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House Additions

Top 6 House Addition Mistakes

We regularly get plans and designs sent to us by homeowners who have started the house addition design process, and are looking for a contractor to build their house addition project.  Over the years, we have noticed certain trends and certain mistakes that homeowners regularly make as they embark on their house addition project. 1.…

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5 Reasons For Change Orders

On home renovation and house addition projects we work on, we start the project with a clearly defined scope of work, and on larger projects, a set of architectural drawings.   As the work on the project progresses, there may become a need or a desire to deviate from the original plans and scope of work. …

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Project Spotlight: Adding A Bedroom

A while back, we were approached by a homeowner in Etobicoke to build an addition to their home.  The existing house was a one-and-a-half storey home.  A previous addition at the back had added a family room, so there was ample living space.  But the home had only two bedrooms, and the homeowners were looking…

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The Cedar Front Porch

Five years ago, we had the good fortune to be selected as the builder for a second storey house addition project in Alderwood, a neighbourhood in south-west Etobicoke/Toronto.  The house addition was designed in a craftsman style, complete with a full width front porch.  The project was not only blessed with great design, but a…

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Design Build vs Design Bid Build

We get three types of inquiries from homeowners in the Toronto area.  The first is from homeowners who are looking to build, and want to have one company look after design and construction.  The second is from homeowners who already have a set of plans, and are looking for a builder to construct their project. …

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Cost Per Square Foot: Inaccurate and Dangerous

Homeowners are constantly asking us the price per square foot for finishing a basement, building a custom home, or adding an addition to the house.  Our answer always is consistent – it depends on a number of factors. Many factors affect the cost of a custom home, house addition, or a home renovation project.  These…

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Upward Bound: Toronto Second Storey Addition

When Kevin and Donna came to us to design and construct an addition to their home in the City of Toronto (Bloor West), they had an idea in mind – but weren’t quite sure it would work. Although their cozy 829-square-foot bungalow was a fine starter home, with plans to expand their family someday, they…

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House Additions: Build Up or Out?

Homeowners looking to add additional space to their house are always looking for information on the things they need to consider when deciding whether to build a second storey to their bungalow, or add an addition to the back of the house.  Following are some of the key items to consider when deciding whether to…

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Inspire Homes Wins Best Renovation Award

  Inspire Homes Inc is thrilled to announce it has been awarded Best Renovation, $150,000 – $300,000, in the 2012 BILD Renovation & Custom Home Awards.  The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) holds these awards annually, for builders and renovators in the Greater Toronto Area. The winning project, located in a west Toronto…

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$35,000 New Home / Home Renovation Giveaway

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), along with RenoMark, is holding a contest to celebrate the 35th anniversary of The Toronto Star’s ‘New In Homes’ section. For 35 weeks, BILD will be accepting entries, and will then award a $35,000 prize to one lucky winner.  The money must be used for a new…

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