Renovation

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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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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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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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27 Apr Chestnut Street | new renovation

This new project on Chestnut Street has been keeping Scottie busy. Home owners planned this update and renovation to incorporate modern comforts and family functionality. The existing kitchen and bathroom (the result of two previous renovations) were completely removed allowing Scottie to start from scratch. He added spray foam insulation before beginning the installation of infloor heating. Concurrent work on the insufficient garage space has also been progressing. Excavation of the old floor now, will result in more head room for a future finished basement. This will require upgrade of the foot and curb for support before the finished concrete slab is poured. ...

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27 Mar Gottingen St | the finish line

Steevo and the team working on our Gottingen St project have the finish line set firmly in their sights. In keeping our focus on blending the old with the new as we did inside, they pay special attention to detail while moving up the front face of this gorgeous old home. New corbels are installed, with crown moulding, bead moulding and a bump moulding to follow. A stunning example of the craftsmanship of our building forefathers is showcased in the ‘monster’ of a board 24″ wide x 12′ long that Phil is scraping in the photo below. It was an easy decision to ‘relove’ this board rather than replace! With scaffolding still in place it’s difficult to get photos of the grandeur that this renovation will be, so stay tuned for our final reveal.   ...

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26 Feb Gottingen St | handy hints!

Ever wondered how to store your caulking and paint while working outside in winter? Thanks Steevo for sharing your handy hint, tried and true from the 80’s. Drag out your cooler, and hook up a 60 watt globe to a thermostat! Voila. Ready to use on even the coldest winter day! Some gorgeous reveal pictures of the interior at Gottingen. Fantastic kitchen fit out. Vintage classic meets modern contemporary. Colour, pattern and texture design elements all meet to provide our owners with a warm inviting and relaxed ‘hub’ in their beautiful Victorian home. The team have also commenced work outdoors, making use of the warm cooler! Integral design elements of the era such as the decorative corbels have been custom made and are being fitted. Attention to detail is key. ...

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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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Peak Audio

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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Hiring professionals results in joy!

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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04 Sep Westmount | Renovation

A significant renovation on this Westmount home has been keeping MRB newbie Jonathan and his team busy. The list of jobs is long, and include; -Complete main floor gut right back to framing -Installation of several structural beams to enable us to remove walls for open plan -Rewire of entire main floor and installation of new 200 amp electrical service -Reframed several window units to accommodate two large units that will allow ample natural light throughout the main floor -Reframed fireplace in center of main floor to integrate existing wood burning fireplace insert into the new clean modern lines of the new space -Kitchen will be relocated to the west side of the home -Addition of main floor powder room -Existing stairs and railings will remain to keep some of the homes original charm. ...

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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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08 Jul Walnut Street | renovation

Steevo and his team have started out on a new project. It will be exciting to watch progress on this renovation as the team work methodically through the home. Out with the old and in with the new. Owners will be looking forward to a new bathroom, replacement of flooring throughout the home, and fantastic updates to the kitchen. On the exterior this lovely home will retain all of it's charm with replacement of the porch on the front. While the back of the home will get quite a makeover, Cape Cod siding, new deck and entryway. ...

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MRB Contracting, garage addition

27 Feb Garage Redux project portfolio

Remember the Garage Redux project? We've created a portfolio of the completed project on our work titled St. Margaret’s Bay garage addition. Click on the our work button on the left to see it. ...

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MRB Contracting, renovation, south end halifax

25 Feb South End living room & kitchen reno

We recently added a new portfolio item of a renovation to a South End Halifax home. You may remember it from some of the posts last fall when we installed a giant parallam beam. Mouse over to the our work section and see it for yourself. ...

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MRB Contracting, halifax renovation, addition, ICF

11 Feb Wedgewood addition

The team has been building an addition on this bungalow in the Wedgewood neighbourhood. The addition will create a large living area that opens up to the kitchen. The best place to begin is with a fully insulated ICF foundation wall.  The next step will be to backfill the foundation and get ready for framing. Stay tuned. This promises to be a cool project. ...

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