Magazine for professional home renovators.


Whose Mess is This Anyway?

My house project is now 21 weeks old. During this time, I have had over a dozen different trades on the site, some for a few days, some for a few weeks, others…

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

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

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (12) My drywall ‘back-up plan’

John Bleasby outlines how he and his lead carpenter did an extensive walk-through of the framed house prior to drywalling, to plan out wood back up plates behind the gypsum

My Treasure Trove of Bargains

“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…

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

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

Tom Johnstone from RONA's Barrie store delivered my 3 steel man-doors personally in his truck when the order went overdue.

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (10) Seeking the ‘Trifecta’ of materials purchasing

You’ve heard the old joke about buying materials: “Price, Quality and Service – pick ANY TWO!” Rookie homebuilder John Bleasby, in this blog, argues that all THREE ought to be available from the right supplier.

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New code for seismic building in B.C. affects sliding door installations

Support beams are coming under particular scrutiny by inspectors in the Greater Vancouver Area, says Mark Cooper of Shakespeare Homes and Renovations, North Vancouver

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From commercial pilot to general contractor: (9) ‘Roofer madness’

“I’ve taken quite a bit of ribbing over our decision to build a house with a flat roof… But the technology is proven.”

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Check out Steve Maxwell’s cabin-building VIDEO series

Here is one of the latest “Sharpie Marker” construction videos that Steve is becoming (sort of) famous for. It’s all part of his new Cabin Building series.

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From commercial pilot to general contractor: (8) More hoops and hurdles

Fourteen weeks into his family’s new home build, John Bleasby has passed through about five inspections. They’ve actually ben “pleasant experiences” for the veteran, retired commercial pilot and rookie GC.