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For many people, owning a home is a lifelong dream and at McDonough Construction LLC, we can help turn that dream into a reality that you’ll get to enjoy for many years to come. So if you’re looking to build a home in Lakeland, FL, you can rely on us for excellent service and quality workmanship every step of the way. With an arsenal of advanced equipment and materials, we have the tools and skills to tackle a wide array of home construction projects; and we’ll go out of our way to bring your ideas and wishes to life in a timely, affordable fashion.

YOUR DREAM HOME AWAITS

Our mission is to combine luxury with functionality in the way that makes a house a home, and we’ve brought together a world-class team to realize that goal. Every member of our team is dedicated to constructing the home of your dreams, and we’re ready to work hard so that we not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

Call us today for more information about our home construction services 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.

HOME CONSTRUCTION

For many people, owning a home is a lifelong dream. And at McDonough Construction LLC, we can help turn that dream into a reality that you’ll get to enjoy for many years to come. So if you’re looking to build a home in Lakeland, FL, you can rely on us for excellent service and quality workmanship every step of the way. With an arsenal of advanced equipment and materials, we have the tools and skills to tackle a wide array of home construction projects; and we’ll go out of our way to bring your ideas and wishes to life in a timely, affordable fashion.

YOUR DREAM HOME AWAITS

Our mission is to combine luxury with functionality in the way that makes a house a home, and we’ve brought together a world-class team to realize that goal. Every member of our team is dedicated to constructing the home of your dreams, and we’re ready to work hard so that we not only meet, but exceed your expectations.

Call us today for more information about our home construction services 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.

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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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4 End-of-Summer Home Upgrades

For us, in Florida, we don’t have to worry about the summer season coming to an end anytime soon. Technically, summer ends Sept. 22 however, Floridians know that the heat doesn’t get the memo until late November or December. However, now is a great time to get some renovations in before the holiday season comes barreling around the corner.

Vegetable Garden

With the amount of sunshine and rain Florida gets on a daily basis, we are the perfect place to host a garden of any kind. Soon our everyday lives will become bombarded with pumpkin everything. So just because it’s hot outside doesn’t mean you can’t be festive. Planting fall themed vegetables like carrots, cabbage, beets, and kale are a great way to start the fall season.

Patio Funiture

The best time to get patio furniture is during the winter months when no one really wants to be outside. This way you can upgrade your patio furniture for a bargain. Lawn mowers also have some deep discounts in the off season.

Renovate Your Deck

This could be as simple as giving your deck a good power wash and fixing up some loose screws. Give your deck’s structure a close inspection Specifically, look for signs of rot or cracks in the boards. If you find some problems head to a home improvement store or hire a professional. Deck’s need yearly maintenance since they are constantly being weathered down and exposed to the elements.

Install a Pool

It can be hard to find a home in Florida that doesn’t have a pool, but trust us they exist. This would be the perfect time to install one since it is still warm enough to swim. The busy season for pool builds has started to slow so they will be more willing to give you a pool for a discounted price.

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5 Hurricane Preparedness Tips

Given the awful events in Texas this past week we are thinking about if something like that happened here. Unfortunately, hurricane preparedness is normally something that we put off until there is a hurricane to be worried about. Typically, hurricane season runs from June to November but it really picks up in August & September. So there is no time like now for homeowners to living in hurricane-prone areas to get prepared. Here are some areas to check in your home, whether you plan on staying to face the storm or evacuate.

Windows

A common belief is that a simple and cost effective way to protect your windows is to duct tape them with an “X.” However, this does very little, if anything to protect your windows from 100+ MPH winds. Experts say the best thing to do is replace all your windows with high-impact glass. However, this can get quite expensive so if you are looking for a more cost effective way to protect your windows, consider boarding them up with plywood.

Doors

If your door is missing a few screws or bolts are not going to be able to withstand the great force of a hurricane. So ensure that your doors are properly installed and secured. Experts recommend installing at least a 1-inch deadbolt to better secure the door. If your door is made of glass, protect the glass section the same way you would for a window.

Roof

If you live in a home that has been newly constructed you are in luck! These homes that are built with hurricane straps or clips, which prevent the roof from being ripped off in strong winds. Even if you live in an older home you can still have these straps retrofitted to your roof.

Yard

Regardless of the wind speed, the National Weather Service warns that trees and limbs can become airborne in a hurricane. The stronger the winds the more likely trees and larger branches will fall on your home. To reduce this risk, homeowners should trim back trees that overhang their house and remove any trees that are leaning or appear unsteady.

Basement/Ground Floor

In Florida, we don’t really have to worry about a basement, but we do have to worry about our ground floor. So as we all know, Hurricanes can unload several inches of rain. In Texas, they were getting upwards of 50+ inches of rain, which is over 4 ft of water. So you need to be sure you have good homeowners insurance and flood insurance to cover any pending disaster. Also make sure to have all your important documents, pictures, and anything you want to keep in a safe place and ready to take with you if the storm requires an evacuation.

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Kitchen Designs to Transform the Heart of the Home

If you are a frequent user of Pinterest then you know just how many different kitchen designs are out there and it can seem really hard to pick just one.The kitchen is considered by most as the heart of the home so getting that style nailed perfectly is incredibly important. So we have put together this list of popular kitchen designs that are each quite different but unique.

Classic White

Classic white is truly timeless and it’s a safe bet to wow homeowners. This style is simple, clean, airy, and it gives the illusion that the space is bigger than it is. However, some people argue that this style can look too sterile versus the homey feel you were going for. A good way to avoid this is to add pops of color when you are choosing things like light fixtures, tile, or even bowls and other small appliances.

Minimalistic

If you are a true minimalist than a kitchen that focuses on architecture versus comfort or color could be right for you. This style can feel a bit sterile but if minimalism is your thing then you will love it. This style includes clean line, no clutter, mute colors, and high-tech appliances.

Modern Farmhouse

This style has been made famous by the HGTV show Fixer Upper. This style showcases that casual and stylish kitchen that so many buyers want. Typically, this style includes exposed beams and brick, sliding barn doors, and antique accessories like wooden crates.

High Gloss

In order to achieve the sophisticated-modern look, you might want to go for a high gloss kitchen. This look typically involves lacquer cabinets and accessories in bright colors like yellow, lime green, or stark white. These high gloss kitchens tend to make the spaces look bigger, which is why they are normally featured in one bedroom apartments in the city.

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The 6 Biggest Renovation Mistakes

Buying Cheap Materials

It’s not uncommon for people wanting to save a little money when renovating their home. Basically, we want the best quality materials but for the cheapest price and most of the time that doesn’t quite work out. When it comes to materials you essentially get what you pay for. So if quartz countertops are really something that you need in your kitchen then don’t try to shop for the cheapest thing you can find. Instead try to cut corners somewhere else, like maybe helping out with demo or placing tile.

Inaccurate Measurements

If one of the ways you are trying to keep your renovation on the cheap side is taking your own measurements, be sure they are accurate. You would be surprised at how much an inch or even half an inch can ruin the layout of any room. If your dimensions are not equal and symmetrical you will notice and you won’t get the impact you were looking for.

Building a Small Bathroom

If you are in need of a half bath down stairs be sure to get a sink and a toilet that don’t crowd the space. Trying to fit a full-size sink into a tiny bathroom is a recipe for disaster. You can buy low-profile toilets and narrower sinks to maximize the space. Pair that with a bold color or wallpaper and you will be good to go.

Too Trendy

Watching HGTV can spark your inspiration and when it comes to doing your own renovation you may want to pick the same trendy stuff they choose on the shows. However, what people don’t realize is trends fade and sometimes they fade fast. You want to go with a timeless, classic look that fits YOUR style.

Not Going Green

Unfortunately, people like to save more money upfront than over the course of time. So going green is normally not at the top of anyone’s list. Either they don’t know how to go green or they don’t want to spend the money. However, not only will your energy efficient home save you money over the long run but you will actually be ahead of the market. Green homes are becoming more and more common so if you invest in it now your resale value in a few years will be through the roof.

Overbuilding for your Neighborhood

The biggest mistake people make when they are trying to figure out what the payback is going to be is overbuilding for their neighborhood. For example, if you have a $200,000 house and you add a $100,000 addition to it so now you have a $300,000 house in a $200,000 neighborhood.

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5 Ways to Make Your Bathroom Look Expensive

The average bathroom remodels costs upwards of $18,000 and that can go up or down depending on what materials you use and how big your bathroom is. However, if you don’t have $18,000 laying around there are still ways you can achieve a luxurious bathroom.

Get Creative With Tile

Now, this does not necessarily mean buying the most unique tile out there. If you get a simple tile and have it laid diagonally this will not only open up the space but it will make your bathroom look more luxurious. In an interview with Realtor.com, Kevin Sawyers a San Francisco based founder of Sawyers Design states that “material selections are very important, but how you use specific materials is paramount.”

Classy Containers

One easy way to class up a space is to get rid of all the things that make it look cheap. So we recommend rehoming all of your drugs and toiletries into nice mason jars, glass bottles, etc. Something to get rid of the ugly branding in the bathroom.

Think Expensive But Spend Less

Copper and brass have made a comeback in a big way because they add warmth and elegance to a space. In an interview with Realtor.com, Cecile Starin a San Francisco designer said: “The gold of yesteryear, which had a more greenish base, looks dated now… but fixtures in brushed gold in sleek shapes look warmer, new, and fresh.” In order to achieve this look with out spending a ton is to get metallic accent pieces like soap dishes, toothbrush holders, trash cans, and bowls. They will add the same effect without costing nearly as much.

Oversized Wall Pieces

Another great way to add luxury to your bathroom is to choose a large mirror with an interesting style or shape. An over sized mirror that extends all the way to the ceiling is a great way to make a statement and add some drama. If you have the wall space, another good addition is some oversized artwork. Just be sure that the artwork is framed correctly to prevent moisture from getting in.

Upscale Shower Curtains

An easy way to class up the bathroom is to change out your shower curtains. However, shower curtains can often look cheap, so we suggest looking at regular curtains meant for a bedroom. There are more styles and they are made with a better material so they will add a luxe factor to your bathroom.

 

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How to Naturally Kill Weeds

Florida is infamous for two things: insects and unpredictable rain storms. Just a few days ago we had a tropical storm in the morning and sunshine in the afternoon. Basically, we get a lot a rain in the summer, and with that much rain and sunlight chances are you are going to spending a lot of time maintaining your yard. Now everyone loves a lush green yard but weeds normally come along with that and they aren’t so great. So here are some ways to keep the weeds at bay in a way that is good for the environment.

Herbicides

Traditionally this what is used to fight the war on weeds. However, recently concerns have popped up in regards to if these chemicals were harmful to our health. The Environmental Protection Agency does ensure that all pesticides are safe and do not affect our health. The biggest risk into the person who is mixing the pesticides because they are most dangerous in their concentrated forms. So you only have to really worry about the health effects if you are doing the mixing.

Natural Alternatives

If you would prefer just going the natural route there are several ways to kill weeds without all the chemicals. There are some recipes online containing things like vinegar, cornmeal, and salt. However, these methods are usually not effective long term. There are some techniques that you can use to keep the weeds at bay.

  • Crowd out the bad! The best way to keep weeds from overpowering your yard is to keep a healthy yard. By using proper lawn maintenance habits like keeping your mower blade sharp and mowing in the morning and evening are good ways to keep a healthy yard. This, in turn, will help prevent weeds from sprouting.
  • No Bare Patches. If you have spots in your yard where the grass is dying and there is slowing a bare patch forming. Weeds are known to spout fast in these areas, so get the grass growing again as soon as possible.
  • Proper Watering. The best way to avoid weeds is to water for longer periods of time. If you water in short bursts this causes short roots which is the best condition for weeds to grow.
  • Handpick Weeds Correctly. Hnadpicking weeds is an obvious way to get rid of them. However, there is a right and a wrong way to doing this. The goal is to remove the entire root to ensure that the weed doesn’t grow back. So remove the weed slowly as to not break the root.

 

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