Murphy Brothers Blog

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 best ideas you’ll never see

Let’s say you get a draftsman to draw up a simple plan and invite three or four contractors to submit bids.  The first given is that many contractors won’t share their best ideas if they think it will add to the cost.  For instance, they will start Read More »

The Murphy Method vs. Murphy’s Law

John MurphyWe pride ourselves on a process we call “The Murphy Method.” In many ways, it’s the opposite of the better known Murphy’s Law. With the Murphy Method, everything that can go right will.

We didn’t develop the Murphy Method overnight. Over 30 years in the construction business, Murphy Bros. analyzed Read More »

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 deck to be easier than the planning of it.  Of course the type of home a deck is being installed on determines what type of deck is most appropriate to build.  A simple Read More »

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. can help.  We are committed to making a real difference in your living spaces and your lives.

I have more trouble doing some things now than 30 years ago and I’ve seen how age has affected my own parents’ vision, hearing and mobility. You can be sure Murphy Bros. will approach the accessible design Read More »

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 nearby support.

Nellie lost her legs to diabetes years ago and much of her vision to macular degeneration more recently. Then, last year, the City of Brooklyn Park took her family farm to construct Read More »