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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

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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

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

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“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

The word “process” has a bad rap. “Creativity,” on the other hand, sounds exciting and free. Yet, when bound together, these two efforts make a beautiful marriage.   They balance and support each other and make for smooth, yet exciting remodeling projects. Don’t we all long for that?   During the next several months, we’ll…read more

Does that sound like your kitchen? Then ask yourself these questions to redesign a Beautifully Wonderful and Delightful Kitchen for the next Holiday Season. Although your kitchen made it through Thanksgiving, it’s time for those Hanukkah Latkes, followed by the Christmas Goose, Kwanzaa Mazoa, and many more of your family’s traditional holiday favorites.  It seems…read more

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Follow these simple 9 steps to an easy worry free bath remodel Find your Design Style What do you want your new bathroom to look like, traditional or more contemporary? What specific elements do you like, mosaic tile, antique brass fixtures, or maybe a free standing vanity? Creating an idea book on Houzz.com (free membership) is…read more

Don’t rip your hair out, let Merrick’s Handyman team help you get organized this season. Starting with this list! 1. Give your entry a face lift Replace your front door. It’s the first thing your guests see and a new door will help to keep out the winter drafts. An added bonus, replacing your entry…read more

Be Sneaky!   Contact a licensed reputable Design Build team, like Merrick Design and Build, Inc., via email or telephone. Meet with your design team during regular business hours 9-5, Monday through Friday. At this time your family should be conveniently occupied with other activities.   Develop a plan! This will be easier than it…read more