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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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19 Jun MRB Contracting |our space

Many of our renovations are for clients with growing families. We design, plan, and construct home improvements and extensions to their spaces, to better suit their needs. And so, as our family and business expand, we found ourselves in need of upgrades and improvements in our own space on James St. Come by and check it out, or check it out here! ...

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17 Jun Purcells Cove Rd | update

Like a beehive this build is constantly abuzz with activity. Indoors the drywall is hung ready to be taped, the floors are finished (details to come!), and the call has gone out for our sub-trades to come back to finish what they started. Outdoors has been equally as industrious. The septic field is in, landscape has commenced and the final stages of this homes contemporary cladding are being completed. The coordination and organisation involved in pulling everything together over the coming weeks will keep Corey and the team on their toes. And squeezing in a weekend in Florida to catch Game 5, how does he do it? ...

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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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02 Jun MRB @ Nova Scotia Planning Conference

MRB Contracting would like to thank Jacob Ritchie - HRM Urban Design Manager and Jessica McDonald - HRM Senior Planner. We were flattered by their invitation for Mike to speak at this years Nova Scotia Planning Directors Association’s Annual Conference. Mike Burns would like to thank fellow panel participants for jumping in and helping him feel comfortable during his first public speaking event! We strongly urge you to visit and explore some of our local websites. See what they're all about, and give them a Like on Facebook to stay up to date with some of the most exciting Halifax Entrepreneurs going. Ben Boudreau | GoFullSteam Stefan Kaubler | Upland Planning & Design Studio Kerry Lynch | Urban Renewable Eric Stotts | Skin+Bones...

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