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Why Homeowners Don’t Get Building Permits

Most of our projects involve building permits. We’ve always built with permits, and we encourage homeowners to get a permit if one is required.  But every year, we meet homeowners who choose not to get a building permit for their project, for various reasons. Here are the common reasons why homeowners don’t get permits, and…

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Bathroom Renovation: Remove Jacuzzi, Add Heated Floor

In the 1980s, many new homes were built with a Jacuzzi tub in the bathroom.  But not a large Jacuzzi, tub, just a standard sized 32 inch by 60 inch tub.  As these bathrooms are coming due for renovation and remodeling, we’re noticing a trend.  Homeowners want to remove the Jacuzzi tub, and install a…

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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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Project Spotlight: Kitchen Reno Creates More Space

This Etobicoke kitchen was in dire need of an update. The existing kitchen had previously been renovated in the 1980s and featured blue laminate cabinets, white tile floor and dated appliances – all elements that made the kitchen feel small, dark and dated. Additionally, the refrigerator was peculiarly placed in the middle of the room,…

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Inspire Homes Nominated for Business Excellence Award

For most people, getting a call from their banker is bad news – there’s a problem with your account, or they’re trying to sell you something.  So it was a pleasant surprise when I got a call from my bank manager a few  weeks ago, telling me she’s nominating Inspire Homes for the Caledon Business…

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New Car Options Are Like Custom Homes and Renos

A few days ago, I went to a car dealership.  I’m not looking for a new car, but I was interested to see what the new 2013 models looked liked.  One of the vehicles on the showroom floor was an entry level luxury sedan that started with a base price of $39,500.  With various options…

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What Can You Renovate for $35,000?

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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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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The King of Rock and Roll … and Plumbing

John Cigan is no ordinary plumber. You will know right away if the owner of Carl & Son Plumbing and Heating is on the job installing plumbing for one of Inspire Home’s renovated kitchens – because you’ll be able to hear him before you see him. This plumbing and heating specialist has made a “second…

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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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