Lowe’s closing 34 outlets in Canada
In November, Lowe’s Companies Inc., the U.S.-based owner of Lowe’s and Rona retail outlets, announced that it would be shuttering 34 stores in Canada at the beginning of next year.
2020 International Builders’ Show – the building industry’s biggest event
Registration is open for the 2020 NAHB International Builders’…
Green glossary, The world of energy conservation acronyms
The world of energy conservation is filled with acronyms and often confusing titles. Here we break down some of the most common ones to help you talk the talk.
Easy and affordable soundproofing with Sonopan panels
Whether you’re building a home theatre, a basement apartment or granny suite, or building a new home in a noisy part of town, Sonopan panels are an affordable, easy to install solution for soundproofing.
The wow factor – a shocking situation
Jim Melnik, owner of Before & After Home Improvement in Timmins, Ont., was in for a shock when he was called in to replace a bathroom exhaust fan.
Backup home generators help make things a little less unpredictable
When it comes to choosing a home generator, the decision largely hinges on just how much power the homeowner wants or needs to retain in the event of an outage.
How to collect from late paying customers
Nine tips for getting paid without creating hard feelings
The Italian job, inspirational ancient architecture in Rome, Tuscany, and Venice
Join us on a photo tour of Rome, Florence, Venice, and the Tuscan countryside
Make sure your books are clean come tax time – or else
The Canada Revenue Agency is trolling commercial accounts in the hunt for tax cheats.
And the Colour of the Year is…
Actually, there’s four of them, according to the paint companies that track these things. Here’s a rundown of their picks for your palette.
Renovators, here’s why you need to get C-CAPS certified – now
The CHBA’s Canadian Certified-Aging-in-Place Specialist program is launching soon.
Five unwritten rules of customer confidentiality
Customers may not feel comfortable asking you for discretion, but they always appreciate it.
We field tested the DeWalt 20V Max Green Rotary Laser
“The laser feels very sturdy. It has an oversized frame making it easy to handle and durable. Setting up the laser is easy. It’s self-levelling so get it close and it takes care of the rest!”
It’s Show Time! Follow our home show survival guide to get through the season
Fall Home Show season is upon us. Setting up a booth at a consumer show can be a great way to generate business.
Everything’s coming up Goldcon
North Vancouver’s Goldcon Construction is on a winning streak.
Recall roundup, Under pressure, plus things are heating up
When things burn and break, we let you know
Product Showcase: New & Noteworthy
DeWalt introduces the XTREME Subcompact Series tools, a line of five compact and performance-packed brushless 12V MAX tools.
Affordable Energy Efficiency
To achieve our national energy goals, we need to start looking at older housing stock.
4 old-school marketing hacks guaranteed to deliver results
While it seems everyone is focussed on Instagram and other social media options for getting their name out there, many older marketing options still have benefits.
Why IT is so important to small- and medium-sized businesses
Part 5 of a 5-part series of articles to help small and medium-sized businesses understand the business of information technology.
Recycling tiles into ‘clothing’? Ukranian artist Zhanna Kadyrova shows you how
They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But Ukrainian artist Zhanna Kadyrova finds it in abandoned industrial sites.
Cat machines take Jenga to the next level
You know that guy on the crew you’re reluctant to let sit down at the controls of the Bobcat or any other heavy equipment because you’re worried his lack of skills will lead to problems?
How to run a business that thrives in any economy
Long-time readers will be familiar with Breakthrough Academy, the B.C.-based business coaching and management program designed specifically for contractors and homebuilders.
HomeStars launches first-ever national Reno Report
Canadian homeowners surveyed on past and future home improvement spending
Video – 7th Active House Symposium
Sept 6th & 7th, 2019 – Evergreen Brick Works – Toronto. Enjoy two days of inspiring conversations with industry leaders.
The wow factor – a slice job waiting to happen
David Adams of Brampton, Ont., sent us a number of prize-worthy pictures from jobsites he’s collected over the years.
Managing change: The people behind the machines
Part 4 of a 5-part series of articles to help small and medium-sized businesses manage their tech resources and grow their business.
Watch renovation themed shows on Netflix – White Gold and Tin Men
First off, this BBC Two series now airing on Netflix is definitely NSFW
Consumer show survival guide
Fall Home show season is just around the corner. Setting up a booth at a consumer show can be a great way to generate business.
Save a Sample, Sept. 18-19, 2019
Since 1999, the Save a Sample program has been collecting unused brochures, fabrics, and other samples from across North America