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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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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 their house.  Every week we get these calls from homeowners in the Greater Toronto Area.  We like these call.  We love talking to people. We like helping people. Our answer always is…

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Renovating Your Condominium: 6 Things To Know

Condo renovations are on the increase in the Toronto area.    Condominium construction in the Toronto area started in the 1970s and boomed in 1980s.  These units are approaching, in some cases, 50 years of age.  They are due for updating and sometimes a large scale renovation.  Older units are generally larger and are often in…

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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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