Renovation Tag

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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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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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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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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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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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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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09 Jun Chestnut St | homestretch

This renovation has rounded the final corner and headed for home! The painters have been through and given the entire house a fresh coat of paint. Pre finished hardwood flooring has been laid in the study giving it a 'rustic' warm feel. Nova Tile joined us on site, and installed the gorgeous white caesarstone countertop in the kitchen. As well as Tyler the Tiler in the bathroom laying beautiful 4" x 24" custom tile in the shower. Meanwhile the outside work is complete, removing the old super short and steep driveway that lead to the garage. An ICF wall now features a linear window inviting in natural light to the finished basement space. It's been our pleasure bringing the vision of Abbott Brown Architects to life, stay tuned for final photos of Scotties work here at Chestnut Street. ...

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19 May Marlborough Ave | update

Smitty has things moving along at Marlborough Ave. Drywall is in, taped and primed ready for paint. Stunning cherrywood flooring throughout the main level is almost complete, the beautiful maple staircase leading to the basement is installed, and the basement has dri-cor subfloor awaiting final flooring. In the coming weeks, millwork will be installed and with owners personal choices, this home will once again be beautiful. Updated, modern, convenient and comfortable. ...

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30 Apr Bauer Street | new project

After completing work at the Gottingen street project with Steevo, Jonathan is continuing the recent trend of restoration of early 19th century homes. You never know what you will find in some of these period homes. We were lucky enough to find an old coin dating back to 1861 lodged beneath the old floor boards (pics below). Pretty cool to find a coin that predates the inception of our great country. There were approximately 1.8 million of these one cent coins minted back in 1861. A wonderful little keepsake for the new owners of this property to remind them of their homes history. MRB Contracting have embarked on work at this home that will include: Patching and refinishing the existing softwood flooring, Expansion and installation of new kitchen, Update main floor powder room, Addition of 2nd floor bathroom, Renovation of 3rd floor bathroom and installation of some new replicated mouldings.     ...

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16 Jan Marlborough Ave | new project

A new year and a new project for Smitty and his team. This south end Halifax property will be undergoing a complete makeover. Large steel beams have been installed in place of the load bearing walls that the team has removed. Spreading the weight of the 2nd storey through the steel beams will allow open concept living plans on the main floor. Also on the agenda is to complete an unfinished basement, a gorgeous modern kitchen, and three new custom bathrooms. With replacement of many existing windows, our homeowners will hardly recognize the original house.          ...

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08 Jan Gottingen St | progress

  According to the Huffington Post, this is the craziest rental home EVER! .  MRB foreman Corey (the guy on the left in the photo) worked on the Pole House renovation before he set sail from Australia bound for Nova Scotia:) Back to business to bring you up to date with Steevo at our Gottingen St Reno. The team went about hanging drywall prior to Christmas, thus allowing work to continue throughout the holidays. Bob the taper was kept busy taping! And this week painting has commenced. We were able to use some of the old heating duct work to supply fresh air to the old part of the house. This was less invasive than tearing walls apart and running new lines. Next we grind the floor transitions and the wood flooring begins Friday. Hoping to start the tile in the bathroom soon too. ...

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18 Nov Gottingen St |Progress

This addition will house a modern mudroom, new kitchen and dining areas, to compliment this gorgeous century old home. With framing complete it's now that we utilise many of the advanced building techniques and tools available to us. As you can see in the photos, there are many procedures that have become common practise in modern building. Vaproshield envelops the addition before the cladding; and the basement is sprayed with a blue foam insulation in preparation for the concrete pour. Both these steps contribute to the additions energy efficiency and overall owner comfort!  ...

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13 Nov Peak Audio | do you remember when?

After passing scissor lift training with flying colours, Scottie and his team have begun work at our North End neighbour Peak Audio. Established here for over 25 years, Peak Audio has employed our expertise to perform this cosmetic facelift. As the team removed the dated vinyl siding in preparation for the updated corrugated iron cladding they revealed some of this buildings interesting history. Fabulous vintage signage have us guessing that this store was home to the local Pharmacy sometime in the 50-60's, and prior to then a Bakery. Perhaps the 40's. Maybe you or someone you know remembers?   ...

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04 Nov Inverness | Renovation

After completing and handing over the Clifton Street build, Smitty's next project is this bathroom renovation. A complete tear out of the existing fittings and fixtures to make a clean slate for the new. Electric in floor heat, tiles, custom shower, and vanity will fill this space. When Smitty is done here our owners may never want to leave this sanctuary, spending many hours soaking up the serenity in their whirlpool tub! Here are the before photos: And a special shout out 'Congratulations' to our team estimator Brian Mitchell. Dressed to impress on Halloween Friday, Brian set scene for a very romantic marriage proposal to his girlfriend Dianna. A well executed display of fireworks on the lake followed her acceptance. Love is in the Air! ...

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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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Gottingen Renovation

02 Oct Gottingen St | new project

Our renovation expert 'Steevo' and his team have commenced work on a gorgeous old home in Halifaxs 'North End.' Before they get started on the list of improvements and upgrades that will be done, the team peel back the layers of this home and remove the old 'add-on' to reveal what's beneath. It's no surprise for Steevo to find the old homes kitchen not bearing on the foundation at all, with nothing but dirt below and hence rotting sills. So, first priority tasks are: build temporary beam supports to prop up the 2nd floor while the 1st floor structure is removed, followed by preparation and installation of concrete foundation walls to support new structure. ...

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