Renovation

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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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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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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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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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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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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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