Kitchen Remodeling contractors

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.


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!


Value in what you don’t see: Foam Insulation Around Windows

Part of the value of hiring McBride Construction, Inc. is in the hidden details. At McBride Construction, we make it a point to to go the extra mile and ensure that even the unseen areas of your home are finished correctly. Case in point, we utilize foam insulation around every window we install.

Historically, the only method of insulating around windows was to pack the cavity with fiberglass insulation. The downsides of fiberglass are that it is nearly impossible to fill all of the nooks and crannies and that this form of insulation soaks up moisture rendering it ineffective. Currently, many contractors still rely on this method of insulation. At McBride Construction, Inc. we keep our eyes and ears open to learn of advancements in building and remodeling practices and have adapted the method of insulating with foam around windows.

Being located in Northern Michigan where our winters are long and cold, the fact that spray foam insulation saves on energy costs and lowers utility bills is important to us. In fact, studies by the US Department of Energy show that 40% of a home’s energy is lost as the result of air infiltration through walls, windows and doorways. Buildings treated with spray foam insulation typically insulate as much as 50% better than traditional insulation products.

 An insulating material’s resistance to conductive heat flow is measured or rated in terms of its thermal resistance or R-value—the higher the R-value, the greater the insulating effectiveness. Learn more here.

At McBride Construction, Inc. we know there is more to the science of remodeling and new construction than just nailing a few boards together. Obviously, we strive to make the visual appearance of our work appealing but we are proud of our work behind the scenes to ensure superior functionality.


Why McBride’s Designations Matter to Your Remodeling Project #1

In the “Our Team” section of the website my name is listed and then followed by a series of initials:  CGR, CGB, CGP, CAPS.  Listed out like that, they may look impressive; but they may not seem to have a whole lot of meaning nor much bearing on the kind of work we are able to do for you. In a series of blog articles, I’ll explain the meaning of each abbreviation and describe why I invested the time and money into earning the right to use these initials—for the sake of the jobs we undertake for you.

These initials are actually “designations” awarded by the University of Housing, which is the educational branch of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). The NAHB has approximately 50,000 Builder Members across the country, of which McBride Construction is one. One of the primary purposes of the NAHB is to improve the professionalism of its members in order to provide better quality housing stock throughout the country.  For that purpose, they have developed educational curricula concentrating on the kinds of projects that builders and remodelers throughout the country undertake. They have also selected experts from around the country to teach the classes required by any particular curriculum. When a student meets the requirements of the designation by taking classes, exhibiting experience, and passing examinations, they graduate and are entitled to use that designation after their name—for a period of 3 years. To keep the designation beyond that, they keep taking Continuing Education classes. What this means is that the builders and remodelers who hold these designations stay on the top of their game.

If you are considering a building or remodeling project, consider your options:

  1. You could choose a contractor who does not invest in ongoing education. They do the work to the best of their knowledge, but it may not be using the latest best practices of the industry. They are as good as what they have been able to learn through experience.
  2. Or you could choose a contractor who is committed to investing in continuing education. This contractor has a network of associates who are the best in the country and is able to gain from their experience. This contractor dialogs with others who also strive to build businesses that provide a great customer experience.  They learn about new and upcoming laws and regulations, so that they can complete jobs without unnecessary interruptions and unexpected costs. This contractor stays on top of new products and trends, so that they can educate their clients about possibilities which they hadn’t even yet envisioned.

This contractor has invested time and money into building themselves and their company to be able to offer unequaled service and the most satisfactory of results. As a result of this investment, they have a network of people from around the country who can advise them when they meet challenging situations. They are committed to their clients’ for the long haul.  After investing so much into their professionalism and business, they can’t leave it all behind easily.

Because of my commitment to providing excellence to my customers, I’ve chosen to continually train myself and my crew on the latest best practices in the industry. I’ve joined and been active in the association. I’ve traveled to where the courses were offered. I’ve networked with the best minds in the industry. I’ve learned so much—and I’m still learning. I’ve passed the tests and earned the designations. And over the years, as I was investing in my education and in my company, we’ve remained here as solid as a rock for over 30 years.

Stay tuned for explanations of each designation and how those designations can mean better results for your project.