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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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7 Great Online Renovation Resources

In a few short years, the internet has changed how homeowners approach home renovation projects.  From looking at pictures for ideas, to searching online to find a reputable renovation contractor, the internet is a great resource to begin planning your renovation.  Below we have listed some of the best online renovation resources that are available…

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New WSIB Insurance Requirements in Construction

Starting January  1, 2013, WSIB rules regarding the construction industry have changed.  WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) provides insurance coverage for workers who are injured on the job. Insurance coverage in the construction industry has always been mandatory, with the exception of executive officers (ie: company owners) who did not have to have insurance…

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Happy New Year

Happy New Year to all, we wish you all the best for 2013, and hope your year is safe, healthy and prosperous. If your new years resolutions involves home improvements, give us a call soon as our calendar is filling up quickly with work. We want to thank our customers, employees, trade contractors and suppliers…

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Holiday Office Hours

Our office will be closed the following days: Monday Dec 24, Tuesday Dec 25, Wednesday Dec 26. Monday Dec 31, Tuesday Jan 1. Have a safe and happy holiday!  

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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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