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.
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.
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.
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…
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.
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.
Manny Neves and Anderson Hinds, the Hardcore Renos boys in Toronto who were featured on our July/August issue cover, produced one of the greatest self-produced construction videos of all time (seriously) when they poured their footings for their Rondale House project.
“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.”
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…
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…