custom-fabrication

MRB Contracting, Clifton St., framing, air tight

Clifton St. | framing part 2

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For many carpenters, framing is one our favourite aspects of building a home. And what’s not to love? We get to take a giant pile of sticks and convert them into a
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net zero energy house, karuna house

Inspiration | Net zero energy

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What exactly is a net zero energy structure? Wikipedia tells us it’s “a building with zero net energy consumption and zero carbon emissions annually.”
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Amos Wood | street view redo

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Did you miss Amos Wood yet? The guys have been there all along, refining all the structural details that you’ll never see but nevertheless play an integral role in
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MRB Contracting, halifax, foundations, formadrain

Clifton St. | footings

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Work has begun in earnest on the Clifton St. house. Since our last update the two old homes were demolished. The lot was excavated, service lines were installed, and spac
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mrb contracting, paralam beam, south end reno

What ever happened to that 850lb. beam?!

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Remember the recent blog post about installing the giant parallam beam? Since then much has happened on this project and though these are not the final photos they will g
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MRB Contracting, renovation, cedar shingles, vent grid, vaproshield

Cedar shingles | why we love them

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We love cedar shingles. Why? The aesthetic of cedar shingles is timeless and transcends many architectural genres. From ultra traditional Victorian homes to modern cubes,
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MRB Contracting, Agricola street, renovation, amos wood, North End

Amos Wood | interior framing begins

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A couple of weeks ago we started chronicling our latest North End renovation for Amos Wood. Since the last update the guys have been working hard re-framing some of the s
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MRB Contracting, north end halifax, modern architecture

Clifton St. -our latest North End Halifax project

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We are super excited about this new family home. By the time you read this, these two old homes will be no more. In their place will be a modern family home that will uti
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MRB Contracting, Kingsburg, beach house

Kingsburg II – Shoebox revealed

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The Shoebox was designed by Kevin Shoemaker. It consists of two buildings – the main house and the bunk house. We are really pleased with the finished result. Photo
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Kingsburg, beach house, MRB Contracting

Kingsburg I revealed

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Those of you who’ve been following our blog over the last year will remember the Kingsburg beach houses. We chronicled the progress of two homes from start to finis
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MRB Contracting, renovations, north end halifax, flats

Ironstone updates – it’s done!

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Our Ironstone project is practically complete. The last Ironstone update included photos of the completed lower level flat. Today’s blog are of the upstairs unit. A
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MRB Contracting, renovations, garage, cedar deck, construction

Garage redux part III

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Last week we showed you photos of the garage project halfway through its development. Today we have some similar photos with more complete finishes. For the front entry w
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MRB Contracting, renovations, concrete floor, halifax, builder, contractor, cedar deck

Garage redux part II

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Our garage reno project is coming along nicely. The garage is fully framed and insulated. The concrete floors poured and finished to a smooth texture. Each piece of ce
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MRB Contracting, renovations, halifax, door installation, contractor, Blue Skin, VaproShield

How to: giant door installation

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Replacing an old door is not unlike the process described in our last How to for windows. It’s important to ensure that the door opening is properly prepped for pro
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MRB Contracting, renovations, window installation

How to: replacing old windows

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They say that there are lots of ways to skin a cat. However, there are not many ways to replace a window. The only way to ensure that a new window will be draft free and
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MRB Contracting, demolition, Halifax builders

100th blog post

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Wow! Time flies when you’re busy building dream homes. It’s been one year since we began blogging. And this is our 100th blog post. We’d like to thank e
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MRB Contracting, halifax nova scotia, east coast modern, modpod, custom fabrication,

Building a ModPod: an East Coast Modern and MRB collaboration

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Sometimes when you hear the words ‘prefab’ and ‘house’ in the same sentence it conjures images of trailer parks and shoddy workmanship. In modern
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MRB Contracting, halifax nova scotia, renovations.

Ironstone: interior details

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The Ironstone project is nearly complete. The guys have been busy adding interior details – closets, floor and door trim, doors, and other finish details. The kitch
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We love to build

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There are many reasons to run a business -to make a living, to pursue a goal, to provide a service, and sometimes simply because you love the work. In our case, we love b
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MRB Contracting, Halifax, renovations, modern architecrture, Omar Gandhi Architect, contractor Halifax

West End reno wrap up

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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
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