Magazine for professional home renovators.

Robert Koci

Placing my first lien – and getting sued in return for $250,000

Canadian Contractor’s Rob Koci looks back on his framing career and cringes at the memory of the first time he ever placed a lien. It didn’t go very well.


North Toronto renovation goes tragically wrong, killing 19-year-old worker in “pancake collapse”

The media have reported that there were three permits for the renovation, which included underpinning as well as a two-storey addition to the rear of the property.

Window install

Installing JeldWen windows the Hardcore way

The Hardcore boys, Manny Neves and Anderson Hinds install JeldWen windows

Heidi 2

What happens when a contractor walks into a bar?

Two contractors walk into a bar…

Coaches corner

Getting digital help

What are you doing online? Here are some ideas from Coach Mike Draper.


(VIDEO) Ontario College of Trades: Licensed plumber Garfield Dunlop MPP hammers the Liberals on union bias

Ontario’s Liberal government, re-elected with a 9-seat majority, came under fire from Garfield Dunlop, skilled trades critic for the PC party, during today’s question period at Queen’s Park. Dunlop alleges a pro-union bias and a conflict on interest involving the Ontario College of Trades


Nominate your customer to appear on a DIY TV show on the Discovery Channel

How terrible a DIYer was your customer before you stepped in? Terrible enough to star in a new DIY TV program that promises thousands of dollars to the winning couple?

Coaches corner

(VIDEO) Coach’s Corner with Mike Draper: How to handle work crunches in busy season

If you’re a good contractor, and you’re in a good marketplace, you should be at your busiest time of the year right now. Contractor coach Mike Draper ( talks about how to use busy times to structure your business properly for the future.


Are you a hardcore contractor?

You won’t get a better opportunity to work for an exciting, hip and happening residential construction company than this

The reality is, building is NOT rocket science. It’s not even flying a commercial plane

“I am surprised that you would take exception to John’s reliance on experience to ensure the work done on his house is of the highest quality”