Magazine for professional home renovators.

Steve Payne

Guelph, ON green builder shares his experiences with Europeans at Warsaw, Poland trade mission

Energy-efficient and green building in Europe is very advanced. But the part of the world that invented the ‘Passive House’ has reached out to Ontario’s own Ben Polley, Evolve Builders, to learn about how we do ‘green’ in this frigid climate.

Report your Toronto-area building permit frustrations on this website

This Toronto-area homeowner, endlessly frustrated (along with his award-winning, veteran design-build contractor) by the permit process, has put up a site for other contractors and homeowners to tell their stories of over-the-top delays and red tape in getting building permits.

Painter fined $10,000 by Consumer Protection Ontario after shabby treatment of 86-year-old customer

John Schofield, director of Pine Frames Construction Ltd. (Toronto) was convicted of failing to return a $10,000 deposit, when properly requested before work had begun, to an 86-year-old client who had recently lost his wife

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Excel Homes, Calgary, gives royal treatment to their 10,000th single family home customer

Barrett Budgell, a single father of 4-year old twin boys, didn’t know what a nice surprise was waiting for him when he bought the 10,000th single-family home constructed by Excel Homes, Calgary. The home, in Cochrane, Alta., came with some extra added features added just for Barrett and his kids – including $10,000 in education funding for the twins. Nice.

Paid $14,000 to have an indoor waterfall every time it rains

“My daughter’s contractor even poured a concrete pad in the middle of her driveway with the extra concrete from the basement because he thought she could build a shed on it. He never asked and now she has to remove it before winter so she can park on her driveway.”

Maybe with an election coming, we could see the Home Renovation Tax Credit reinstated?

Jim Baird, an Ottawa-area renovator, is just one of a large number of Canadian contractors who are urging the return of the Home Renovation Tax Credit. It should be an election issue next year – or right now, they say.

There is no such thing as a small electrical mistake

The ESA’s “Hazardous Homes” website invites the public to look at how various electrical accidents happened. They get to play detective, and think about how easy it is for a homeowner – or a poorly electrical-code-educated contractor – to set up a potentially fatal piece of mis-wiring.

As a painter I am by no means of the same calibre as Craig Lowe…

Craig Lowe was only 42 when he died while scuba diving off the coast of Cape Breton just over 2 months ago. The Holmes Group has set up a Trust Fund to accumulate some funding for his four daughters.

Algo Mall debris

Incompetence, greed and lies: Report into Algo Mall collapse blames owners, engineers, government officials

“Although it was rust the defeated the structure of the Algo mall, the real story behind the collapse is one of human, not material, failures,” said Commissioner Paul Belanger.

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