THE AD EXEC: Market calls for a ‘Think Different’ approach
As advertisers, marketers and builders, we can take a lot from Apple’s direction, especially in today’s new real estate climate.
THE SAFETY PROS : Will legal cannabis threaten workplace safety?
We would be naïve if we thought the use of recreational cannabis was a new issue for the construction industry. READ MORE
Under Pressure, Part 1 of 2: The danger of depressurization
As our customers get their houses ready for winter or decide to make their houses more energy efficient, it is appropriate to have a discussion about depressurization – a situation that can make a house dangerous.
Lego toying with new materials for its iconic bricks
Lego is trying to reinvent its iconic product.
Nova Scotia Municipal Election Day
Get out and vote!
Home construction and renovation the largest contributor to Canada’s underground economy
Looking to custom-build a home or do your dream renovation – and save a few bucks by using unlicensed contractors? One, you’re not alone
For the dogs
A Danish developer is building a three-storey, 18-unit complex exclusively for tenants with canine companions.
Renovators’ Remix: A playlist that pays off
We’re still accepting suggestions for our contest seeking out song titles and band names that relate to construction and homebuilding.
Hurricane season has hit: How you and your clients can protect yourself
In mid-October, 1954, the remnants of tropical Hurricane Hazel settled over Toronto, dumping 3.5 inches of rain on an already soggy city. Rivers across the area flooded, knocking out bridges and more.
Recall Roundup: Chain Gang
The chain brake may not properly engage in a kickback situation, potentially limbing the user instead of a tree.
Sneak peek: Pickup Trucks
Here’s an excerpt from Herb Ellis’ review of the 2019 pickup trucks running in our Oct/Nov issue.
Video: World’s worst roofing job?!?
There’s shoddy work, and then there’s this.
Sneak Peek: Tools
Here’s an excerpt from our feature on the latest hand tools, work wear, and safety in our October/November issue
Regrettably, we had to cancel the Renovators’ Roundtable
In case you haven’t already heard, we regrettably have to inform you that we’ve made the decision to cancel the Renovators’ Roundtable.
Contest Renovators’ Remix
Renovators’ Remix: Help us build a playlist worthy of a jobsite radio
Recall Roundup: Pool Trap
The recall notice reads, “Children’s limbs can be entrapped in the side openings, posing a drowning hazard.”
Re-Crafting Craftsman: The iconic brand has been re-launched by Stanley Black & Decker
With the slow and ongoing demise of the Sears retail empire, it was inevitable that the company’s iconic tool brand, Craftsman, would be up for grabs.
Reno Contractor Announcement
While we have made the decision to cancel (rather than postpone) the event…
Grenfell Tower Fire
On June 24, 2017 a fire broke out in an apartment complex in London. It quick spread, via the building’s exterior, due to a highly combustible cladding material.
THE MOVER: What else can we do for you?
A reliable professional mover will welcome your questions and help you figure out your best plan of action.
THE MARKETER: Mixed-use communities are looking up
Ottawa is following in the footsteps of other large urban centres such as Toronto, where these neighbourhoods are proving tremendously successful.
THE ARCHITECT: Design should pay tribute to location
When it comes to designing buildings, architects need to balance numerous considerations, as well as the client’s vision and budget.
THE RESEARCHER: Are developers properly managing risk?
With land prices skyrocketing across the GTA and zoning approval timelines growing, the upfront financial investment required by developers has increased substantially in recent years.
Homes Publishing Group Golf Tournament
Mother Nature wasn’t cooperating back in August so today is the rain date for our annual charity golf tournament.
THE INDUSTRY LEADER: Where did the money go?
Did you realize that when you sell and buy a new home in the GTA, as much as a quarter of the price consists of fees, taxes and charges imposed by the three levels of government?
Contest: Would you like to win wood?!?
That contest is up and running again, so if you’d like to win $1,000 in MicroPro Sienna treated lumber, enter your best work in the 2018 contest.
Video: Quartersawn lumber
Sticking with our lumber theme this week…here’s an interesting video of how to maximize the board feet of lumber with a quartersawn log.
Too much wood
Back in July, Peel Regional Police Tweeted out this image of a DIYer with some 10’ or 12’ foot lengths of lumber hanging out of the drivers’ side windows!
Welcome to our Robot Overlords
The Building Excellence team is working on a piece about home automation and connectivity for the Fall issue. During the research they stumbled upon some pretty amazing videos of robots
NFL season kicks off
The NFL kicks off its 99th season tonight.