The Ranch Part II – Local Professionals
Things are moving along nicely at the Ranch, the future headquarters of the MAC Renovations team. The new space will give us plenty of room for our growing team, and the Design Centre is a convenient spot to see and feel the quality materials available for your renovation.
One of the reasons we’ve become Victoria’s Trusted Contractors for home renovations is the strong relationships we’ve created with our trades and subcontractors. We’ve built connections with local professionals over the past few decades, and together we’ve remodelled, reconstructed, and rebuilt many of the homes and neighbourhoods of Greater Victoria.
Working with the MAC Team
Since many of the projects we take on do not require whole-house construction, it’s not unusual for our client families to be at home during some or all of the renovation, which is why we require our contractors and trades to be properly ‘house-trained’.
House-trained means taking pride in their work and clearly caring for the products and materials. It’s maintaining a clean jobsite, a respectful atmosphere, and a professional attitude. It’s little things, like cleaning as we go, and big ones, such as using negative-air units to control dust during demolition and construction. Our crews understand it is a privilege to work with our clients, and together we strive to minimize disruption while maintaining a safe environment. We’re guests in your home, so we – and the people we work with – behave like good guests.
Perfection through Processes
We’ve been doing home renovations in Greater Victoria for over thirty years, and in that time, we’ve developed systems and practices to ensure every project is done well and done right. Clear communication is essential for safety and success, and to help with this, we have created a document that everyone on the project can refer to as needed. The document contains information that’s important to your specific renovation: the locations of the electrical panel, water and gas shutoffs, and lockbox information, as well as potential hazards to be aware of. There’s also information about the nearest hospital, the after-hours emergency contact information for the MAC team, and the locations of the muster station, first aid kit, and fire extinguisher. The document is taped to the front door on every project, so every person, every time, knows where to find it.
In addition to the Emergency Sheet, every project comes with a Red Book: a complete listing of everything required for your project. The Red Book goes beyond the Emergency Call Sheet – for example, as well as including the name of the nearest hospital, it outlines the fastest route to get you there. It has a full calendar for your project (which you can also find online through BuilderTrend, the software we use to keep you informed on the progress of your renovation), a habitat assessment, and the contact information for your project manager.
Between the Red Book, BuilderTrend, and the Emergency Sheet, every person on the extended MAC renovations team knows where everything is, who is responsible for each aspect of the project, and when they should – and shouldn’t – be on site.
The Ranch has been designed by Western Interior Design and our in-house interior design experts; , and the work is being completed by the same teams we use for jobs throughout Greater Victoria. The next time you visit the Ranch, you’ll be able to experience the craftsmanship of the local tradespeople in our Design Centre, touching and seeing the quality materials and construction techniques they will use to bring perfection to your renovation.
Here are some of the local teams that we like to work with:
Capital City Drywall – Every masterpiece needs a blank canvas, and this local team provides the personalized and attentive care we expect
Creative Brushworks – Professional painters use colours and texture to bring the design together
Decora Tile – Intricate designs and artful accents that bring beauty to your renovation
Island Energy – With the right HVAC strategy, you can ensure your home is comfortable year-round
Knights Insulation – Minimizing noise and maximizing comfort, you’ll be amazed at the insulation options available
Mclaren Lighting – Spotlights, LEDs, and custom creations that look amazing, even when turned off
Mike McDonald – Concrete slabs provide strength and support for your home, even if you never see them
Parker Glass – Check out these shower doors that look and work great
Phil Ballam Plumbing – Local professionals who deliver smart solutions for our creative designs
Precision Marble Bath & Shower – Visit our Design Centre to see this spectacular marble shower space
Price’s Alarms – Security systems provide peace of mind without being intrusive
Slegg Lumber – We’ve developed strong relationships with local suppliers to ensure we have access to excellent materials at fair prices
Splashes Bath & Kitchen – Fixtures enhance the design, without sacrificing style or functionality
Tedford Overhead Doors – Excellent solutions to keep the people and contents of your home and yard safe and secure
Thomas and Birch – Cabinets contribute texture, style, and colour to your renovation, as well as smart storage
Vancouver Island Polished Concrete – The natural features of your home are enhanced by the strength and beauty of a perfectly polished floor
Vargas Contracting Exterior – HardiePlank and trim is a great external solution for our west coast climate
Victoria Gutter Installation – Effective, intelligent gutter systems to keep your home and property dry year-round
VinylTek – ENERGY STAR windows provide beauty and elegance with security and style
We have many people to thank for the progress at The Ranch, and we’re looking forward to sharing their hard work with you. Join us for our grand opening in a few months to meet our extended MAC Renovations family. Follow us on Facebook to be invited to our upcoming open house.