Canadian Contractor


November 30, 2016 BUILDWIRE

Why more and more contractors are building with JELD-WEN

by JELD-WEN

With a wide range of ENERGY STAR certified products, and their recent energy awards and initiatives, JELD-WEN has positioned itself as the forward-thinking window and door manufacturer that contractors seek. JELD-WEN and ENERGY STAR ENERGY STAR is a volunteer program

November 16, 2016 BUILDWIRE

Reasons to Renovate: Winter Windows Edition

by JELD-WEN

Winter is coming. For some, this catch phrase may inspire excitement about a certain hit TV series. For homeowners, it means hunkering down and getting their houses prepared for cold winds, low temperatures and the necessity of an efficient heating

October 24, 2016 BUILDWIRE

The Art of Sound Reduction

by JELD-WEN

Whether you live in a busy household, have an apartment in a noisy downtown neighbourhood or next to someone who practices bagpipes on their deck, sound reduction means getting the peace and quiet you need to relax in your living

March 25, 2015 Voice

10 Do’s and Don’ts of managing subtrades

by Robert Koci

I am teaching Project Management at George Brown College this semester. The following are the do’s and don’ts of managing subtrades that I proposed to my students. Do you agree? 1: Don’t be a friend Subtrade friends will cost you

February 18, 2015 Voice

Let’s talk cash economy

by Robert Koci

I recently hired a contractor to do some work that I couldn’t get to. His price was fair, but leaves me reeling at what the legitimate costs of a reno has become.

October 30, 2013 News

Seven design principles when renovating for the elderly

by Brynna Leslie

“With the aging population, we need to be incorporating universal design principles into everything we do,” says Ottawa design-builder Moneca Kaiser.

January 1, 2012 Voice

Reliable Dry: Best practices for keeping water out of basements

by Steve Maxwell

There are three main categories of features that work together to make a basement reliably dry.

December 15, 2011 Voice

The 3 million dollar road Part 4: $3 million and beyond

by Mike Draper

Before growing from $2 million per year to $3 million and beyond, a contractor needs to make sure his business is running at a very profitable level.

December 14, 2011 Voice

To profit, specialize

by Robert Koci

you need to do one thing well
By Steve Greer

November 23, 2011 News

Contractor Roundtable, Part 2: Regulations and the underground

by Robert Koci

In April of this year, six contractors from across Canada met with Canadian Contractor staff for a roundtable discussion: Steve Barkhouse, Amsted Consruction Inc., in Ottawa, Pawel Matonog, Archer Construction, of Mississauga, Ont., Dennis Bryant, Bryant Renovations, in Toronto and

November 10, 2011 Video

A new way of selling to homeowners arrives

by Robert Koci

As if there were not enough ways for consumers to go shopping, a one-stop-shop option for renovations is coming to a town north of Toronto. The 600,000 square foot space will house dozens of home improvement supplier outlets, the idea

November 9, 2011 News

CMHC Housing Report Q4, 2011

by Robert Koci

It looks like Canada won’t hit 200,000 starts this year, but the final number will be close.  And there is  promise of a strong housing market in 2012. CMHC’s Q4 housing report suggests a leveling off of starts, from about 191,000