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Renovations

Building a Legal Basement Apartment

Homes with basement apartments are popular with many homeowners due to the income potential.  However, creating a legal basement apartment isn’t as simple as finishing a basement for personal use.  And just because a home already has a basement apartment, it doesn’t mean it is a legal basement apartment. By definition, a legal basement apartment…

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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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Project Spotlight: New England … In the City

When first purchased by our clients, this 1960s bungalow had been neglected for many years and was in desperate need of attention. Prior to our clients owning the house, it had been a rental property, but the owners wanted to change that by making it their home. In addition to being in disrepair, at 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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Project Spotlight: Church Steeple Repair

Most of our work involves major renovations, and building house additions to homes in Etobicoke and Toronto.  We’re strong believers in sticking to what we do best, and we typically avoid projects where we do not have a high level of expertise. So when a request came to look at a church steeple in Caledon…

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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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Renovating Your Condominium

Condominiums renovations are on the increase in the Toronto area, for several reasons.  Condominium construction in the Toronto area started in the 1970s and boomed in 1980s.  These units are approaching, in some cases, 40 years of age, so they are due for some updating and sometimes a large scale renovation.  Older units are generally…

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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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$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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