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House Additions

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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Construction Cost Calculator: Friend or Foe?

We live in a time where consumers are turning to the internet first when they are searching for information. And when it comes to home renovations and custom home construction costs, it’s no exception.  The cost of custom home construction and home renovation is a popular internet search term, and many websites claim they can…

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Inspire Homes Named Finalist for 2012 Renovation Award

Inspire Homes Inc. is pleased to announce it has been named a finalist for Best Renovation, $150,000 – $300,000, by the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD) Renovation & Custom Building Awards. Little remains of what was once a tiny one bedroom, 829 square foot bungalow in Toronto. A second floor was added, and…

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Financing Your Renovation Project

Financing your renovation or house addition project is an important consideration, that should be addressed early on in the renovation planning process.  The project won’t go very far if you can’t pay for it. We’d all like to have the cash available to pay for the renovation project, but often this is not the case,…

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4 Insurances Every Renovation Project Needs

When you’re planning a home renovation, or building an addition to your home, don’t forget about insurance.  There are three  insurances you need to check before starting the work, and one after the work is complete. 1. Builder or Contractor Liability Insurance If you are hiring a builder or contractor to do the renovation or…

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