Magazine for professional home renovators.


Bamboo: The flooring material of the future?

I get a kick when I tell people about the bamboo flooring in the new house. The look on their faces would suggest they imagine a series of bamboo reed mats. Then I…

I’ve chosen Titan Wall to supply my entire home in SIP form, importing my own windows and doors from Germany

Steve B. says Net Zero homes in Canada suffer from traditional homebuilders either not knowing – or not caring – about the value they could bring to their customers.

BuildForce Canada acknowledges National Tradesmen Day

This fall, BuildForce Canada is launching its redesigned Careers in Construction website at to provide more youth and parent-friendly information about more than 50 different construction trades and occupations.

How shallow an actual home inspection really is

“I have found the inspections to be somewhat cursory in nature and, unless you are totally blind, for the most part a waste of money.”

We once had the MTO in for a VOLUNTARY audit of our vehicle… They gave us $900 in fines.

Once again, a government inspection agency – this time the MTO – proves itself to be purely interested in a cash grab, in total disregard of common sense, respect for its “client” base, or courtesy. Ontario Ministry of Transportation, shame on you.


What are the Ontario College of Trades (OCOT) inspectors’ powers?

The powers of Ontario College of Trades enforcement officers are strictly limited by the legislation that created the OCOT in the first place. Here, we have reproduced the section of the law that deals with visits by these officers.

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

“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.”

Fearful for their safety on the job but afraid to speak out

Sid Ryan of the Ontario Federation of Labour has talked about incentives being used by construction firms to encourage their workers not to file WSIB claims.

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VIDEO: Hardcore Renos blower door test by Blue Green Group

Blue Green Group gave the Hardcore Renos team a “flying colours” rating (well, that’s not the official rating, but you get our drift) for the blower door test on their Rondale Avenue new home build.


Alec Caldwell on the Toronto house collapse tragedy

Alec Caldwell has been cautioning renovation contractors of the risks of such a massive tragedy, through his work with CARAHS, for the past two years on this site