Playhouse Project

Playhouse Project

All materials donated by McKenzie Custom Builders for The High Country Home Builders Association Playhouse Auction raising money for Habitat for Humanity.

Playhouse Culmination – A Bow Tie Event & Auction   High Country Home Builders Association

Saturday, December 6, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:30 PM (EST)  Boone, NC

Playhouse Project with High Country Home Builders Association

Playhouse Project with High Country Home Builders Association

This year we are participating in the High Country Home Builders Association Playhouse Auction by building the Eden Pavilion designed by Hunter Coffey of  Coffey Architecture.

High Country Home Builders & Wine to Water Playhouse Raffle. Purchase tickets for a chance to win The Carriage House, designed by Bob Mann of A.T.T.I.C. Design Only $5.00 per Entry! The winner will be drawn December 6th Purchase raffle tickets online at www.highcountryhba.com About the Playhouse Auction: The Hobbit House and Eden Pavilion playhouses will be auctioned live to the highest bidders on December 6th at Home Builder’s Plaza at 6 pm. We’ll be serving food, soft drinks, wine & beer at this fun bow tie affair.

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Solar Decathalon

Solar Decathalon

The 2011 Solar Decathlon is a biannual competition hosted by the US Department of Energy. The competition challenges universities across the globe to design and build a net-zero energy home that is then transported to Washington, D.C. and displayed on the National Mall where it is judged in 10 categories by a panel of professional architects, engineers, builders, and designers. The competition is the most prestigious design- build competition in the world.

McKenzie Custom Builders president, Travis McKenzie was selected to manage and lead ASU’s Solar Homestead team in the 2011 Solar Decathlon as the Project Manager while he was pursuing his master’s in Appropriate Technology. This two year long project tested each individual involved in the project and served to be proving grounds for Travis’ dedication to the project. Job responsibilities included but were not limited to: overseeing and coordinating the Communication, Architecture and Design, Engineering and Construction Teams to ensure a competitive entry into the competition.

  • 20 international teams
  • Design – build competition
  • 1000 sf
  • Net-zero energy
  • Modern trombe wall
  • Central Core
  • Solar thermal skylight
  • Phase change thermal storage
  • Staggered stud wall framing
  • Great porch
  • Bifacial PV canopy
  • Flex space
  • Green roof
  • Poplar bark siding
Hight Point Bathroom Remodel & Shadow Box Fence

Hight Point Bathroom Remodel & Shadow Box Fence

This High Point, NC home has been a three time jobsite for MCB. We initially remodeled a single guest bathroom for the homeowners. After an unusual tornado, rare for the area, came through and leveled their fence, they decided to have us build a beefier shadowbox style fence. The following summer, the master bathroom was ready for a full gut and remodel, in which we were called back. The remodel included re-framing the shower, full tile shower with glass surrounds, new tile flooring, fixtures, paint and trim.

 

 

  • Guest bath remodel
  • Master bath remodel
  • New tile shower
  • Glass shower surround
  • Fresh paint
  • New fixtures
  • Shadowbox fence build
Custom Window & Door Installation

Custom Window & Door Installation

MCB is ready to tackle almost any window and door job. Whether it be a simple window and door install, a complete wall of windows, or 6000 sf full exterior package, we can competitively and properly install windows per manufacturer specifications. Typically we go above manufacturer specifications for flashing, waterproofing and air sealing details to ensure your home is properly sealed from all of the elements. Check out the examples of our work.

  • Log cabin in Vilas, NC – complete window and trim removal and installation
  • Accordion doors – removal of 9’ garage door and installation of custom door slabs and tracks
  • White Oak wall – removal of all white oak for refinishing and re-installation
  • Blowing Rock, NC – complete exterior window, door, siding, fascia and soffit installation (pictures soon to come)
Clark Residence Addition

Clark Residence Addition

The homeowner of this residence was cramped for space. The home consisted of a kitchen and dining area, one bathroom, a living room and two tiny lofts that were only accessible from a ladder or a tight spiral staircase. The difficult access led the homeowner sleeping in the living room. We designed and built a 980 sf, two – story addition that added a master bedroom, expanded her existing bath, and added an additional bedroom and bathroom upstairs for visitors. The project was finished just before Christmas 2010, which allowed the family to visit for the holidays and the homeowner has been as pleased as ever.

 

  • 980 sf addition
  • Two story
  • Add master bedroom
  • Expand bathroom
  • Add guest bedroom and bathroom
  • Hardwood flooring throughout
  • Tile in baths
  • Cedar bevel siding painted to match existing
  • Enlarged covered porch
Nottingham Triplex Rennovation

Nottingham Triplex Rennovation

This three unit triplex was in desperate need of renovations when we were approached by the owner. At the initial meeting and discussions of the extensiveness of this remodel, the homeowner informed us of a tight deadline – six weeks away! Taking on the project meant 100+ hours each week for the entire team, but we were able to pull it off. The units were approximately 600 sf each, and were gutted down to the studs. The remodel included all new plumbing, wiring, insulation, sheetrock throughout, flooring, trim, cabinets, appliances, trim, carpet and paint. When the dust settled, the owner was completely satisfied and the crew took a few days off to rest.

  

  • Gut 1800 sf triplex
  • Re-plumb
  • Re-wire
  • Insulate and air seal
  • Repair failing floor system
  • New hardwood flooring and carpet throughout
  • Sheetrock entire building
  • Cabinets and trim
  • Fresh paint throughout
  • All complete in 5 weeks!

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Rennovation for Rental

Rennovation for Rental

After purchasing this house for a bargain, the homeowner decided to renovate the home and gear it towards a rental property. The platform of the house was a 5-bedroom 3 bath two story house with a half finished lower level with a garage. The end result: a duplex that was separated into a upper unit with 4-bedrooms and 4-baths and a lower unit with 4-bedrooms and 4-baths. The upper unit is a more traditional rental with new carpet, two-tone paint and fresh fixtures. The lower unit is more of a New York loft style with stained concrete, exposed spiral ductwork, exposed conduit and a Maple wood slab as a bar top.

The renovation consisted of a great deal of collaboration with the Town of Boone, as well as all subcontractors involved. To split the house into a duplex required fire separation between the two units, dual electric meters, dual water meters, and dual HVAC systems. The project was completed with a budget of under $100/sf, which included the purchase of the house, land, and renovations involved.

  • Separate house into upper and lower unit – fire and sound separation
  • Gut entire downstairs
  • Cut concrete slab to add plumbing
  • Complete re-plumbing
  • Re-wire lower unit and retrofit upper unit
  • Framing complete downstairs
  • Waterproofing of lower unit
  •  Adding window wells and egress windows for lower bedrooms
  • Staining concrete in lower unit
  • New appliances and cabinets in lower unit
  • Removing fuel oil furnace and installing two HVAC systems (lower unit has exposed spiral ductwork)

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