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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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11 Sep Clifton St | Stairs

Take a minute to check out what foreman Smitty has been crafting. Wow! Way beyond a functioning staircase, these stairs are a focal point and fabulous feature. Smitty cut these awesome stringers from 3 1/2 x 12 inch Parallam. Parallam is made from clipped veneer strands laid in parallel alignment and bonded with adhesive. Parallam can be made from any wood species, but Douglas-fir, southern pine, western hemlock, and yellow-poplar are commonly chosen because of their superior strength. Brackets were mounted before drywall (inside the wall), so leaving just a 'fin' protruding to attach the stair landing. 3" thick pine treads, coated with Urethane, and all fastened together with the strength of galvanised carriage bolts, leave this installation looking as though it's floating in air. ...

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01 Jul Clifton St | progress

Clifton St is a beehive of activity. The 'building' part is over, and the 'finishing' has began. Attention to detail is paramount and Smitty and the team draw on the finer skills of their craft with each task at hand. Corey is finishing the gorgeous contrast cedar cladding on the exterior entranceway. Inside, drywall is being hung. Not only does this enclose the structural bones of the building, but drywall also assists to increase the R-value of the finished home. Stay tuned for updates as the team lead this building down the final stretch for home! HAPPY CANADA DAY. ...

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06 May Clifton St | Windows

There was excitement in the air for the much anticipated arrival of the Clifton Street windows. The team were on site early to unload the 28 Accurate Dorwin Triple pane fibreglass windows. In keeping with MRB philosophy, these windows are incredibly energy efficient and offer substantially low U- values. They commenced work immediately, meticulously installing several of the windows following the MRB window installation procedures as we detailed in a previous blog post. As each window is installed the team are able to move forward with the exterior finish of cladding. While there are many steps in this installation process, each plays a vital role in the functionality of the final build. As usual, Smitty and the team practice their craftsmanship and attention to every detail. ...

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17 Apr MRB Procedures | windows

MRB has strict procedures and applications for the procurement of materials we choose and craftsmanship we employ. Whether its from the ground up, or a renovation of an existing dwelling, it is our focus to ensure exceptional quality and standards are maintained. Every 2nd Friday the MRB team convene in the woodshop to fine tune and reaffirm the implementation of these processes and procedures. This week Smitty took the stage with a demonstration of the MRB procedures for window installation. The images below demonstrate a brief play by play of our procedure: Keeping in mind the biggest consideration is penetration of wind and water . 1. Walls are wrapped in WRAPSHIELD IT - a breathable, water resistant membrane 2. Strapping is nailed around the window opening 3. Another great Vaproshield product, is Vaproshield SA  (self adhesive). This seals the Vaproshied IT wrap and strapping to the building, thus eliminating water and wind penetration. 4. Next we apply Liqui-Flash and a bead of Dow around the opening before fitting the window in place. 5. Then comes flashing. 6. Voila! Ready for cladding. ...

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MRB Contracting, Hickey Day, The Team

04 Mar our team | pond hockey

Saturday, the team from MRB Contracting put down the tools and sharpened their skates for the first annual competition of the MRB cup. Corey and Smitty convened early to craft a quality hockey net and groom the ice in anticipation. The morning brought sunshine and blue skies on Cranberry Lake where the puck was scheduled to be dropped at 1pm. Teams were decided and play commenced. Mid term breaks made way for our very own MRB Timbits to showcase their skills and show up their Dads! With all the guts and determination of Sidney Crosby and Team Canada, play continued until a brave move from Bryan 'Rockett' blocked a shot and the final siren blew. At the end of the  day not everyone's name made it on the MRB Cup Trophy, but the entire MRB team totally enjoyed the opportunity for some 'off-site - tools down' building of a different kind.                ...

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MRB Contracting, carpenters, builders, halifax nova scotia

17 Jan Thursday photo roundup

  From gray misty Monday, to bluebird sky Tuesday,   to snow storm Wednesday,   this week threw just about every type of weather at us.       Kingsburg 2 has windows and doors in and is ready for cladding. What will it be? It will be a combination of wood and metal. Stay tuned and as always thanks for checking in.   ...

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MRB Contracting, Kingsburg Nova Scotia, modern architecture

25 Oct Kingsburg 2: beams & bunkhouses

  Our Kingsburg projects have been moving right along. This week the team has made great strides towards getting Kingsburg 2 ready for framing. After all the piers were poured it was time to connect some of the dots. The six big round piers on the top side of the hill are for the bunkhouse. The bunkhouse was sheathed with exposed v-groove pine which will be completely painted in white. Inside the bunkhouse there will be an L-shaped mezzanine for a play area with the living space below. The walls for the bunkhouse were build on the floor and then raised into position.   And while the project changes day by day, the view remains the same. Breathless. There are tractor operators and there are tractor operators. Kevin gently placed each of these half tonne beams in place with deft skill. Each beam was attached to the concrete piers and concrete walls using large anchor bolts. Here Smitty drills the holes with a hammer drill. Then he'll fill the hole with a fast setting two part epoxy and hammer in the bolts. Once the epoxy sets there's no getting the bolts out. The beams are then safely secured. The next step was to install the sill plate on...

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