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22 Oct Merkel Street | new project

Our man Scottie has been assigned to oversee our latest renovation on Merkel Street. Set in Halifax north end, just minutes from the Hydrostone, this 70 something year old home will be getting a full MRB makeover. Before building could commence, Scottie made arrangements for an existing addition (probably around 20 years old) to be removed. All electrical from the back of the house had to be deleted, and some relief cuts made to allow us to remove the addition without disturbing the original home. The excavator and it's claw made short work of demolishing the old to make room for the new. ...

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15 Oct St Margaret’s Bay Rd | our 3rd visit

The writing is on the wall. Literally. MRB Contracting returned to our valued clients property for the third time. Not for repair or replacement of work completed of course, but rather, for the next stage of our clients dream. Like we've said before, building your dream does not have to be done all in one hit. We love to work with you; design, plan, and budget. For now, and for your future. And so, on this our third visit, we will complete the re-shingling of this home. If you look closely at the photo below you can see handwriting on the original sheathing boards that were exposed when we stripped off the old shingling. Like a true artist, the craftsman that built this house on September 27th, 1931 has signed his name. We trust we are doing his work justice. And making him proud to see MRB Contracting give this home new strength to face the next 80 years.    ...

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08 Oct Elm St | progress

In just a few short weeks this dated house has been transformed. The photos really say it all. It was out with the old and in with the new. Kitchen, bathroom and laundry have been completely renovated. Homeowners, Stefan and Breanna, chose to install 'shaker' cabinets in their fully renovated kitchen. The word 'Shaker' refers to the recessed panel design of the cabinet doors. Traditionally the 'Shakers' were known to be fine craftsman and carpenters using traditional design and minimal adornments. The plumbers and electricians have completed their work, with finishing touches from painters and millwork today we are almost ready to call it a day. We wish our friend Stefan and his family every happiness in their new home! NB. Yes- thats Mike. Great to have him out of the office and sporting his tool belt ;) ...

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15 Sep Unbridled Path |Rothesay NB

New projects are super exciting. They open opportunity for us with new design and design teams, new clients, and best of all new challenges! This awesome design by The Acre, will become part of the local community in Rothesay. Just 15 minutes from Saint John in one of Atlantic Canada's most attractive living environments. First pics here show the excavation for the main house. Footings were poured and the ICF (Insulating Concrete Form) foundation wall locked together somewhat like LEGO. When construction of the wall form is complete it will be filled with concrete. This build will be one to watch! ...

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09 Sep Blind Bay | Shades of Grey Pt 2

Scottie has been back at Blind Bay and 'Grey’ is what he's been seeing! The stunning colour palette of Cape Cod cladding as featured on the main house has been used again on the detached garage. Like a camouflage, this 'part 2' will settle in to the stunning vista and surrounds. Interior is insulated and lined with plywood for dry and secure storage areas. We have loved being back at Blind Bay. ...

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02 Sep MRB family trip | PEI 2015

Hard to believe a year has gone by so fast. In MRB Contracting style and tradition, Thursday morning we loaded up the fleet bound for beautiful Prince Edward Island. Seriously wet conditions as we crossed the Cobequid Pass led to clearing welcoming skies as we came ashore the island. Again...

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26 Aug Elm St | new project

It's always great when we get the opportunity for a project from someone we know. Someone who has chosen MRB Contracting because they've experienced our company culture, not just read about it! We've worked with our good friend Stefan on many projects. He is our supplier and specialist of the innovative architectural products we use. Cembrit, Firestone, Vaproshield to name a few. Check out his extensive profile, knowledge and products at Keel Architectural Products. We have commenced work on Stefans house, and look forward to making it his family home. ...

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19 Aug MRB Contracting | expanding our wings

Since conception, MRB Contracting has developed and grown roots in and around our gorgeous hometown of Halifax. With a few amazing project opportunities ie. Kingsburgh Cottage, in outlying areas of stunning Nova Scotia along way. We are excited to announce that MRB Contracting is branching even further and is commencing work on projects in beautiful New Brunswick. Working in collaboration with architects at The Acre, Smitty will lead these first builds to completion. Excavation on the sites in Rothesay and St. Andrews will commence next week. Go MRB team New Brunswick! ...

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11 Aug Wyndrock Drive | Steevo’s Tips

How to make a stand off block for a light fixture. Step 1: Choose a piece of lumber thick enough to sit proud of your siding or shingles, ensuring it is about 3/4" larger than the footprint of your light fixture. Step 2 : Locate center on your block. Step 3 Using a 4&1/8" hole saw , plunge in about 5/8" to allow the pancake box to sit flush with the surface. Step 4 Using a small palm router , plunge in to remove the parts of the cut out. The first pass with the router should be about 1/4". Then take a second pass at 3/8" depth. Step 5 Mount the block on your rainscreen, be sure to flash it and drill a 7/8" hole for your wire to pass through. Now your light fixture will sit flat regardless of shingles or siding. ...

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04 Aug Bland Street | flat revamp

The team at MRB Contracting have always got something on the go. No job is too big or too small! Scottie has been busy in the south end giving our clients rental flat a complete overhaul. Now that we have all the interior walls filled with Roxul Safe and Sound insulation, the exterior walls are filled with 2 lb closed cell spray foam insulation. Ceilings have been covered with two layers 5/8" fire rated drywall, attached to resilient sound channel strapping, and we are completely painted out. Now it's time for finishes. Engineered wide plank hardwood has been installed in three bedrooms. Tile in the kitchen and bathroom finishes have commenced. The finishes on this one will roll out fast for move in time for the lucky new tenants! ...

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28 Jul Blind Bay | we meet again

A returning customer is the biggest compliment. And like the returning tide we came back to plan and design with our client at Blind Bay. A simple detached single car garage with a rear heated space for dry winter storage is part two. Again we will use the 'Shades of Grey' Cape Cod siding colour palette to clad and settle this building into the stunning landscape. ...

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24 Jul Why MRB Contracting?

At MRB Contracting we talk about our standards, our expectations, and our craftsmanship. The pride we all take in our work. Take a minute and have a read of what our clients have to say. "...

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21 Jul Wyndrock Drive | update

Step by step this gorgeous old home is getting it's much deserved makeover. You might recall from our first story here, this homes windows needed replacing as well as repairing the water damage that had occurred. We also discovered rot on the garage wall as a result of no rainscreen and a life spent in the shade. Steevo and the team remove the water damaged insulation, fix some framing, replace all the lower sheathing , and install Wrapshield IT. The home is getting a new Maibec cladding finish chosen from their awesome range of 'colour palettes inspired by the beauty of nature.' Of course, new windows means new trim. So on the inside, each of the windows is getting a gorgeous new trim makeover. ...

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14 Jul One for Cats | portfolio reveal

If you followed Scottie on this build last year, you might remember the consideration in design that was for the furry members of this family in their renovation. The Wilson Blvd portfolio showcases the 'Catarium'. Along with a beautiful kitchen/living space too! ...

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10 Jul Purcells Cove Rd | taking shape

Given the enormity of this new construction we're not quite ready to say we're on the homestretch, but we are definitely seeing the light! Our full focus is on craftsmanship and attention to detail and we are really beginning to see the fruits of our labour. With the pending arrival of painters on Monday, the drywallers are finishing up. Electricians will also be back. Outside work is taking shape with landscape features that help settle this build back in to the surrounds. Stunning architectural design cladding continues in the soffit and drive through of the home. Every aspect as important as another. Corey and the team enjoy the beautiful summer days as they head for home! ...

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07 Jul Chestnut St | what lies beneath?

How safe is your deck? Summer is finally here and so begins the season of outdoor living, BBQ's and maybe a few beer with friends. With plans to replace the existing decking on our Chestnut St renovation, Scottie went to it and ripped up the old deck. It was then he could see the extensive rot that was below. Owners opted for a full replacement; post tech footings, redesigned shape and deluxe planter boxes built to 'outlive a Volkwagen' (thanks Scottie!) Don't become a 'deck collapse' story this summer. As Scottie discovered here at Chestnut St, it pays to know what lies beneath! ...

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02 Jul For Sale | Moore Studio

Once upon a time, there was an architect Omar Gandhi, and a contractor MRB. They met and just knew they could work well together. Shortly after, they made this! And now, our first time collaboration, could be yours. Check out this listing! ...

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30 Jun Wyndrock Drive | biscuits and building??

I don't think you'd stand alone if you've never heard of 'Biscuit Joinery'! Steevo and the team at Wyndrock have been crafting 'cornerboards' using the biscuit joining system. Step 1. Steevo uses a biscuit joiner to cut mortises for the biscuits. Step 2. Then, he fills the hole with glue Step 3. Next, Steevo inserts the biscuit Step 4. He then joins boards together and secures them with clamps. Steevo further concretes the join using ring shank stainless nails. Step 5. Finally he runs a bead of caulking on the inside to really keep things watertight. And Voila. We have a strong and watertight cornerboard ready to install. NB. A cornerboard is used to frame siding or shingles at inside and outside corners....

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23 Jun Marlborough Ave | homestretch

Smitty has been crazy busy this past week bringing it all home on our Marlborough Ave renovation. The long list of sub trades have finished up their roles; The tiling is complete, Plumbing fixtures are in, And the painters have put away the brushes. The next couple of days will see the electrical get wrapped up, and the last pieces of custom millwork go in. Finally, once the stairs and railing installation is complete, our owners will move back in and make it home again. ...

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