Magazine for professional home renovators.

Steve Payne

A few points about Magboard (from Ben Polley, alternative builder)

Ben Polley is one of the most experienced “alternative” and sustainable and eco-conscious builders in Canada. He has test-driven magnesium oxide board and here are his thoughts about it.

(People) don’t trust the stock market so they dump very dollar and then some into housing. Not good.

Bob2 agrees with Maclean’s. The renovation industry, he says, IS over-inflated with too much debt-based spending and unrealistic expectations on returns on resale

This is just more of Maclean’s typical fear mongering journalism

“Yes, maybe low interest rates have helped fuel this so-called (renovation) “boom” but, as a second generation renovator with 50+ years (as a family business), there has always been more work than we could handle.”

(Ministry of Transportation cops) ARE vultures

“$1,500 of tickets (from the MTO) one day… and then a month later, another $1,000 in tickets for things they apparently didn’t catch the previous time.”

doom and gloom

Maclean’s magazine article claims the renovation boom “puts the economy at risk”!

The article in the July 28, 2014 Maclean’s, by Chris Sorenson, is called “The Dark Side of the Renovation Boom.” It says that Canadians are over-indebting themselves with renovation spending that is nothing more than “conspicuous consumption” and that a rise in interest rates or a housing price correction could bring our industry crashing down – affecting the entire economy.

Zenon Konopka, Jay Harrison

Canada Wood Council calls cement industry objections to the safety of mid-rise wooden structures a “cheap shot”

There are billions of dollars in play, and there’s a veritable hockey fight breaking out between the wood industry and the cement industry in Canada about allowing mid-rise structures to be built out of wood

Alberta has a higher level of education in trades that makes Ontario tickets look like a joke…

“You need three different tickets in Ontario to do what you can do with your Alberta sheet metal ticket – and it’s free,” writes Sterling McCauley.

I would love to see a return to some sort of tax credit for homeowners (who hire above board contractors)

“The HRTC tax credit was brilliant… Rest in peace, Jim Flaherty. A genius.”

If you board your walls using MagO magnesium oxide board you can benefit by reducing many of the fussy requirements (of gypsum)

Peter Francis writes to us about the inherent stiffness and strength of MagO (magnesium oxide) boards, in place of gypsum. Let us know if you’ve used MagO boards – and how you and your client(s) liked the experience.

For me, when people ask, it is straight up No Cash.

Marten Burghgraef tells his customers that he is “straight up No Cash.” (As far as under the table cash deals.) “I have never lost a job because of it and have been self-employed for over 12 years now,” he says.