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The Daughter's Room #3: Room Done - On to building storage.

09-01-2012 02:07 PM by MarkTheFiddler | 40 comments »

Painting, flooring, hardware, trim is done. You may remember that I built the door trim from scratch. The shoe molding is also mine. Baseboards, I bought. The design for the simple murals started from my head but they don’t look anything like I started with. My daughter kept refining it. What’s cool is Victoria, picked all her colors, the style of the murals, the location, size color combinations etc. She made her own templates for the edges and picked which edges I used for ea...

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Apples to Apples? How to compare multiple Remodeling Proposals

08-22-2012 08:34 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 16 comments »

Most Importantly… Do You Trust This Person? When it comes down to it, the most important thing to check is your own instincts. How do you feel about this contractor working on what is probably your single largest investment – your home? Do you trust this person inside your home and around your children? Can you communicate well with this person about the project? Are they ‘in tune’ to your needs? Are they an expert and experienced in the type of project you are envisioning? Don’t throw awa...

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Do you want a 4-season Sunroom or a 3-season Porch?

05-31-2012 05:57 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 0 comments »

Sometimes while discussing a 4-season sunroom with our Lancaster County, PA clients, we get on the discussion of an alternative option: a 3-season room. Most of the time people were not aware of the term 3-season room or what it was, even though they usually have seen one after we explain it. Here is a quick rundown of 4-season and 3-season rooms, their pros and cons and even an idea if you’re considering your own addition! What is a 4-season room? A four-season room is a heated room ad...

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Deck Cleaning Tips

02-08-2012 06:00 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 4 comments »

Lancaster County, PA homeowners are often curious the best way to keep their new deck or porch looking beautiful for the long term. Different types of decking material need different types of techniques to be cleaned properly. First things first, inspect your deck before cleaning it. If something looks amiss structurally, call a contractor to take a look! Here are some tips for cleaning a Wood, Composite or Cedar/Redwood deck: Using that Power Sprayer – A power sprayer is a huge time sa...

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Keys to Securing Your Home: 5 Easy Ways to Help Protect Your Home

12-05-2011 11:32 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 3 comments »

Many high-tech, high-priced home security products are available today. Fortunately, there are less expensive – but no less effective – ways to protect your home, too. Check out these smart home security tips! Eliminate Hiding Places. Keep all entry points to your house well lit. Trim shrubs and trees that could provide cover for an intruder. Trim tree limbs that could enable intruders to gain entry via an upper-floor window or balcony and keep items such as ladders locked inside ...

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Kitchen Trends for 2012

11-09-2011 05:12 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 1 comment »

The new year is quickly approaching! In the spirit of change, we decided to put together a list of some of the kitchen remodeling trends that are in store for 2012. The general contracting we do here in Lancaster County, PA brings us into a variety of kitchens every year. We get to experience first hand these growing trends, and have decided to discuss the following topics – Design Styles, Appliances, Colors, Cabinetry, Countertops and Lighting. Design Styles – A recent survey ...

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To Move, or to Remodel, that is the question.

07-29-2011 08:39 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 1 comment »

At least that is the question a lot of Lancaster County, PA homeowners we meet with ponder: Should I move to a new home, or remodel the home my family is in now? Well, since we at MBC do remodeling, you should definitely remodel… JUST KIDDING! With our housing market still down, you don’t want to rush into any decisions involving your largest asset. Does your family like the area and how long do you plan on staying in the home? You want to consider not only what your family will gain from ...

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Kitchen Island Innovations

07-11-2011 10:21 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 2 comments »

Dreaming of your own fantasy island? No, I don’t mean the island with white sandy beaches, palm trees and sun… a kitchen island. They are increasing in popularity here; and with the interest both the attractiveness and innovations of kitchen islands continue to grow. Centrally located, islands are easily accessed and ideal for kitchen tasks such as food prep, cooking, clean up and entertaining. Here are the newest kitchen finds and options to consider when building or turning your fantasy is...

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More Family Time: The Important Benefits of Home Additions

04-13-2011 08:44 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 1 comment »

There are several types of Home Additions we do here in Lancaster County, PA. Believe it or not, every room addition we’ve ever done was unique…seriously! Additions are custom designed to your exact dreams and needs, and the needs and dreams of every family are different! However, there is one unifying theme of all of the families we work with; when you create the home of your families dreams, your family dreams of spending time at home. More Family Room:Sometimes a homeowner wants to add ...

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Banish Kitchen Boredom with Color

03-28-2011 08:55 PM by Mike Blank, CGR CAPS | 1 comment »

The kitchen is the perfect place to add character to your home with the use of color. Choosing the right color palette is an important part of the decision making process. But how do you choose colors that are compatible with your space and your taste? Here are a few helpful tips for guiding your color choices: Cabinetry Color vs. Wall Color – Painting your kitchen walls is an easy way to add color and personality to your space. Soft blue wall paints, which are calming and easy to li...

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