whole home renovations

3 Types of Home Additions to Add More Space

A surprising 35% of remodeling jobs are whole home renovations. If you are looking to add both value and space to your home, then one of these projects might be right for you.


Thinking about adding extra space but don’t want to make the commitment of a larger, more conventional home addition? A sunroom is a great option for those who want an attractive space that brings the outdoors in. Sunrooms are built with plenty of windows so that you can soak up the sun, keep an indoor garden, or simply relax in comfort. Because sunrooms are usually separated from the main part of the house, you can have both the privacy of another room and the open, sunlit experience of oversized glass windows. Want even more space? Build an outdoor patio that connects to your sunroom for entertaining and enjoying the open air.


Building a garage is one of the most popular parts of whole home renovations. While some people prefer a separate, detached garage for even more additional space, others prefer a garage that attaches to the existing home. While both have their benefits, an attached garage is the more efficient option because you have the ability to use one of your existing walls. Because you are close to the main house, you can also tie into your home’s existing electricity and plumbing. Additionally, attached garages fit more seamlessly with the look of your home, as they can be built with similar materials for a more uniform look.

Additional Bedroom and Bathroom

This is a great option for a growing family looking to add more space to their pre-existing home. Add a single room to the side of your home or build up and add a second level. Either way, the value of your home will increase while you get to enjoy the benefits of having more space. You can also go the extra mile by adding a bathroom to your extra room.

A good way to add space and value to your home is through whole home renovations. Because there are so many options to choose from, you can be sure to find one that fits your design goals, your home’s aesthetic, and your budget. Contact experienced design-build remodeling contractors, such as those at McBride Remodeling, today.


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.


What to Consider When Choosing Your Bathroom Layout

Thinking about remodeling your bathroom layout? This is quite popular with homeowners, as the remodeling industry is expected to continue to grow 2% annually through 2025. There are several things you need to consider when talking with design build remodeling contractors.

The Major Fixtures

You first need to catalog the configurations for the cabinets and plumbing fixtures for the bathroom. Remember, the bathroom is a highly personal space. You need to feel safe and you need it to grow with you.

Many rooms of the house have an established format. For example, the kitchen has the “work triangle.” However, with the bathroom, there is no ideal layout. The biggest consideration will be if the “guts” of your bathroom can stay put. The renovation may be simpler if you don’t have to move the plumbing and ventilation but your choices will be more limited. Although the toilet is an important fixture in the bathroom, you don’t want the focus to be on it. If possible, design your bathroom so the toilet is partially hidden. Sometimes a half wall blocking it can do wonders.

The Rules

With remodeling, there are regulations you must abide by. Remember that any changes you make to your bathroom will need to abide by your town’s local ordinances and regulations. By working with design-build remodeling contractors, you’ll have experts with you who know exactly how to follow the rules. They have plenty of experience so they’ll know how to find out what your area’s rules are and how to follow them while giving you the bathroom design you want.

You should also think about installing safety precautions, even if they aren’t mandated. For instance, it’s good to have slip-resistant surfaces and grab bars in your bathroom to prevent falls. Consider how prone your family is to accidents and how you can keep them safe in the bathroom as you determine its new layout.

Using the Space

How many people will use your newly remodeled bathroom? This will impact its layout. For example, if you have a large family that is using one bathroom, you might want to have more ventilation. If this is your master bathroom and only you and your partner will be using it, you can focus more on the luxurious features you want to incorporate and can think less about the practicalities. If this is a bathroom on the main floor of your home that your guests will use, think about how it can best suit the needs of whoever walks into it.

You’ll also need to consider the type of storage you need in the space. Do you have a closet nearby where you can store towels and some toiletries? Or does the storage need to be in the bathroom? Planning your storage needs ahead of time with design-build remodeling contractors will go a long way.

The Environment

More and more consumers are environmentally conscious. Unfortunately, half of the toilets in use today are inefficient models. An efficient toilet uses less than two gallons and the average model uses five. Your vanity faucet will probably get used daily. If you use an environmentally-friendly model, it will use 45% less water than older models. Showers are big consumers of water as well. You can save up to seven gallons per shower with a high-efficiency showerhead. Be sure to talk with your design-build remodeling contractors about the eco-friendly features you can include in your new bathroom.

Getting to design a bathroom can be fun and exciting. However, there are plenty of choices to be made before you build. Contact a professional design-build remodeling firm, such as McBride Remodeling, before you start your bathroom remodel.


4 Trends for Your Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in any home and it is definitely the busiest. There are many different design elements for kitchens. Some homeowners are searching for something upscale and eye-catching. These kitchens are about more than just eating. Cooking and eating become an experience. Kitchens are the most prioritized of interior renovations, according to a Houzz Home Study. There are several popular design trends that you should consider during your next kitchen remodel.


Marble has been one of the most popular choices for kitchen designs for many years running. It not only gives off a luxurious vibe, but it is also known for its durability and strength. Marble design has been around a long time with no signs of going out of style. Due to this, it remains a wise investment for your kitchen remodel.

Different Colors

Kitchens involve many elements coming together. The table, cabinets, countertops, flooring, and appliances should all work in harmony to create a beautiful and functional kitchen. You can use different color elements to bring a distinct look to your kitchen. While it may be tempting to make it all look uniform, contrasting colors can really make your kitchen pop. You should, however, be thorough in your painting decisions. You do not want to choose a trendy color for features that you will be stuck with for years. If you paint the wall, for example, you can easily change it down the line. Cabinets, however, can be a bit trickier to change. Think carefully about what colors you like now as well as what you’ll like five years from now.

Double Islands

Islands are an immensely popular trend in kitchen design. They are known for their practicality and distinct look. One of the emerging trends in design is the concept of double islands. The double island is best for a larger kitchen with plenty of open space. Look for kitchen remodeling services that specialize in larger spaces during your search if you’d like to double islands.

Appliances in Drawers

As homeowners look for more convenience in their homes, maximizing space is key. One growing trend is putting appliances into drawers. When you need the appliance, you could simply open the drawer until you are done with it. This should prove to be useful for people who have back problems and cannot bend over constantly.

With a room as busy as the kitchen, you will want it to look as nice as possible. Consider some of these growing trends in kitchen remodeling before starting your next project and contact McBride Remodeling for kitchen remodeling services.


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.


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!!!


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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Tips for Remodeling Your Attic

When it comes to whole home remodeling, the attic tends to be a neglected space. Commonly thought of as a “throw away space,” it tends to remain both unfinished and uninhabitable, even in newer homes. It rarely is considered for a renovation, unlike the bathroom, laundry room, or living room. And this makes sense because while the average family in the U.S. does 8–10 loads of laundry each week, they rarely store things in the attic.

Here’s how making your attic a usable space can be quite the benefit you shouldn’t neglect. Furthermore, having a usable attic can increase a home’s resale value down the line and be a boon for any homeowner. Far from being a “throw away space,” the attic should be an essential component of whole home remodeling.

Retrofit Your Attic into a Usable Space

Retrofitting your attic into a usable space might be one of the best decisions you can make. By calling the right contractors and being willing to designate the appropriate funds, any homeowner can make an attic into a spare bedroom, storage space, or activity room. Attics can totally go from “drab” to “fab” within a couple weeks of concerted effort that are well worth your time.

If you can install a window or lighting in your attic space, you’ll be well on your way toward making it an amazing space. Natural light is loved by almost all, but even compact fluorescent lights can make a formerly grim space into a usable room.

Turing an attic into a spare bedroom or activity room can also be as easy as finishing the insulation and installing some modern features. By making it into a room that has the ability to be climate controlled, or can hold and support a bed, dressers, and a mirror, you can turn a formerly unlivable space into a guest bedroom. If you’d rather have it as a game room or something else, you need only to install some electrical wiring or a pool table to have it turn into an amazing space. The choice truly is yours.

Climate Control Your Attic for Better Use

When you’re pursuing whole home renovations, but concentrating on an area such as the attic, it can be difficult to think about how all your rooms interact with each other. But a key aspect of whole home remodeling is knowing how the climate of your home can be affected by other parts, sometimes drastically. Since the attic is the top part of a home, it tends to collect the most heat (no matter what the season is). In winter, this can be a blessing, but in summer it can be a burden. Knowing how to counteract or limit this can actually be beneficial for your entire house.

By placing a climate control system in your attic, you may be able to route your home’s air in a fashion that lowers your heating/cooling bill while actually increasing airflow around your house. By talking to a home addition contractor and specifying how you want your attic to function, they may be able to build a plan that circulates hot air from your attic to cooler parts of your house while allowing the hot air to rise back up into the attic. In turn, you may have lower heating bills by simply taking the hot air from your attic and putting it in other areas of the house instead of having to create heat yourself.

Another bonus of climate-controlling your attic is that it will enable you to store sensitive items, such as photos and documents. You’ll need to get the specifics from whole home remodeling contractors, but there is usually an optimal temperature for an attic to maintain so that it functions as a long-term storage unit. Once you figure out what this is, you’ll be good to go and may no longer have to pay for a separate storage unit elsewhere. This may also increase the value of your house to future home buyers, knowing that you have a “functional attic.”


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!


October COVID Update at McBride Remodeling

Dear Friends of McBride Remodeling,

The last three months have been a challenging yet productive period here at McBride Remodeling. Throughout this busy time, our team has maintained our focus on safety. I am very proud to report that none of our employees or current clients have tested positive for COVID-19. We take this national health crisis extremely seriously and continue to do our best to keep the health and wellbeing of our team members, clients, and all their families at the forefront of the services we provide.

Our Pledge to You

You have my commitment that no matter what happens in Washington, Lansing, or locally, we will continue to act responsibly to protect all of our workers and clients. All office personnel wear masks and observe social distancing when we need to physically work together. Whenever possible we use video conferencing to minimize the possibility of exposure.

In the field, we are taking every possible step to disperse staff so there is minimal interaction among team members and trades. Everyone on site is equipped with masks and cleaning supplies. As an added benefit, many of our projects have HEPA air scrubbers on site helping to keep the air as pure as possible.

Our Thanks to You

This has been a very difficult year, and I want to thank everyone for your support and business. It’s been heartwarming to be able to keep doing what we do best — remodeling homes and businesses during this most challenging time.

Join Our Team

We are fortunate to be experiencing an increased demand for our remodeling services. We are actively looking to add qualified folks to our award-winning team to meet the demand. If you know of anyone interested in sales, marketing, carpentry, or administration, please send them our way!

Thank You!

On behalf of everyone here at McBride, thanks again for all of your kindness and support, and we wish you and yours good health and wellness.


Dave McBride