Free Home Show Tickets

Spring has arrived, the weather is getting nicer, and the National Home Show is coming to Exhibition Place from April 15th to the 24th.  Yes, after two years of cancellations, the Home Show is back! Our staff will be participating in the show. Our designer Stephanie will be at the Livable booth on Sunday April…

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2022 Construction Costs

Much has been written and said about price increases in the past two years.   2020 saw the price lumber start to rise, peaking in spring 2021.  As an example, a 2×4 piece of lumber increased from $3 each, to over $10.  Since then, then price of lumber has come down, but the cost of other…

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Holiday Office Hours

Happy Holidays! Our office schedule during the holiday season will be as follows: Friday Dec 24 – Closed Monday Dec 27 – Closed Tues Dec 28 – Open Wed Dec 29 – Open Thurs Dec 30 – Open Friday Dec 30 – Closed Monday Jan 3 – Open We wish everyone a safe & restful…

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Seniors Renovation Tax Credit Extended

The Ontario government has extended the Seniors Home Renovation Tax Credit, which we first told you about last year.  Read the government announcement. The program will give seniors a 25% credit on up to 10,000 of eligible expenses, to help them live safely in their home.  Examples of qualifying expenses could include ramps, grab bars,…

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Inspire Homes Wins Best Renovation Award

Inspire Homes Inc is thrilled to announce it has been awarded Best Renovation Under $250,000, in the 2021 BILD Renovation & Custom Home Awards. The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) holds these awards annually, for professional renovators and custom home builders in the Greater Toronto Area. The winning project, located in a mature…

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Inspire Homes Is Finalist For Two Best Renovation Awards

We’re thrilled to announce we’ve been named Finalist for two best renovation awards, in the 2021 BILD Renovation & Custom Home Awards.   Best Renovation Under $250,000 Our open concept kitchen renovation project is finalist for best renovation under $250,000.  The project involved a complete renovation of the main floor of a 1960s side-split home.…

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Man Caves & She Sheds

Guest post by: Laura Prestia With the whole family staying home 24-7-365, parents need some space to get some “me time” so they can be calm and help the family deal with the stress of life during the time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Moms and dads can get some reprieve and relax by putting aside…

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9 Traits Of An Ideal Home For A Net Zero Renovation

9 Traits Of An Ideal Home For A Net Zero Renovation As the federal government has set a goal of all new homes being Net Zero by 2030, a program for Net Zero Renovations is also being implemented to address the millions of homes that lack energy efficiency. A Net Zero Home is designed and…

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Q+A: Why Is A Third Storey Addition So Expensive?

Q+A: Why is a 3rd storey home addition so expensive? Q: I’ve been talking with general contractors about building a third floor addition, and many are saying it will cost $400 to $600 per square foot. Why so much? A: In a previous article we said that a third storey addition can be 50% more…

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Seniors’ Home Renovation Tax Credit

Ontario seniors are getting a home renovation tax credit in 2021 to make home improvements so they can live safely in their homes for a longer period of time. This new home renovation tax credit was announced by the Ontario government last week and will be in effect for the 2021 year only. The Seniors’…

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