Lancaster PA Remodeling Tips & Tricks

December 28, 2011

MBC Whole House Remodel Award Winner!

This year brought us another award! Pictured here is our Building Industry Association Whole House Remodel award-winner done here in Lancaster County, PA. On this project, we added a kitchen room addition and moved a chimney out of their bedroom, plus completely resided the whole home when we were done!

This homeowner had quite a dilemma. They LOVED their location… but their house was getting cramped for their growing family. We opened up the back of the house by removing the existing mudroom and wall that was there separating it from the kitchen. Then, we expanded the kitchen space by putting on an addition, which also allowed room for a dining area. Along with that, we moved a chimney out of a bedroom to add square footage to that space as well.

Also, energy efficiency on this 1920’s house was becoming an issue. Over the years the roof, siding and insulation had worn down. We solved this by putting new high-quality siding around the whole house and by repairing and replacing the roof.

Check out these pictures to see exactly why it won. Now they have the home of their dreams!

Front Porch Remodel by MBC

Front Porch before.


Front Porch Remodel After Photo by MBC

Front Porch after.


Kitchen Addition by MBC

Kitchen addition and siding before.


Kitchen Addition after by MBC

Kitchen addition and siding after.


Kitchen Addition inside before

Kitchen Addition inside before.


Kitchen Addition after

Kitchen Addition inside after.

December 5, 2011

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

Many high-tech, high-priced home security products are available today. Fortunately, there are less expensive – but no less effective – ways to protect your Lancaster County, PA 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 the house.
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Don’t be an easy target.

Burglars want to hit the easiest target on the block so give them reasons to skip your house.

Home-security decals or “Beware of Dog” signs are good deterrents. Home security alarms are also good.

A subscription to a monitoring service is a good idea, but even the sound of an alarm is often enough to scare off a thief.

Lock windows and doors.

Department of Justice statistics report more than half of all burglaries occur with no sign of forced entry — meaning a robber was able to enter the house through an unlocked door or window.

Use a heavy-duty deadbolt that is bolted to the door frame with three-inch screws.

Appear to be home.

When you’re away, have someone pick up your mail and newspaper or have them stopped for the duration of your trip. In addition, have someone mow your lawn. Also, use timers to turn specific lights on and off in the house to make it seem as if someone is home.

Know your neighbors.

Make sure neighbors know when you’re planning to be away and how they can reach you in an emergency. Leaving an extra key with a trusted neighbor is a good idea. It’s better than hiding one under a mat or in some other outdoor hiding place.

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