Tag: Renovation

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Why Older Homes Need A Designated Substance Survey Before Renovating

Anyone who has lived through a renovation can attest to the amount of fine dust created during demolition.  In older homes, especially those built before 1980, there is a chance that dust may contain hazardous substances like asbestos, which can threaten the health of your family and the contractors who are working...

/ May 22, 2017

Home Insulation: Don’t DIY, Hire a Pro

There are many benefits of good home insulation: It will lower your heating and air conditioning costs, minimize temperature fluctuations, prevent mould growth, buffer outside noise and reduce your home’s environmental impact. Although you may be tempted to DIY, hiring an insulation professional will payoff in how they assess your home upfront...

/ November 10, 2016
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Kitchen Renovation Checklist Part II – The Renovation

Renovating a kitchen can be a dusty, messy experience that also robs you of a functional and favourite room of the house until the reno is complete. Being prepared can make it a little easier. In a previous blog post we looked at the preplanning and planning stages of a kitchen renovation....

/ July 20, 2016

Kitchen Renovation Checklist – Planning The Reno

Ah, the joys of a kitchen renovation! The truth is, most of us plan the kitchen of our dreams for years. If you’re lucky enough to be building your dream kitchen or even if it’s not quite your dream, but pretty great anyway, you’ll want to use our handy checklist to help...

/ July 5, 2016
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2016 Best Of HomeStars Award Winners – Roofers

Roofs, like the rest of your home, require regular maintenance and/or replacement to ensure they are providing the comfort and function your home requires. Delaying repair on your roofing system can have both short and long-term effects that many building owners often don’t consider or don’t think are serious. The short-term effects...

/ May 31, 2016
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Home Renovation Survival Guide – Five things to expect AFTER your home reno

Finally, at long last your home reno is finished … or is it? Here are five things to consider as your project is winding down. 1. Finishing touches Sometimes the small touches and minor details can make or break the ‘look & feel’ of a renovation. HGTV provides photos of...

/ April 28, 2016
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Home Renovation Survival Guide – The Permit

Renovating your home often requires a permit, but where to begin? Here are the five W’s (actually six) you should ask yourself before your reno begins. 1. Why get a permit? As more Canadians renovate their homes, many are forgetting the building permit, and are breaking the law in the process. More importantly, personal...

/ April 11, 2016

Best Of Award Winners – B.C. Home Renovation Specialists

A home renovation is a large and complex undertaking. Finding the right General Contractor or Home Renovation Specialist is key to the success of your project. To help make your journey a little bit easier, we’ve pulled together a list of our 2016 Best of Awards recipients that specialize in renovations and...

/ April 5, 2016
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Best Of Award Winners – Ontario Home Renovation Specialists

Undertaking a home renovation is a large and complex project. Finding the right General Contractor or Home Renovation Specialist is key to the success of your project. To help make your journey a little bit easier, we’ve pulled together a list of our 2016 Best of Awards recipients that specialize...

/ April 5, 2016
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Home Renovation Survival Guide – The Contract

A comprehensive contract will ensure the work is done on time and on budget and will provide a warranty to cover issues down the road. Here are five important considerations: 1. Who is responsible for creating the contract? Typically, most contractors will prepare a standard contract for your review and signature....

/ April 4, 2016