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Competitive Bidding - Less Than You Bargain For?

Consumer advice columns will tell you that seeking competitive bids is the standard approach to get the best price for a remodeling project. But it also has some unfortunate consequences that go well beyond the pitfalls of choosing the cheapest proposal.


The Murphy Method vs. Murphy's Law

We pride ourselves on a process we call "The Murphy Method." In many ways, it's the opposite of the better known Murphy's Law. Withthe Murphy Method, everything that can go right will. We didn't develop the Murphy Method overnight. Over 30 years in the co


Planning to add or replace a deck on your home?

Building a deck can be a very simple project. Especially if it is rectangular in shape, straight off the back of the wall, there is an existing ledger board properly installed and it is at ground level.  In fact, it is not unusual for the building of a de


Accessible design boosts comfort, safety, and resale appeal

You don't have to be disabled to appreciate the benefits of universal design and aging in place features in your next remodeling project. Whether you want to adapt your home for retirement or just make it more welcoming for visiting parents, Murphy Bros.


Nellie's New Home

At nearly 93, Nellie Fischbach didn't take the easy road to her new Murphy Bros. home.  Yet the long-time Brooklyn Park resident's journey serves as a poignant reminder of what independent senior living can look like when you combine a strong will and nea


Why is the "Cheap Guy" the cheap guy?

A chronic theme that I encounter in the building industry is stories from people who repeat the usual list of complaints about the guy who built or remodeled their home.  They will complain about the shoddy workmanship, the lack of communication, the chea



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10 Step Attic Insulation and By-Pass Sealing Process

26 Nov 2012 | Tags :attic, cold, cost savings, insulation, remodeling, Winter

If you are concerned about keeping your home warmer in the winter, cooler in the summer and spend less money in accomplishing both, it might be time to consider looking in your attic.  Many consumers and less-sophisticated contractors have made the mistak


The Brilliance of Design/Build

Design/Build VS Design-Bid-Build The Design/Build process has gained great acceptance in residential construction over the last few decades. This method emerged in the 1970's as an alternative to Design-bid-build and now is used in a significant part



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