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5 Different Home Additions to Consider

There are many different types of home additions to add to your home. We will discuss some popular renovations that many homeowners tackle. They include adding on to your kitchen as part of remodeling it, expanding or adding a bathroom, adding a sunroom, finishing the basement, and adding an outdoor barbecue area. This can be called a room addition, which is a single room added to your home or bump-out. A bump-out might be another 25 feet or 50 to your kitchen, bathroom, or bedroom. Overall, you will need home addition contractors that know the laws about building limitations and restrictions because about 85% of homes built before 1980 need home improvement.

Kitchen Remodeling

Add on to your kitchen by increasing space and updating the features. You might want to add an island for preparing meals and eating or adding a pantry for extra storage. It can be a partial remodeling job adding cabinets to your kitchen or new appliances. Any kitchen remodeling job will increase the value of your home. It is often the room where you spend the most time, so it should be comfortable, functional, and designed for the people using it.

Expand or Add a New Bathroom

When you have a busy family or more than one person living in a home, the more bathrooms, the better. You can add sinks and vanities, a soaking tub, or even a tub with jets. You can add a small or large bathroom to an unused room or closet. This adds value to your home and helps with usage. There is more space available for family members in the morning and times when the bathroom is used more frequently. Adding a bathroom to the second or third floor will cost more than adding one to the main floor. Keep these factors in mind when remodeling or adding a bathroom.


Sometimes you can change a front, side, or back porch into a sunroom. You can enclose it and add heating and cooling. It can be a room to entertain, practice hobbies, and relax with family. Some have heating and air conditioning and some do not. Your home addition contractors are well-versed in your region’s building laws and codes and will find the perfect place for your sunroom.

Finish Your Basement

Finishing your basement can give you added space to entertain, for an apartment, or a home theater. It will need an egress door or windows if you plan to use it for an apartment or family members. It is also a popular addition for families that want to have a family room and entertain.

Adding An Outdoor Barbecue or Kitchen

This is a practical addition if you live in a warm climate and like to entertain often. It is practical and will keep your indoor kitchen clean. It will add value to your home and you can have a barbecue, parties, and special events. Your home addition contractor will help you create a dining area, grill, stove, and perhaps a bar. This is another popular addition that homeowners are adding on to increase the value of their homes.

Home additions are a major investment and need professional home addition contractors to help you plan and meet the local building requirements.


Aging in Place: Plan to Stay Home

As we age, the more we understand what really matters. We value ourselves, our families, and our comfort more than ever before. This is especially true in our homes. For some, mobility and other concerns can make their beloved home uncomfortable — or even downright dangerous. 

Luckily, moving isn’t the only answer. You and your loved ones can age in place, surrounded by everything familiar that contributes to overall health and happiness. Whether you’re caring for older family members or considering your own future needs, remodeling for aging in place is an excellent option.

Many adjustments can be made to make homes safe and accessible. In bathrooms, consider walk-in showers, built-in benches, grab bars, and textured flooring to minimize slips. Kitchens could include lower counters and in-island storage that make items and workspaces more easily accessible. Throughout the home, wider doorways and walkways, as well as ramps and even elevators, are just a few of the available modifications to safely age in place.

Elevators are particularly life-changing; many homeowners believe they can’t possibly have an older loved one live with them or even stay in their own home if the home has multiple floors. Converting a section of the lower level is always an option, but many can’t or wouldn’t want to sacrifice that much space in common areas. An elevator makes the home completely accessible to everyone, with minimal disruption to the existing floorplan.

Do you have a loved one who needs modifications to their home so they can continue to live there now or in the future? Or perhaps you are coming to an age where this may be a consideration for yourself. McBride Remodeling is here to help. We have the experience and skill to make all necessary changes to safely keep you or your family members home. Don’t put off this important project any longer.  Our in-house design team can help you modify your Petoskey area home for the future to ensure you can stay in the home you love. Contact us, and we’ll start your aging-in-place remodeling plan right away.

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4 Ways to Fall in Love With Your Kitchen Again

Fortunately, there are a lot of emerging kitchen trends that can make your kitchen feel better. Sometimes the kitchen that you once loved can start looking older and less appealing. It may not function for the way you live now.

Since your kitchen is most likely the center of your home and the place where you prepare your family meals, it just makes sense to love spending time there. Here are some great tips for falling in love with your kitchen again. Along with these tips, you can also talk to kitchen remodeling contractors for ideas on how to upgrade your kitchen.

Clean First

It’s challenging to have a clear vision of what you want your kitchen to be when it’s dirty and full of clutter. It makes sense to clean everything and put away the dishes before you take a step back and envision what you want your space to look and feel like. When your kitchen is super clean, you can see how much space you have and get a good idea of how you want it to look. If you need more storage to cut through the clutter, maybe a pantry is in your remodeling future.

Modern Appliances

Updating your appliances is also another way to get yourself to fall in love with your kitchen. Those old ovens and dishwashers are probably noisier and less efficient than they should be. There are a lot of better-looking and functioning modern appliances available for purchase now. The trick is to pick high-quality appliances that suit your budget and needs. This can even be an opportunity to get more energy-efficient appliances. Your design-build remodeling contractor can help you find what’s best for you.

Make Better use of the Space you Have

It’s always important to pay attention to space and how you use it. Sometimes you can start hating your kitchen because it’s challenging to move around due to the way things are arranged. Apart from just decluttering to increase the amount of space you have, you should also organize things in a way that makes it easier for you to move around and use your appliances. Work with kitchen remodeling contractors to reimagine the space for the kitchen of your dreams.

Upgrade Your Lighting

Lighting is a great contributor to how your kitchen looks and feels. It can also be difficult to prep and cook when there is not enough light in the kitchen. Therefore, you should upgrade your lighting to something that works with your space as a whole. Professional kitchen remodeling contractors will help create an updated lighting scheme to transform your kitchen and make it more appealing.

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Key Advantages of Working with Design Build Contractors

Industries are constantly evolving, engaging in new technologies, and refining their processes. The remodeling and construction industry is no exception. Remodeling companies are now working with designers, planners, and builders.

Design build remodeling and construction companies offer you a one-stop shop, combining all the elements of the project from design to construction to the final walk-through. This method has proven to be more productive and cost-effective. Here are some key advantages of working with design-build contractors.

Increased Efficiency

With everyone working on the project being on the same team right from the start, there’s an increase in inefficiency. If there is a problem, all the key players come together to solve it immediately. Being in the same team means everyone is aware of the other’s strengths and weaknesses and how best to complement each other.

One Point of Accountability

As there is only one team working on the project, accountability rests on the team leaders and their team. Attention is paid to all aspects of the project like planning, pricing, and scheduling. Also, all factors that affect the design-build remodeling are taken into account from the start of the project. This enables the designer to come up with a more accurate job estimate.

Highly Skilled Workforce

Design-build remodeling firms employ designers and builders who can work together. They will have a highly skilled team with members who can complement each other. When you contract such a firm, you can expect a high-quality outcome without much risk of shortfalls.

Effective Communication

Since the design build remodeling project is undertaken by one team, communication is more transparent and effective, assigning tasks and deadlines, and ensuring accountability and a project that will be finished on time and on budget.

Having a design build remodeling contractor means a quicker turnaround to the project, as various timelines are managed by one team. If there is a problem, it can be quickly resolved as all the key people, including our clients, are all looped in. This not only saves money but time as well.


Staying Vigilant

The most recent news on COVID in the United States is encouraging. People are getting vaccinated, cases are going down, and life is s l o w l y getting back to normal. It’s been a long road in many ways, and we couldn’t be more grateful for the support our clients have shown in the past year — and always. Although we’re optimistic, McBride Remodeling continues to stay vigilant with our safety protocols. 

We also want to thank our local community and the health departments for getting the vaccine administered.  We’re grateful for your dedication. Even though most of our employees are fully vaccinated, we are still wearing masks to protect ourselves and our clients. In addition, handwashing stations and sanitizing products remain on job sites. These simple precautions will continue until we feel certain they’re no longer necessary.

Safety remains a top priority at McBride Remodeling as Petoskey opens up and people feel comfortable going out again. While the pandemic is still affecting supply chains and causing other project problems, our team is managing them as capably as possible. We’re continuing our traditions of providing exceptional service and creating incredible spaces — with a little patience and a lot of outside-the-box thinking. 

We look forward to (safely) working with you on your next remodeling project.  


How 6 Rooms Used Statement Lighting to Brighten Their Space

Nothing affects the feel of a room more than lighting. Creating the perfect balance of light in a space can mean the difference between fostering a warm and comforting setting versus a place that feels dreary or even clinical. There are many factors to consider if you want to get it right including natural light, time of day, window location, and types of fixtures. The McBride Remodeling team is here to help you navigate this nuanced area of décor so you can get the exact atmosphere you’re looking for. 

Look at how these rooms used eye-catching and thoughtfully placed light fixtures for the perfect ambiance:

Drum Up Serious Style

This breakfast nook boasts beautiful beadboard topped by plenty of windows for natural light and a lovely drum shade chandelier. The light’s warmth is the perfect contrast to the cool tones in the room and ensures a cozy spot, rain or shine.

Make a Statement Without Stealing the Show

Here, the inset ceiling lighting does most of the work so that the pendant lights over the island counter can really shine. The minimal style glass and metal combination provide a focal point for the space that doesn’t completely take over the simple and modern farmhouse style.

Create Spatial Sections

In this room, the lighting fixtures over the table bring the focus to the dining area, while discreet overhead lighting keeps the kitchen island bright for cooking and entertaining. 

Bring Together the Simple and Striking 

This multi-armed chandelier brings the sitting area together as one cohesive section within a much larger space. This fixture may be simple, but its size and positioning in the room make it striking.

Designate a Special Corner Just for You

This beaded pendant light helps create a luxurious atmosphere over the free-standing vanity table and stool. When paired with the elegant yet practical sconces over the double-sink, it feels like a special place.

Turn on the Industrial Charm  

Opulent yet unfussy, these industrial fixtures help this kitchen feel relaxed but polished. Their distinctive flair feels warm and inviting –– especially when paired with the classic yellow Edison bulbs with exposed filaments. 

Whether your style is minimalist and modern or beautifully bohemian, there’s a statement lighting fixture perfect for your Petoskey remodel. Contact the design experts at McBride Remodeling today — let us help your style shine! 


Pancakes & Partnership: Our Annual Trade Partner Breakfast

McBride Remodeling has partnered with the best of the best Petoskey area electricians, plumbers, carpenters, and other professionals to ensure our homeowners get high-quality remodels that stand the test of time. We value our relationships with these trade partners — our team effort helps us complete projects efficiently and with the expertise and reliability our homeowners have come to expect.

Each spring, McBride hosts a trade partner breakfast to show our appreciation and gear up for the coming year. This year we made it virtual, scheduling times with our trade partners to pick up breakfast-to-go (locally purchased pancake mix and syrup), a goodie bag, and this year’s contracts. Although we wish we could have spent more time visiting with our partners in person, the event was a great success!

With a McBride remodel, you get not only high-quality service but also the reassurance that you are working with a company that cares ­— with strong values and an emphasis on positive relationships, both with our homeowners and our partners. After this uplifting event, we are all motivated and excited to get to work on your next project!

We’re thankful for all of our trade partners and appreciate when they share kinds words, like these from Kent at Thomas and Milliken Millwork – 

I would like to say thank you to your team for the very thoughtful gift of breakfast and more importantly, your professionalism, attention to detail, and the dedication you show not only to your customers but to your supplier partners. Peggy and I appreciate your trust in us to help you realize the vision you have laid out for your customers. Thank you again, and here’s to a successful and healthier 2021.”

– Kent Strawderman, Thomas and Milliken Millwork

Wondering what the McBride team can do for you? Contact us today.


How to Add Storage to a Small Kitchen

When it comes to home renovations, the kitchen is ranked as the top priority for homeowners planning to spruce up their space, according to a 2018 Home Study report by Houzz. The kitchen is one of the essential areas of any home. With this, however, comes the need to try and fit items in every nook, a factor that can turn into a messy affair for a small kitchen. Consider using the following tricks for your subsequent kitchen renovations to add storage to small spaces.

Store Your Items in the Open

Rather than trying to fit in extra cabinets in small kitchen spaces, consider using open areas. Your countertops are a key area to consider, with unique stands giving you room to showcase your style. Some examples to consider include dessert stands and a lazy Susan turntable. In addition to this, you can also use your kitchen windows, by hanging items off of suction hooks or placing them on your kitchen windowsills. Employing these options makes it easy for you to access frequently used items without having to go back and forth to cabinets to get them.

Use the Inside of Your Cabinet Doors

If you already have cabinets but still need extra space, consider putting the inside of your cabinet doors to use. During your kitchen renovations, you can ask your design-build remodeling contractors to create storage on the inside of your cabinet doors. They’ll be able to come up with a design that keeps your kitchen looking sophisticated but also gives you the storage space you need.

Use Your Corners

Kitchen corners can also come in handy as extra storage areas, helping you fit items such as spice racks, wine racks, and corner pantries. To get the best of these areas during your kitchen renovations, make it a point to consider aspects such as light and ease of access. Be sure to consult with your remodeling team to see how they can best use the empty space in the corners of your kitchen.

Use a Pegboard

Pegboards are another essential item that you can utilize in small kitchens and help you reduce additional shelves. Pegboards are designed to hold several items, helping you get the most out of your wall space. Upon installation, you can hang items such as cutlery, pots, and even cups.

Purchase a Utility Cart


For a mobile solution, consider getting a utility cart. This will allow you to move your items around when you need them the most, ensuring you have your cleaning supplies and cooking essentials close to you at all times.

While a small kitchen limits your flexibility during your kitchen renovations, the above tricks will come in handy in helping you get the most out of every area. Consider implementing these for added space savings and contact McBride Remodeling to learn how remodeling professionals can help you transform your small kitchen.


Work in progress: A Sneak Peek of a Harbor Springs Remodel

This in-progress Harbor Springs remodel is shaping up to be a truly dramatic transformation. Once completed, the homeowners will have a welcoming front entrance and a completely new kitchen, dining room, and great room to enjoy. Let’s take a look at a few of the home’s future features and how we’re bringing them to life:

New Chimney and Fireplace

One of the most complex tasks in this remodel involves the renovated fireplace and chimney. The homeowners wanted to update and convert their gas fireplace to wood burning and relocate it and the chimney to the opposite wall. This also means patching up the tongue-and-groove ceiling where the original chimney used to be. Soon this family will be enjoying the crackling fire and familiar scent of firewood.

White Cabinets and Green Walls

Although this remodel is still in its construction phase, unique features are beginning to take shape. The structure on this wall is a living wall rack system that will allow the homeowners to bring all the benefits and beauty of plants and greenery right into their home. Also in place are the new white kitchen cabinets that create the updated, modern look the homeowners want.

Kitchen Convenience

Since we removed everything from the existing kitchen and family room, the homeowners are temporarily living in their lower level. To make these accommodations a bit more comfortable, we moved their appliances and equipment into a “second kitchen” for them to use in the basement. Since these homeowners need to travel for their business, they can keep track of our progress on their phones or computers through Buildertrend construction management software.

Keeping Clean

While working on any project, the McBride Remodeling team always makes sure to have a clean, organized work area with all the personal protective equipment required to keep our workers and homeowners safe and healthy. Our COVID station allows us to wash our hands even without running water and provides a central location for hand sanitizer and other cleaning supplies we may need.

Can’t wait to see the completed project? Neither can we. Stay tuned for the big reveal coming soon! In the meantime, contact us to get started on a remodel of your own.


What Are Your Options for Adding an In-Law Suite?

Up to 85% of homes in the United States were built before 1980 and now need updating. Home improvements can come in many forms. Maybe you want to add a new home addition, such as an in-law suite. Many homes are transitioning into multi-generational households to make room for extended families. However, making your home multi-generational takes more than just the idea. It takes the understanding and planning that only design-build remodeling contractors can give.

You may wonder, “Are there any home addition contractors near me?” How do you get started? You can certainly search using terms such as “home addition contractors near me” to find one. Ultimately, a top design-build remodeling contractor will be able to answer all of your questions and take you through a step-by-step plan to create a comfortable in-law suite with all the necessary amenities.

Define Your Priorities

After finding “home addition contractors near me,” it’s time to think about how you want to define home addition priorities. There is no strict protocol for building an in-law suite other than the understanding that it is considered an additional private living area within a home. Experts recommend that in-law suites have a door separating them from the rest of your home and a full, private bathroom. If possible, it should also have a kitchen and separate entrance for long-term living situations. There are also local zoning laws that will apply, and a design-build remodeling company will be well-versed in them.

Create or Find Appropriate Space

“Home addition contractors near me” will assist you in finding the perfect amount of space around your home for an in-law suite, or they can create it for you. Perhaps you could repurpose existing rooms or rearrange your floorplan. The following are great areas that help fit a suite into your current square footage:

  • Garages
  • Porches
  • Basements
  • Combing two rooms
  • Underused first-floor living spaces
  • Dining rooms
  • Formal living rooms

If there is not enough room in the footprint of your home, consider creating a new master suite for yourself and upgrade or remodel your original suite for your grandparents or parents. Do you have a third bay in your garage? You could easily have the space converted into an apartment-type living space that encourages autonomy and privacy.

All Generations Require Privacy

Not having enough privacy is a major pitfall when it comes to a home addition renovation. All generations should have privacy, since moving into a suite can be a big and difficult transition. Also consider all accessibility issues, add a private entrance, and try keeping the in-law suite on the bottom floor. First-floor housing is ideal for aging relatives.

Decide What Needs To Be Included

Once you and your home addition contractor have decided on space, you need to focus on what should be included in that space. Adequate storage is a must in the bedroom and sitting area. Stackable washer-dryers are a great option in a bathroom closet.

Adding a kitchen, kitchenette, or wet bar can take an in-law suite to another level. However, speak to your design-build remodeling team at length to ensure your home addition adheres to local zoning code issues. Also, keep the basic design of a new in-law suite versatile, livable, attractive, and as spacious as possible for future occupants.

Incorporate Trendy and Universal Design Principles

Your whole home should incorporate universal design principles that do not skimp on luxury. These types of designs can be incorporated using high-end materials. Top considerations include ideal reachability and height concepts, no-slip flooring, and wider doorways.

Have separate phone lines, internet connections, cable jacks, and even a stereo system unique to a new in-law suite installed. Many technologically advanced options can be controlled via Smart apps for easy access too. Of course, separate air-conditioning and heat controls are necessary and plenty of beautiful, ambient lighting. Schedule an appointment to discuss all of your options after searching for “home addition contractors near me.”