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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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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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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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Upward Bound: Toronto Second Storey Addition

When Kevin and Donna came to us to design and construct an addition to their home in the City of Toronto (Bloor West), they had an idea in mind – but weren’t quite sure it would work. Although their cozy 829-square-foot bungalow was a fine starter home, with plans to expand their family someday, they…

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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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Inspire Homes Wins Best Renovation Award

  Inspire Homes Inc is thrilled to announce it has been awarded Best Renovation, $150,000 – $300,000, in the 2012 BILD Renovation & Custom Home Awards.  The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) holds these awards annually, for builders and renovators in the Greater Toronto Area. The winning project, located in a west Toronto…

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