From Our Customers

  • "We have used CMB Construction several times on different projects. The work was always done timely and the premises left clean. CMB was artistic and made good suggestions that were most helpful and enhanced our jobs. we were very pleased with their performance and plan to use them on our future endeavors."

    Walter and Hazel Wistrand

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  • "I hired CMB Construction (Colin Bushong) to do an addition on my house (2 bedroom, 1 bath) and also to convert my garage into a family room (24x24). From the beginning Colin was on top of what needed to be done and was very patient as I had to do my part to secure the financing for the project."

    Katie Marks

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  • We had CMB Construction tear down an old and build a new two tier deck in June 2013. Colin and crew were amazing in their workmanship and honest approach in getting the job done. Colin made sure that he kept in contact with us during the tear down and build by sending texts and pictures on the progress....

    Steve and Lynn Johnson

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  • CMB Construction recently completed a 1400 sq ft addition to our home. During construction we faced the special challenge of living on the premises. My greatest fear was that our contractor would be involved in a variety of other jobs and that our project would sit idle. That never happened!

    Sven Anderson

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  • this is the third time we have used Colin and his crew. We had an addition, a new bathroom, and an additional room added to our house this fall. CMB did an outstanding job. What we especially like about Colin is that he continually suggests new and better ideas...

    Bob Novak

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  • We hired CMB Construction to paint our back stairwell and hall (1880 house with 24 ft ceiling from ground floor to second floor), re-glaze and paint some storm windows and fix a door that would not close properly. Colin Bushong did an excellent job with all these projects....

    Peter and Alice Murphy

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CMB Construction is a one stop solution to all of your Traverse City building, remodeling and handyman needs.

Whether it's a 2500 square foot addition or a squeaky door, CMB Construction wants to exceed your expectations. We believe the home building and remodeling process should be an enjoyable experience. That's why it is our mission to provide you with the best advice, communication, quality and cost possible. CMB Construction is a fully licensed and insured Traverse City builder.

Why Choose CMB Construction?

  1. Quality Craftsmanship: We are skilled Traverse City builders and ensure our work is done right the first time.

  2. Clean: We take extra measures to help contain mess and debris in your home. We understand your house is your home and not just a work site. We take time at the end of the day to sweep the work area and organize materials and tools.

  3. Timely: We are committed to starting your Traverse City  building remodeling project on time and focusing on your project until it is done.

  4. Communication: We keep you informed on all of the pertinent details of your project. Our clients never need to ask what's going on with their project because they are already up to speed.

  5. Personal Service:  Whether your project is a complete remodel, a new building or a small handyman project, Colin Bushong (owner) will meet with you to discuss your needs and when hired will oversee your project onsite everyday.                                                                                                         
  6. Competitive Pricing: We work hard to offer you the most value on your project. 




Framing a New House

There are many factors to keep an eye on during the framing process when building your new home in Traverse City. First, let’s define exactly what framing is. Framing is the assembly of the walls, roof, and floors of your new home. Everything else that makes up the visual appearance of a house is done after the framing is complete.


Traditionally, there are three styles of framing, which are post and beam, balloon, and platform framing. Post and beam framing is how most barns are framed nowadays, but it also used to be the standard for home construction. Then, a further development was balloon framing, which is when the exterior walls are built with studs tall enough to reach the roof and the interior is built afterward. In the modern era, your contractor will most likely use the platform framing method, which is when the walls of the first story are constructed, then the floor is placed atop it, and the process is repeated until the necessary height is achieved.


Now that we understand the basic history of framing, let’s examine the platform framing method more closely. The builders of your new home must pay attention to a multitude of factors to make sure the house is accurate to plan, and looks nice. The most important detail is for everything to be square and that all measurements are even. If the framing isn’t square, then things will look off and it will hinder every step that comes after it. This comes into play during every step of construction, and it must be the top priority of the builders.


After the foundation has been poured, if you have a basement, the floor must be constructed above the concrete walls with joists. The joists must be evenly spaced, and openings for stairwells braced with strong engineered lumber. After that, the floor itself must be laid atop the joists with sheets and screwed in place. Then the construction of exterior walls can begin. Lines are snapped in chalk to show where the bottom plates will go and then the walls are constructed flat on the floor, and raised, then nailed in place. The process is then repeated for interior walls.


Once all the walls are up, the frame of the roof can be laid atop the top plates of the walls. When the roof frame is engineered and brought in sections to the job site, these are called trusses. The trusses are laid evenly spaced and then connected one by one to secure them for the roof sheeting, waterproofing, and shingles to be placed on top. This completes the framing process and allows for drywall, siding, plumbing, electrical and HVAC to be installed.


Now that you have a better understanding of the framing process, we hope to go through this process carefully and skillfully for you at CMB Construction.



Chief Architect


Here at CMB Construction one of the things we’re most proud of is our ability to design and modify your dream house right in front of your eyes. We take your ideas and directly implement them in a visual way. Using Chief Architect, a Computer Aided Design software (CAD), we’re able to quickly and easily mock-up your home to find out what works and what doesn’t before you’ve spent a dime.


With Chief Architect we create a full three dimensional rendering of your complete home from foundation to the last shingle on the roof. The rendering can be explored and viewed from any angle to ensure it is everything you ever wanted, before we even break ground. With photorealistic light and reflectivity simulation, you can see how your light placement and paint choice affects the ambience of your home.


Chief Architect doesn’t stop at the home though, it can also be used to plan your landscaping, and paving, showing your driveway, fences, and sidewalks as well as any changes to the terrain, all helping to envision the final product that much easier. With the assistance of Chief Architect, it’s easier than ever to communicate your desires and see your dreams come to life with CMB Construction your number one Traverse City builder.