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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.

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Covid-19 Operational Update 6/17/2020

WOW it has been a long and unpredictable four months! From the heart break of COVID-19 deaths, shutting down business, sheltering in place and now racial unrest, I’m pleased to say we’ve weathered the challenges and are ready to support our clients. Most businesses are now open, or are opening, in Northern Michigan and are ready to serve their customers in new and creative ways. I can personally tell things are getting back to normal as I hear more and more traffic outside my office window.

Here at McBride Remodeling we have made many adjustments to our work procedures to support the new realities created by the COVID virus. From wearing masks, zoom meetings, disinfecting job sites – as well disinfecting where ever necessary – we have risen to the challenge.

I personally want to thank all of my staff who pitched in to make the necessary changes required to keep us in business. I also want to thank our very loyal and dedicated trades who have also risen to the occasion, without them we would not be here today. I especially want to thank all of our loyal customers who supported us during and after the shutdown. You all have been more than generous with your resources as well as being patient as we adapted and navigated these new situations.

When I started this business 38 years ago I had no idea we would have to meet these challenges. My team was assembled to be proficient in dealing with the day-to-day challenges of remodeling your home. Now that same team is even more resilient and exceptional, and has proven it’s able to take on any political, economic or virus-born challenge that comes our way. I am very excited to see what the future holds and want you to know we will be here through thick and thin to help you with your challenging projects.

We are PROUD to be open for business and always have time to work with you to review ideas on how to make your home the oasis you have dreamed of!

Sincerely,

Dave McBride

P.S. The photo was taken 24 hours after the state allowed barber shops to open. I was one of the few in the state that did not break the law and to get a back door hair cut!!!

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Simple Ways to Add Style to Your White Bathroom

At a time when most of us have been staying home more than ever, it’s no wonder that you might have design build remodeling on the mind. The remodeling industry was already expected to grow by 2% annually through 2025 — and now that we have more time to fixate on every room, it’s likely that whole home renovations might become even more popular.

That being said, whole home remodeling isn’t your only option. In many cases, you can make a huge impact by focusing on just one space. For many homeowners, the main bathroom can be a source of frustration. While it should act as a spa-like oasis, it may be too cluttered to be as functional as it needs to be. Your design build remodeling experts can help you improve your bathroom, and provide suggestions on ways to add interest.

All-white bathrooms feel clean and fresh — which is why they’ve become so popular in recent years. But there can be too much of a good thing. If you know you want a white bathroom but want to keep it from feeling too sterile or bland, here are a few ways you can infuse some style into the design.

Install Some Subway Tiles

A popular element of many kitchen remodeling projects, subway tiles can also be used to great effect in bathroom renovations. Although many traditional styles of subway tiles are white or off-white, they can add interest to any space due to their dark grout. You can use subway tiles as a shower mosaic or continue the tiling throughout the bathroom space to give it a slightly more industrial or vintage feel. Even though you’ll still be playing with neutrals, these tiles will give the room more character from the onset.

Be Creative with Fixtures

Even if you love the look of white countertops, floors, cabinets, and walls, you can’t have every single element in the bathroom be devoid of color. A good way to add a pop of interest, even if it’s still in a neutral hue, is with your choice in fixtures. Your cabinet knobs, sink handles, grab bars, and light fixtures can easily allow you to add a bit of flare. Whether they be rose gold, polished brass, or even matte black, these fixtures will make your bathroom feel anything but boring.

Add Texture and Dimension

Adding pops of color with your sink or cabinetry can be a good way to make a bathroom look less mundane. But if you don’t enjoy the thought of a bolder hue in this space, you can add some visual interest with textural elements and extra dimension. Floating shelves, framed mirrors, area rugs, shiplap walls, or carefully chosen decor can make your design come to life — even if the room is mostly white in tone. You can always talk to your design build remodeling contractor to figure out how (and where) to add some interest without disrupting your neutral color scheme.

The Tub as a Statement Piece

Although some people think all they need is a shower, a bathtub is integral to a relaxing atmosphere. So if your design build remodeling company determines there’s enough space for a bathtub as part of your renovated design, you might want to consider making it more of a statement. A clawfoot tub or slipper tub can make any space look instantly more charming. Even if it’s an entirely white bathtub, it’ll totally stop the show — and provide a relaxing soak whenever you need to de-stress.

In the end, white doesn’t have to be boring. It all comes down to the design. We’ll ensure that your bathroom renovation or home addition becomes the pièce de résistance of your house. For more information, please contact us today.

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How Can I Add a Warmer Touch to My Kitchen?

The kitchen is commonly known as the heart of the home — and for good reason. It’s the space where we celebrate, socialize, and enjoy countless shared meals with people we love. Not surprisingly, this room is high on the list of priorities for homeowners. According to a recent study conducted by the National Kitchen and Bath Association, more than 10 million U.S. household remodel their kitchens on an annual basis.

Of course, many of those kitchen renovations likely followed well-known trends. Some of the most popular kitchen designs involve brightening up the space, incorporating whites and neutrals, and generally making the room look fresh and clean. While this can be an effective tactic, it’s also easy to take this trend a bit too far. If you aren’t careful, the abundance of white can make a kitchen space look sterile and unwelcoming.

Whether that scenario sounds familiar to you, or you are simply tired of having a kitchen that feels a bit drab, there are some very easy ways to make this room feel a lot more welcoming. When discussing plans with your kitchen remodeling contractors, be sure to consider the following ideas.

Add Hardwood Floors

Tile floors are commonly chosen by homeowners who enlist kitchen remodeling services, as they’re easy to clean and are relatively durable. However, this isn’t your only option when renovating this room. Hardwood floors can add an immeasurable amount of beauty and warmth to any space. It’s not a traditional choice for a kitchen, as hardwood isn’t naturally water-resistant, but it can be an excellent way to make this space feel more welcoming. As long as you use area rugs to your advantage and clean up any spills promptly, you can keep your hardwood floors looking gorgeous even in the kitchen. If the rest of your design is clean and white, hardwood floors can act as a statement that invites guests to make themselves at home.

Include Some Texture

Textural elements are another good option for warming up a space. You can accomplish this by adding a unique backsplash, a wall tapestry, a sliding barn door, or some decorative bar stool cushions during kitchen renovations. You can even add texture with an interesting countertop or table material such as stone or reclaimed wood. An accent wall can be another option for adding texture, which can easily be accomplished with some natural shiplap, brick, or even a cheery paint color. Include these possibilities when discussing your kitchen renovation with your contractor. Rustic elements typically have both texture and warmth, so your choice in small decor elements can make this space feel more lived-in, as well.

Use Earth Tones

One of the easiest ways to add warmth is by using warm-toned components as part of your design. Browns, tans, oranges, yellows, soft grays, and even sage green can make a space feel vibrant and welcoming. Whether you utilize these colors in your flooring, cabinetry, countertops, backsplash, wall paint, appliances, seating, or fixtures, they can make a big impact on how you (and others) feel in the space. If your goal is to make the space feel warmer, you may want to minimize your use of blues, teals, purples, and certain grays during kitchen renovations.

Whether you love the clean and neutral look or you want something a bit more old-worldly, remodeling your kitchen with some warmth in mind can make this room an amazing asset to your home. To learn more about improving the look and feel of your kitchen, please contact us today.

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How the McBride Team Spent Their Time While Sheltering at Home

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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3 Signs Your Laundry Room Needs More Space

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

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

Getting around doors is a struggle

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

You fold your clothes somewhere else

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

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

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

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

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

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

Relocating: A Chance to Start Fresh… With a Cost

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

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

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

Whole Home Renovations: Putting Your Family First

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

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

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

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

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3 Reason to Choose Whole Home Remodeling for Your House

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

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

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

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

1. Whole-House Remodels Eases Financing

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

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

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

3. Whole House Remodeling Enhances Uniformity

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

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

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3 Benefits of a Kitchen Remodel

The kitchen is one of the most important spaces in your home. For most modern families with a myriad of tight schedules, one thing that brings them together is the food. If you have a family, especially a young one with one or two teens, the kitchen will be a convenient room to catch up with them. Adults and children may not always hang out as much, but you can bet they will all be hungry at some point, and the kitchen will be the popular destination for pretty much everyone in the family. However, your kitchen may not have the capacity to handle the resulting traffic, and you may have to do a kitchen remodel.

If your house was built in the mid-’90s, which is the case for the majority of North American homes, you will need to remodel your kitchen to fit your lifestyle. The last thing you want, is everyone in the family squeezed together in the kitchen as this may be risky, or worse still, everybody avoiding the kitchen because it is smoky, hot, and uncomfortable. To keep your kitchen more social and inviting, you may engage one of the experienced kitchen remodeling contractors, to work magic on your kitchen and turn it into an incredible space for all.

With all the modern designs that you can choose for your kitchen remodel, you might feel a bit uncertain and overwhelmed. Design-build remodeling has brought into light bespoke kitchen remodeling designs and this gives you hundreds of designs to choose from. To get the best fit kitchen to remodel, invite design-build remodeling contractors to help you sieve through different designs and find a customized one for your kitchen. Depending on your kitchen outlook and the space available, kitchen remodeling contractors will find the best remodel design that will give your kitchen more utility and functionality.

Here are more elements that kitchen remodeling contractors will add to your kitchen, and why you should seek kitchen remodeling services.

1. A Professionally Done Remodel Will Add More Beauty to Your Kitchen

The good thing about design-build remodelers is that they combine architects and builders in their team. When the two work together for your kitchen renovations, the result is a modern kitchen with unrivaled standards of beauty. The fact that they involve you in the remodeling process gives your kitchen a more personalized feel as you can see your ideas being birthed to life. Kitchen remodeling contractors go the extra mile to ensure that they integrate all the fancy ideas you have for your kitchen into a workable plan they can deliver. What’s better than having a kitchen remodeled to fit your taste and liking?

2. Kitchen Remodels Will Utilize New Technology

Technology has given life to new cooking technology that has greatly influenced the way people cook and prepare meals. Today, we have better ovens, new sources of cooking energy, advanced dishwashers, and cookers. Some of these kitchen appliances are designed in modern ways, and they may not fit properly in your current kitchen setting. Therefore, to take advantage of these new kitchen technologies, you may have to do a kitchen remodel.

3. Green Kitchens Will Influence Your Lifestyle Substantially

Kitchen remodels will adopt eco-friendly technology that will minimize energy consumption while improving energy efficiency. This will reduce your energy bills and you will get more value for your money. Resultantly, you can then afford to have more appliances in your kitchen like refrigerator drawers or microwave drawers. In turn, you will be able to cook and preserve healthier food and this will influence your lifestyle. In fact, Houzz has reported that one-third of homeowners who do a kitchen remodel say that they tend to adopt a healthier lifestyle after remodeling.

There are many more benefits that homeowners gain from a kitchen remodel. For the most part, a kitchen remodel will reflect your personal taste and, therefore, unless your contractor does a shoddy job, you will delight in the look of your new kitchen every minute you spend there with your friends and family.

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What to Consider When Hiring a Contractor

Trying to hire the right contractor to work on your home can sometimes be a daunting task. As a homeowner, if you don’t hire someone with the right qualifications, you can put yourself at risk. Before you hire a contractor, make sure you have completely researched him/her and his/her company.

Here are some important credentials to check out before signing the contract:

  1. Make sure the contractor has a license. Hiring an uninsured contractor can potentially cause problems and risks.
    1. Get the license number, name of contractor, name of company, phone number, and address so that you can confirm legitimacy of the company.
    2. Call the Contractors State License Board and BBB to check for any complaints, and past or pending lawsuits.
  2. Ask the contractor to provide client references, as well as supplier references so that you can check him out.
  3. Make sure the contractor will obtain the necessary permits before starting the job so that you don’t have to be concerned with doing it yourself.
  4. Find out if the contractor/company is insured for Workers Compensation and General Liability. Make sure the subcontractors are also insured; otherwise you may be liable if there are any injuries on your property.
  5. Ask the contractor to provide a complete fixed price contract with start and end dates, and accurate design drawings so that everything that is agreed upon is clearly stated and in one place.
  6. Find out what the warranty policy is.
  7. Find out what the policy is for changes that need to be made, but is already defined in the contract.
  8. Make sure there is a No Smoking, No Drinking, and No Drug policy on the job.
  9. Confirm that the job site will be cleaned up at the end of each day to ensure safety and orderliness.
  10. Make sure the contractor is someone you will be comfortable with having yourself and/or your children around.

Shopping for contractors takes time and effort, but is a necessary duty. You will be glad you did it when everything goes smoothly and efficiently, and you can enjoy the results of a job well done.

For over 34 years, McBride Construction Inc. has provided superior quality construction and remodeling service in Northern Michigan. We have succeeded in consistently delivering a first-class product and our reward is that our clients return for generations and refer their discerning friends. Contact us about your remodeling project today!