The Process Behind a Kitchen Reno

The Process Behind a Kitchen Reno

Are you thinking about adding on an addition, renovating your basement, or perhaps designing a whole new kitchen? Whatever the project is, you’re probably wondering what the process is.  How long will it take? What happens next? We work with homeowners weekly, walking them through the ins and outs of their project timeline. So we thought we would share an example of the process behind renovating a kitchen to help give you a better grasp of the project timeline.

Here is an example of the timeline behind a kitchen renovation –

  • The process behind renovating a kitchen:
    • Homeowner and owner Ed meet to do a walkthrough of the project
    • The budget and contract is agreed on
    • The first step is to finalize the project design and drawings
      • Our team works alongside designers, homeowners, and the project manager to develop drawings
      • In some projects we don’t work with designers, depends on the budget.
    • We schedule the demolition crew, arrange for dumpsters and pull the right permits
    • Demo is completed
    • Framers to build the space out
    • Rough plumbing completed
    • Rough electrical work completed
      • Did you know we have our own team of electricians over at McDonald Electric?
    • Schedule all inspections for the electrical and plumbing work
    • Walls are insulated
    • Framing inspection is completed
    • The team closes up walls
    • Walls are primed
    • New flooring is installed
    • Cabinets are installed
    • Countertops are put in
    • All tile work is completed, such as the backsplash
    • Hardware, appliances, and faucets are installed
    • The floors get sanded and stained (if hardwood floors)
    • The final painting is completed
    • The electricians and plumbers do their final work, such as installing light fixtures
    • All final inspections are done

We hope you find this helpful! Please don’t hesitate to reach out with questions!

Rue Magazine Feature

Rue Magazine Feature

We’re excited to share that our work has been featured in Rue Magazine.  The talented team of designers at Lawless Design wanted to update this classic Victorian home, located in Newton Centre, MA, without compromising on the character. The homeowners and designer agreed to create a home that was “Scandinavian, with a twist.”  Our team stepped in to bring their vision to life.

Great work to the entire team – this is a stunner. Click here to read the full article.

Delightful New Kitchen

Delightful New Kitchen

Our team has been working on this kitchen renovation since late winter and we’re thrilled it’s completed! We created a more spacious feel by adding a sliding door (better access to the backyard) and knocked down a wall to create a more open and expansive space.  The colors and design elements came together nicely. What do you think?

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After:

Let us know what you think about this kitchen renovation our team at McDonald Contracting completed in Arlington, MA.

A Gorgeous Updated Home

A Gorgeous Updated Home

Our team at McDonald Contracting has enjoyed improving this home over the last year. The most notable improvements included an extensive kitchen renovation, building a new fireplace mantel, and upgrading their basement and bathrooms. The clients, located in Arlington, are thrilled with the outcome of each project our team has completed. Check out all the work our team has done with them.

 

Kitchen: BEFORE

Kitchen: AFTER

 

Bathroom: BEFORE

Bathroom: AFTER

Basement: BEFORE

Basement AFTER:

Other updates we did:

We hope you enjoyed viewing these home projects! Need help with your own home project? Don’t hesitate to reach out and get a free quote!

 

 

 

Expansive Home Addition

Expansive Home Addition

Our McDonald Contracting team just finished the design + build of this gorgeous new home addition and garage in Arlington.  The homeowners bought the house a few years ago, and with an expanding family, they found themselves needing more space. They chose to stay and increase/improve their own home! Their neighbors were incredibly supportive, encouraging them to remain in the neighborhood and approving a special permit because the proposed work exceeded 750 square feet.

 

The home addition truly transforms this home. We added a two-car garage, living room, large master bedroom, and master bathroom with the new addition! Our team also built the retaining wall featured in the front of the house.

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During Construction:

 

After:

Here is what the homeowner had to say about working with us –

We’re thrilled with how the home addition project came out. Thanks for following along!  Ed

Preventing Ice Dams

Preventing Ice Dams

Although New England winters bring many opportunities for fun, they also can create challenging and costly situations… especially for homeowners. One winter struggle that we deal with quite frequently here at Mcdonald Contracting is ice dams.

What are ice dams? Ice dams form on a roof when heat escapes and melts the snow; when the melted snow refreezes, it creates a blockage at the end of the roof that interferes with draining. This causes the water to leak under the roofing, which leads to costly interior damage.

So how can you protect and prevent your home from ice dams? The first thing that you need to know is that ice dams are not roofing problems but air-sealing problems.

Here are 5 tips to help solve and prevent ice dam issues –

 

1. Seal any air leaks: Grab some canned spray foam or sealant and fill any gap, crack, or hole. Look for gaps around lights, ceiling-mounted electrical boxes, and vent pipes.
2. Install heated cables: These are a great option if you use them before a storm or a spout of bad weather. To install, you clip the cables in a zig-zag pattern along the roofline. The heated cables melt the snow at the edge of the roof before the dams have the chance to form.
3. Keep your roof clean: Investing in a roof rake (which resembles a long-handled shovel) is a great solution to preventing ice dams. You simply pull off the snow with the rake to avoid the buildup of snow and ice.
4. Add insulation: As we know, ice dams are caused by air-sealing issues; adding more insulation to areas that the leakage occurs in will keep the heat where it belongs!
5. Cap the hatch: If you have an unsealed attic hatch, this can create a huge opening for heat to leak out. To prevent any heat from coming out, cover the hatch with weatherstripped caps.

 
If you are dealing with ice dams this winter or worried about them in the future, we can help! If you haven’t had to deal with them yet, you may want to consider taking the correct measures to prevent any future damage.