Renovation

Maintaining Brand Relevance During a Renovation

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Many consumers consider convenience a top-level priority in their purchase decisions. When that convenience is compromised, they may begin to question their brand loyalty and look to alternatives instead. That’s why maintaining a transparent, speedy product or service is critical to keeping the business-client relationship positive. Here are four best practices for maintaining your brand’s […]

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Trinity School

During the summer break of 2018, Mayer Building Company completed two separate but equally important improvement projects for Trinity School on Jackson Avenue. At the “Pink House” Mayer design/built a replacement of an historic porch, gallery and roof along with all of its architectural ornamentation. At the elementary school Mayer Building Co successfully completed a revamp of the corridor finishes, doors, ceilings, electrical and plumbing (in the bathrooms). Thanks to close owner input, Mayer Building Company was able to complete each of these large projects before the class bell rang. 

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4901 Magazine Street

In July, Mayer Building Company completed the work at 4901-03 Magazine Street. The major renovation on the corner of Magazine and Upperline consisted of converting an unused, decrepit Victorian 4plex into a stunning mixed-used rehabilitation. Upstairs there are two apartments for rent with balconies and galleries that face the parade route. Downstairs is a new office space customized to the real estate company moving in. We salvaged the floors, doors, baseboards, brickworks, and hardware (when possible). The major challenge of this project included prosecuting this salvage and re-use effort at the same time as abiding by Historic Tax Credit requirements (federal and state) the local Historic District Landmarks Commission requirements, the City of New Orleans Safety & Permits requirements,m the Louisiana State Fire Marshal requirements and all the International Building Codes governing the same. Oh yeah, and we had to fit in air-conditioning, ADA and life safety requirements and new plumbing and electrical. Whew. 

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New Year New Kitchen

In January 2018, we delivered a fast-track kitchen and living room upgrade for a family in Mid City. The fresh look, designed by Bockman Forbes, incorporated the existing finishes, subtly augmented for excellent effect. The work consisted of crafting a new counter and seating surface with matching stone, new casework, modifications of existing casework and painting and new light fixtures. 

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St. Charles Avenue Condo Renovation

In the fall of 2017, MBC completed a renovation of a 2000 sf residence on the 11th floor of the Carol on St. Charles Avenue. The project included renovation of three bathrooms, a kitchen, a laundry room and all the bedrooms and living space. Though it was challenging to work in a large occupied complex, Mayer Building Company did our best to keep our footprint light. We protected the common areas near by the work-site, remained approachable and amenable to the building’s and its occupants’ requests. We were quiet and fast. Notable features included high-end custom showers and space-saving layout upgrades.Photos by Anne Finney.

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Small Renovations / Improvements

Mayer Building Company completed a number of small projects recently. We completed a termite repairs and window replacement in an old building on Royal Street. We replicated an HDLC protected wood rail at a roof deck gallery on a manor house in the Lower Garden District. We built a new gallery over looking St. Charles Avenue on an underused front facade Uptown on the Streetcar line. Here’s a quote from one of the owners, “I wanted everyone to know that the floor replacement work done by Ryan’s crew is amazing! Ryan, I can’t thank you enough for your attention to detail when replacing and refinishing the floor boards. It is literally impossible to distinguish the old wood from the new.
GREAT JOB!!!”

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Baton Rouge Flood Rehabilitation

After the historic Baton Rouge flood, MBC was pleased to help a family member rebuild his home. We were able to quickly gut and demolish the flood damaged parts of the home. When it came time to rebuild, we worked with the homeowner who performed much of the rebuilding himself. We secured a design by Holly Baker for putting the pieces back together. We installed doors and trim and cabinets and a new ceiling and lights in the kitchen. We installed new windows and siding in select areas. We installed tile and grout. We gave discounts and tried our best to provide clear correspondence and a listening ear. We tried to give our best guidance and shared opinions. I mention these last items because, in a way, it is typical of what we do as a great general contractor, but given the sensitive nature of the project (i.e. the client was not planning a renovation); it also made me realize that I have work to do on those very things. Listening and understanding the client’s concerns are really the utmost best thing a good contractor ought to do. I know this family is pleased to be back in their home after such a devastating event, and I’m glad we could help them get there. I’m also glad for the reminder to try to walk in someone else’s shoes.

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HGTV: New Orleans Reno with Holly Baker

During the summer of 2016, Mayer Building Company delivered two top-notch residential renovations for New Orleans Reno. The TV shows aired this January. The work included a high end renovation of half of a shotgun double in the Bywater and a kitchen/dining/living room update Uptown near Tchoupitoulas. The construction work was fast-paced, but diligently performed by our staff and subcontractors and vendors. The production team was a pleasure to work with and we hope to be making more shows for Holly Baker, RTR Media and HGTV soon.

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Investment Property Updates

At the end of January 2017, Mayer Building Company completed some minor interior and exterior improvements for a duplex in the charming Parkview neighborhood of Mid City. The work included exterior carpentry and paint repairs, general cleaning of the facades, garden and paving, and finishes renovations to the two two bedroom apartments. We updated both bathrooms with cultured marble surrounds and new steel tubs and shower valves. We restored an old Art Deco vanity light, upgraded a tile counter top to a granite one, patched in an antique wood floor, swapped many of the appliances for new, salvaged antique door hardware, and replaced light fixture.

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