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Expecting House Guests? Here’s What They’ll Notice (And What You Should Upgrade)

Owning a home is a rite of passage for many of us. And if you love to play host or hostess, you might see your home as a means to entertain friends and family on a regular basis. When you welcome loved ones from every corner of the globe, you know your home needs to be in tip-top shape. However, you might not see your home as your guests do. You may have already become accustomed to your property’s quirks, but visitors might feel these shortcomings translate to a lack of hospitality.

If you really want to knock the socks off your guests and make an incredible impression, you need to pay attention to the areas that really matter to visitors. Whether you’ve invited your in-laws to stay for a week or you’re making your guest room available for one night, here’s what your visitors will notice — and what you should discuss with your design build remodeling contractor.

Privacy

Privacy is an important factor for permanent members of your household and for short-term guests. Even if you have a close relationship with those who come to visit, you still need to have some physical barriers to ensure they feel comfortable in your home. If they feel like every movement or sound can be readily observed by everyone else in the house, they won’t be able to enjoy themselves during their stay.

You may want to talk to your home addition contractor about creating a separate space for guests, particularly if you have visitors who will be staying for a longer period. You might be able to create something like an in-law suite that allows for a separate entrance. Of course, you don’t have to pursue whole home renovations to create a sense of privacy. Installing a new shower curtain, adding window privacy film, or adding a sliding barn door can work wonders.

Lighting

No one wants to stay in a place that feels like a dark cave! If your home has a lack of natural lighting, especially in spaces like the bathroom and kitchen, your guests might feel frustrated. In some cases, this could even pose a safety hazard.

Those who are in the position to add some natural light in the form of windows (or even skylights) might want to talk to their renovation team about this possibility. Otherwise, you’ll need to supplement with additional lighting fixtures throughout the home. Make sure that your guests will be able to comfortably see in front of the bathroom mirror, in the cooking and dining areas, and in the guest bedroom.

Amenities

No one expects you to have the same perks as a five-star hotel, but anything you can do to add more convenience to your guests’ stay can win you some brownie points.

For instance, you might want to talk to your home addition contractor about adding an extra washer and dryer to your basement renovation or second-story addition. Since the average U.S. family does eight to 10 loads of laundry each week, this is a feature that can benefit both your family and your guests. Even a simple set of bathroom toiletries, fresh towels or linens, or an extra bathrobe can make your guests feel right at home.

Storage

If your home is lacking in storage, your family might already be short on space. But you need to make sure you have enough storage for your guests, as well. If all of your closets are overflowing, the guest room is doubling as a home office, and your basement is functioning as a large storage warehouse, your guests are going to feel cramped.

If you simply don’t have enough room for your basic needs, you should discuss a plan with your home addition contractor to create additional spaces for both your family and your guests. And if you’re renovating the bathroom, kitchen, or guest room, make sure to factor lots of built-in storage into the design!

Want to make your home even more welcoming for guests? We can take your space to the next level. Contact us today to learn more.

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COVID-19 Operational Update: Open For Business

We are pleased to share that, effective May 7, 2020, McBride Remodeling has been given the okay to resume working on construction projects. Our production team members have all been reactivated and we are busy rebuilding our construction schedules. In other words, we are open for business!

Of course, it’s far from a return to business as usual. COVID-19 has altered the way all businesses will be operating for the foreseeable future. McBride Remodeling is no exception. For the health and well-being of our team members, clients, and trade partners, we will be strictly adhering to the CDC guidelines for safety and social distancing in the office and out in the field. See our Safety Checklist below for more details.

Many thanks to our team members who continued to work from home throughout the stay-at-home order to keep projects moving through design and planning. Our production team members, who were furloughed, stayed busy working on projects around their homes. They are a talented group and we could not be prouder of them. Follow this link to see photos and learn more about their projects.  

Thanks also to our clients who reached out with messages of encouragement and support throughout this challenging period. Your continued faith and loyalty mean more to us than you know. For those of you with active construction projects, we look forward to moving those projects through the construction phase as quickly and safely as possible.

For anyone looking for assistance remodeling or opening their vacation home for the season, we encourage you to contact us to start a conversation. We have become adept at video conferencing, but our office is open for any who would like to visit “masked-face to masked-face” for an in-person consultation.

McBride Remodeling Safety Checklist

These are uncertain times for all of us but McBride Remodeling is committed to providing you excellent results—safely and efficiently. With 38 years of experience and a reputation for high-quality work, we have developed a streamlined, customer-centric approach.  In these uncertain times, we want to make sure safety is at the forefront of all we do for our clients. To that end, we have developed the following safety checklist to assist in rising to the challenges presented by COVID-19.

  • To ensure that both clients and team members are aware of the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services guidelines for COVID-19, we will provide copies, and ensure that all parties are adhering to them. This includes having and using Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) such as masks, gloves and hand-sanitizer; regularly washing our hands with soap and water and maintaining social distancing while workers are on the work site.
  • We will have daily communication as we work in your home. Any issues or concerns that may arise will be known in real time for swift resolution.
  • McBride Remodeling will not have any workers in your home if they are sick, exhibit signs of illness or have been exposed to anyone with COVID-19. Similarly, you as well will inform us when we are on the work site if anyone in the home is sick, exhibiting signs of illness or has been exposed to anyone with COVID-19.
  • Stopping the spread of COVID-19 is everyone’s responsibility. We pledge to do our part and expect our clients and trade partners to do the same.
  • The required use of PPE is an additional cost of doing business and the McBride team will use what is necessary to be safe and to get the job done.

Together we can meet the challenges we face with COVID-19.   With your help and commitment, we will maintain a safe work environment while delivering the excellent outcome we are known for in the industry. We are in this together and as a token of our appreciation, McBride Remodeling will absorb the cost of the additional PPE and related procedures we have implemented to keep all safe and healthy.

Thank you again for your continued support!

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Status Update

Greetings all. I hope all are well and comfortably sheltering in place.

I had hoped at this time I would be reporting our plans to return to work on construction projects. The Governor has, for the health and safety of Michiganders, decided to keep the stay-at-home order in place until May 1st. As updates become available, I will be sure to share them with you.

In the interim, I wanted to share that the McBride Remodeling Team and their families are currently healthy and all is well. We have a weekly phone meeting where we check on each other and offer support. Note that many of our staff continue to work from home on designs and planning future projects. If you have a project in mind, this is an excellent time to schedule a virtual consultation.

I also want to share that we are still doing emergency repairs and house checks. So if you have any issues call us we will respond ASAP. Earlier this week we fixed a leaking roof and a serious electrical problem.

In light of the nature of this pandemic, we are actively preparing enhanced safety protocols for when we start working on job sites again. Know that the health and safety of all of our workers, clients, and community are the highest priority for us; It was before the outbreak and will continue long after we close this chapter on COVID-19. We have long been a leader in the remodeling industry for keeping projects clean and safe.

On a different note, we all know and love Northern Michigan. Many of the folks up here are suffering and need assistance. McBride Remodeling, McBride Development, and Northland Self Storage will be supporting Manna, the local food bank. If you feel in your heart that you would like to help this worthy cause, please use the link above to visit their site and make a donation.

We would also encourage you to support our local restaurants. Many are offering gift cards for sale that can be used this summer when things return to normal. We’ve prepared this list of some of our favorites. Whether you make a donation to Manna or purchase a gift card (or two), please accept our thanks for your kind and generous support.

Stay strong and healthy.

Sincerely,

Dave McBride

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Keeping Our Community Healthy

As we continue to take unprecedented precautions for the health of our families, friends, and that of our communities, let’s also take care of our local economy. We have close ties to our community, and as an independent business ourselves, we’re acutely aware of how much local businesses contribute to the quality of life here in Northern Michigan.

Restaurants, as you know, are especially hurting right now. You have an easy way to help support them and help their businesses stay afloat. If you’re local, forget about cooking dinner for a night or two, and order for take-out or delivery. If you’re out of the area, buy a gift certificate you can use this summer, or send food or gift certificates to places that are working hard to keep us safe, like our hospitals, urgent care centers, and first responders. If you can, please tip generously — many places are using gratuities to help their laid-off workers.

To help, here’s a list of the McBride Remodeling team’s favorite places. Please give these restaurants your business. While you take care of your family’s health, you can support the well-being of those who work in these places too. Even though we’re physically separated, we can all work together to support vulnerable members of our business community. 

Thanks in advance for your support. We wish you all the best during these challenging times.

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Are Home Additions Beneficial to Your Property?

Do you dream of having a study area or a home office room? If so, then you’ll need more space that will hold the new utility area that you’ll need. Home additions are an ideal method of creating more space that can change your home and provide your family and friends all the space and amenities they’ll need. Apart from providing you with more square footage and utility areas, home additions present many benefits. But where are the home additions contractors near me?

Read on to get tips on how to choose an ideal contractor and some of the top home additions benefit that you may need to consider when seeking to add more rooms and square footage to your home during home addition renovations.

Property Value Addition

A home with more square footage and rooms has more value than one with few rooms and low square footage. A home addition can help you to add more space to your home and square footage. Such additions also allow you to create more utility areas.

Creation of More Indoor Space

Is your kitchen and dining area too small to hold a home party? If so, then you might need kitchen remodeling services to increase your space. Most homeowners who seek to renovate or refurbish their homes often express the need to create more indoor space. With the help of home addition contractors near me, home additions can allow you to create more rooms and space to store your workout equipment or bikes and many other items.

Lease or Rental Income

Do you need a workout gym that is close to your home or a small library and study area for your home-based studies? Then you may share such everyday needs with your neighbors. You can build a home gym area and equip it with all the necessary gym equipment. You can lease such space to your local fitness enthusiasts within your neighborhood.

Home Additions Add Luxury to Your Interiors

Do you wish to add a sink or bathtub to your master bathroom? Do you need to add a swimming pool to your roof? If your space permits the installation of such luxurious additions, then your home addition project will add more luxurious utility spaces and lavish items within your home.

With a Home Addition, You can Host More Friends and Family Members

According to the findings from a Pew Research Center study conducted in 2012, approximately 40% or 21.6 million young people aged between 18 and 31 live with their parents. More older adults are also moving back in with their children to cut down their housing expenses. An estimated 4.6 million older adults move back in to cut down their housing expenses.

With enough space, you can make a home addition that includes an entire bedroom and a complete bathroom if your plumbing allows. With the help of home addition contractors near me, you can get more space, which can host your elderly parents or your child who isn’t ready to move out yet.

Home Additions Eliminate the Need to Move

It’s rather evident that home additions will be cheaper than moving. Moving presents an enormous hassle and considerable expenses because you have to hire a moving company and pay for their packing, transportation, unpacking, and insurance that covers your items. Instead of looking for a moving contractor, go for home addition contractors near me.

Conclusion

Approximately 85% of homes in the country were built before 1980, and most of these homes need some refurbishing. A home addition project provides you with an ingenious way to transform your home into a dream home with all the spaces that you’ll need to live with comfort. Additions are often less expensive than whole home renovations that involve your entire home.

Whether you’re looking for an extra room for your study or need to update your kitchen, you should never overlook a home addition as a homeowner. A simple search for home addition contractors near me on most online platforms should get you an ideal home addition contractor for your project.

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McBride Remodeling Operational Update

I want to take a moment to share an update on our current mode of operation. In compliance with the current “stay-at-home” order, we have placed construction projects temporarily on hold, but we remain open for “virtual” business. The McBride team is moving forward with design consultations, design development, and construction planning–from the comfort of our own homes.

Fortunately, we are well-equipped to work with clients remotely. Since so many of our clients reside outside of the area, we have invested in the technology to facilitate these “long-distance relationships”. From our web-based project management system to our design software and video conferencing capabilities, we have all the collaboration tools at our disposal for developing designs, providing estimates, facilitating material selections and planning construction for projects of any scope and size.

It goes without saying that we are concerned about the safety and well-being of our clients, team members and trade partners. As always, we take the greatest precautions to protect all the stakeholders. Ordinarily, that means running well-organized and clean job sites and mitigating issues like dust, asbestos, and lead paint. These days, job-site safety has taken on a whole new meaning. Whether the threat is a virus or another airborne contaminant, rest assured, we will remain vigilant in following the necessary safety protocols to protect you and your families.

As you spend time in your home thinking of all the ways it can be improved upon to make the space more comfortable, please don’t hesitate to contact us to schedule a virtual consultation about your next project. This is the ideal time to begin planning so that we’ll be ready to hit the ground running when the shut down is lifted.

Thanks to all of you who have reached out to us with words of encouragement and support during this unsettling time. We appreciate your thoughtfulness and look forward to working with you again soon.

Sincerely,

Dave McBride

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Top 4 Materials for Modern Countertops

Countertops set the style and tone of your kitchen. As a central part of the room, it has a great impact on aesthetics.

However, they type of countertop you choose has implications in terms of functionality and durability. The home renovation sector is projected to grow by 2% to 2025. The growth has seen an increase in the number of kitchen renovation services and products.

In this article, we’ll be looking at the different types of countertops you can get from your kitchen remodeling contractor.

Engineered Quartz

Quartz is becoming one of the popular choices for high-end kitchen renovations. It is made up of a mixture of aggregates, including quartz and engineered stone. The materials are forged together by a chemical binder. There are different types of quartz aggregates, such as Silestone, Celador, and CaesarStone, among others.

The main advantage of engineered quartz for kitchen remodeling is durability and aesthetics. You can get the look of natural stone, without worrying about the surface deteriorating. It is less susceptible to dents and scratches than marble and granite.

Soapstone

Soapstone is a natural stone with a smooth surface. It is also non-porous, which reduces the risk of bacteria growth. Your kitchen remodeling contractor may recommend it for a busy home because they also are resistant to heat.

Soapstone develops a patina as it ages. By applying oil on it, you can encourage the development of the patina for aesthetics. The main issue with it is that it can sustain scratches and dents. But with good maintenance, it is an ideal choice for kitchen renovations, for its durability and beauty.

Stainless steel

Stainless steel is not an entirely new material for countertops. It has been a feature of restaurants for many decades. Stainless steel is now common for residential projects.

One of the disadvantages of stainless steel is that it can leave fingerprints and oil marks on the material. You must be cautious when using the countertop as it can leave scratches on the surface.

However, it is easy to clean, and the dents become less conspicuous as time goes by. An experienced kitchen remodeling contractor can quickly fix scratches. It can be the perfect choice if you are going for the industrial style with your whole home remodeling project.

Concrete

Concrete was a popular option three decades ago. It involved pouring the mixture on the countertop. However, today home addition contractors use advanced methods of installation like precasting that is non-intrusive.

The main advantage is that it is affordable and long-lasting. Concrete has better formulations than in the past, which makes it stronger. They come in a wide variety of textures and colors. It can be a good choice for a busy kitchen, where resistance to heat, scratching, and dents are critical. Concrete is also easy to repair as compared to other countertops given that chips, cracks, and dents can be filled using locally available concrete patch.

In Conclusion

Countertops can be found in a wide range of materials today. Each material has its qualities; some are chosen for their durability, and others for their aesthetics. You ought to carefully evaluate your choices against your needs, before calling a kitchen remodeling contractor for installation.

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McBride Service Day Helps The Manna Food Project

In December, our team visited the Manna Food Project for a day of service. We helped to package 200 boxes of food for families in need. While we were there, we took the opportunity to prepare a tasty breakfast for the hard working Manna staff and volunteers. Finally, to show our appreciation for the wonderful work they do, McBride Remodeling made a $500 contribution to the organization, as well.  Toggle through the gallery below for a few highlights from our visit. For more information on this worthy non-profit organization, we encourage you to visit: mannafoodproject.org

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McBride Earns Fifth Consecutive Top 500 Remodeler Award

Dave McBride, Owner of McBride Remodeling, poses with his Top 500 Award plaques.

For the fifth consecutive year, McBride Remodeling has been selected as one of Qualified Remodeler’s Top 500 Remodeling firms. As the country’s premier publication serving home improvement specialists, Qualified Remodeler has been tracking the largest and most successful companies in the industry since 1978. McBride Remodeling’s spot on the list solidifies its position as one of the top remodelers in the United States.

“We are honored to be included on QR’s list of top remodelers. It’s a testament to the hard work and craftsmanship of our team, and the support of our community. We’re proud to have helped generations of families create the homes of their dreams,” says Dave McBride, Owner of McBride Remodeling.

To qualify for the QR Top 500, businesses must meet a set of criteria including installed remodeling dollar volume, total years in business, industry association membership, industry certification, industry awards, and community service.

“Based on Qualified Remodeler’s analysis, the Top 500 firms tend to share several common attributes, including strong revenues, a commitment to customer service, insightful sales techniques and strong customer loyalty,” says Qualified Remodeler owner and editorial director, Patrick O’Toole. “These attributes helped put the firms on this list and contribute to their success.”

McBride Remodeling has been crafting beautiful, inspiring home environments with superior quality and craftsmanship for over 35 years. Their core values of professionalism, cultivating relationships, integrity, dedication to community, and the drive for excellence guide every home maintenance and remodeling project, making them the preferred choice for home remodeling in Petoskey and beyond.