberglass doors outperform wood and steel to bring you quality products that hinge on performance and open the door to elegance.

Tru Stile Doors LLC

At Tru Stile, we’re committed to reviving the architectural value and intricate design of each door we manufacture. With over 400 standard door styles, Tru stile works with you to choose a work of art fitting for your home.


With a wide selection of travertine, marble, bluestone, slate and pebble flooring, the possibilities are endless with Maniscalo Mosaics. Let your inner artist shine as you create your custom flooring, or let our team guide you through one of our unique pairings. Either way, the finished product will be a dream brought to reality.


Shaw is the world’s largest carpet manufacturer and a leading floorcovering provider. To them, flooring is more than just material. It is the foundation for every unique living space.


Built in Texas, Wilsonart is a primary resource for all homeowners, residential and corporate professionals as well as fabricators and distributors looking to create their newfound living space.


The Grip-Rite name stands for providing quality value and service to professional contractors across the U.S. and Canada. No challenge is too big when you build right with Grip-Rite.

Pratt & Lambert

Since its founding in 1849, Pratt & Lambert has stood for quality, leadership and innovation in the paint industry. With years of expertise and knowledge, the team at Pratt & Lambert knows what it means to inspire through color.

Ram Board

Ram Board is heavy-duty, temporary floor protection engineered for contractors like you. Designed with cost and efficiency in mind, our products are quick to install and reusable for future projects.

Simpson Strong-Tie

Safety and innovation – plain and simple. With Simpson Strong-Tie building materials, you get safer structures that fit your needs now, as well as in the future.


TAMKO products offer a powerful combination of cut, color and coverage to give customers the beauty and performance they need to complete any task.

Triangle Engineering

Triangle Engineering of Arkansas, Inc. was founded in 1948 and quickly established itself as an industry leader in the manufacturing of commercial, industrial and agricultural ventilation products.

Capital Lighting Fixtures

Capital Lighting strives to give you the best products and services, from one family to another. Located in Atlanta, Georgia, the family-based company prides itself in delivering stylish, high-quality products at affordable prices.

Revolution Lighting

Give your living space a whole new makeover with Revolution Lighting. No matter what size or style, there is lighting for every room.


Cal-Royal Products, Inc. has been in the safety business for over 25 years. They are a leading manufacturer of security door hardware, locksets, door closers and exit devices for all residential, commercial and institutional uses.


The team at Dexter Locks has been delivering quality and safety to customers for over 90 years. In fact, safety needs are their top priority, and through years of expertise and craftsmanship, they deliver locks you can count on.


When a guest visits your house, one of the first things they see is the front door. Showcase your home’s unique personality with our effortlessly stylish door locks and hardware.


For over 100 years, Certainteed has served its customers as a premier building materials and exterior siding manufacturer. Whether you’re building a new roof, or fixing a fence, you’re certain to find all the materials from Certainteed.

James Hardie

With James Hardie, you’ll find innovative siding options that increase the beauty, value, safety and durability of your home.


Bostitch manufactures top-quality, innovative contractor tools and fasteners for industrial, construction and home improvement applications.


Since its humble beginnings in 1922, DeWalt has grown to become a leader in the industry. As experts in power tools and machinery, DeWalt is guaranteed tough.

Pacific Laser Systems

PLS laser tools were developed to give contractors the ability to transfer critical layout reference lines and points for any job site task.


With over 70 years of experience, Paslode is the standard by which other pneumatic and cordless fastening systems are measured.


For almost 60 years, the SENCO brand has walked hand-in-hand with customers in showcasing professional results, productivity and a job well done.

Columbia Windows & Doors

With over 50 years of experience, Columbia Windows and Doors is your go-to resource for both aluminum and vinyl windows and doors for your house. Whether its new construction, or a replacement application, they’ve got it covered.

Ellison Windows & Doors

Ellison offers a wide variety of quality vinyl windows and sliding patio doors, as well as an array of glass designs and aesthetic improvements.

Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors

JELD-WEN’s secret to longer-lasting wood windows and doors is found in their manufacturing process. All JELD-WEN products are protected against wood rot, termites and water saturation.

SilverLine Windows

SilverLine offers the energy saving, high quality windows that you want in your home.


Founded on a vision of daylight, fresh air and quality of life-the benefits of VELUX Windows are enjoyed in millions of homes worldwide.

Hixson Lumber

For over 50 years, Hixson Lumber has adhered to the policy of providing their customers and lumber yards with consistent quality and exceptional service.

Louisiana Pacific

Louisiana Pacific stands for providing their customers with only the best. LP is a leading manufacturer of engineered wood building materials, including both treated and untreated lumber, that perform better and last longer.

Specialty Stairs and Rail

Specialty Stairs & Rails provides custom stairs and stair parts for commercial, industrial and residential projects from their facilities in Farmingdale, New Jersey and Lebanon, MO.

Terry Schler

Terry enjoys interacting with people and helping them navigate the construction process. A Columbia resident, Terry enjoys being at the Lake of the Ozarks and traveling.

Doug Custard

Doug likes working with Mid-City Lumber clients to help them solve problems. Doug lives in Holts Summit and likes to play golf when he has time.

Jeff Puckett

Jeff loves working with contractors at Mid-City and getting to know them – many of which are like family. Jeff lives in Holts Summit and never tires of chasing his two grandchildren.

Ray Wyrick

Ray says that every day is a new adventure at Mid-City Lumber, and he really enjoys the variety. A Jefferson City resident, Ray spends his spare time volunteering through his church.

Maggie Brandt

Maggie is happy to say she knows many of the Mid-City customers and she likes to see them day-to-day. She lives in Koeltztown and spends her spare time riding her motorcycle.

Shelly Turpin

Shelly has enjoyed building relationships with her customers over the years. A Sedalia resident, Shelly keeps busy away from Mid-City with her photography business.

Joe Hopper

Joe is happy to work for a company like Mid-City where they treat their employees well. He lives in Sedalia and enjoys woodworking, travel and socializing with friends.

Larry Glaubitz

Larry enjoys helping people figure out the best way to approach their construction or renovation projects. A Columbia resident, Larry spends his spare time gardening and working in his yard.

Daniel Dodson

Daniel likes that working at Mid-City Lumber allows him to meet new people. Daniel lives in Fayette and likes to play golf, fish and play with his kids.

Jared Mullett

Jared enjoys interacting with Mid-City customers and getting to know them. Jared lives in Boonville and likes to take a motorcycle ride every now and then.

Gayla Schanbacher

Gayla loves to match different personalities to their ideal design style. She lives in Jefferson City, and in her spare time, enjoys playing golf and spending time with family.

Jeff Buchner

Jeff likes working with the people both at Mid-City Lumber and that do business with Mid-City. He lives in Columbia and spends his free time playing golf and working in his yard.


From their barn to your palace, Barncraft delivers quality molding and hardwoods fit to impress.

Curt Duenckel

Curt says working at Mid-City is different every day, and he enjoys that. A Jefferson City resident, Curt likes camping and spending time with his family.

Doug Fowler

Doug loves to meet and interact with the various contractors and customers of Mid-City Lumber. He says there is never a dull moment. Doug lives in Jefferson City and likes to ride his Harley and go to church.

Crown Heritage

Stair parts have never been more stylish. Crown Heritage builds distinct style and leads the industry with its patented Crown System that provides perfect alignment to any traditional stair or railing.