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Annual home maintenance tasks you can forget about

The list isn't long but it is distinguished

In an attempt to make home life a bit easier for everyone, our remodeling team of experts sat down with a couple of cold beverages to compile a list of annual home maintenance tasks we think people can now ignore.


2019 Silver Master Design Award Winner

Residential Kitchens over $150,000

Murphy Bros. Design | Build | Remodel has been honored with another Master Design Award. The national remodeling magazine, Qualified Remodeler, announced the winners of the 41st annual Master Design Award contest, which involved hundreds of entries in 22 categories from across the nation.


Top 500 Remodelers for 2019

Murphy Bros. moves up 100 positions in top firm rankings Nationally

The 500 list of top remodeling performers across the country measures strength and growth, through good times and bad. It also indicates longevity, which is ultimately important to homeowners who are counting on a company’s word, craftsmanship and warranty.


Anatomy of an Office Fire

How our fire started and what you can do to avoid this disaster

Since our office fire in May many have asked how it started. I'd like to share with you the origins of this disaster in hopes that you will learn from our mistake and never experience something like this in your own life.


Leaner. Stronger. Better.

Recovering from our recent office fire sheds new light on everything

The New Normal If you’ve ever encountered a true epic disaster event in your life you understand the phrase, “things will never be the same again.” Better known as “the new normal.” However, that doesn’t mean the new normal can't better than the o


Aging in Place Innovations

How a smarter home can deliver peace of mind

Can you remotely open a can of beans with your smart phone? Cool, but no big deal really. Can you remotely check on the contents of your aging mother’s refrigerator to see if she’s eating right or be alerted if her daily activities suddenly change? Now th


Is Your Smart Home Getting Too Smart?

A Review of the Latest Smart Home Technology

“It's supposed to be automatic, but actually you have to push this button. ” ― John Brunner, Stand on Zanzibar We call them smart phones because they come with a disembodied voice named Siri poised to spit out directions along with often comic


Blaine Offices Damaged by Fire

Overnight fire severely damages Murphy Bros. Blaine offices

Fire breaks out between 2 and 3 am During the early morning hours of Thursday, May 23, fire broke out in the rear portion of the Murphy Bros. Blaine office building. Responding Blaine fire crews arrived just as the rear portion of the roof caved in


Does The "Get 3 Bids" Rule Work?

Thinking through the 3-bid rule in selecting a remodeler

There are lots of rules in life. Some are good, like the golden rule. Some are stupid, like the 5-second rule—as if germs can count. So, what about the rule of three as in “Get Three Bids,” before choosing a remodeler? Where does this come from a


Deck Stain & Paint Tips For Minnesotans

Preparing Your Deck for Spring Staining & Painting

Before you rush outside with brush and can there are a few things our resident finishes expert wants you all to know so that you don’t waste time, effort and money in your quest to put color back into your favorite fading surfaces.



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