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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the potential to make or break a potential home sale, so you can improve your position in the market by remodeling your outdated kitchen now.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

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McBride Remodeling Presents the 2021 Dick Crawford Award

Along with building quality homes, McBride Remodeling also prides itself on helping to build a stronger community. Recently, McBride was honored to sponsor the Dick Crawford Award, presented at the 50th annual awards dinner for the Home Builders Association (HBA) of Northern Michigan. 

Dick Crawford was a trained and educated architect who helped many local builders navigate the permit process and construction details. He was a true leader in the industry, working tirelessly on local and state levels to streamline the permit and code review process as an Emmet County Building Official. 

The HBA of Northern Michigan presents the Dick Crawford Award to a builder, associate, or affiliate member in recognition of extraordinary dedication of time and talent in service to the community. Dedicated to supporting service activities, this association has made great strides toward making an impact at local, state, and national levels. This year, the Dick Crawford Award was presented to the Harbor Brenn Insurance Agency. Lee Holbrook, pictured here with Dave McBride, accepted the award on behalf of the company. 

Recognizing those who make a difference in the community is important in encouraging more people and organizations to give back. Together, we can all make a significant impact in our world to make it a better place. Relentless work ethic is hard to find and does not go unnoticed. Thank you, Harbor Brenn, for going above and beyond for the HBA of Northern Michigan. 


Kitchen Upgrades That Don’t Involve a Large-Scale Remodeling Project

When you think of kitchen renovations you likely think of two things; the cost and the inconvenience. While it is true that large-scale kitchen renovations can be costly and inconvenient, the fact is you have other options for upgrading your kitchen.

Small changes in your kitchen can have a big impact. For example, simply changing out the flooring and adding some paint can easily transform your kitchen space.

Start at the Bottom

The type of flooring in your kitchen can date it. New flooring can instantly update your kitchen and add value to your home. For example, hardwood flooring looks great, is right on trend, and can give you a 106% return on your investment (per CNN Business).

A new floor can easily be installed in a day. It can also be a lot more affordable than you think.

Paint Is an Easy Way to Upgrade

If your cabinets are all highly functional but could use an aesthetic boost, paint is the solution. A quick coat of paint will instantly modernize the look of your cabinets and make your kitchen feel fresh and new.

Painting the walls in your kitchen is also an easy way to upgrade the space. A new color will give your kitchen an entirely new feel.

Open Shelving Opens Up the Space

If you are working with a small kitchen space, you can make it feel larger by removing some cabinets and adding open shelving. Invest in some cute storage containers and canisters to keep the shelves tidy. Open shelves serve two purposes. They give you more storage space, and when organized right, is a focal point.

Update Your Hardware and Faucet

Changing the hardware in your kitchen is easy and can instantly modernize the room. Kitchen renovations do not have to be large, costly, and tons of work to get the impact that you want. Add a new faucet to modernize your space and add function.

Add New Lighting

Switch out old, outdated fixtures for new lighting fixtures. Group pendant lighting in threes for a dramatic impact. Lighting sets the atmosphere in the room and can add a decorator’s touch.

Have Fun with Your Kitchen Projects

Kitchen renovations do not have to be big imposing events, they can be simple changes. The right support can make all your renovation projects easier.


Building Lives: In Memory of Mike

McBride Remodeling team members may start as employees, but they quickly become family. We pride ourselves on hiring fantastic people and providing them great growth opportunities, so they stay with us for the long term. After all, we like to say we build more than houses — we build lives. 

This was certainly true for McBride’s first official employee, a loyal and talented lead carpenter named Mike Stolt. Mike retired in 2007 after twenty-two years with us. We celebrated his decades with us at Julienne Tomatoes — a wonderful local Petoskey restaurant. Mike was presented with a set of golf clubs to enjoy during his much-deserved free time. Dave McBride, his brother Jim, and Mike made use of the new clubs right away at a golf outing shortly after. 

On October 15th, the McBride team donated and planted an apple tree in Mike’s honor. The tree was planted at the Stolt family farm with help from Richard Hoffman Landscaping. Pictured below is Dave McBride with Mike’s daughter, Brenda. 

It was a beautiful day, and we’re so happy to have paid tribute to Mike in this way. As one of our founding employees, we owe much of our early and ongoing success to him. 

This memorial was an important time to pause, reflect, and have gratitude for all the wonderful people who helped get us to where we are today. We’ve created so many bonds through the years. We spend time getting to know each of the clients who trust us with their home, and we’re happy to say that many have become true friends. Our team members go above and beyond because they’re not just putting in a day’s work — they know they’re part of our greater mission of changing lives by improving spaces. 

Thank you for being part of the McBride family. 


Cheetos Club: Building Kindness in Petoskey

At McBride Remodeling, we don’t just build quality homes; we also help build strong communities. Our passion for supporting civic and charitable organizations is part of our core values of professionalism, relationship management, integrity, dedication, and excellence. One of our recent contributions was to Petoskey High School’s Cheetos Club — a group of students who carry out acts of kindness to fulfill their mission of “Planning to be Kind.” 

About Petoskey’s Cheetos Club

The Cheetos Club began in 2018 after Petoskey High School student Spencer Tibbits tragically passed away on his seventeenth birthday. Spencer was especially kind and caring and always looked for ways to help his fellow students going through challenging times. Spencer was known for giving a bag of Cheetos to anyone who seemed down, saying, “Nobody can be sad while eating Cheetos.” This became the inspiration for the Cheetos Club and all the acts of kindness done in Spencer’s honor. The group focuses on initiatives that make people smile, such as birthday bags, locker love, kindness kits, new student tours, teacher treats, and more.

Be Kind Bumper Stickers

As the Cheetos Club continues to grow, so does its impact on the community. When Dave McBride learned of it, he knew he wanted to support the organization so it could continue to create positive change. McBride Remodeling’s donation helped purchase Be Kind bumper stickers, which were distributed to community members by Petoskey Interfaith Common Ground. All the team members at McBride Remodeling proudly display these bumper stickers on our vehicles — a gentle reminder of the great need for compassion in our lives and the rippling effect of kindness. 

The Cheetos Club is making a big difference in the lives of Petoskey youth. With more support, its effects can reach even further. Interested in donating to this great cause? Click here to learn more about Cheetos Club and make a donation. 

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How to Design a Kitchen Perfect for Entertaining

There’s a reason people consider the kitchen to be the most important room in the house. It becomes the centerpiece for family gatherings, entertaining, and cooking delicious meals for everyone. If you love home entertaining, then we have some kitchen remodeling ideas that will impress your guests.

Incorporate Extra Seating

If you’re entertaining, the first port of call is to ensure everyone has a comfortable place to sit. This isn’t a problem if your kitchen is spacious. Adding a kitchen island is the best way to provide seating for guests in your kitchen.

Depending on the size of your kitchen, you can even add two islands, so you have enough counter space for entertaining guests while also preparing food. A kitchen island can also double as a bar area where everyone can gather around for some drinks, snacks, and great conversation.

Small kitchen? There are still many clever ways to incorporate adequate seating. Why not install a bench in your kitchen instead of individual chairs that take up more space?

Consider an Open Plan Design

If your kitchen is closed off from your dining area and living room, consider knocking off a wall to create an open plan design. That way, you will be able to extend the entertainment area. With this type of layout, you can still interact with your guests when prepping. Setting up the food and drinks is also easier without a wall in the way.

Add Extra Storage

When entertaining, you don’t want your home and kitchen to feel crowded. Fortunately, you can avoid this problem by ensuring you have ample storage space. A kitchen remodel can provide you with enough storage space to keep your counters neat and tidy. This also prevents accidents that may result when people bump into cooking equipment and other kitchenware.

Install the Right Type of Lighting

Lighting can really set the mood for any occasion. To create a comfortable and relaxing environment when entertaining, avoid harsh lighting that’s too bright. Instead, opt for soft and layered lighting that makes your guests feel welcome and relaxed.

Kitchen remodeling offers many benefits. Besides helping you be a great and welcoming host, you also boost the value of your home. According to the National Association of the Remodelling Industry and the National Association of Realtors, full kitchen remodeling enables you to recoup nearly 60% of the cost.

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Signs it’s Time To Remodel Your Kitchen

Kitchens are the centerpiece of any home, where you can share family memories and good times. It’s where everyone ends up at one point or another, so it makes sense that you would want it to be functional, bright, and inviting. So how do you know it’s time to remodel? Here are a few signs to watch out for.

1. Your Cabinets Are Old and Outdated

Old kitchen cabinets are drab and boring, and they detract from the rest of your decor. This is a great place to start when you’re thinking about remodeling. New cabinets will go a long way in making your kitchen more attractive while adding extra storage space.

2. Your Countertops Are Worn Out

If you have an old laminate countertop, this is also a good time to think about renovation. Laminate is affordable but not necessarily attractive or durable. For a simple kitchen remodel, new countertops are quick and easy to install. Get some ideas of your own by searching online or visiting showrooms where you can see samples of different types.

3. Your Cabinets Are Too Small

If you’ve got cabinets that are too small, it’s time to do some thinking about your kitchen layout. You can continue to use them, but they won’t be functional because you won’t be able to store much inside them. If you’re looking for a simple renovation, replacing old cabinets with newer ones is a great idea.

4. Your Kitchen Flooring Is Worn Out

If you’ve got ugly and worn flooring, it’s time to think about getting new flooring installed. You can choose from many different types of flooring, so take some time doing your research. For a simple kitchen redo, tile flooring is affordable and easy to install. There are many different colors to choose from, so you’re sure to find one that will work for your home.

5. Your Sink Is Corroded

If your sink looks dirty and rusty, it’s time to think about getting it replaced. This is a simple renovation that will make your kitchen look cleaner and brighter. And it doesn’t cost much to do either.

6. Your Paint Is Faded and Chipped

If your kitchen paint is faded or chipped, it’s time to have a professional come in and fix this. Blue in kitchen walls is a new trend, with 7% of remodeled kitchens employing it (up from 5% in 2019), according to a U.S. Houzz Kitchen Trends Study. This can add a touch of sophistication to your home.

Kitchen renovations are a great way to make your kitchen look better and bring in more style, function, and value. However, for you to enjoy all these benefits, you’ll need to hire the right kitchen remodeling contractor for the job.

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4 Ideas For Designing Your Roof Deck

Thinking of hiring a design build remodeling company to add a roof deck to your home? This type of renovation is always a great idea, as it not only allows you to take advantage of a great view but also adds considerable value to your home. No wonder roof decks have become so popular! However, it’s important to have the right design when adding a rooftop deck. Check out these four great ideas for designing your rooftop deck and keep them in mind when working with a design build remodeling company

Reduce the Openness With a Pergola

An open view is always incredible, but if you find the openness to be too overwhelming, especially when the sun is glaring, then a pergola is the best way to go. A pergola provides the shade you need and will infinitely boost the aesthetic appeal of your roof deck.

Use Decking That Makes a Design Statement

The right kind of decking material can do wonders for your roof deck. New composite decking can be virtually maintenance-free! It also comes in a variety of tones and colors. So, when you’re considering decking material, be sure to choose an option that makes a design statement.

Remember These Decor Tips

Keep in mind that the main function of a rooftop deck is to allow you to enjoy the surrounding environment. Because of that, you don’t want something that distracts you from that. Generally, try and match the color of your roof deck to the surroundings.

For instance, if you have a water view, you can never go wrong with sandy browns, as well as white and blue hues.

Add the Right Amount of Lighting

A roof deck is meant to be enjoyed at night, too, and adding the right lighting allows you to do just that. In addition to permanent lighting, we also recommend creative touches like twinkle lights or even candles. This will help set the mood for more relaxation and enjoyment.

Now that you have an idea of what would make your rooftop deck even more enjoyable, it’s time to get started. We provide top-notch design build remodeling services, meaning we work with you from the design stage until your roof deck project is complete. The sooner you get in touch, the sooner you can enjoy your amazing and superbly designed rooftop deck.

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Unique Ideas for Transforming Your Basement

Home remodeling is popular. However, when considering a whole home remodel, there may be some rooms that you want to change more than others. Basement remodels are one such improvement, and many homeowners are looking into updating their finished basements to make them more unique and inviting.

If you are considering a whole home remodel, here are some ideas to keep in mind when it comes to updating your basement.

1. Turn It Into an Office

With more and more people working from home, creating your own office space can be essential. It can also make workdays easier. A finished basement is a perfect area to create an office in as it is both quieter and more separate from the rest of the house.

If you’re planning on working from home for the foreseeable future, this is definitely something to keep in mind.

2. Create a Playroom

If you have young kids, the basement can be a perfect place for them to play and be loud without disturbing the rest of the house. Kids love having their own “secret” place away from everyone else too.

If you have older kids, the basement can be remodeled into a great hangout spot where teens can watch TV, play games, and (maybe) do homework. This also benefits you as you’ll always know what your teen is up to because your basement will be the best hangout spot in town.

3. Set Up a Private Theater

Basements make great theaters due to their lack of light and soundproofing. By installing a large projector screen, and some comfortable chairs — or even a modular couch — you can create the most comfortable movie-watching experience possible. You can even install a mini bar in the back where you can serve up treats and popcorn before the movie begins.

These are just three of many possibilities that you can consider when it comes time to update your basement. While it may not be the first room on your whole home remodeling to-do list, it can be the one that you fall in love with the most.