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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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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.”

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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!

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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.

Sincerely,

Dave McBride

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Renovate Smart by Remodeling the Attic

Keeping your home looking beautiful often calls for home renovations and remodeling. Perhaps you need another bedroom or you want a playroom or office added; however, you love the current floorplan and square footage of your home so you really don’t want a home addition. Instead, you would prefer to use the existing structure. Have you considered transforming the attic? There are actually many benefits to professional home remodeling when it comes to using attic space. Remodeling an attic into a bedroom allows you to retain nearly 65% of the construction investment, and you get the luxurious space you have always wanted while making more of the space in your home livable. Below are tips for making an attic comfortable and livable.

The Right Insulation Is Paramount

When it comes to transforming an attic using professional home remodeling services, you can depend on the advice and suggestions about insulation given by design-build remodeling contractors. Since the remodeling space is the attic and the roof is a major conduit for heat gain and loss, it is recommended that you get the best spray-foam insulation. Spray foam creates a much tighter barrier against air and provides the exact same R-value, giving you extra room overhead that fiberglass batt insulation does not.

Install a New Bathroom

It is convenient to have a bathroom installed in the attic when transforming it into a luxurious living space. Professional home remodeling contractors are more than capable of handling the task. The goal is to minimize the distance between existing plumbing and the new plumbing. This will also limit wall damage in other areas of your home when new pipes are installed. Top design-build remodeling contractors will take the time to explain the entire process, work with you to choose aesthetically pleasing fixtures and decor, and ensure that new pipes have proper venting for sewer gases and optimal water pressure.

Quiet the Floors

Typically, attics are not completely finished during the initial building stages of a home. Therefore, any activity in the space is normally heard below. There are solutions to this problem that professional home remodeling contractors can implement. Heftier floor joists go a long way in quieting any footsteps or other types of noises. The bays can also be filled with dense-pack insulation that can be blown-in. There are also other whole home remodeling solutions that will only add to the quiet. Consider using gorgeous area rugs or having luxurious carpet such as Berber, dense piled, or patterned carpet put down with high-quality padding beneath to completely hush the floor.

Air Flow and Temperatures Are Vital to Comfort

When you want maximum comfort, give your newly renovated attic its own thermostat. Professional home remodeling contractors are more than capable of creating a separate zone using your current HVAC system for the newly finished space. If by chance, the attic was not previously cooled or heated, you may need to enlarge the system. Whole home remodeling contractors will take care of everything so the transition from attic to luxurious new space goes flawlessly.

Ceiling fans assist in controlling the climate of a room. If there is enough space, have a ceiling fan installed so you benefit from better airflow. Quality ceiling fans give you the ability to reverse airflow giving cool breezes during warm months and pushing warm air down for the ultimate coziness during cold months. If you prefer more lighting, choose a ceiling fan with beautiful lighting fixtures that will softly or boldly illuminate the room at your discretion.

All of Your Desires Will Be Met

Professional design-build contractors will handle every part of remodeling your attic from the initial planning meetings until a beautifully-inspired renovation has been completed. Excellent craftsmanship is just one of the hallmarks of using an expert design-build company. The entire process will remain simple and clean with very few disruptions to your life.

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Does Your Guest Room Give the Right Impression?

When you receive guests, your home is a reflection on you and your hospitality. If you have an outdated guest room it may be time for remodeling work. Today, homeowners are opting to use the services of professionals for renovation projects, with 88% of them hiring an expert last year. Perhaps you prefer to have a new home addition built or remodel unused space that would be the perfect location for guests. No matter what you choose, professional home remodeling contractors can make sure the space you want to be allocated for a guest room is remodeled to feel comfortable and very welcoming. Follow these remodeling tips to create a retreat that is perfectly fit for visitors.

Shed Some Light

Choosing ideal lighting is going to set the tone for a guest room. It’s the space where family and friends will rest and sleep when they come to visit so the space should be tranquil and relaxing. The ideal ambiance is created with lighting, particularly soft lighting. Professional home remodeling contractors can add dimmer switches for overhead lighting. You can place attractive lamps so the amount of light can easily be controlled by guests too. Lighting is an important part of design build remodeling and top contractors can provide you with intriguing ideas that make creating lighting in a guest bedroom an illuminating process.

Upgrade the Basics

The basics of a guest room are the flooring, paint, and ambiance. Flooring is one of the first elements that should be updated. Put in flooring with rich hardwood tones or a chevron style that’s unique. Consider that guests will more than likely be spending time in bed looking up at the ceiling too. Consider a cathedral ceiling that showcases beautiful lighting. Before you choose decorative elements for the room, tackle the basics. Discuss all of your options with top design build remodeling contractors that have the skills to provide a variety of remodeling features.

Paint walls or have them textured. Whether you prefer neutral tones that allow you to add splashes of color in decorative elements, or you want the entire room to reflect comfort in hues of tans, browns, blues, and greens, it is important that all of the basic details are discussed with your professional home remodeling team. They will ensure that all of the right elements come together in a cohesive manner. You can count on them to guide you during the planning process so a relaxing color scheme is set in place.

Storage Space Should Never Be Overlooked

Storage space is an aspect that is often overlooked in guest rooms. It is always a good idea to plan a guest room remodel that offers enough storage for longer visits. Most guests want to unpack and settle in once they arrive. You can make sure they have plenty of room to store their clothing and luggage by adding a walk-in closet to a guest bedroom. Home addition renovations are perfect for adding more walk-in closets or storage space for guests. If the room you want to convert into a guest bedroom doesn’t have a closet at all, speak with professional home remodeling contractors who can help plan for additional storage.

Create the Perfect Guest Room with an En Suite Bathroom

Is there a bathroom near the space you want renovated to be used as a guest bathroom? If not, then you may want to add an en suite bathroom to the list. Having an attached bathroom gives your guests, and you and your family, the privacy everyone deserves. Show your guests exactly how much you care by including a luxury tub and shower with the latest showerheads and fixtures. Professional home remodeling teams can create a guest bathroom that fully matches the color scheme of the guest room, as well. When you work with whole home remodeling contractors in Northern Michigan you are assured top quality renovations that are perfect for your guests.

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How Designers Make the Difference

If you’re looking at your first remodeling project, getting your arms around the entire process is daunting. If you’re a seasoned renovator, you know how complicated a project can be, and you may have encountered problems before, like too many change orders or product selections left to the last minute. 

That’s how designers make a remodeling project successful and why we are a design-build company. Whether you rely on our own in-house design pro Paul Drayer or introduce us to a designer or architect of your choice, we work closely and collaboratively to get the best results.

Count on Experience

Odds are, no matter the project you are considering, an experienced designer has already tackled something similar. While homeowners may have one or two projects under their belts, designers do this every day, in a variety of home styles and decor. They know what works, what doesn’t, and how to build in value and function in a renovation project. 

Streamlining the Process

Having a designer on your side will streamline the entire process, from your first meeting through the final touches. They know how to communicate what you want to the production team, the people who will actually build the project. They will create clear, actionable plans and documentation for all the large and small details of the design, as well as answering any questions or concerns the building crew may have, quickly. Your designer will ensure that the remodel you want is the remodel you get.

Simplify Selections

If you’re embarking on a kitchen remodel, a whole home renovation, or anything in between, the sheer number of products, appliances, finishes, and flooring choices can be overwhelming. Bathroom renovations also require you to make many choices. If you’re renovating a kitchen and creating a more open space, those selections have to take into account the style and materials used in the rooms around it — and will often lead to remodeling one or more of those areas.

A designer can help make your choices easier and smarter. They know the brands that combine quality and value, allowing you to select from a smaller pool of products that will best meet your needs and style. It’s an incredibly worthwhile service, saving you time and cutting down anxiety.

Cut Down on Change Orders

Change orders happen, but our goal is to keep them to a minimum. Working with a designer helps us achieve this goal. Change orders generally add to the cost of the project, and some are completely unforeseen, like having to repair a problem that was hidden until we opened up a wall, ceiling, or floor. Other change orders are preventable by having everything ready to go according to the planning in the design stage. A designer will make sure the selections are made, and materials are ordered and on-site when the time comes. If there’s a problem at the time the order is placed, like a certain fixture or finish is unavailable, another choice can be made quickly. This keeps the production schedule moving, avoids tacking on extra days waiting for delivery and installation.

Designing & Building

We’re proud to have Paul on our team. With years of experience in construction and a degree in architecture from U of M, he understands the design-build environment and the challenges of remodeling. Paul works collaboratively with our clients, acting as their advocate while working closely with our production team as we all work to get the best results. But we also welcome working with a designer or architect chosen by our clients. We’re proud that we can partner with them to create the home our clients dream of.

If you’re ready to get started on your next design-build project, contact McBride Remodeling today to start a conversation. 

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3 Features to Reconsider in Your Next Kitchen Remodel

Kitchen renovations remain an extremely popular remodeling option for American homeowners. In fact, a 2017 study conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association found that more than 10 million households remodeled their kitchens in a single year.

But while many people may choose to work with kitchen remodeling contractors this year, that doesn’t mean you have to incorporate every possible design element into the final result. There may actually be some popular features that are worth skipping entirely. Whether you’re trying to streamline your design or you want to make the most of your resources, here are three features you may not need to include in your next kitchen remodel.

  1. Hardwood Floors: Arguably, there’s nothing more beautiful than hardwood floors. You might already have them throughout your house. However, if your kitchen doesn’t already have wood floors, it’s not necessarily advisable to include them in your redesign. It may look stunning at first, but you’ll have to work hard to protect it. Even with the addition of rugs, food and liquid spills are bound to happen in the kitchen. Before too long, your wood floors will show major signs of wear, tear, and warping. Ultimately, stone tile may be an even better choice. There are even porcelain tiles made to look like hardwood, which can provide much greater durability while providing the look you’re after. You’ll achieve your ideal aesthetic without the added upkeep, which is a true win/win.
  2. Extra Appliances: You might love the idea of having a chef’s kitchen, but are multiple fridges, ovens, and microwaves really necessary? Unless you work as a professional caterer or you keep a kosher kitchen, you may not have a need for duplicate appliances. What’s more, it could take away from other areas of the kitchen design you could otherwise include. When planning out your kitchen renovations, remember to carefully consider whether a feature is something you’ll truly use and can add value to your home. This isn’t to say you shouldn’t budget for an appliance you truly want and need. But if you’re going to purchase duplicate products, there should be a good reason for it. You might get more out of upgrading a single appliance — such as a six- or eight-burner stove, for example — than trying to incorporate two different ovens into the design.
  3. Small Backsplash Tiles: Backsplash tiles continue to be popular design options for many kitchen remodeling services. But while you should stay away from peel-and-stick backsplash installation, you might also reconsider the use of smaller backsplash tiles altogether. Since tiles are bound to get covered in grease in the kitchen, small ones are harder to keep clean. Aside from that, smaller mosaic tiles are waning in prevalence, as larger subway tiles and similar options have become preferable. Instead, consider using larger tiles in your kitchen renovations for ease of clean-up and a more contemporary look. This will allow you to make your kitchen feel more contemporary, especially if you include coveted subway tiles as part of your backsplash. Larger tiles in a backsplash will provide a low-maintenance, high-quality result in virtually any kitchen.

Now that you know what you may want to avoid in your kitchen remodel, you can focus on the elements you should include. Whatever your vision for your future kitchen, our team is here to make it happen. For more information, please contact McBride Remodeling today.

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What Your Laundry Room Remodel Really Needs

When you own a home, it’s easy to feel like you have an endless list of chores to tackle. Undoubtedly, one of the most important household jobs is doing the laundry — and if you have children, chances are that you spend a lot of time washing clothes.

It stands to reason that if you’re spending any length of time in one space, you want that space to be both functional and visually appealing. But in so many homes, laundry room design is treated as an afterthought. Since the remodeling industry is expected to grow by 2% annually through 2025, there’s never been a better time to work with design build remodeling contractors in your area to remodel your laundry room. Let’s take a look at just a few of the must-haves this area should feature.

Excellent Lighting

Too often, laundry areas lack the lighting necessary to really get the job done. How can you expect to pick out stains to treat or read laundering instructions without enough light? Whether your laundry room is located in your basement, entryway, or converted closet, an important part of professional home remodeling is ensuring you can see properly. Natural light is ideal, of course, but it’s not always possible in every location. Talk to your design build remodeling contractors about the possibility of adding windows or some additional lighting to this space to make it feel fresh and bright.

Lots of Storage

Washing and drying clothes in a cramped space can be challenging. Of course, you’ll need enough room to utilize drying racks and to sort clothes properly. But you may also benefit from some added wall storage. Not only will you want to have all essential supplies nearby, such as dryer sheets, detergent, stain treatments, and mesh bags for delicate items, but you may also need some extra space to store miscellaneous household items, like cleaning supplies, outdoor equipment, and assorted linens. Your design build remodeling contractors will want to know more about your storage needs during the design phase so they can make adjustments to suit your priorities.

Water-Resistant Flooring

It’s understandable that many homeowners would want to keep their laundry room design as affordable as possible. But don’t be afraid to go beyond basic linoleum or vinyl flooring. Although linoleum is technically water-resistant, it can still become damaged due to excessive moisture. If your laundry room is located in the basement or your washing machine should overflow or break, you’ll want to invest in flooring that’s a bit more durable. Tile can be a great option that will provide water-resistance, durability, and improved aesthetic appeal without going over-budget.

Counter Space

We mentioned that having additional storage space is a must, but you’ll also need adequate counter space to attend to all of your laundry tasks. You’ll need a place to treat stains, to sort delicates into mesh bags, and to fold freshly laundered clothing and linens. Feel free to explore different options with your design build remodeling contractors, including both permanent counter space and fold-down tables.

A Stylish Sink

It may seem like a waste to splurge on your laundry room sink, but this one design element can give your home better resale value. Think beyond the basic utility sink made of plastic and consider a farmhouse or stainless steel option. It will bring a sense of style to the space while also allowing for superior functionality and value.

Whether you need a minimal laundry room renovation or you’re looking for the finest whole home remodeling contractors Petoskey has to offer, our team is here for you. To learn more, please contact McBride Remodeling today.

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How to Turn Your Deck Into an Outdoor Oasis

Although 85% of U.S. homes were built prior to 1980 and are in need of improvement, necessary upgrades aren’t limited to your home’s interior. If you’re working with a design build remodeling firm on some whole home renovations, you can’t leave out your outdoor entertaining space. Whether you’ve decided to work with a home addition contractor to create a second-story balcony space or you want to revamp your existing deck and patio, you’ll want to create a sense of privacy, calm, and fun. Here are a few ideas that will help you transform your deck or outdoor space into a total oasis.

Add Pops of Color

You may be drawn to a neutral color palette inside, but you can afford to veer away from that concept once you venture outdoors. Since this space is all about relaxation and socialization, don’t be afraid to embrace some bold hues. By adding some colorful throw pillows, plants, rugs, or hanging lanterns, you can instantly take this space from dull to darling.

Make Things More Secluded

Whether you live close to your neighbors or you simply want to make your deck feel like a completely different world, you’ll want to prioritize privacy. You can make this space feel more intimate by adding frosted glass railing panels, slatted screens, fabric awnings, screen arbors, or even hanging plant baskets to the design. Your design build remodeling team may be able to make some suggestions that can incorporate or mimic elements from your interior renovations to make your property design that much more cohesive. By utilizing these ideas, your outdoor space will feel like your own private getaway.

Select a Variety of Furniture

If you’ve ever gone through whole home remodeling, you already understand the important role furniture can play in the final transformation. Although design build remodeling experts can work wonders with adding space, furniture selection can help you make the most of that space. Regardless of the size of your deck or outdoor entertaining area, you’ll want to select furniture that serves a few different purposes. Ideally, you’ll want to include different heights and that can be easily moved to accommodate different groupings and occasions.

Don’t Forget the Ambient Light

You might plan to spend all day out on the deck, but this space should be all set for evening entertainment, too! By adding some ambient light — in the form of string lights, lanterns, electric candles, or even solar-powered foot lamps — you’ll make this space feel like an exotic escape when the sun goes down. As a bonus, exterior lighting can also ensure the safety of your family and your guests (which means the party won’t have to stop any time soon).

Design build remodeling doesn’t have to be limited to the interior of your home. Whether you’re looking to expand your livable space or create a seamless transition between the inside and the outside, we’re here to help. Contact us today for further information.