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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.”

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New Team Members, New Hometown Pride & New Challenges: Hello 2021!

I hope you all are well and staying healthy in this New Year. We know you’re as excited as we are to put 2020 behind us and start fresh.  As we enter 2021, I’d like to share some exciting updates:

Our Growing Team

Our team continues to grow to help serve our clients better. We’ll be sure to share updated and unmasked photos of our entire team when we can safely stop social distancing! In the meantime, please join us in welcoming:  

  • – Chris Ewing, lead estimator
  • – Curt Bartz, production coordinator
  • – Nathan Dilas, property manager
  • – Lake Barksdale, carpenter helper
  • – Stratton Zervoudakis, carpenter helper

We’d also like to congratulate Mike Boyer, who worked with us for years as a subcontractor and is now heading up our internal paint department!

Tom, Jay, Carl, Julie, Paul, Jacob, Jeff, Brandon, and Shaun are still here and working hard — we’re grateful for their efforts and their continued good health!

Our Caring Community

On the 22nd and 23rd of January I witnessed our amazing community come together at the Petoskey High School to begin the vaccine roll out. The health department coordinated medical professionals, volunteers, the National Guard, local law enforcement, and the general public to vaccinate 800 people a day!

This event went very smoothly, without a hiccup — or as my brother would, say “zip-zip!” People were in, vaccinated, and out in 25 minutes!

I have yet to get my vaccine, but I am happy to report that my mother-in-law, Marilyn, recently received hers. She has remained healthy through the whole year and is looking forward to the extra level of protection that the vaccine will provide. I am looking forward to many more years of fresh cookies being baked in her kitchen!

Our Project Pipeline

Remember: it’s never too early to start planning for your next project! We are currently planning projects for summer and fall, so feel free to contact us to get your project rolling.

Considering a kitchen renovation? Plan ahead. We are running into a number of supply chain speed bumps getting appliances for new kitchen projects. In fact, it is not unusual for appliances to take 4 to 6 months from date of order to arrival. Our best advice is to order appliances as soon as design plans are completed — and, of course, to get started on those plans soon!

Enjoy every day and I hope your team wins the Super Bowl!!!

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Tips for Designing a Luxurious Outdoor Living Space

Currently, people are spending more time at home. This has caused a surge in home remodeling to transition homes into luxury accommodations. It has also caused homeowners to turn to experts for renovation projects, with over 88% of homeowners using the services of professionals since 2017. Design-build remodeling contractors are the best at planning and constructing home renovations to your exact specifications. Professional home remodeling contractors are hired for more than just the interior of a home. They also specialize in seamlessly extending living space into the outdoors.

How Would You Like to Change Your Outdoor Space?

How do you envision plans for professional home remodeling when it comes to changes in your back yard? Whole-home renovations that include the outdoors are even more popular in 2021. Outdoor renovations give you the opportunity to use all of your property while being immersed in gorgeous landscaping. Create a new view and add more to your outdoor spaces with the following fantastic ideas.

The Finest Details Matter

The finest details definitely matter. Have an inviting outdoor kitchen and cozy dining areas created as part of a professional home remodeling project. Top kitchen remodeling contractors can create a magnificent outdoor kitchen for you that includes modern conveniences. Those plans can include toasty fire pits and fireplaces that make entertaining possible year-round. Of course, ambient lighting, porch swings, technology, and amazing flooring are all part of transitioning the great outdoors into a cozy living space.

Inspiring Ideas Are Perfect for Upgrading Outdoor Spaces

Pergolas covered in greenery are perfect for offering shade and beauty. Lighting can come from lanterns and strings of lights to add a warm and glowing ambiance. When you discuss what you envision with professional home remodeling contractors, they will do their very best to bring your ideas to life using superior materials. Design-build remodeling services offered by premier firms know how to infuse your backyard with style and class.

Color Is an Exceptionally Bright Feature

Add pizazz to your backyard with a splash of color. Have a covered patio reflect your eclectic taste with bright shades of enamel paint or choose colorful Moroccan tiles for the flooring. Set the scene with comfortable modular seating dotted with vibrant pillows that invite visitors to relax and enjoy the space. Add a rattan hanging chair as special seating among Boston ferns hanging from the ceiling as a fancy focal point.

Resort-Style Living Starts with Creative Walkways

Try something new and different to transition your backyard into a resort-style atmosphere with various angles of concrete rectangles separated via small strips of turf-grass for walkways. Concrete slabs of differing sizes can be set individually in any style you prefer. Strategically placed water fountains offer a tranquil setting within this garden walkway design. Commune and relax in nature with sections of your yard offering attractive walking spaces between each outdoor home addition.

Multi-Level Decks Offer More Space

Professional home remodeling contractors know how to maximize space. Open, multi-level decks are ideal and can offer sweeping views of your yard and privacy with intelligently-placed screens. With careful planning, there can be plenty of space for an inviting hot tub — perfect for soaking in the daytime or night. This type of deck exudes relaxation when built using attractive materials and carefully placed furniture such as sun loungers.

The Front Porch Has Become the New Social Setting

Porch swings are the perfect way to enjoy the sunshine and fresh air. Curl up with a good book or share your day with neighbors that want to catch up. A front porch swing can become the central point for patios and decks at the front of your home, or hang directly in front of your home. Make more room for relaxation and have a swinging daybed installed that makes taking a nap in the shade even more attractive.

If you’re ready to create a luxurious outdoor living space, contact McBride Remodeling today.

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Should You Renovate Before Listing or Sell As-Is?

If you’re selling your home, you may wonder if it’s best to put it on the market as-is or renovate it before listing it. This a common debate for homeowners, especially since 85% of the nation’s homes were built before 1980 and may need updating. Some homeowners may want to invest in whole-home remodeling or tack on a home addition to increase their home’s value, but is that really the best move for them?

There are key ways to determine what to do. Here are five things to consider before deciding to sell your house as-is or renovate it beforehand.

Know That All Renovations Aren’t Created Equal

Before you decide to renovate your house to sell it, remember not all renovations are created equal. Some projects are going to take more time and cost more than others. For example, replacing an old roof can cost a couple of thousand dollars, but you could remodel an older home addition for that same price. Which project is going to help you sell your home quicker and provide a better ROI? You could be better off negotiating these renovations with buyers. Ask yourself these key questions before deciding to renovate or sell as-is.

Know What You Need From Your Home’s Sale

An important thing to know before you go forward with this process is what you need from your home’s sale. Are you looking to profit off of the sale? If so, making necessary renovations may be the best thing for your situation. However, if you don’t necessarily need a large check from the sale and you simply want to move to a new home, you could get away with making few (or perhaps no) renovations.

Either way, looking into renovations that can have a high payoff is an essential step. You can look into kitchen remodeling and home addition renovations (like updating a mudroom or game room) to see if they can provide the return on investment you need.

Decide If You Want Your Home To Be Move-In Ready

Many buyers love a home that’s move-in ready. They’re anxious to get into their home right away and don’t necessarily want to think about any renovations they would have to do. If you want to attract buyers who will pay top of the market for your home, it’s best to make your home move-in ready. That means you may need to fix up the bathroom or repaint your home addition before they buy.

Some buyers like the challenge of fixing up a home. However, they may put in a lower offer to offset the costs of those renovations. Sure, you’d get less money, but you wouldn’t have to make your home absolutely perfect for them. Determine the kind of buyers you want to attract before making this decision.

Know Which Projects Have The Most Payoff

Some projects can boost your home’s value more than others, so if you have to make renovations, you could prioritize these first. These projects include putting in a home addition, remodeling the bathroom, and replacing your home’s siding. If you do decide to do renovations, you can get the most payoff for your efforts.

At the end of the day, it’s up to you to decide if you should make renovations to your home or sell it as-is. Some factors to consider which renovations are most worthwhile, what you need from the home’s sale, and the kind of buyer you’re looking to attract. Do what’s best for your situation and helps you get through the selling process smoothly.

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5 Must-Have Features for Your Kitchen Remodel

Up to a third of homeowners claim to have adopted a healthier lifestyle after renovating their kitchens, according to a Houzz survey. Renovating your kitchen can be an exciting endeavor. When you use the services of design-build remodeling contractors, you’re assured a streamlined renovation process.

From the planning stages of your kitchen renovation to when construction is accomplished, you can rely on the best of the best to transform your kitchen. What do you see when it comes to your dream kitchen? The most-requested and top kitchen must-haves are featured below.

1. More Storage Is a Kitchen Remodel Must-Have

Who doesn’t want more storage in their kitchen? A kitchen remodel must-have is storage. As our families grow and our desire to buy more goods at once peaks, the need for storage is essential. There are actually many ways to add more storage when it comes to kitchen renovations.

Nothing feels better than being able to step into a spacious pantry with plenty of shelving. Having adequate space goes a long way in keeping a gourmet kitchen looking fantastic and stocked. If you aren’t very good at organizing, just shut the doors to effectively hide the chaos.

Add a touch of elegance to your kitchen renovation with frosted, translucent glass doors that slide open for easy access storage and visual recognition. Store a combination of dishes, glassware, and appliances behind sliding doors to add a stylish flair. This kind of storage adds an element of elegance to any kitchen renovation.

2. Plenty of Prep Space Is a Necessity

Prep space tends to be limited in most kitchens. Is your kitchen lacking adequate prep space? The National Kitchen and Bath Association defines prep space as “a section of countertop with a continuous reach that is 24 inches deep and 36 inches wide next to the sink.”

Kitchen remodeling services can ensure that you have the proper space to prepare the dishes you love to cook without being overcrowded. Have a peninsula added for a secondary prep location on a kitchen island. It can also be the perfect serving station that’s accessible to diners seated at the island.

3. Kitchen Islands Are the Most Requested Must-Have

Islands tend to be the focal point of a kitchen. This certainly is true when it comes to a luxury kitchen renovation. Kitchen remodeling contractors can make sure you get the kitchen island of your dreams with extra storage, seating, and plenty of room for food preparation. When remodeling your kitchen to add extra space, there are gorgeous kitchen island plans ready to accommodate you.

If kitchen space is limited, there are options that can still give you the island you’ve always wanted without compromising luxury or space. For example, choosing a long and narrow design that forgoes seating offers the feel of an open kitchen without compromising comfort.

4. Kitchen Eat-In Areas Are on the Rise

You may not always want to eat in your formal dining room. Sometimes, you just want a place to relax with a light meal. Eat-in areas are fast becoming a popular request that design-build remodeling firms are happy to meet. An eat-in area can easily be built into kitchen islands if there is enough kitchen space. Consider having an eat-in nook created with a countertop bar and table for double dining.

5. Clutter-Free Kitchens Are an Organizational Must-Have

Clutter makes even the cleanest spaces look bad. When renovating your kitchen, consider this a do-over that gives you the option to de-clutter and create a useful space. Organizational systems are the key to keeping counters uncluttered. The right accessories make a kitchen look elegant and feel comfortable. Consider including utensil storage, an appliance garage, knife storage, and spice storage options when renovating. The point is to keep your kitchen looking clean and sophisticated while staying uncluttered.

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Building a Stronger Community

“McBride Remodeling is eager to help our most vulnerable youth now more than ever. These children have endured hunger during the COVID-19 lockdown but also extreme isolation, depression, and anxiety. We believe that the future of our communities is our children.” 

—Dave McBride, President, and Founder of McBride Remodeling

One in three children in Petoskey’s middle and high schools struggles with hunger every day.

That’s a shocking statistic we don’t hear much about. If hunger isn’t part of your daily life, it doesn’t feel real — but one-third of Petoskey’s next generation feels its constant effects. The pandemic has only intensified this need, and our youth’s anxiety and fear are higher than ever.

All of us at McBride Remodeling are saddened that so many are struggling, but proud that we can — and will — help. In this month of Thanksgiving, we’re stepping up more than ever, with a commitment to help Hunger Hurts, the Petoskey and Harbor Springs Youth Pantries.

For many students, the free lunch they receive at school is their only meal each day. On the weekends, however, they often go hungry. That’s where the pantries come in. Of course, the food pantries have to do things a little differently these days. Instead of shopping at the pantries, students complete an online order form for the weekend’s food. These supplies are then bagged by volunteers, delivered to the schools, and distributed by school counselors.

This is no small undertaking. Students from Northmen Den and Harbor Hut receive bags with about $16 worth of food. Around 140 of these bags are packed and delivered each weekend. The pantries rely on community donations and volunteers to keep the programs running, and keep our children fed.

Even in this year of upheaval and chaos, we have so many blessings. We’re grateful for our fantastic team of employees, contractors, and partners. Due to the trust homeowners place in us every day, we continue to be strong and successful through these difficult times. We’re proud to be part of such an exceptional community that truly cares for one another. We are indeed #northernmichiganstrong!

Interested in donating to the pantries? We can help! Make your checks payable to Emmanuel Episcopal Church and add on the Memo Line: Youth Pantries. Send to Emmanuel Episcopal Church, 1020 E. Mitchell Street, Petoskey, MI 49770, Attn: Leah.

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Our Company is Growing

This year has been full of challenges, but one big bright spot for us is the continued support from our clients. As a result, we’ve been busy, and we’re growing our team of talented professionals to better serve our Northern Michigan neighbors.

McBride Remodeling is currently looking for candidates to fill key positions in our organization. We offer competitive pay with benefits such as paid time off, medical coverage, profit-sharing, and a 401(k) plan. 

Our Open Positions

In a time when some economic sectors are still struggling with the pandemic, the remodeling industry — and McBride in particular — is experiencing dynamic growth. We’re offering opportunities to join a successful, award-winning organization that values our people and treats them with care and respect.

We’re currently looking to add office and field staff in these roles:

  • · Sales/Estimator
  • · Lead Carpenter
  • · Carpenter Helper

For the sales/estimator position, the successful candidate will work closely with the office and field staff, be able to drill down into the details while understanding how they relate to the big picture. Experience in construction or remodeling is a must. Read more about the position here.

In the field, our lead carpenters must have hands-on experience in construction or remodeling, be trustworthy problem-solvers, and be able to accurately read blueprints, drawings, and specifications. Learn more about the lead carpenter position.

The carpenter helper roles provide a solid first step for those interested in careers in the remodeling and construction industry. Our carpenter helper gets hands-on experience and the opportunity to learn from our experienced and talented team of lead carpenters and our production manager. See more details here.

Why Pursue a Career with McBride Remodeling?

The same things that attract our clients (many of them for multiple projects) to McBride Remodeling are what make our employees happy. Our focus on our Core Values & Mission means we treat people with respect and professionalism inside and outside our organization. 

To learn more about why McBride Remodeling is a great place to work, watch General Manager Jay Sackrider’s video.

If you know someone looking to join a growing, creative, talented team of remodeling professionals, please pass these opportunities along. Thank you!