Kitchen of a Custom Home built by Merlin at Tournament Hills in Las Vegas

Budgeting Costs for your Custom Home

April 17, 2018 | Newsletter

Building Success 101 Q: Does stainless steel vary in appearance? A: Yes. The stainless steel used in kitchen appliances can have a warmer or cooler hue depending on the nickel content. With this in mind, a homeowner may want to take a sample of the cabinet or wall color to the appliance showroom to see […]

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Have Questions? Ask A Las Vegas Builder

March 1, 2018 | Newsletter

Building Success 101 Q: Who is responsible for the work of subcontractors? A: The general contractor (your builder) has the final responsibility for the quality and timeliness of all subcontracted work. That’s why a professional hires reputable subs with a proven track record. And that’s why you hire a pro to manage your job rather […]

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December 8, 2017 | Newsletter

Building Success 101 Q: Which cabinet door costs more? A: Doors and drawers fall into two general categories. Overlay styles lap over the cabinet frame at the edges, and inset styles sit flush to the frame when closed. Both include high-quality products, but the tighter tolerances required by the inset method tend to raise costs […]

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Meet the Maestro

November 7, 2017 | Newsletter

Building Success 101 Q: How busy are you? A: Most people understand that a busy contractor probably got that way by doing great work, but they also worry about the contractor becoming overextended. It’s a valid concern. But one reason professionally run companies dominate their markets is that they have the systems needed to manage […]

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First Impressions

October 18, 2017 | Newsletter

Building Success 101 Q: What if you have a deadline? A: Some homeowners come to the initial meeting wanting the job done by a certain date. They may want it finished in time to host a big event like a wedding or family reunion, or they may not want to pay construction loan interest any […]

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October 11, 2017 | Newsletter

Vegas strong!! We are OK and safe.  Every one of the Merlin team and our family members are safe and physically unharmed.  Erica and her husband Chad were given VIP tickets.  They haven’t missed this concert since it started BUT this year they, for an unknown  reason, stayed home.  We are so glad they did. […]

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The Multi-Generational Home

August 22, 2017 | Newsletter

swarovski glass staircase The 38th & 39th  floor two-story Penthouse at Turnberry is a one-of-a-kind three tiered jewel box.  Each of the three floors has undergone a complete demolition and complete renovation.  A semi-spiral, brushed stainless steel, Swarovski glass tread staircase joins the 37th and 38th floors.  This self-supporting magical stairway, emerges through the 8” […]

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How Builders Help Ensure Health and Comfort

July 6, 2017 | Newsletter

Building Success 101 Q: What is SEER? A: SEER stands for seasonal energy efficiency ratio, or the cooling energy output of an air conditioner divided by the electrical energy it burns. The higher the number, the more efficient the equipment. For example, a new 15 SEER unit uses 33 percent less energy than an older […]

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June 14, 2017 | Newsletter

picture perfect builders across our great nation! Bart spent a week in Austin, Texas at the end of April with this amazing group of custom home builders from all across the states.  He enjoyed a powerful week of learning from this group which will only serve to make Merlin Contracting even better. We send out […]

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The Super Kitchen

April 4, 2017 | Newsletter

Building Success 101 Q: What is contemporary design?   A: A contemporary kitchen is characterized by cabinets with simple lines (that is, without ornate moldings) and by metallic hardware finishes. This design style also puts high value on natural light and views to the outside, which means lots of window area. Explanations for this style’s […]

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Estimating Time

March 7, 2017 | Newsletter

Building Success 101 Q: Can I buy my own fixtures? A: In most cases, Steve and Bart feel it is not in our homeowners’ best interest for a number of reasons.  When plumbing fixtures are purchased by our plumbers there are many advantages:  (1) Our plumbers receive and forward discounted pricing as a consequence of […]

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Even in Vegas Building is Not a Game of Poker

February 7, 2017 | Newsletter

Building Success 101 Q: Who ensures a quality job?   A: Merlin Contracting built our reputation on the quality of our homes.  So for Merlin, the answer is everyone in our company is responsible for and ensures the quality of each job.  Merlin marries a Project Manager to each job even before the plans are […]

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