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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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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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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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08 May Chestnut Street | progress

Scotties update from Chestnut Street is yet another gorgeous example of marrying the old with new. Over the years, this home has been given several face lifts using a variety of finishes. This time, MRB Contracting will be using the tried procedures and tested products to ensure it will stand the test of time. By the time this project is crafted and completed the interior will be cosy and comfortable, and the exterior will look like new. Nice job Scottie! ...

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04 Feb Gottingen St | interior trim

Steevo and the team at Gottingen have been thankful for work indoors. This past week has been a big push on getting the interior trims completed. We called on our friends at East Coast Specialty Hardwoods to custom match the trims to the homes original. We sent them samples of what we needed and they shaped them out of poplar wood, which paints very well. Window casings were reproduced with two pieces. One wide trim and the second a backband. Each door has plinth blocks to set the casings on, and the baseboard is a three piece assembley with base, cap , and shoe. We also got the behemoth stone bathtub in place. The corbels that frame the arch in this were hand made by Forbes Restoration. They were made to replicate the two old plaster ones that unfortunately we were unable to save. ...

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Gottingen North End Renovation

23 Oct Gottingen St | Old Meets New

With the demolition of the unwanted add-on and concrete foundations now all complete, the MRB team have shifted their focus to the 'improvements and renovations.' This beautiful Victorian North End home still boasts many features dating back from its original construction in the 1870's. Ornate plaster mouldings and archways, high baseboards, wide flooring and stunning cedar shingles have all stood the test of time. Joined on site by Jonathon; Steevo will be using his experience, knowledge and fine craftsmanship to preserve these heritage features. Utilising modern building enclosure design and technology, along with traditional cedar shingles will ensure energy efficiency and comfort, without altering the overall appearance. Replica external dentil and mouldings will be carefully crafted to adorn the home. ...

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MRB Contracting team member Phil volunteers his weekends

09 Oct MRB | what are you doing this weekend?

The team at MRB Contracting are a diverse group of motivated individuals. Midweek we come together and share a passion for custom modern architecture, skilled craftsmanship and the overall urge to build things. Weekends are filled with all array of activities, however, to no surprise, many of us are still building things. Our team member Phil, humbly volunteers his time to 'Habitat for Humanity.' "I've been involved with Habitat for Humanity on several builds over the past couple years. What got me involved with the organization was simply that I really enjoy doing carpentry and it was a great chance for me to use my skills to help someone. I usually work as a Crew Leader and can have as many as 12 volunteers working under me. A majority of them have never swung a hammer before but with so many volunteers we accomplish a lot in one 8 hour shift." Check out the project Phil is currently working on in North Kentville. If, like Phil, you would like to support this organisation you can volunteer your time, or alternatively, you can shop for building and renovation supplies at their ReStore [caption id="attachment_5612" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Kingscountynews photo[/caption]...

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30 Sep Westmount | as easy as 1, 2, 3 !

You can't turn on the television without seeing a DIY reality program where 'everyone is a carpenter!' What was portrayed to be a simple list of upgrades, 'just remove that wall', 'replace the tub', or 'extend the deck', all made to sound so easy. DIY? Or perhaps 'that guy next door can help?' He's handy! All too often these projects are MUCH bigger than expected and can end in disaster. And as mentioned in other posts, there is no way of knowing what might be revealed once things start getting pulled down. Know exactly what is involved right from the start. Advice, timeline, budget, anticipated hold ups, product knowledge and options, it's all part of our job. Employ professional experienced contractors right from start and your renovation can be a pleasure! A perfect example is Jonathan's work on our Westmount renovation. With work almost complete our client will be enjoying their home without having to worry about a thing! ...

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23 Sep Clifton St | Not just a ceiling

Our Clifton Street build has many bespoke features, the stairs, and outdoor cedar benches to name a few. Another stunning installation in this home is the design and craftsmanship of the drop ceilings. Photos show Pete at work meticulously cutting and fitting SPF (Spruce, Pine, Fir), more often used as flooring, into this stunning feature ceiling. Holes are cut in preparation for lighting, and corners are carefully mitred for a perfect finish. Finally, a urethane coat is applied for a subtle matt finish allowing the beauty of the natural wood to become the highlight. ...

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16 Sep For Sale | 2454 James St

Remember our James Street job completed in early 2012? These gorgeous flats could now be yours. Design by Omar Gandhi and craftsmanship and work by MRB Contracting, an investment opportunity like this doesn't come along too often. For full details and further appraisal of this listing head to Red Door Realty Attention to detail is evident in all aspects of the buildings form & function The design offers clean architecture with an intuitive living space ...

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11 Sep Clifton St | Stairs

Take a minute to check out what foreman Smitty has been crafting. Wow! Way beyond a functioning staircase, these stairs are a focal point and fabulous feature. Smitty cut these awesome stringers from 3 1/2 x 12 inch Parallam. Parallam is made from clipped veneer strands laid in parallel alignment and bonded with adhesive. Parallam can be made from any wood species, but Douglas-fir, southern pine, western hemlock, and yellow-poplar are commonly chosen because of their superior strength. Brackets were mounted before drywall (inside the wall), so leaving just a 'fin' protruding to attach the stair landing. 3" thick pine treads, coated with Urethane, and all fastened together with the strength of galvanised carriage bolts, leave this installation looking as though it's floating in air. ...

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28 Aug For Sale | 213 Theatre Loft

Like what you see? Take a tour through this finely crafted, highly stylised, modern theatre loft that could be yours. Click on the photo below to watch a video of the space… 'A picture says 1000 words', but if you need more; New custom kitchen. Baltic birch doors and boxes, laminated with high gloss laminate finish, soft close Blum door hinges and drawer slides. Walnut panels and accents. Franke kitchen sink with Blanco faucet and LED under cabinet lights Stained spruce slat wall and ceiling cladding, front and back wall of unit. The carefully selected furnishings make this “pied-à-terre” a very exciting condo package for anyone looking to be close to all the action the Halifax Peninsula has to offer. Privacy, south facing windows & above compromise design & craftsmanship.   For further appraisal contact Jules jules@juleschamberlain.ca...

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Elite Marble and Tile, Mapeguard

19 Aug Walnut St | Mapeguard

Unlike the start to finish MRB builds where we meticulously build walls and floors straight and level, Steevo and his team tackle the renovations in homes that have often seen 100 years of foot traffic, shifting, settling and life! So, Steevo not only uses his craftsmanship and skills to prop up, and replace tired footings and supports (the stuff you don't see), but also utilises some of the many innovative products available to us. This week, they have been inside ensuring the flooring through the kitchen is level before laying new tile. After a self levelling compound has been applied, our friends from Elite Marble and Tile came in to lay Mapeguard. 'This flexible, thin, crack isolation membrane helps to prevent future cracks in floors with movement of up to 10mm.' ...

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01 Jul Clifton St | progress

Clifton St is a beehive of activity. The 'building' part is over, and the 'finishing' has began. Attention to detail is paramount and Smitty and the team draw on the finer skills of their craft with each task at hand. Corey is finishing the gorgeous contrast cedar cladding on the exterior entranceway. Inside, drywall is being hung. Not only does this enclose the structural bones of the building, but drywall also assists to increase the R-value of the finished home. Stay tuned for updates as the team lead this building down the final stretch for home! HAPPY CANADA DAY. ...

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29 May A worthwhile Investment

Investment- 'is time, energy, or matter spent in the hope of future benefits actualized within a specified date or time frame.' With each opportunity of a new build the investment feels equally ours, until we hand you the keys and it becomes yours! Time- from conception of a project we invest hours ensuring we understand your requirements and needs. We strive to achieve the highest standards of craftsmanship are maintained while deadlines are met. Energy- stop by a work site to get some idea of the energy that we use to build your home! Kinetic energy of the team is just one form. Matter- with our expertise we will guide you through the vast choices of local, reclaimed, environmentally efficient and sensitive, building products available and suitable for your build. We invest because we want you TO LOVE IT. ...

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06 May Clifton St | Windows

There was excitement in the air for the much anticipated arrival of the Clifton Street windows. The team were on site early to unload the 28 Accurate Dorwin Triple pane fibreglass windows. In keeping with MRB philosophy, these windows are incredibly energy efficient and offer substantially low U- values. They commenced work immediately, meticulously installing several of the windows following the MRB window installation procedures as we detailed in a previous blog post. As each window is installed the team are able to move forward with the exterior finish of cladding. While there are many steps in this installation process, each plays a vital role in the functionality of the final build. As usual, Smitty and the team practice their craftsmanship and attention to every detail. ...

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Wrapshield SA

17 Apr MRB Procedures | windows

MRB has strict procedures and applications for the procurement of materials we choose and craftsmanship we employ. Whether its from the ground up, or a renovation of an existing dwelling, it is our focus to ensure exceptional quality and standards are maintained. Every 2nd Friday the MRB team convene in the woodshop to fine tune and reaffirm the implementation of these processes and procedures. This week Smitty took the stage with a demonstration of the MRB procedures for window installation. The images below demonstrate a brief play by play of our procedure: Keeping in mind the biggest consideration is penetration of wind and water . 1. Walls are wrapped in WRAPSHIELD IT - a breathable, water resistant membrane 2. Strapping is nailed around the window opening 3. Another great Vaproshield product, is Vaproshield SA  (self adhesive). This seals the Vaproshied IT wrap and strapping to the building, thus eliminating water and wind penetration. 4. Next we apply Liqui-Flash and a bead of Dow around the opening before fitting the window in place. 5. Then comes flashing. 6. Voila! Ready for cladding. ...

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Stunning new apartment for lease Agricola Street Halifax

15 Apr Amos Wood | flat unveiled

We are excited to showcase the unveiling of the Amos Wood renovation. You may remember from the beginning this project entailed two parts? The ground floor renovation to be storefront for owner Jeff Amos' business expansion. From its base in Blockhouse to the Halifax North End (stay tuned for photos). And the second floor renovation to boast 560sft of stylish bright and modern living space. This apartment is an exhibition of the passion for quality wood, texture and craftsmanship shared by MRB and Amos. Contrasting original chimney bricks with smooth clean white walls, robust industrial light fittings and polished yellow poplar floors. More of a rebuild than renovation. Soaked with natural light, a south west facing front deck overlooks the treed North End neighbourhood. The every day conveniences and treats of Tasty Agricola at the door! Want to be the first to call this home? Available now!   ...

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30 Jul West End reno wrap up

Perhaps you thought we'd forgotten to show you what the West End reno looked like when it was finished. Nope. Here are a few teaser  shots by Ricardo from MRB and Omar Gandhi - these will give you an idea until we get the final set of pro photos for our portfolio. This project came out nicely and we'd like to sincerely thank everyone involved. [caption id="attachment_3195" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Scott and Simon review final details of the project on the back deck. This photo really shows the scale of the large upstairs window. The views from up there are stunning.[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3210" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Evening Instagram photo by Omar Gandhi[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3190" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Flooring detail.[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="510"] Bath detial Instagram photo by Omar Gandhi[/caption]   [caption id="attachment_3187" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Upstairs view of the backyard before sodding.[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="510"] Evening Instagram photo by Omar Gandhi[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3209" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Exterior cladding detail Instagram photo by Omar Gandhi[/caption] [caption id="attachment_3211" align="aligncenter" width="510"] Evening Instagram photo by Omar Gandhi[/caption] [caption id="" align="alignnone" width="510"] Scott was the project foreman for the West End reno. He's happy with the outcome.[/caption]...

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