ADDITIONS

GARAGE CONSTRUCTION

There are many things to take into consideration once you’ve decided to add a garage to your house. Do you go with an attached or a detached garage? Should you opt for an oversized garage to allow for extra storage, or stick to a more conventionally sized structure? The answer depends on your particular situation, and at McDonough Construction LLC in Lakeland, FL we’re happy to evaluate the best solution for you.

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our staff consists of trained professionals who are eager to work with you and cater to your needs. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and will go the extra mile to build a garage that will benefit you most. We base your needs off of several criteria, including:

  • The shape of your parking lot or driveway
  • The primary use of your new garage
  • The layout of your home or building
  • Your timing and budget

At McDonough Construction LLC, we’re here to help you navigate your options for a new garage. Call today for more information or to schedule an estimate.

HOME CONTRACTOR

If you’ve decided it’s time to make some home improvements, McDonough Construction in Lakeland, FL, is the company to hire. Our skilled craftsmen have the tools and experience to remodel or renovate any area in your home. We can also provide assistance with any projects you’re planning so that you get the results you want.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Making home improvements or renovating a space that needs to be updated can make your home a special place for you. We can make that happen, and we’ll meet or exceed your expectations.

At McDonough Construction, we’re thoroughly committed to completing all projects at a competitive price for our customers in Lakeland, Polk County, and any of the surrounding areas. We take pride in our high level of service, and we want you to be completely satisfied with our work. Get in touch with us so that we can talk about all of your home improvement needs.

MASONRY CONTRACTOR

Specializing in stone and masonry, McDonough Construction LLC has built a reputation for excellence from the ground up. At McDonough Construction LLC, we combine modern construction technology with traditional methods to provide quality masonry work in Lakeland, FL. One of the oldest forms of construction, masonry has been hailed for the elegance and style it lends to a variety of projects, including:

  • Decks
  • Walkways
  • Fireplaces

YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR OBJECTIVE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations. No matter the scope of the job at hand, we promise to approach it with precision and care. And we pledge to make your upcoming project as cost-effective as possible, all the while giving you the attention to detail our Lakeland, FL customers have come to expect.

Whether you’re interested in having masonry work done to beautify your home, increase its resale value, or both, we can help. For more information or to schedule an estimate and design consultation, call McDonough Construction LLC today.

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

These days, more and more Lakeland, FL homeowners are retrofitting their properties with outdoor kitchens to take advantage of two wonderful things: good food and good weather. So if you’re looking to capitalize on this trend, call on McDonough Construction LLC. We can help you upgrade from a lonely grill to a more complete kitchen setting.

COOK UNDER THE STARS

Imagine having all of the appliances and tools you need right in your very own outdoor setting. With an outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC, you’ll be able to cook, fry, and sauté your way to a gourmet meal, all the while breathing fresh air and taking in your outdoor surroundings. Best of all, by adding an outdoor kitchen, you’ll be improving your home and increasing its value.

An outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC is a great way to add some extra fun to those times when you want to relax with your family and friends without being stuck inside. Give us a call today to learn more about your options or to schedule an estimate.

GARAGE CONSTRUCTION

There are many things to take into consideration once you’ve decided to add a garage to your house. Do you go with an attached or a detached garage? Should you opt for an oversized garage to allow for extra storage, or stick to a more conventionally sized structure? The answer depends on your particular situation, and at McDonough Construction LLC in Lakeland, FL we’re happy to evaluate the best solution for you.

AT YOUR SERVICE

Our staff consists of trained professionals who are eager to work with you and cater to your needs. We pride ourselves on customer satisfaction and will go the extra mile to build a garage that will benefit you most. We base your needs off of several criteria, including:

  • The shape of your parking lot or driveway
  • The primary use of your new garage
  • The layout of your home or building
  • Your timing and budget

At McDonough Construction LLC, we’re here to help you navigate your options for a new garage. Call today for more information or to schedule an estimate.

HOME CONTRACTOR

If you’ve decided it’s time to make some home improvements, McDonough Construction in Lakeland, FL, is the company to hire. Our skilled craftsmen have the tools and experience to remodel or renovate any area in your home. We can also provide assistance with any projects you’re planning so that you get the results you want.

CHANGE IS GOOD

Making home improvements or renovating a space that needs to be updated can make your home a special place for you. We can make that happen, and we’ll meet or exceed your expectations.

At McDonough Construction, we’re thoroughly committed to completing all projects at a competitive price for our customers in Lakeland, Polk County, and any of the surrounding areas. We take pride in our high level of service, and we want you to be completely satisfied with our work. Get in touch with us so that we can talk about all of your home improvement needs.

MASONRY CONTRACTOR

Specializing in stone and masonry, McDonough Construction LLC has built a reputation for excellence from the ground up. At McDonough Construction LLC, we combine modern construction technology with traditional methods to provide quality masonry work in Lakeland, FL. One of the oldest forms of construction, masonry has been hailed for the elegance and style it lends to a variety of projects, including:

  • Decks
  • Walkways
  • Fireplaces

YOUR SATISFACTION IS OUR OBJECTIVE

At McDonough Construction LLC, we work hard to exceed our customers’ expectations. No matter the scope of the job at hand, we promise to approach it with precision and care. And we pledge to make your upcoming project as cost-effective as possible, all the while giving you the attention to detail our Lakeland, FL customers have come to expect.

Whether you’re interested in having masonry work done to beautify your home, increase its resale value, or both, we can help. For more information or to schedule an estimate and design consultation, call McDonough Construction LLC today.

OUTDOOR KITCHENS

These days, more and more Lakeland, FL homeowners are retrofitting their properties with outdoor kitchens to take advantage of two wonderful things: good food and good weather. So if you’re looking to capitalize on this trend, call on McDonough Construction LLC. We can help you upgrade from a lonely grill to a more complete kitchen setting.

COOK UNDER THE STARS

Imagine having all of the appliances and tools you need right in your very own outdoor setting. With an outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC, you’ll be able to cook, fry, and sauté your way to a gourmet meal, all the while breathing fresh air and taking in your outdoor surroundings. Best of all, by adding an outdoor kitchen, you’ll be improving your home and increasing its value.

An outdoor kitchen from McDonough Construction LLC is a great way to add some extra fun to those times when you want to relax with your family and friends without being stuck inside. Give us a call today to learn more about your options or to schedule an estimate.

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Artificial vs. Real Christmas Trees. Which is Right For You?

Picking out the perfect tree each Christmas has become a holiday tradition in many families. Whether you go each year to pick out a live tree or every few years to pick out an artificial one. Real trees have a pleasant evergreen smell and feel. They also require some preparation and care but this is a valuable part of the holidays. On the flipside, artificial trees also offer some unique bonuses like, being easy to set up, hypoallergenic, and they come in style and colors that don’t occur in regular trees. Let’s dive into what goes into each type of trees, so you can decide which one is right for your family.

Christmas Tree Shopping Tip

Before you head out with the family to pick out your tree, whether it be live or artificial, measure the area you want the tree to be displayed. Check the height of the ceiling and available space needed to accommodate the width of the tree. The last thing you want it to get the tree home and have a repeat of National Lampoon’s Christmas Vacation.

Artificial Christmas Trees

There are several things to keep in mind when shopping for an artificial Christmas tree, size, style, and features.

Size

Typically, full-size artificial trees range in height from 6.5 to 12 ft, which will accommodate just about ceiling height. There are also slim trees and full girth trees to choose from. So depending on whether this tree is going to be the main feature of the home or placed in the corner as a small decoration, be sure to measure the space before buying.

Style

Artificial tree needles are created using extruded Polyvinyl Chloride (PVC) or molded Poly-Ethylene (PE) or a combination of both. Either material expertly replicates the look of pine, fir, or other evergreen trees. Colors vary from a mix of greens to several other colors.

Features

Most artificial trees are pre-lit, meaning the lights are already installed. These lights may be incandescent or LED bulbs in multi-color, clear, color changing or random shimmering lights. There are also flocked trees to make it look snow-covered and self-shaping trees have wired in branches to make the tree expand to its original shape when removed from the box.

Real Christmas Trees

The most popular real Christmas trees come from the pin or fir species. Choosing the right type depends on your personal taste and regional availability.

Pine Trees- Pine trees have long, slender needles 1 inch to 6 inches long attached in clusters to branches. These trees vary in shades of yellow-green and blue-green.

Fir Trees- Fir trees have flat and waxy needles up to 1.5 inches long attached directly to branches in long, dense rows. Color varies from yellow-green to dark green, and some trees have touches of reddish-brown on the buds. Firs have a very noticeable fragrance. Firs also have more flexible branches than pines and spruces and will shed some needles. The best varieties are Grand, Fraser, Noble, Balsam, and Douglas.

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Stylish & Durable Home Decor for Pet Owners

It is no secret that pets can be tough on a home. However, that doesn’t mean that pet owners have to live with torn couches, stained rugs and scratched up floors. You just have to shop smart and buy things that can withstand the wear and tear a pet brings, but that doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice on style.

Durable Varieties of Flooring

Hardwood floors are the go-to for many homeowners nowadays. However, they typically don’t stand up well up against our four-legged friends. Light floors hold up the best and show the least. So you don’t have to worry about small scratches and pet hair. The best type of flooring is tile and laminate. You can even get these in wood-look styles!

Area Rugs

Carpet is very hard to keep clean over a long period of time especially with pets. So a good solution is instead of replacing carpet with more carpet, replace your floors with either tile or laminate. Then if you need something soft on your feet an area rug is the way to go! That way if your pets destroy the after a few years you can simply pick it up and have it cleaned or replaced.

Funiture w/ Stain Resistant Fabric

It is hard to say no to a pet who is begging to cuddle with you on the sofa. Needless to say, if you are trying to keep your pets off your furniture you will end up losing that battle. So be sure to get a sofa that uses Sunbrella, Crypton or another similar fabric that is stain-resistant and relatively durable.

Toys & Beds

Furniture can become a scratching post or a bed at any time and one way to reduce your pets use of your furniture it to get them their own. If your pet has a nice bed out in the living room along with several toys they can play with, they will be less likely to use your furniture for entertainment or a nap.

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November Maintenance Checklist

We are heading straight for the holiday season and many people are chomping at the bit to start cooking and shopping. However, before you buy the perfect turkey or break out the flannel pajamas check out these steps to ensure your home is ready for winter.

Block Out Small Pests

Thankfully in Florida, we don’t have to put up with snow and ice, however, it does get quite cold in Florida. So when the temperature starts to drop rodents and other creepy crawlies seek out a warm place to live. To ensure your home doesn’t take on unwelcome residences give your house a once over and seal up any holes you find. If you find a hole try using putty, flexible brick, or concrete caulking to patch holes.

Check Smoke Detectors

Thanksgiving is kind of infamous for being the holiday for most kitchen fires in the U.S. So going into this season it is a good idea to check your smoke detectors to ensure they work. This will help protect everyone in your house from your iffy cooking skills. To test your smoke detector just press the “test” button on your alarm, and ensure it sounds. Then change the batteries, which should be done every year.

Replace Your Weatherstripping

Check your windows and doors for any small gaps in weatherstripping and caulk. Turn the lights off, and run a light along your windows to illuminate cracks. Take your existing weatherstripping to the store to ensure you buy the right replacement.

Plumbing Check

Like I mentioned before a lot can go wrong in the kitchen on Thanksgiving, but don’t forget your bathroom. Now is a great time to check your plumbing and make sure your pipes are clear before the holidays come around. It is best to call in a professional for a preholiday inspection since drain cleaning during the holidays gets a little more expensive.

Get Ready For Visitors

If you are planning on entertaining this year for the holidays, this is a great time to start preparing. Launder the guest linens, stock up on toiletries, and give everything a good cleaning.

If you follow all these tips your home will be perfectly prepared for the winter and holiday season!

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What is the Best Floors for Pets?

If you own a dog, cat or another rambunctious house guest, the best type of flooring you can get is something durable. Although popular flooring like hardwood is pretty to look at and carpet is cheap, these types of flooring don’t stand up well against our four-legged friends. One of the biggest problems with pets is their nails, also muddy paws and pets that aren’t housebroken are also not good for your floors. Carpets especially can take a beating when it comes to these stains and smells that quite possibly are permanent. However, with all this negative you don’t have to sacrifice having great looking floors in your house. Here are some of the most durable and pet-friendly floors to have in your house.

Concrete

This type of flooring can stand up against just about anything. Plus, it is easy to clean and is incredibly stylish and growing in popularity. This is a great type of floor if you are going for a more industrial type of look in your home.

Tile

Tile is another great option for people with pets since it is both durable and easy to clean. Plus, there are tons of style options including the popular wood-look tile.

Luxury Vinyl

This type of flooring is another great option for pet owners who are keen on keeping their houses spotless. They are highly durable, long-lasting, resistant to moisture, scratches, and dents. They also reduce the clicking noise of pet nails on the tile or wood floors.

Laminate

Laminate flooring is incredibly popular hardwood look-alike. The sealant layer on the laminate makes it scratch and scuff proof. Plus, laminate flooring is less expensive than traditional hardwood floors. Since these floors are so durable they can last for several years without having to replace or repair them. Also, like the other types of flooring on this list, laminate floors are easy to clean.

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When Should I Remodel My House?

Homeowners often ask the question: “When should I remodel my house?” and to be honest any time is the right time as long as you are prepared. However, there are certain times of the year were doing certain jobs can save you a little money.

January Through Early March

Despite working outside in the cold, this is actually a good time to start an addition. Dry air is actually better for digging foundations and pouring concrete footers than muddy ground and humidity. If your foundation is completed and the room addition is framed before the rainy season, the space can be undercover during the unpredictable spring weather. Also, the winter months tend to not be as busy for builders, because everyone is waiting for the spring.

April Through June

This is normally the time when most builders are busy and therefore you can expect to pay a little more for time and materials. Projects like decks, patios, and outdoor rooms are good to plan for this time frame. Plus, the homeowner can enjoy their new outdoor space for the rest of the year.

July Through September

This is the best time to tackle all those indoor renovations you want to do like a bathroom remodel. Surprisingly this is also normally the time when people get a new roof put on their house since higher temps make roofing materials easier to seal. Also, if your family vacations in the summer it would be best to plan your renovation and your vacation at the same time. That way you can avoid all the inconveniences of having to live through a renovation.

October through December

This is normally the time homeowners want their projects finished since the holidays will quickly be approaching. So if you are willing to have crews in your home during the holiday season, this is a good time to schedule anything from an addition to a kitchen remodel. This is the time of year when business is slower and prices for materials and time won’t be as high.

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How to Add a Bathroom

Your home will likely only have one bathroom if it was built before 1970. So counter space may not be easy to come by if you are sharing one bathroom with your entire family. You may also be asking yourself “how hard would it be to add another bathroom.” Luckily for you, we are here to answer that question!

It’s All About Location

Finding the perfect place to put your new bathroom is half the battle and it all depends on the layout of your home. A good first step is to call out a plumber so they can figure out where the water and waste lines are and the easiest place to alter them so they can reach the space of your new bathroom. By being able to use existing water and waste lines will not only save you time but also money.

Homeowners with single-story layouts will have the easiest time adding a new bathroom since they can just run the water line through the crawl space below. You should also be sure to include a tub somewhere in the home since this can boost your resale value. Master showers with double heads are nice, but if your future buyer has kids, they will want a tub.

Luxe Design

Even if your bathroom is going to be small it is important to maximize the space you have. That may include a wall-mounted toilet or sink and a pocket door. When it comes to design, classic tones for tiles and fixtures, mixed with bold rugs, candles, and paint colors are essential. No matter how you design your extra bathroom, it’s going to add value. When you sell your home, you will get whatever money out of it that you put into it.

Long story short you will want a trusted contractor on your side to guide you through this process. Contact us today to get started on building your dream bathroom!

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6 Home Improvement Ideas Under $1k

Increasing the value of your home with a few upgrades is a great idea to get more for it when it comes time to sell. By making a few strategic and affordable upgrades you can really add big value to your home. However, knowing what adds value and what doesn’t can be a little difficult so here is a list of some of the affordable upgrades that will definitely add value.

Install New Thermostat

According to the U.S. Department of Energy, heating your home accounts for over 40% of its total energy use. If you install a programmable thermostat you will be able to customize a temperature profile throughout the day. For example, reducing the temperature inside your home by a degree or two while you sleep can equal huge savings at the end of the month. Since energy costs are on the rise, many buyers will appreciate your cost-effective thinking.

Update Fixtures

This is such a cheap and simple fix that can completely freshen up the space. If new kitchen cabinets are out of your budget, simply upgrading the hardware will instantly upgrade the rooms look. Same thing goes for the faucet. With a sleek new kitchen faucet with a sprayer, it will definitely be appreciated by buyers. By anticipating and doing these smaller projects will get you more money in your pocket when selling your home.

Bathroom Upgrades

If your bathroom needs some help, another simple way to bring it into this century is to replace your old toilet with a new one. This will make a significant impact on your bathroom aesthetics. Another way to increase your bathrooms liability is to have the bathtub re-glazed.

Tile Floors

A brand new tile floor can breathe new life into any home. Tile has many more benefits versus carpet, which is why buyers welcome it with open arms. Carpet can retain water, allergens, animal hair, dirt, and other nasty things. So by completly getting rid of it and replacing it with easy to clean tile is a bonus in any buyers book.

Blinds or Plantation Shutters

If your home is still sporting the aluminum blinds or old- school vertical blinds, it may be time to upgrade. By switching out these old blinds makes the home look not so dated and once again it is another thing the buyer does not have to put on their to-do list.

New Front Door

Nothing says “first impressions” like a front door. It is literally one of the first things the buyer will see, so you want it to be amazing. By adding a new front door will boost your curb appeal and give your home the updated look you are wanting. This can be as simple as painting it a new bright and fresh color.

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October Home Maintenance Tasks

Fall is here, and you know what that means… sweater weather and pumpkin spice everything! So before you hit up the local craft store to get your home decorated for the fall season, and more importantly Halloween, take a moment to get your home winter ready! Check out this home maintenance list to get your home ready for the holiday season!

Clean Your Dryer Vents

Although this doesn’t sound as serious, don’t take this too lightly. Lint buildup can increase your risk of a fire. So to prevent that from happening empty out your lint trap every time you use your dryer. A good indicator that your dryer vent needs cleaning is if your clothes aren’t drying as fast or they need multiple cycles to get fully dry.

Inspect Your Gutters and Downspouts

While the leaves are pretty to look at they will start to fall, which can mean that they are going to end up in your gutters. Directing water away from your house can go a long way in preventing roof damage and other water-related issues. So be sure to keep your gutters and downspouts clear!

Fall Cleaning

Open up the windows and do a fall cleaning throughout your home. Be sure to dust areas that don’t normally make the cut on a typical cleaning day. This includes the ceiling fans, ceiling corners, blinds, window screens, and wash the windows inside and out. The more you do now the less you will have to do when the holiday season rolls around!

Outdoor Funiture

Luckily, we are in Florida, which means we don’t have to worry about the damaging effects of snow. The winter season usually brings bonfires and outdoor activities, as the cooler weather draws everyone out of their home. So giving your outdoor furniture and firepit a good cleaning would be a good idea. That way everything is ready for smores and the annual Christmas tree burning after the holidays.

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Hurricane Water Damage Tips

After hurricanes Irma and Harvey, homeowners are looking to get caught up to speed on fixing the water damage to their home. Water damage is typically covered by flood insurance, which is great news! According to the Insurance Information Institute, water damage makes up about 20% of all insurance claims in the U.S. However, before you call your insurance agent, be sure to know the steps to take.

Take Pictures Before Cleaning

By taking pictures before you are able to provide critical proof to your insurance of the repairs you need. Without pictures, you may end up getting a reduced amount of financial assistance. If your flood was caused by washing machine or other appliance, you will also want to save the appliance as evidence. Also, by keeping the appliance, you may be able to contact the manufacturer, who will normally replace the product.

Remove As Much Water As You Can

Once you have taken pictures and documented the damage, it is time to rid as much water as you can. The longer the water sits in your home, the deeper it can seep into your drywall, floors, and everything else. Plus mold and mildew will also typically begin growing within 24 to 48 hours. Also, many home insurance companies require insured parties to take the necessary measures to prevent further damage. If you don’t the insurance company could deny a claim for damage since the homeowner didn’t act to alleviate the damage. A great way to get the water out is to use a shop vacuum. Also, adding turning fans will help all the water dry out.

Help From the Expert

When the water damage is quite extensive you should definitely enlist the help of an expert. Calling a water damage restoration specialist or a contractor with this experience will help you out immensely. These pros come with industrial-grade dehumidifiers, air purifiers, and other fantastic equipment that will help dry everything out more thoroughly than a typical household fan.

Government Funding

If a hurricane caused your water damage, then there is a good chance you will qualify for home repair assistance through FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). However, if you have flood insurance the government will not override that, this is for victims of a storm who do not have flood insurance. Some homeowners who have been through a hurricane may also qualify for a low-interest disaster loan from the Small Business Association.

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Hurricane Preparedness: Before & After the Storm

Given the recent events in Texas and here in Florida, what better time is there to talk about hurricane preparedness. That way you and your family will be more prepared to take on the next hurricane, which for Florida happens at least once a year. Check out these helpful tips to help your family before and after a hurricane hits.

Know Your Risk

Families would live on the East Coast, the Gulf Coast, or on an island have the highest risk for the damaging effects of hurricanes. However, there is still a risk for states that are more inland. Both Harvey and Irma continued their path of destruction far beyond Texas and Florida.

Develop Your Evacuation Plan

In some cases, local officials may declare a state a mandatory evacuation which requires locals to leave the area. In most cases, however, evacuations are advised and locals can choose to ride out the storm or leave. When a mandatory evacuation is issued, your local officials inform the public using multiple methods of media to get the message out. This would include the news stations, newspapers, text message alert, and social media.

Flooding

If you live in an area prone to flooding, the best thing to do is buy flood insurance. This will not only give you peace of mind but it will also greatly speed up your home’s recovery if a hurricane causes your home to flood. Hurricane flooding may be a result of a storm surge along the coast plus the heavy rain. This storm surge can leave your home in water up to the roof depending on how bad it gets.

High Wind

Before a hurricane strikes, remove or secure outside objects like trash cans, yard furniture, grills, and tools. It is also a good idea to get your trees trimmed or even removed if they pose a big enough threat. Trees with trunks larger than 6in in diameter should be far enough away from your house so they won’t fall on it.

Generators

Hurricanes can leave you without power for several days and even week depending on the severity. So having a generator to power your refrigerator, fans, and charge your phones is a life saver. Only use a gasoline-powered generator outdoors away from windows so the fumes don’t get in your house. The same goes for camping stoves and grills.

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