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What Does a Whole Home Remodeling Project Entail?

According to research conducted by Statista in April 2021, for the first quarter of 2021, the amount spent in the United States on remodeling added up to $353 billion, which is higher than in 2020. Whole home remodeling involves modernizing a whole home, part of a home, or adding new structures within the home. Here is what a whole home remodeling project entails:

1. A Plan

Remodeling a whole home should come with a concrete plan. A clear picture of what is to be improved in any home is crucial as this saves on time and finances. How much space are you willing to modernize? Come up with what needs a do-up and focus on those areas. Indulging in too much at the same time can be confusing and tiresome; a step-by-step home remodeling plan will bring adaptation and an easy transition.

Explore and consult widely before embarking on any remodeling project. It is also important to include any future plans when doing a whole home remodel. Factors to consider include the number of people to be accommodated in the home in years to come, accessibility, and how valuable the home becomes in case of resale or even lease.

2. Professional Design-Build Contractors

A professional design-build contractor is best when it comes to whole home remodeling. They not only offer professional advice on what will work and what won’t, but they also subcontract personnel in different areas of expertise like plumbing, electricity, and carpentry. Also, they come up with reasonable budgets per the client’s needs.

3. A Budget

In any renovation project, one has to have a planned budget. Ideally, one should have an overview of how much they are willing to put into any remodeling project. Together with the contractor, they can come up with a plan that will fall into the allocated budget.

4. Personal Touch

Everyone has a different flair and personal taste, but as much as this is the case, choose a style and design that will stand the test of time. The wrong choice will bring the need for modernizing again in years to come. Consult with your design builders to come up with a durable style. This will go a long way in ensuring your whole home remodeling project is worth it.

Contact our professional whole home remodeling contractors for help with your project. We help families in the Northern Michigan area create their dream home.

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Restoring the Harbor Gazebo

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

The Doorway to Harbor Springs

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

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

Restorations & Improvements 

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

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

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

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McBride Remodeling: Proudly Serving the Community for 40 Years

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

Humble Beginnings 

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

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

The Path to Success 

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

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

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

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

McBride Today

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

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

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


3 Keys to McBride’s Success in Challenging Times

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

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

Careful Planning & Organization

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

Maintaining Strong Relationships

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

Consistent Communication

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

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

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

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3 Reasons to Use a Professional Home Remodeling Service

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

1. Expertise and the Use of Quality Materials

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

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

2. Save Time and Money

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

3. Peace of Mind

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

4. Warranties and Guarantees

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

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

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


Top 4 Beautiful Bathroom Trends from KBIS 

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

Floating Vanities & Cabinets 

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

Black, White & Gray 

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

Mix & Match Hardware

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

Extreme Veining 

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

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

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3 Benefits of Hardwood Flooring

Do you need new flooring for your home, or do you want to make a home addition? There are a lot of options to choose from and many things to consider before you make your choice. One of the best flooring choices you can make is hardwood floors, which have many benefits. Among all flooring options, hardwood is probably the one with the highest return on investment. According to a report by the National Association of Realtors, you will get back even more money than you put into it, with an estimated ROI of 106%. Read on for more benefits of hardwood floors and why they would be perfect for your home addition.

Easy to Maintain

This is one of the most significant benefits of hardwood floors. They are quite easy to maintain and are also incredibly easy to keep clean. You can sweep, steam-clean, or vacuum to do away with any accumulated dirt or debris. The good thing about them is that they don’t harbor any environmental hazards, including dust mites or pet dander. Apart from that, hardwood floors are stain resistant, making them much better than carpets. All you need to do after spilling something is wipe it up.


Another reason why most people are drawn to hardwood floors is that they are quite durable. This is also why they are inexpensive to maintain. While they can get scratches and dents, if you take good care of your hardwood flooring, the surface can remain in pristine condition for decades.

Easy to Refinish

Do you feel like changing the color of your interiors from time to time? If you do, then hardwood flooring is perfect for you. Unlike carpet or tiles, you can easily refinish hardwood floors. This means you can change the color without replacing the floor. This is a significant benefit since the cost of refinishing is much lower than the cost of purchasing and installing new floors. It also allows you to drastically change the look of your interior. You may want to do this if you purchase a house and it doesn’t have the floor finish that you desire.

These are some of the benefits of hardwood flooring. Because of their impressive features, hardwood floors are probably one of the best investments you will ever make in your home. If you are looking to switch to hardwood flooring for your home addition or if you need to refinish, get in touch with us today, and we can assist you.

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Thinking About Remodeling Your Home? Check Out These Tips First

Thinking about doing a partial remodeling of your home could be a straightforward task. However, if whole home remodeling is the plan, the task becomes more challenging. Remodeling an entire house requires giving thought to several significant aspects, such as decorating style and décor, so your home presents the type of ambiance you wish to display. At the same time, and perhaps the most essential factor, the home needs to reflect your style and taste so that the final result will enable you to experience your uniqueness.

Consider these four tips:

When the whole home remodeling is discussed, cost should be the first thing that is considered. According to Statista, remodeling expenditures in the United States reached $353 billion in the first quarter of 2021, but it is up to each homeowner to decide how much they will spend.

Before starting a whole home remodeling project, you must decide on a theme or style so all the rooms will blend into each other to form a related appearance. Cottage, country, modern and traditional styles are a few examples of these choices.

Choose a signature color from which all other colors will flow. Each color represents different characteristics. If you want the signature color to be blue, then all colors chosen should be variations of blue, or complement blue. You’ll want to create a unified presence in the home and colors play a significant role in accomplishing this integration.

Will you be refurnishing your home? If purchasing new furniture is in the mix, it might be best to wait until the remodeling has been partially or fully completed. If you’re keeping the same furniture, then many of your remodeling decisions will be made according to the type and color of this furniture.

Whether it’s a partial remodeling job or a whole home remodeling job, if the homeowner is serious about creativity and originality, the job will take thought, time, and money to complete. The next step will be to find the best home remodeling company.

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5 Reasons Why a Kitchen Remodel Should Be the First Thing You Invest in This Year

Home improvements are a big part of homeownership. But some projects are more expansive than others. Sometimes, new furniture or flooring upgrades are enough to do the trick. In other cases, you might require expert kitchen remodeling services to give your home additional functionality and aesthetic appeal.

The kitchen is one of the most common rooms prioritized for renovation. Google search trends show that kitchen remodeling search queries have increased by 23% over the last year.

Popularity aside, kitchen remodeling services have the power to transform your home. Let’s take a closer look at some of the reasons why you should consider a kitchen renovation in 2022.

Increase Overall Home Value

The kitchen is one of the areas of the home that can offer a very high return on your investment. Investing $10,000 into a kitchen upgrade can add nearly all of that back to your home’s sale value! The kitchen has the potential to make or break a potential home sale, so you can improve your position in the market by remodeling your outdated kitchen now.

Give the Home a More Personal Feel

Remodeling your kitchen can allow you to really put your personal spin on your home’s design. You can incorporate your personal preferences and ultimate desires into your kitchen redesign, allowing your tastes to truly shine. Whether you want more cabinet storage or you love brightly-colored elements, kitchen remodeling services providers can turn your dream into a reality and make your kitchen somewhere you love to be.

Make Meal-Planning More Convenient

Meal time is supposed to be enjoyable, but it can be stressful in a cramped kitchen. With more space and better functionality, meal planning and preparation can go much more smoothly. You’ll have access to all the counter space you need and all of the updated appliances you want to make cooking a breeze. And with an improved traffic pattern, you can welcome friends and family into the kitchen without becoming overwhelmed.

Entertain More Easily

Aside from cooking and meal prep, an updated kitchen area can be better suited for entertainment and parties. Having friends and family over is a lot easier with a fully upgraded kitchen area to utilize. Add a wine fridge, a kitchen island, or a dedicated entertaining space that will help you welcome your guest as you prepare the meal.

Make New Memories

Sitting down at the kitchen counter for meals or to talk about the day is easier when you have the space to do so. Upgrading the kitchen can make the entire space more accessible and user-friendly. If you’d like to use your kitchen as a gathering space for any occasion, your remodeling contractors can include those needs as part of your design.

Clearly, remodeling a kitchen can have a lot of benefits. Our local kitchen remodeling services can help you upgrade your space into one you’ll love for years to come. To learn more, please contact us today.


Cheers to the New Year!

Dear Friends of McBride Remodeling,

As we come to the close of 2021, I want to thank you all for your support. This was a year like no other, filled with challenges that none of us could have ever imagined. Unfortunately for many of us, these challenges often included devastating stories of sickness and loss. 

Here at McBride Remodeling, we tried to navigate the new business realities and provide the highest level of service possible. Though we didn’t always succeed, we know we did our best — and we look forward to the opportunity to do much better in 2022!

2021 was also a year filled with blessings. We’ve grown our team throughout the year and are very excited about our new hires. Together, we crafted many wonderful decks, kitchens, baths, and whole home remodels that are sure to be enjoyed this holiday season and beyond. As a bonus, we’ve had no on-the-job injuries — a great safety milestone we’ll continue into 2022.

Blessings continued outside of the job sites as well. Stratton Zervoudakis, one of our outstanding carpenters, welcomed a baby girl, Stella. And, of course, we all celebrated when the University of Michigan football team earned the chance to play in the national championship game and won!

Thank you all again for your support. Everyone here is looking forward to 2022 — McBride Remodeling’s 40th year in business!

Enjoy the holidays and stay safe!


Dave McBride