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COVID-19 Operational Update: Open For Business

We are pleased to share that, effective May 7, 2020, McBride Remodeling has been given the okay to resume working on construction projects. Our production team members have all been reactivated and we are busy rebuilding our construction schedules. In other words, we are open for business!

Of course, it’s far from a return to business as usual. COVID-19 has altered the way all businesses will be operating for the foreseeable future. McBride Remodeling is no exception. For the health and well-being of our team members, clients, and trade partners, we will be strictly adhering to the CDC guidelines for safety and social distancing in the office and out in the field. See our Safety Checklist below for more details.

Many thanks to our team members who continued to work from home throughout the stay-at-home order to keep projects moving through design and planning. Our production team members, who were furloughed, stayed busy working on projects around their homes. They are a talented group and we could not be prouder of them. Follow this link to see photos and learn more about their projects.  

Thanks also to our clients who reached out with messages of encouragement and support throughout this challenging period. Your continued faith and loyalty mean more to us than you know. For those of you with active construction projects, we look forward to moving those projects through the construction phase as quickly and safely as possible.

For anyone looking for assistance remodeling or opening their vacation home for the season, we encourage you to contact us to start a conversation. We have become adept at video conferencing, but our office is open for any who would like to visit “masked-face to masked-face” for an in-person consultation.

McBride Remodeling Safety Checklist

These are uncertain times for all of us but McBride Remodeling is committed to providing you excellent results—safely and efficiently. With 38 years of experience and a reputation for high-quality work, we have developed a streamlined, customer-centric approach.  In these uncertain times, we want to make sure safety is at the forefront of all we do for our clients. To that end, we have developed the following safety checklist to assist in rising to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

  • To ensure that both clients and team members are aware of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services guidelines for COVID-19, we will provide copies, and ensure that all parties are adhering to them. This includes having and using Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and hand-sanitizer; regularly washing our hands with soap and water and maintaining social distancing while workers are on the work site.
  • We will have daily communication as we work in your home. Any issues or concerns that may arise will be known in real time for swift resolution.
  • McBride Remodeling will not have any workers in your home if they are sick, exhibit signs of illness or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19. Similarly, you as well will inform us when we are on the work site if anyone in the home is sick, exhibiting signs of illness or has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
  • Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility. We pledge to do our part and expect our clients and trade partners to do the same.
  • The required use of PPE is an additional cost of doing business and the McBride team will use what is necessary to be safe and to get the job done.

Together we can meet the challenges we face with COVID-19.   With your help and commitment, we will maintain a safe work environment while delivering the excellent outcome we are known for in the industry. We are in this together and as a token of our appreciation, McBride Remodeling will absorb the cost of the additional PPE and related procedures we have implemented to keep all safe and healthy.

Thank you again for your continued support!

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How the McBride Team Spent Their Time While Sheltering at Home

During the shut down, everyone has found creative ways to pass the time at home — across Northern Michigan there’s been a surge in bread baking, jigsaw puzzle assembly, and DIY home projects. 

The McBride Remodeling team is no different. Our talented staff hates to sit idle, so even though our construction projects were placed on hold, there was no stopping our team from tackling projects around their own homes. We invite you to scroll through these photos to see how the team spent their days until we were given the go-ahead to resume work.

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Shaun Verville, one of our lead carpenters, took advantage of his downtime for more family time. He enjoyed getting out of the house to take nature walks with his son, and made the most of his skills to build a playset in his yard, with a little help!

Our clients appreciate Lead Carpenter Brandon Baker’s exceptional craftsmanship. Along with his many building skills, Brandon’s also a fantastic woodworker. He spent his time making versions of Nathan Lerner chairs from 1949. He worked from photos he took of the original chairs at the Milwaukee Art Museum.

Lead Carpenter Carl Gage tackled a van conversion project to turn his son’s van into a camper. The camper now has interior walls, a platform bed, and a sink and shelves.

Two projects have kept Jacob Coats, our carpenter, busy. While at home, he turned into a lumberjack and felled a dead tree in his yard. If that wasn’t enough, he and Lizzy, are deep into training their new puppy.

With the office closed, David McBride got busy with some chores that aren’t always easy to schedule, like deep cleaning the carpets. While it may not be as fun as some of the rest of the team’s projects, our offices will be sparkling clean and healthy when it’s time to open our doors again!

Because he’s just too adorable, here’s a bonus photo of Shaun’s son–and future McBride team member–working on assembling his playset.

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3 Signs Your Laundry Room Needs More Space

The laundry room has been gradually making its way up in the world from the dark, crowded basement to its own special alcove. While laundry rooms don’t have a designated size like other parts of the home, there can be a few notable signs that your laundry room just isn’t big enough for your family.

The average family in the U.S. does approximately eight to 10 loads of laundry every week, and whoever is responsible for that week’s dirty socks should be able to come and go from the laundry room with ease. That being said, how do you know if your laundry room needs a serious upgrade? Here are a few signs your laundry room might need a little bit more wiggle room.

Getting around doors is a struggle

It’s understandable to want to keep your laundry room compact. After all, it’s a room that only has one function compared to other parts of your home. But if you have to routinely close and open the doors of your washer and dryer to get around them, you might want to consider adding a few extra feet. If taking down walls isn’t an option, home addition renovations are a great way to give your family the laundry room you need.

You fold your clothes somewhere else

Your laundry room isn’t just a place for you and your family to wash your clothes. It’s also a place where you can leisurely fold them and get them ready to put away. If you have to move from your laundry room to somewhere else, such as your kitchen table or island, to find the space to fold properly, it may be time to consider renovating for a larger laundry room.

You move back and forth from the laundry room to the kitchen

If you only have a few handwash-only items, washing these delicate items in the kitchen sink may not seem like a problem. But if you have multiple handwash-only items, going back and forth from the laundry room to the kitchen and back again can be time consuming. Instead, you might consider renovating your laundry room to include a sink. That way you can do your laundry all in the same place.

Interested in laundry room remodeling or home addition renovations? The design build remodeling contractors of McBride Remodeling have you covered. For information on our renovation processes or to schedule a consultation with our team, contact McBride Remodeling today.

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Remodel Vs. Relocate: Why Whole Home Renovations May Be the Answer

To move or not to move? That’s the question many homeowners are inclined to ask themselves. But if you assumed your only options were to relocate or to make do with what you already have, you’re wrong. There’s actually another option: to remodel. And this option might provide you with everything you’re looking for. Let’s take a closer look at the “move versus renovate” debate and discover why whole home renovations could allow you to love the house you’re in.

Relocating: A Chance to Start Fresh… With a Cost

The housing market typically starts to heat up in the spring, so it’s only natural you might have moving on your mind. Relocating to a new home can provide you with the opportunity to start with a clean slate, particularly if you’ve got your heart set on a new build. However, it’s important to understand the pitfalls that can come with this decision.

For one thing, many real estate markets are experiencing housing shortages. It may take longer than you anticipate to find a home that fits your family’s needs. Even when housing is plentiful, the process of house-hunting can be incredibly stressful. And if you plan on building a new home, you’ll have no choice but to wait until it’s finished. That can mean putting your life on hold for several months. Relocating can also be emotionally challenging for both adults and children. If you love your neighborhood or currently live close to family, adjusting to a new way of life can be draining. Moving is also an expensive process; even if budgetary constraints aren’t on your radar, most people want to save where they can.

For some, relocating is the only option. If you’re offered a new job in a city a few hours away or your current home can’t be renovated without incident, moving may be a practical option. However, many people find that moving to a new house may not need to be the go-to response when you’re dissatisfied with the aesthetics or functionality of your current surroundings.

Whole Home Renovations: Putting Your Family First

Some homeowners assume that renovations are usually performed in one room at a time. But a surprising 35% of remodeling jobs actually involve the entire home (which are known as whole home renovations). While that might sound like a big undertaking, it’s one of the best ways to get exactly what you want in a house. And if there are already a number of things you love about your current house, you’ll get to keep those features while improving the other aspects that simply don’t work anymore.

To that end, hiring a whole home remodeling contractor is an ideal way to put your family first. The needs of your loved ones have no doubt changed over time — and it’s easy to feel frustrated with your current layout or the limitations of a room when those changes occur. But rather than put your family through the stress of a move, why not stay put and customize the home you already have? This will allow your kids to stay in their current educational environment, minimizing disruption to their lives during their childhood or teenage years. You’ll also be able to remain close to relatives and enjoy a sense of stability even as your surroundings change.

Don’t forget that hiring whole home remodeling contractors Northern Michigan residents trust will also result in some cost savings. Generally speaking, it’s going to be more cost-effective to remodel your house than it is to move into an existing home — much less build a new one. Remodeling your home can also improve your property value; if you do decide to sell your house down the line, you’ll have a better chance of turning a profit if you hire a whole home remodeling contractor first.

It’s easy to see why so many people are choosing to hire a whole home remodeling contractor when possible. A move may sound exciting at first, but this process can be frustrating and expensive. With these kinds of renovations, you can stay put and transform your home into a space that will grow with your family. For more information, please contact McBride Remodeling today.

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Status Update

Greetings all. I hope all are well and comfortably sheltering in place.

I had hoped at this time I would be reporting our plans to return to work on construction projects. The Governor has, for the health and safety of Michiganders, decided to keep the stay-at-home order in place until May 1st. As updates become available, I will be sure to share them with you.

In the interim, I wanted to share that the McBride Remodeling Team and their families are currently healthy and all is well. We have a weekly phone meeting where we check on each other and offer support. Note that many of our staff continue to work from home on designs and planning future projects. If you have a project in mind, this is an excellent time to schedule a virtual consultation.

I also want to share that we are still doing emergency repairs and house checks. So if you have any issues call us we will respond ASAP. Earlier this week we fixed a leaking roof and a serious electrical problem.

In light of the nature of this pandemic, we are actively preparing enhanced safety protocols for when we start working on job sites again. Know that the health and safety of all of our workers, clients, and community are the highest priority for us; It was before the outbreak and will continue long after we close this chapter on COVID-19. We have long been a leader in the remodeling industry for keeping projects clean and safe.

On a different note, we all know and love Northern Michigan. Many of the folks up here are suffering and need assistance. McBride Remodeling, McBride Development, and Northland Self Storage will be supporting Manna, the local food bank. If you feel in your heart that you would like to help this worthy cause, please use the link above to visit their site and make a donation.

We would also encourage you to support our local restaurants. Many are offering gift cards for sale that can be used this summer when things return to normal. We’ve prepared this list of some of our favorites. Whether you make a donation to Manna or purchase a gift card (or two), please accept our thanks for your kind and generous support.

Stay strong and healthy.

Sincerely,

Dave McBride

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Keeping Our Community Healthy

As we continue to take unprecedented precautions for the health of our families, friends, and that of our communities, let’s also take care of our local economy. We have close ties to our community, and as an independent business ourselves, we’re acutely aware of how much local businesses contribute to the quality of life here in Northern Michigan.

Restaurants, as you know, are especially hurting right now. You have an easy way to help support them and help their businesses stay afloat. If you’re local, forget about cooking dinner for a night or two, and order for take-out or delivery. If you’re out of the area, buy a gift certificate you can use this summer, or send food or gift certificates to places that are working hard to keep us safe, like our hospitals, urgent care centers, and first responders. If you can, please tip generously — many places are using gratuities to help their laid-off workers.

To help, here’s a list of the McBride Remodeling team’s favorite places. Please give these restaurants your business. While you take care of your family’s health, you can support the well-being of those who work in these places too. Even though we’re physically separated, we can all work together to support vulnerable members of our business community. 

Thanks in advance for your support. We wish you all the best during these challenging times.

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Are Home Additions Beneficial to Your Property?

Do you dream of having a study area or a home office room? If so, then you’ll need more space that will hold the new utility area that you’ll need. Home additions are an ideal method of creating more space that can change your home and provide your family and friends all the space and amenities they’ll need. Apart from providing you with more square footage and utility areas, home additions present many benefits. But where are the home additions contractors near me?

Read on to get tips on how to choose an ideal contractor and some of the top home additions benefit that you may need to consider when seeking to add more rooms and square footage to your home during home addition renovations.

Property Value Addition

A home with more square footage and rooms has more value than one with few rooms and low square footage. A home addition can help you to add more space to your home and square footage. Such additions also allow you to create more utility areas.

Creation of More Indoor Space

Is your kitchen and dining area too small to hold a home party? If so, then you might need kitchen remodeling services to increase your space. Most homeowners who seek to renovate or refurbish their homes often express the need to create more indoor space. With the help of home addition contractors near me, home additions can allow you to create more rooms and space to store your workout equipment or bikes and many other items.

Lease or Rental Income

Do you need a workout gym that is close to your home or a small library and study area for your home-based studies? Then you may share such everyday needs with your neighbors. You can build a home gym area and equip it with all the necessary gym equipment. You can lease such space to your local fitness enthusiasts within your neighborhood.

Home Additions Add Luxury to Your Interiors

Do you wish to add a sink or bathtub to your master bathroom? Do you need to add a swimming pool to your roof? If your space permits the installation of such luxurious additions, then your home addition project will add more luxurious utility spaces and lavish items within your home.

With a Home Addition, You can Host More Friends and Family Members

According to the findings from a Pew Research Center study conducted in 2012, approximately 40% or 21.6 million young people aged between 18 and 31 live with their parents. More older adults are also moving back in with their children to cut down their housing expenses. An estimated 4.6 million older adults move back in to cut down their housing expenses.

With enough space, you can make a home addition that includes an entire bedroom and a complete bathroom if your plumbing allows. With the help of home addition contractors near me, you can get more space, which can host your elderly parents or your child who isn’t ready to move out yet.

Home Additions Eliminate the Need to Move

It’s rather evident that home additions will be cheaper than moving. Moving presents an enormous hassle and considerable expenses because you have to hire a moving company and pay for their packing, transportation, unpacking, and insurance that covers your items. Instead of looking for a moving contractor, go for home addition contractors near me.

Conclusion

Approximately 85% of homes in the country were built before 1980, and most of these homes need some refurbishing. A home addition project provides you with an ingenious way to transform your home into a dream home with all the spaces that you’ll need to live with comfort. Additions are often less expensive than whole home renovations that involve your entire home.

Whether you’re looking for an extra room for your study or need to update your kitchen, you should never overlook a home addition as a homeowner. A simple search for home addition contractors near me on most online platforms should get you an ideal home addition contractor for your project.

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McBride Remodeling Operational Update

I want to take a moment to share an update on our current mode of operation. In compliance with the current “stay-at-home” order, we have placed construction projects temporarily on hold, but we remain open for “virtual” business. The McBride team is moving forward with design consultations, design development, and construction planning–from the comfort of our own homes.

Fortunately, we are well-equipped to work with clients remotely. Since so many of our clients reside outside of the area, we have invested in the technology to facilitate these “long-distance relationships”. From our web-based project management system to our design software and video conferencing capabilities, we have all the collaboration tools at our disposal for developing designs, providing estimates, facilitating material selections and planning construction for projects of any scope and size.

It goes without saying that we are concerned about the safety and well-being of our clients, team members and trade partners. As always, we take the greatest precautions to protect all the stakeholders. Ordinarily, that means running well-organized and clean job sites and mitigating issues like dust, asbestos, and lead paint. These days, job-site safety has taken on a whole new meaning. Whether the threat is a virus or another airborne contaminant, rest assured, we will remain vigilant in following the necessary safety protocols to protect you and your families.

As you spend time in your home thinking of all the ways it can be improved upon to make the space more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a virtual consultation about your next project. This is the ideal time to begin planning so that we’ll be ready to hit the ground running when the shut down is lifted.

Thanks to all of you who have reached out to us with words of encouragement and support during this unsettling time. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and look forward to working with you again soon.

Sincerely,

Dave McBride

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Top 4 Materials for Modern Countertops

Countertops set the style and tone of your kitchen. As a central part of the room, it has a great impact on aesthetics.

However, they type of countertop you choose has implications in terms of functionality and durability. The home renovation sector is projected to grow by 2% to 2025. The growth has seen an increase in the number of kitchen renovation services and products.

In this article, we’ll be looking at the different types of countertops you can get from your kitchen remodeling contractor.

Engineered Quartz

Quartz is becoming one of the popular choices for high-end kitchen renovations. It is made up of a mixture of aggregates, including quartz and engineered stone. The materials are forged together by a chemical binder. There are different types of quartz aggregates, such as Silestone, Celador, and CaesarStone, among others.

The main advantage of engineered quartz for kitchen remodeling is durability and aesthetics. You can get the look of natural stone, without worrying about the surface deteriorating. It is less susceptible to dents and scratches than marble and granite.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a natural stone with a smooth surface. It is also non-porous, which reduces the risk of bacteria growth. Your kitchen remodeling contractor may recommend it for a busy home because they also are resistant to heat.

Soapstone develops a patina as it ages. By applying oil on it, you can encourage the development of the patina for aesthetics. The main issue with it is that it can sustain scratches and dents. But with good maintenance, it is an ideal choice for kitchen renovations, for its durability and beauty.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is not an entirely new material for countertops. It has been a feature of restaurants for many decades. Stainless steel is now common for residential projects.

One of the disadvantages of stainless steel is that it can leave fingerprints and oil marks on the material. You must be cautious when using the countertop as it can leave scratches on the surface.

However, it is easy to clean, and the dents become less conspicuous as time goes by. An experienced kitchen remodeling contractor can quickly fix scratches. It can be the perfect choice if you are going for the industrial style with your whole home remodeling project.

Concrete

Concrete was a popular option three decades ago. It involved pouring the mixture on the countertop. However, today home addition contractors use advanced methods of installation like precasting that is non-intrusive.

The main advantage is that it is affordable and long-lasting. Concrete has better formulations than in the past, which makes it stronger. They come in a wide variety of textures and colors. It can be a good choice for a busy kitchen, where resistance to heat, scratching, and dents are critical. Concrete is also easy to repair as compared to other countertops given that chips, cracks, and dents can be filled using locally available concrete patch.

In Conclusion

Countertops can be found in a wide range of materials today. Each material has its qualities; some are chosen for their durability, and others for their aesthetics. You ought to carefully evaluate your choices against your needs, before calling a kitchen remodeling contractor for installation.

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3 Reason to Choose Whole Home Remodeling for Your House

Choosing to have a whole-house remodel is a weighty decision, and you need to be fully on-board and prepared because the process is best done in one shift. You will get more value from a whole-house remodel if it is properly done by an experienced design-build remodeling contractor. More than 35% of remodels involve the whole home. You may opt for whole home renovations as opposed to selling your house, as your home can fetch more value from a whole home remodel.

When you live in a house long enough, the house may feel too familiar and the excitement of owning your own house may water down. For some people, especially those with less attachment to their homes, selling is the most convenient option. However, if you already love your home, and your immediate family has built a life in the neighborhood it then makes much more sense to do a whole home remodeling. Engaging home addition contractors, in this case, is the best way to begin your whole home remodeling process.

A whole-house renovation includes a kitchen remodel, bathroom remodel, hallway renovations, basement renovations, and bedroom renovations. Basically, all the major parts of the house will be remodeled to have a great new look that gives your home that classic ambiance. After the whole house remodels are complete, your house will feel better than a new house because the renovations are customized to fit your family’s taste. You can only get this fondness if you engage exceptional home addition contractors to do your whole home renovations.

Here are some benefits of having a whole house remodel done in one go.

1. Whole-House Remodels Eases Financing

Renovating your entire home is not cheap and you may have to dig deeper into your wallet. You may need to loan out money for renovations from your bank. Since home addition contractors will give you a single quote for the entire home renovations, you will not have to go back and forth to your banker to get money for each renovation. Sometimes banks take long to loan out money for house renovations. Therefore, dealing with your bank once is a big plus. Whole-home remodeling contractors make this possible because they take enough time to assess the costing of the renovations and give you a more accurate figure.

2. Whole-Home Renovations Make It Easier to Get Inspection Permits From Your State

Since whole house remodeling will touch all sections of the house, you will need to have licenses for plumbing works, building works, electrical and mechanical works. Your local city inspector will need to issue permits for all these stages, for your renovations to proceed. Therefore, it becomes easy when you have all the renovations at one time because you will only need one round of inspection. Resultantly, your renovations will continue without delays, as would have been the case if you did the renovations one at a time. The process of obtaining permits also has some extra costs tied to it, and this will increase the cost should you choose to renovate in shifts.

3. Whole House Remodeling Enhances Uniformity

If you decide to have the remodeling done in phases, say kitchen first then later the hallway, you might not achieve uniformity. Although it depends on the experience level of home addition contractors. Renovating in sections may not achieve a balanced blend as a whole home renovation would. Having one home addition contractor do your entire renovation also helps to increase the quality and speed of the renovations. As such, you will expect all the renovations to blend uniformly and your house will be as good as new after the remodeling is complete. Additionally, you’ll only have one contractor to blame, should any of the works go south.

Ultimately, whole house renovations will give you more value than renovating your house in sections. If you feel like you want to change your house, you should first consider doing a whole home remodel before selling it. Even if you do sell it after the renovations, it will fetch more money than it would have without the remodeling. To get quality remodeling services contract a home remodeler with more experience.