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Restoring the Harbor Gazebo

This year marks McBride Remodeling’s 40th year in business, and we couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate than to participate in 40 acts of kindness for the Petoskey community. While each of these acts has held special meaning to us, rebuilding the Harbor Gazebo will stay at the forefront of our minds for a long time to come. 

The Doorway to Harbor Springs

The Harbor Gazebo in Marina Park is beloved by many. Each year, the “Gazebo Guys” stand inside and greet close to 1,000 visitors, answering any questions they may have and guiding them to various attractions and events. Overlooking Little Traverse Bay and surrounded by a brick walkway, this charming structure is the perfect adornment to the beautiful park and makes everyone feel welcome and happy. 

After many years of service, the structure began to show wear and needed a refresh. The McBride team saw this as a perfect opportunity — not only to give back to the community, but also to strengthen our company bond. 

Restorations & Improvements 

Using quality, composite materials, we refurbished the gazebo, gave it a fresh coat of paint, and made sure we reinstalled the air conditioner to keep the Gazebo Guys  comfortable. The new building will be low-maintenance and guaranteed to look great for years to come. 

In addition to the repairs, the McBride team joined other community members in raising funds for the restoration by purchasing bricks. While many of the bricks are laid, like those purchased by McBride Remodeling, additional brick will be added in the fall as part of the final stages of the project. We were honored to do this work and are excited to show everyone all the improvements we’ve made. Don’t miss the official unveiling of the new Harbor Gazebo on Tuesday, June 28th at 3:00 PM! 

If you would like to contribute to the Harbor Gazebo’s restoration, bricks are still available for purchase. You or your loved one’s name can be engraved on a brick and become part of the Marina Park legacy by going to harborspringschamber.com/events/details/gazebo-brick-sales-2022-11403.

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McBride Remodeling: Proudly Serving the Community for 40 Years

McBride Remodeling celebrates its 40th year in business this year. From day one, our core values of professionalism, relationships, integrity, dedication, and excellence have been the heart of everything we do. Here’s a look back to how it all began, and how these values got us where we are today:

Humble Beginnings 

Dave McBride celebrated his graduation from Michigan Technological University in 1982, only to be welcomed into the “real world” by an unforgiving economy. Undeterred, he moved back in with his mom and started a small business called McBride Builders.

He worked for neighbors and friends on tasks such as painting, cleaning gutters, and small fix-it projects. Dave found the neighbors on his mom’s street to be incredibly supportive; he developed his remodeling and business skills through these early neighborhood experiences. 

The Path to Success 

After a few years of early successes, Dave joined The Little Traverse Home Builders Association where he was a highly active member.  Dave served as the association President, The Remodelers council Chairman as well as the State Remodelers Council Chairman. This association and its events were pivotal in the business’s growth. He learned from fellow members about the business of building and remodeling. Dave takes great pride in developing long lasting relationships with clients and even has one family that the McBride Remodeling team is working with the family’s 4th generation.

With Mike Stolt by his side as the company’s first real employee and Dave’s brother Jim helping in the summers, McBride Builders — eventually renamed McBride Construction — was taking off. Moving well beyond their fix-it jobs, the McBride team early on focused on new house construction then focused primarily on renovation projects. 

Dave eventually moved out of his mom’s house into a small 1-bedroom garage apartment that also served as his office. In 1991 he renovated a small home on M-119 into the office space that has been the company headquarters ever since.

Once Dave and his team were operating out of the newly renovated office, they realized they needed an office manager to help run their growing business. Kitty Sowles was the woman for the job and solidified her place as the backbone of the business for many years to come.

McBride Today

40 years later, McBride Remodeling is Northern Michigan’s premier choice for quality home remodeling and maintenance. Our services have evolved to meet the needs of our clients — from winter home care to architectural design work. Our office has been completely renovated and now includes even more features, products, and technology that help us stay current and successful. 

While it’s fun to reminisce about the past, we’re also excited about our future. We look forward to our continued growth and serving our loyal base of clients — in both this generation and the next. After all, we don’t just renovate homes; McBride builds relationships. We’re also honored to increase our service to the community as we partner with organizations like Petoskey High’s Cheetos Club, the Charlevoix-Emmet Intermediate School District, Manna Food Project, the Harbor Springs Chamber of Commerce and so many more. These special connections keep us successful and serve as the foundation of everything we do. 

Thank you to all our clients, team members, and trade partners for your part in McBride’s history. You are what made these last 40 years possible, and we’re so fortunate to have each of you as an important part of the McBride Story.

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Things to Think About for Kitchen Renovations

Are you considering renovating your kitchen? If so, there are a few things you’ll want to think about before getting started. This article will discuss some of the most important factors to consider when planning kitchen renovations. So, if you’re ready to get started on your dream kitchen, keep reading.

1. Style

One of the first things you’ll need to decide is what style you want for your new kitchen. Do you want a modern kitchen with sleek cabinets and stainless-steel appliances? Or a more traditional kitchen with wooden cabinets and granite countertops? Once you’ve decided on a style, you’ll be able to narrow down your choices for materials, colors, and more.

2. Layout

The layout of your kitchen is important for both practical and aesthetic reasons. You’ll want to make sure that your new layout is both functional and visually appealing. When planning your layout, be sure to consider the work triangle, which is the area between the sink, fridge, and stove. You’ll also want to think about things like traffic flow and storage when planning your layout.

3. Materials

The materials you choose for your kitchen will have a big impact on the overall look and feel of the space. From countertops to cabinets, you’ll need to decide what materials you want to use. And don’t forget about things like flooring, backsplashes, and hardware.

4. Budget

Of course, one of the most important factors to consider when planning a kitchen renovation is your budget. You’ll need to set a realistic budget for your project and then stick to it. There are many ways to save money on a kitchen renovation, so be sure to do your research. And remember, even if you’re on a tight budget, you can still create a beautiful kitchen.

5. Timing

Another key item to consider when planning a kitchen renovation is timing. You’ll need to decide when you want to start your project and how long you’re willing to wait for the finished product. If you’re working with a tight timeline, you may need to make some sacrifices regarding materials or features. But if you’re able to be patient, you may have more options for creating the kitchen of your dreams.

In the last year, there have been 23% more kitchen remodels. This shows that people value their kitchen space more and want it to be a place where they can enjoy time with family and friends, as well as cook and entertain. If you’re planning kitchen renovations, keep the above factors in mind. And if you need help getting started, contact our team of experts today. We would love to help you create the kitchen of your dreams.

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4 Reasons to Consider a Kitchen Remodeling Project

The kitchen is often said to be the heart of the home, and for good reason. It’s where we gather to cook, eat, and spend time with family and friends. However, many kitchens are in need of a facelift. If your kitchen is outdated or no longer meets your needs, a remodeling project may be the perfect solution. Here are four reasons to consider a kitchen remodeling project.

1. Increase Home Value

When considering a kitchen remodel, one of the first things that homeowners think about is how the changes will affect their home’s resale value. A kitchen is often one of the most used rooms in the home, and potential buyers are willing to pay more for a house with a functional and beautiful kitchen. Even if you don’t have immediate plans to sell, a kitchen remodel can still add significant value to your home.

2. Create More Space and Improve Functionality

Another reason for undertaking a kitchen remodel is to create more space. If your current kitchen feels cramped and cluttered, consider opening up the layout or expanding into an adjacent room. This will give you the opportunity to add new features and improve the overall flow of the space.

Remodeling also gives you the chance to improve the functionality of your kitchen. If you currently have a dysfunctional layout or outdated appliances, a remodel can make your kitchen more user-friendly and efficient.

3. Improve Energy Efficiency

Older kitchens often waste a lot of energy, which can be both costly and bad for the environment. If you’re planning a kitchen remodel, consider ways to make your space more energy efficient. This can include anything from installing energy-efficient appliances to using sustainable materials.

4. Make Your Kitchen Your Own

Ultimately, kitchen remodeling allows you to make your space work better for your needs and your family’s needs. This is your chance to add personal touches and create a kitchen that truly reflects your style. Whether you want a sleek and modern space or a cozy and traditional kitchen, a remodel can make your dream kitchen a reality.

A recent poll conducted by NerdWallet found that roughly 34% of homeowners who completed home renovation projects in the past two years cited pandemic-related social distancing measures as the reason they took them on. However, regardless of your motivations for a kitchen remodel, the most important thing is to work with a reputable contractor who can help you bring your vision to life. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel in the near future, contact us today for a free consultation.


McBride Remodeling Named Guildmaster With Highest Distinction for 2022

We recently learned that the McBride Remodeling team has once again been recognized as a Guildmaster with Highest Distinction, and we couldn’t be more proud! This award means our Petoskey area clients have consistently reported positive remodeling experiences and exceptional quality home improvement projects. Read on to learn about GuildQuality, and what this achievement signifies. 

What is GuildQuality?

GuildQuality is a customer satisfaction surveying company that works exclusively with home builders, remodelers, and home service providers. Their surveys poll homeowners for feedback on multiple facets of the service they’ve received. Remodelers like McBride then use that information to ensure we’re doing a great job, know how to improve, and grow as a company.    

Earning a Guildmaster Award

Each year, GuildQuality recognizes members who’ve consistently demonstrated exceptional customer service. This is determined by two factors: how many customers would recommend the candidate to a friend, and how many responded to the survey.

The average customer recommendation rate in the residential construction industry is about 70%. To receive a Guildmaster Award, professionals must achieve a rate of 90% or higher, and have a minimum 50% response rate from their customers. 

Members who reach between a 90%-97% recommendation rate receive a Guildmaster with Distinction Award. The elite few who manage to reach a 98% rate or higher receive the Guildmaster with Highest Distinction Award. 

“The McBride Remodeling team is thrilled to once again be named a Guildmaster with Highest Distinction. Knowing our clients are consistently pleased with the services we provide is motivating and encouraging. We are so grateful for this honor, and pledge to continue striving for excellence in each project we undertake.” ~ Dave McBride

Curious to learn what our homeowners had to say about their McBride experiences? Read their reviews here: guildquality.com/pro/McBride-Construction.


3 Keys to McBride’s Success in Challenging Times

Hesitating to start a home project during uncertain times? You’re not alone. It’s no secret that supply disruptions and worker shortages continue to be an issue in the construction industry. Although some materials are becoming easier to get ahold of, others, such as windows, exterior doors, cabinetry, and countertops, can take months to arrive. Additionally, our trade partners are busier than ever, making scheduling difficult.

Fortunately, McBride Remodeling has the experience, relationships, and skills to navigate these challenges successfully. Here are three ways we’re getting projects done as efficiently as possible and keeping our homeowners happy:

Careful Planning & Organization

Executing a home remodel requires strategic planning, foresight, and meticulous organization. Each project is like a jigsaw puzzle we tackle one piece at a time – looking at all the elements and figuring out the best and most efficient way to put them together. In our 40 years of service to Northern Michigan homeowners, we’ve learned which materials to order first, which parts of the job take longer than others, and how to prioritize to complete the project with the least amount of disruptions. 

Maintaining Strong Relationships

Having the right connections is essential, especially during challenging times. Fortunately, we have strong, established relationships with vendors who can get us what we need when we need it. We always treat them with respect and consider what’s best for them in our planning, and in return, they tolerate our persistent check-ins and phone calls.  

Consistent Communication

At McBride, we pledge consistent communication to our homeowners so they never feel in the dark about the progress of their remodel. Whether we’re moving forward as expected or have reached some bumps in the road, we keep everyone updated and return calls promptly. 

Now is still a good time to remodel despite the challenges we’re facing. Although it may take longer than we’d like, our team is ready to take on your remodeling project and provide you with a positive experience. 

If you have any questions or concerns about an update to your home, contact us

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How Kitchen Remodeling Contractors Can Help You

Are you considering remodeling your kitchen? If so, you may be wondering how to go about it. Kitchen remodeling contractors can help you with every step of the process, from planning to execution. Here are ways they can help you.

1. They Can Help You Come Up with a Plan

Coming up with a plan for your kitchen remodel can be overwhelming. There are many things to consider, such as what you want the end result to look like, how much you’re willing to spend, and how long you’re willing to wait. Kitchen remodeling contractors can help you figure all of that out. They’ll sit down with you and ask questions about what you want and need from your new kitchen. They’ll also take measurements of your current kitchen to get an idea of what’s possible.

2. They Can Help You Get the Right Permits

Depending on the scope of your kitchen remodel, you may need to get permits from your city or county. This is usually the case if you’re doing any structural work, such as moving walls or adding new windows. A contractor can assist you in determining which permits you’ll require and then handle getting them for you. This can save you a lot of time and hassle.

3. They Can Help You Find the Right Materials

There are so many choices when it comes to materials for your kitchen remodel. Do you want granite countertops or laminate? Wood floors or tile? Contractors providing kitchen makeover services can help you evaluate your alternatives and select the best materials for your needs and budget. They can also get discounts on materials, which can save you money.

4. They Can Coordinate the Subcontractors

If your kitchen remodel involves any work that needs to be done by a subcontractor, such as electrical or plumbing, your contractor can take care of coordinating that for you. They’ll ensure the work is done when it’s supposed to be and that everything meets code. This can save you a lot of stress.

5. They Can Help You Stay on Budget

It’s easy to go over budget when you’re remodeling your kitchen. There are many tempting things to add, and the costs can add up quickly. Kitchen remodeling contractors can help you stay on track by keeping an eye on the budget and letting you know what costs are realistic. This can save you a lot of money in the long run.

As you can see, there are many ways that kitchen remodeling contractors can help you with your project. If you’re considering a kitchen remodel, talk to a contractor about how they can help you. You may be surprised at how much they can do for you. Contact us today to learn more.

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3 Reasons to Use a Professional Home Remodeling Service

There are many reasons why you might choose to remodel your home. You may want to update the look of your house, make it more energy-efficient, or add extra living space. No matter your reasons, there’s one thing you should always keep in mind: hiring a professional home remodeling service is always the best option. Here are three reasons why.

1. Expertise and the Use of Quality Materials

A professional home remodeling service will have the expertise and experience to get the job done right, from start to finish. They’ll know how to navigate any challenges that come up during the remodeling process and will be able to handle all the logistics involved.

In addition, they’ll only use high-quality materials to complete the job. This is important because using inferior materials will result in a lower-quality finished product. Remember, they’ll also be able to source high-quality materials at a lower cost than you could on your own.

2. Save Time and Money

Remodeling a home can be a very time-consuming process. By hiring a professional service, you’ll be able to save yourself a lot of time and hassle. They’ll take care of everything from start to finish, including all the planning and paperwork. Also, they’ll often be able to do the job more quickly and efficiently than you could on your own. And you’ll save money on labor costs, as well as on the cost of materials.

3. Peace of Mind

When you hire a professional home remodeling service, you can rest assured knowing that the job will be done right. They’ll have the experience and expertise to handle every aspect of the remodeling process, from start to finish. This means that you’ll be able to relax and enjoy the process, knowing that everything is in good hands.

4. Warranties and Guarantees

Another great reason to hire a professional home remodeling service is that they will often offer warranties and guarantees on their work. This means that if something goes wrong, you’ll be covered. For example, if the job is not completed to your satisfaction, or if the materials they use turn out to be defective, you won’t have to worry. The service will be responsible for fixing the issue.

According to industry figures, Americans spend more than $400 billion each year on house renovations and repairs. This number will continue to grow as more and more people look to update their homes. If you’re thinking of remodeling your home, be sure to hire a professional home remodeling service. You won’t regret it.

Are you thinking of remodeling your home? Call us today for a free consultation. Our experts will be happy to help you plan and execute your perfect home renovation.


Top 4 Beautiful Bathroom Trends from KBIS 

If you’re thinking about modernizing your bathroom with a remodel, staying on top of the latest trends is important. Fortunately, the McBride Remodeling team recently came back from this year’s Kitchen and Bath Industry Show, where we learned about the fixtures and features sure to be seen in gorgeous bathrooms in Petoskey and beyond. Here are our top four favorite trends: 

Floating Vanities & Cabinets 

Independent floating vanities and cabinets are a refreshing twist on a timeless trend. Here, a sunburst pattern extends the length of the segmented cabinets, adding a strong focal point and tons of character. We expect to see much more of this trend as homeowners look to modernize and add visual interest to their bathrooms.

Black, White & Gray 

Crisp, clean, and effortlessly elegant, it appears the black, white, and gray trend is here to stay. This pair of vanities shows how you could use this popular palette in the bathroom, as striking black hardware complements a marbled countertop and a simple white cabinet.

Mix & Match Hardware

Using multicolored hardware is a simple way to make a dramatic change in your kitchen or bathroom. Pairing gold and black on the faucet and towel rack adds lots of luxury to this gorgeous bathroom setup, and coordinates perfectly with the matte black drawer pull.

Extreme Veining 

When it comes to countertops, dramatic veining is in. We can certainly see why — these bold but beautiful details are eye-catching, elegant, and sophisticated. Even though this look is typically done with marble, homeowners can achieve it more economically (and with less maintenance) by using quartz. 

We’re very excited about these trends, and there are so many more we’d love to tell you about. Contact us to speak with our designers about how to upgrade your house into your dream home.

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5 Home Addition Ideas

The longer you own your home, the more you’ll notice things you want to change about it. But there is more to making additions to your home than wanting a change and googling “home addition contractors near me.” Home additions should be made with not only your desires in mind but the desires of potential future buyers. Even if you don’t see yourself selling your house in the near future, you would still be wise to make changes with the interests of future buyers in mind. Worldwide, the home improvement market was valued at $763 billion in 2020 alone according to Statista, and much of this had to do with improvements made to increase the value of homes.

With that being said, let’s look into some of the best home additions you can make.

1. A Kitchen Bump-Out

A bump-out is a minor addition, which can still make a big impact without requiring as much of an investment. Kitchen bump-outs are growing in popularity. In a kitchen, a bump-out can allow for more cabinetry, as well as the feeling of more space.

2. A Mudroom

In a mudroom, people are able to wipe off their dirty feet, put their outerwear away, and store things that they may otherwise not have a place for. They’re ideal additions in areas that are prone to snow and rain.

3. An Enclosed Porch

There are many benefits to adding an enclosed porch to your home. An enclosed porch feels like an outdoor addition, but it actually increases the total space of your house itself. You can enjoy your yard more while being protected from the elements.

4. A Sunroom

A sunroom is a great place for people to relax, especially if it includes plenty of sunlight itself. Ideally, a sunroom should be added in a place that will allow for as much light and as great a view as possible.

5. A Guest Room

A guest room is a great addition. This will allow you to expand your home’s square footage, while also increasing the amount of space for visitors!

There are many things for you to consider before you look up “home addition contractors near me.” Just be sure to take the time to consider in advance the additions you may want.