Canadian Contractor

Robert Koci

Robert Koci
Rob Koci is the publisher of Canadian Contractor magazine. rkoci@canadiancontractor.ca Tel. 647-407-0754
August 18, 2015 BUILDWIRE

Managing project changes on-the-fly is all about communication

by Robert Koci

RENOMI software can bring all building project parties together on a single piece of software.

May 15, 2015 Voice

Should you do Freebies for customers? Part 1.

by Robert Koci

There’s an old saying: “No good deed goes unpunished.” Many people don’t know what that means. If you’ve ever done a Freebie for a customer during a renovation, YOU understand EXACTLY what it means.

March 25, 2015 Voice

10 Do’s and Don’ts of managing subtrades

by Robert Koci

I am teaching Project Management at George Brown College this semester. The following are the do’s and don’ts of managing subtrades that I proposed to my students. Do you agree? 1: Don’t be a friend Subtrade friends will cost you

March 24, 2015 Voice

His formula will require him to do about 10 per cent of his work in cash

by Robert Koci

“He thinks he has found a way to mitigate the onerous regulatory costs of running a legitimate business.”

March 10, 2015 Voice

The cash economy Part 2

by Robert Koci

The battle against the cash economy starts with getting rid of the WSIB

February 18, 2015 Voice

Let’s talk cash economy

by Robert Koci

I recently hired a contractor to do some work that I couldn’t get to. His price was fair, but leaves me reeling at what the legitimate costs of a reno has become.

December 3, 2014 Voice

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

by Robert Koci

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.

October 21, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (21) Completing the puzzle

by Robert Koci

21 posts later, pilot-turned-contractor John Bleasby has shared with us every decision he had to make as a GC, from his windswept, snow-covered empty lot to his completed new family home. Here he wraps up his post-mortem on the build.

October 14, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (20) The clarity of hindsight: Design and Budget

by Robert Koci

John Bleasby’s dream home is 99 per cent finished and in this blog he begins his ‘post-mortem’: Looking at what he got right – and what he was challenged by – during this, his rookie build.

October 8, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (19) Confessions from an ‘Owner/General Contractor’

by Robert Koci

Editor’s Note: John Bleasby has been blogging about his ‘rookie’ experience building his family’s new home, north of Orillia, ON, for almost six months. Now, he has moved into his beautiful new home. We’d like to thank John for his journalistic

September 30, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (18) The sprint to the finish

by Robert Koci

Pilot-turned-contractor John Bleasby is less than one week away from Move In Day on his family’s dreamhome, north of Orillia, ON. In this week’s blog he talks about the “controlled chaos” he is living near the end of his project.

September 22, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (17) Four reasons why I used bamboo flooring

by Robert Koci

Bamboo looks great, is hard as nails, provides unmatched value… and is eco-friendly. However, you want to watch out for manufacturers who use urea formaldehyde as the gluing compound.

September 17, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (16) Why I canned 'The Man of Steel'

by Robert Koci

“As much as I wanted the steel siding and the clean horizontal lines it offered, there was no choice but to move to Plan B: Concrete Sheeting.”

September 17, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (16) Why I canned ‘The Man of Steel’

by Robert Koci

“As much as I wanted the steel siding and the clean horizontal lines it offered, there was no choice but to move to Plan B: Concrete Sheeting.”

September 10, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (15) Window and door decisions

by Robert Koci

It seems every building supply store wanted to sell me windows and doors. No wonder!  Windows and exterior doors can be the single most expensive component of a new home. And while raw lumber has become a bit of a

August 24, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (13) Researching the stone

by Robert Koci

“We found a Canadian manufacturer who combined everything we wanted: individual, man-made stone slices, realistic colours, and very good pricing.”

August 12, 2014 Voice

My Treasure Trove of Bargains

by Robert Koci

“What kind of light fixture goes on the bathroom wall by the mirror?” My electrician and I were doing the all-important walk-through on his first day on the site, marking locations for light switches, plugs and pot lights, noting where

August 4, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (11) Insulation under my flat roof

by Robert Koci

“I had three basic choices: traditional fibreglass bats plus vapour barrier, blown-in insulation, and spray foam.”