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Keeping Your Renovation Project On Schedule

Keeping a construction project on track and on schedule is one of the most difficult aspects of the construction process. For every project that is completed on schedule, there is another that falls behind schedule. Currently, we have two major kitchen renovations projects in progress in Toronto, that have been running very smoothly.  We’re happy,…

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Planning Your Home Renovation

We often get calls from homeowners that are looking to renovate but have no idea where to start.   To assist homeowners, we’ve put together a guide to starting to plan for your home renovation, aimed specifically at larger home renovation projects such as kitchens renovations, basement finishing, and house additions. 1.  Start Early Planning a…

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Kitchen Cabinets: Reface or Replace?

Homeowners looking to update their kitchen often consider whether it is better to reface their kitchen cabinets, or replace them. Refacing cabinets involves replacing cabinet doors and drawer fronts. Replacing cabinets involves the removal of the entire cabinet and installation of new kitchen cabinets and countertops. Reasons to Reface: 1. Improves the look of the…

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Renovating a Newly Purchased Home

Recently we have received many calls from people who are looking to renovate or add on to a home they have purchased, but not yet moved into.  Most of the homeowners are looking to start the renovations as soon as they get ownership of the home, and complete the renovations before they move in. It’s…

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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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10 Reasons to Hire a General Contractor

You’re planning a renovation – perhaps a kitchen, or a bathroom, or maybe you’re planning to finish your basement into useable living space.  Should you hire a general contractor to do the work?  Or should you hire all the various individual trades such as the drywaller, electrician, plumber, etc.?  Surely it will be cheaper to…

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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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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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3 Reasons To Get A Building Permit

Most homeowners know that they need a building permit for a major home improvement project such as the construction of a house addition.  But many homeowners don’t realize that a building permit is also required for interior renovations and alterations, such as adding walls (in the case of a finished basement project), or removing walls…

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Criminal Background Checks: Who Is Working In Your Home?

You’re planning to renovate your home.  How do you choose a renovation contractor?  You ask others who they have used before, and you check references.  But do you really know who you are letting into your home? Today’s blog post is prompted by the recent arrests of a number of alleged drug dealers, among which…

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