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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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Keeping Your Renovation Project On Budget

For every renovation or construction project that is completed on budget, there is another that goes over budget.  Budgeting is not difficult, it is probably one of the easier aspects of a construction project. As we look at our past projects, there are key elements that determine whether a project will be completed on budget,…

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Custom Home Construction Cost

Again this week we got asked the question: “What is the cost of building a custom home?”  Usually, the homeowner is looking for a per square foot price.  And as always, we didn’t have a short answer to the question. Before we start discussing the cost of building a custom home, let’s start with a…

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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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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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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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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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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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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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