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Merrick Design & Build Inc. is looking for new team members. We need experienced Lead Carpenters to work in our Design Build Department. As a Merrick Carpenter you will be responsible for interacting with customers, managing subcontractors and collecting your own materials. A wide background and general skills is a must. You will need a…read more

Seven realities you need to understand before remodeling your home. There is one comic that I always think about when I prepare one of our Homeowners for a remodel. The character has a choice to make between burning for eternity or living in their home while it is being remodeled. Comparing a home renovation to…read more


I love finally detailed architecture.  I get inspired when I  see the love, care and craftsmanship that went into the details of a fine old home.  I recently visited  Minnesota for a remodeling conference.  I had always wanted to see Lake Superior and ventured 3 hours north from Minneapolis to Duluth at the west end of…read more

Laurens Deck

5 important things to thing about when design or updating a deck, patio or porch When you expand your living space outdoors with a quality deck build, you can easily venture out into the natural world alongside your family and friends. Exposure to fresh air, sunlight, live plants and nature sounds can actively reduce stress levels,…read more

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There is always a new gimmick or fancy product on the kitchen scene. Some of them are worth the price, others, not so much. With over 25 years in the business we think these 5 kitchen upgrades are more than a passing trend and are well worth the splurge. 1. The Drawer Microwave We are…read more

white kitchen

Your home is your greatest asset and choosing to renovate is a multi-tiered decision. Will you add on, renovate what’s existing, or tear down and build a brand new home? Will you need financing? And most importantly of all, who will you trust to design and build your project? It’s easy to get caught up in the aesthetics and costs of a…read more


Major summer storms are incredibly vigorous and dangerous. From a hurricane to a tornado, these storms can cause severe damage to homes, landscaping, commercial properties and anything that lies in their path — potentially endangering you and your loved ones. Make Lists Prior to a major summer storm, you will want to make several lists,…read more


Breaking down HGTVs budgets and comparing them to what things cost in the real world. HGTV is a great source of inspiration for the remodeling industry. Their shows are full of creative design ideas and unique uses for repurposed items. What they do a poor job of is representing the true costs of a remodel….read more

4 Important Considerations When Choosing A New Bathroom Vanity   From utilitarian to ornate, many types of bathroom vanities run the gamut — and the only rule to remember is that your choice should reflect your style. If you want to mix high tech with traditional, or sleek contemporary with rustic, it’s perfectly acceptable. In fact,…read more

Holmes on Homes reality tv screen shot

“Lately I have seen several articles referencing questionable practices/budgets on Home Remodeling reality shows. I used to be obsessed with watching them. I love what I do and love seeing other people’s work. This past weekend I spent some time flipping through my old favorites, but I found the longer I watched the more agitated…read more