The "little black dress" of kitchen products
If your customer is the “little black dress” type, she’ll want to know about this faucet
Starts break 200,000 in February
The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts was 201,100 units in February, according to Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). This is up from 198,100 units in January.
Building permits down for January
The value of building permits fell 12.3% to $6.0 billion in January, following a 10.5% rise in December. The decline was the result of decreases in both residential and non-residential sectors.
How can you compete against this?
You run a professional business. With the overheads you have, how on earth do you compete?
The Big Orange goes Green
The Home Depot has partnered with the U.S. Green Building Council to provide a Green Home Products Database.
Multiple Trades On Site at the Same Time
The secret is all in the expectations of the trades
If a picture on your customer’s wall is worth 1,000 words, what’s a fire worth?
And you said social media would never work in construction
Home builder Pierre Martell, president and CEO of Martell Home Builders dives into social medial and makes it work.
Home show strategies
For renovators, home shows are a must
What does this woman have to say about your reno business?
She says you have to match your brand to your core values or your company is going nowhere
Hilti Brushless Power
Look for more brushless drivers this spring from Porter Cable and Milwaukee, too. More power, longer battery life and longer shelf life, they say.
2012 Salary Survey
Who you are. What you earn.
The perfect porch for a scary client
The challenge? Transform a classic Kelowna residence
by replacing an existing porch with a large, covered veranda that would perfectly match the house’s traditional design.
The art of starting over
Ever get off on the wrong foot with a client?
The Anti-Angie's List
Customers have had the chance to comment on your business online. Now it’s your turn.
Super smart home
Viewer warning! This video is five minutes long, but it was too hard to cover the smart homes system’s features in less.
What's the ROI on this excavation?
Digging out a basement with radio controlled diggers and dump trucks a not-for-profit exercise
Battery life learning for reno geeks
There’s a lot to know about batteries
The new rules for WSIB in Ontario
If you don’t work in Ontario, smile. This painful tax grab is not for you.
Word-of-mouth marketing is not just on the street
Here’s online marketing to die for and how to make it happen for your company.
Why Velux stays on top
Want to be successful? Be like Velux. Roll with the punches and stick with what you know. Then make a product like this.
Ottawa firm gets in front of the curve
Retirement living will be the biggest trend in renovation and custom homebuilding over the next 20 years. Don’t miss it. Healthcraft isn’t www.healthcraftproducts.com/
BuildTools is about to change the way renovators run their businesses and Dwell Design Build Inc. of Toronto is its first beachhead in Canada.
The IBS show in three minutes
You couldn’t make it, so here’s your tour.
Who attracts the most attention at Orlando's IBS?
And he used to write a column for Canadian Contractor…when he was still speaking to us.
IBS Orlando, 2012. Design that makes you look up
The cool design idea that puts you above the competition may be over your head.
The shower that does everything
How to make your client feel like $6,000 of clean and fresh for only $700. Kohler scales its highend shower control system for the masses.
Liar, liar pants on fire. Misleading proposals and how to avoid them
Given some of the comments we heard at the recent Canadian Contractor roundtable discussion, it makes sense that we should take some time to sit in on a seminar intent on improving the, let’s say, moral quality of our sales proposals.
Salary Survey preview: What you are doing online
The number of online contractors has not increased. It may even have gone down.
Salary Survey: What reduces profit?
In the Canadian Contractor Salary Survey, you said it was mostly competitive pressure that hindered profit. But that’s not all…