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House Additions

House Addition vs. New Custom Home

House Addition vs. New Custom Home Throughout the Toronto area, homeowners are looking to add more space to their homes.  Some are choosing to build a house addition, while others decide to tear down and build a new house.   Which option is better when adding on more space?  Is it better to build an addition…

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Inspire Homes Featured in Reno & Decor Magazine

A couple of months ago, we were contacted by Vicky Sanderson, who writes for the Toronto Star.  She was working on an article about ‘Second Storey House Additions’ for Reno & Decor Magazine, and she had many questions about the why and how of adding an addition to a home.  The article has been published…

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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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