How to help make your renovation go smoothly: Site preparation 101

Anyone who’s been through a major renovation project knows that the process can be equal parts exciting and unnerving. As the homeowner or primary resident, there are a few steps you can take to help ensure your reno goes as smoothly as possible. Plan ahead As with anything, communication is key. Once you’ve chosen your […]

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Most Popular Home Features for 2020 Homebuyers

There are a lot of reasons to renovate your home: better function, added comfort, improved energy efficiency, or aesthetics. Even if you’re making personal changes, many people want to keep resale value in mind. We’ve compiled the most popular home features that new home buyers in Canada are looking for in 2020.   The data […]

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This is What a National-Award Winning Kitchen Looks Like

This is What a National-Award Winning Kitchen Looks Like Company name: Clay Construction Inc. Project name: Blue Horizon Location: Langley, BC Local Home Builders’ Association: Homebuilders Association Vancouver (HAVAN) There’s kitchen envy, and then there’s major kitchen envy. As far as we’re concerned, this award-winning project from British Columbia-based company Clay Construction Inc. definitely falls […]

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Before and After: You Won’t Believe this Modern Penthouse Condo Kitchen Transformation

Before and After: You Won’t Believe this Modern Penthouse Condo Kitchen Transformation Company name: Keystone Ridge Developments Ltd. Project name: Condo Kitchen in The Sky Location: Toronto, Ontario Local Home Builders’ Association: BILD-GTA   Keystone Ridge Developments, a RenoMark member in the Toronto, Ontario area, transformed this once closed-off penthouse condominium kitchen into a beautiful, modern […]

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How to fix ice damming on your roof

Most Canadian roofs develop at least a little ice each winter, but if the ice gets more than a couple of inches thick around the eaves it can cause leaks.  A build-up of ice like this is called an ice dam and can be a problem because as water pools behind the dam it can work […]

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How to Make a Legal Basement Apartment

Bill Meek of W. C. Meek Design & Construction  In the GTA everyone is trying to make any extra income they can to help pay for the rising housing costs. The addition of a legal basement apartment is a great way of doing that. But what many homeowners don’t know is that there are regulations […]

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Renovating your Condo is not as easy as you think

By Ernesto Arduini of Ridgestone Homes Ltd.  Renovating a condominium isn’t as easy as you think. In a traditional detached home replacing kitchen cabinets, changing your floors or even changing a faucet is relatively easy. You can call up a renovator, sign an agreement and poof you can start. In a condominium however, before you can […]

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A Day In the Life of a Renovation Contractor

By Dave Jurinic of Toronto Custom Concepts My goal as a professional contractor is to help homeowners achieve their renovation dreams, but my job includes running a small business and everything that entails. With every small business the owner has to manage employees, financials, the office, marketing, insurance, equipment, paying trades, employment law, construction law, taxes and […]

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How to Manage Changes to Your Home Renovation

By Pavel Bigas, President of Novacon Construction Inc. Every renovation project will have changes; it’s inevitable. It could be a simple thing like changing the type of flooring, or it could be more complicated like completely altering the kitchen layout. What’s important is properly documenting the change request, any implications, and formally approving the change […]

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Tips for a Stress Free Renovation

By Gene Maida of Georgian Renovations Inc.  As a renovation contractor, I’m very good at helping people imagine a dream for their homes and then making it a reality. But renovating is complicated and the homeowner may be fraught with fears. I believe the primary source of stress for homeowners is often fear of the unknown. […]

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