manna food project 2019

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:


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.


Welcoming Earl to the McBride Team

Today is a particularly proud day for our McBride team as we get to introduce all of you to the newest addition to our company. I’m sure you will find him a strong symbol of all the hard work we accomplish here at McBride Construction. 

You may have seen him hanging around the office for a few weeks and wondered… who is this new guy?  Well, we can tell you he is as strong as steel and has the strength of 10 men. His stature’s been the same ever since he was brought into this world. He is a tough one who many say was forged from fire. His nickname is “Tube-Man”, but his real name is Earl!  

We had to persuade him to come up to Northern Michigan where he could enjoy life a bit more. He is an old soul and deserves some of the comforts we all have here. He has been called many things through his extensive work in the trades. His reputation for years has been part of the folklore told around campfires. There have been songs written about him and his work. His time in the south of Florida has left him a reputation that spans many years of stories, jokes and a standard of the work ethic known only as “Earl”. Because of his unknown background, but obvious vast experience, many have bragged that he actually had a hand at solving some of the most difficult construction projects known to man…  

  • The Colossus of Rhodes
  • Great Pyramid of Giza
  • Hanging Gardens of Babylon
  • The Eiffel Tower

Mysteriously there are cave drawings near The Hanging Gardens of Babylon and The Pyramids of a stick figure of a tube-like man who carries a HUGE hammer and spike. No one can verify Earl’s age, so don’t ever ask him, and he sure won’t tell you about his travels.

In our time of knowing him it has been very hard to determine the validity of many of the stories that are told, but this we know to be true from a trusted source…Earl brings Good Luck! His fellow workers down south worked tirelessly next to him in the blazing sun, and he always was on site for inspiration and a symbol of work well done.  At days end fellow workers honored his presence with a simple pat on his hard hat just for a job well done, and it always brought them good luck and safe results. So as you get familiar with Earl as our newest hardworking symbol, remember the folklore that will bring you good luck for the rest of your days. A simple pat on his hard hat or maybe just a little recognition as you walk by can’t hurt. 

The bottom line is that Earl does represent what we all do every day. We work safe, hard, and proudly carry a BIG hammer. We’re very glad he is in our corner and will keep a watchful eye on all of us. 


What is McBride’s Design/Build Difference

What is design-build?

Design/build is a method you can use on your next construction project that assigns one firm to do the design and construction. This is a different approach from the traditional construction process, where you would hire an architectural firm to design a structure, and then request bids from contractors to build the structure based on the design. You can compare design-build to design-bid-build here.

In design-build, you communicate with a single point of contact for both the design and construction of your project. This may be a better approach to take because it can help you reduce risks and control costs. For example, if your design is seen as impractical from the builder’s perspective, you have the opportunity to discover and resolve the issue with your design-build contractor before significant work is started. In turn, this will reduce your overall costs and lead to better results.

Having a single point of contact also helps you, as the homeowner, to maintain control over your project. Instead of having multiple design and construction budgets to oversee, you can use design-build to help you negotiate an overall cost for completing the project and moving forward in construction with the same team that initiated the design.

Having a single driving force working with you may provide real advantages, considering all the risks and errors that can occur during a construction project. The Design/Build method helps increase your involvement and control over the project management and communication, which will ultimately help you complete your project successfully, with less stress and frustration.

The McBride Difference

A design-build company such as McBride Construction can often offer an easier and more affordable remodeling solution. From the very beginning of your project, our team of professionals make it a collaborative effort to draw up your plans and be held accountable for the final result. Our mission statement, “to provide superior quality construction and remodeling services, while doing what it takes to make the process as smooth and enjoyable as possible for the client”, infiltrates every aspect of our business. Read more about our McBride Method here, and give us a call for your next construction or remodeling project.