Our new location was designed and constructed to meet the level Step 4 requirements – part of the BC building code to create net-zero energy-ready buildings. We built The Ranch with an enclosure-first approach: featuring better insulation, improved airtightness, and optimized solar shading. We have a high-efficiency HVAC system, a 50-year metal roof, and energy-efficient windows. An exterior air barrier, made by SIGA, creates a tighter building seal, resulting in fewer air exchanges and lowered heating and cooling requirements, and the highly efficient heat pump system provides a comfortable environment with minimal energy use. We chose North American Fenestration Standard (NAFS) -rated doors, even though they’re not required in a commercial space, to further improve our building envelope.
The design and building techniques that went into this property changed it from a building that was proven to be cost-prohibitive to operate and maintain, resulting in the failure of several businesses, to a safe, comfortable, high-performance building to house our company for many years to come.
If you’d like to know how we can help you build an energy-efficient home or office, give us a call.
Many of the homes in Victoria have hidden nooks and crannies that too often become home to the unused and unwanted, but with some design savvy and an open mind, we can make them beautiful and functional. An excellent example is the laundry room we added to this open and empty spot under the stairs. The new space is practical, with plenty of counter area to make doing the laundry a little less onerous, and the bright white cabinetry, gold accents, and whimsical backsplash make the space simply gorgeous.
Really proud of the difference we made in this project, opening up this condo to bring in the light and ignite conversations.
To create a feeling of openness in this modest apartment with an awkward layout, we relocated the existing fireplace, which allowed for a kitchen island to bring dinner guests into the conversation, and by rearranging the layout we were able to create a functional working triangle.
Choosing a large wall oven with a separate gas cooktop allowed for additional storage on the island, and moving the dining room to a spare room provided a formal dining space for the homeowners while freeing up space for a much-needed pantry in the previous eating area.
The original floor plan for this family bathroom featured a separate water closet, a small shower and a large built-in tub. To update the look and meet the needs of the new family, we removed the privacy wall, swapped the location of the toilet and shower, and installed a free-standing tub to complete the open concept in this space.
Accessibility and ageing-in-place design concepts were baked into this bathroom renovation. By removing a privacy wall between the toilet and vanity, we were able to find the space to offer a his-and-hers experience, divided by upper cabinetry that offers additional storage within easy reach.
At MAC Renovations, we’re pretty big on building effective teams, with everyone working together towards a common goal. After a conversation with Matt Atkinson, defenseman on the Shamrocks Tier 1 Junior B roster, we knew that sponsoring him was the right thing to do: not only to support him on his journey of becoming a professional athlete but also to recognize his understanding of the power of team.
“This is my sixth year of lacrosse,” shared Matt. “I love playing on the Shamrocks because it’s a really good group of guys playing great lacrosse. We’re competitive and we push each other, and I think that’s the key to success in all team sports.”
MAC proudly supports a variety of different teams and players. “We’ve sponsored local kids in football, baseball, hockey, and basketball,” said Blaise McDonald, owner and operations manager at MAC Renovations. “It’s not just about giving back to the community – it’s about making sure the next generation understands the importance of working on a team, where everyone contributes to the goal.”
The MAC sponsorship will help Matt focus on his development in the Shamrocks program. “I’m hoping to be one of the pros in lacrosse, playing in the National Lacrosse League and helping to build support for the sport,” said Matt. “The guys I follow, they’re not necessarily the best in the game, but they are the guys working hard with camps for kids. Giving back to the community is a big thing for me, and I’m looking forward to sharing my love for lacrosse with future athletes across the country. I’m really grateful to MAC Renovations for helping me stay in the game.”
We love Matt’s passion for the game, raw talent, and abundance of team spirit. His star is clearly rising, and we’re happy to be part of his success.
Ever wonder what it’s like to be a designer or project manager for one of Victoria’s leading renovation teams? We’ve connected with a few of the professionals at MAC Renovations to find out what a typical day is like for them – it’s a tad more complex than what you see in the one-episode renovations on HGTV.
What does a typical day look like for a carpenter at MAC Renovations?
Shawn Jacobson, Production Manager
“With renovations, our construction crew can expect to see a wide variety of tasks and challenges throughout the week,” explained Shawn Jacobson, MAC Renovations production manager and Red Seal carpenter. “Renovations are a different platform than new-build; we regularly find houses that are out of level, spaces that were built to a different – or non-existent – code, including poorly executed DIY projects buried under layers of drywall and old flooring. Our crew has to be able to follow a plan, but they also need to think on their feet to come up with a long-term solution to seamlessly marry the old to the new.”
Adrian Winter, Red Seal carpenter and lead carpenter at MAC, shared, “with home renovations, we often encounter unique engineering challenges that require creative solutions. On a recent project to lift a house, we were separating the chimney from the foundation when a portion of the basement collapsed unevenly. To give it the support it needed, we built a form and poured concrete through the chimney from the second-floor fireplace. There was no other way to get the concrete in there, and this gave us the ability to place beams and columns underneath so we could continue with the lift. Not a typical carpentry technique, but a fun one to figure out.”
What kind of training does MAC offer its carpenters?
Blaise McDonald, Owner/Operations Manager
Blaise McDonald, Owner and Operations Manager, said, “we have a fantastic employee education program and have made a serious commitment to investing in the development of our people. We offer a $1000 training allowance to every employee, per year, to help them develop their skills and further their career. We also pay the tuition for our apprentices, with the time they work applied towards their apprenticeship hours.”
What kind of career path can a carpenter or framer expect with MAC?
Shawn said, “many of our guys have come in green, and we’ve helped them learn to work in and around a job site. They learn the critical importance of clean up and safety, then start being trained to work with the tools in a supervised environment. As they build their experience and demonstrate initiative and competency, they’re assigned more responsibility.”
“If someone on our team comes to us with a training opportunity relevant to the business, we do our best to make that happen,” explained Blaise. “We’ve sent team members through leadership courses, time management seminars, and project management programs where they earn credentials and develop skills and knowledge that improve our ability to serve the homeowners of Victoria.”
How does MAC promote a safe working environment?
“On every jobsite, every person can tell you where the Red Book is – it’s a binder that has everything we need to know about that specific project,” said Shawn. “It covers the scope and the materials being used, as well as the safety aspects: where the shut offs are for water and gas, where the electrical panel is, how to control the alarm, and a hazardous assessment checklist. And on the back of the main door, there’s another document that provides contact numbers and the fastest route to the nearest hospital.”
How is MAC different than other renovation companies in Victoria?
“One of the things that makes us successful is that we have formalized policies and procedures,” said Shawn. “We’re not shooting from the hip – there’s an established way to do things, and this helps us be efficient with time and resources and consistently provide high-quality renovations. With everything written down, our teams know exactly what we expect from them and what they can expect from us. That’s just one thing that has made us Victoria’s leader in residential renovations.”
Whether we’re updating a bathroom or replacing kitchen cabinets, or completing an entire home remodel, when it comes to home renovation there are many aspects that need to be effectively aligned to ensure your project is completed on time, on budget, and to the level of quality you expect from Victoria’s most trusted renovation team. And we keep you connected throughout the process with smart solutions, such as Buildertrend.
Our team of professionals have the experience, education, and creativity to do it well and do it right, bringing you the home you’ve always wanted.
As the team gets set up in our new location in Saanich, we thought we’d check with Ed McDonald, the founder of MAC Renovations, to get his perspective on the new location and what’s ahead for our home renovation team here in Victoria.