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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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Construction Cost Calculator: Friend or Foe?

We live in a time where consumers are turning to the internet first when they are searching for information. And when it comes to home renovations and custom home construction costs, it’s no exception.  The cost of custom home construction and home renovation is a popular internet search term, and many websites claim they can…

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Inspire Homes Named Finalist for 2012 Renovation Award

Inspire Homes Inc. is pleased to announce it has been named a finalist for Best Renovation, $150,000 – $300,000, by the Building Industry & Land Development Association (BILD) Renovation & Custom Building Awards. Little remains of what was once a tiny one bedroom, 829 square foot bungalow in Toronto. A second floor was added, and…

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Project Spotlight: Caledon One Week Bathroom Renovation

A few weeks ago we were contacted by Steve and Darlene, who wanted to renovate a bathroom in their Caledon home. Their main issue: there was only one bathroom in their home. They would be without bathroom facilities during renovations. For many contractors this would be not be an ideal project.  But we were excited.…

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3 Reasons To Get A Building Permit

Most homeowners know that they need a building permit for a major home improvement project such as the construction of a house addition.  But many homeowners don’t realize that a building permit is also required for interior renovations and alterations, such as adding walls (in the case of a finished basement project), or removing walls…

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Financing Your Renovation Project

Financing your renovation or house addition project is an important consideration, that should be addressed early on in the renovation planning process.  The project won’t go very far if you can’t pay for it. We’d all like to have the cash available to pay for the renovation project, but often this is not the case,…

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Criminal Background Checks: Who Is Working In Your Home?

You’re planning to renovate your home.  How do you choose a renovation contractor?  You ask others who they have used before, and you check references.  But do you really know who you are letting into your home? Today’s blog post is prompted by the recent arrests of a number of alleged drug dealers, among which…

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4 Insurances Every Renovation Project Needs

When you’re planning a home renovation, or building an addition to your home, don’t forget about insurance.  There are three  insurances you need to check before starting the work, and one after the work is complete. 1. Builder or Contractor Liability Insurance If you are hiring a builder or contractor to do the renovation or…

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Home Renovations: Return on Investment

Many homeowners look at return on investment when making a renovation decision.  They want to make sure that whatever money is spent on a renovation today could be recovered if the home was sold tomorrow. It is important to look at whether a renovation makes financial sense.  However, few custom renovation and remodeling projects, completed…

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House Additions: 7 Things That Affect Cost

House Additions: 7 Things that Affect Cost One of the first questions we get from homeowners who thinking about building a house addition is: “What will adding an addition to my house cost?”  This is an important question to ask.  Why dream about an addition that is not affordable, and more importantly, why start designing…

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