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February 24, 2012 News

The perfect porch for a scary client

by Robert Koci

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.

February 24, 2012 News

The art of starting over

by Robert Koci

Ever get off on the wrong foot with a client?

February 15, 2012 News

The new rules for WSIB in Ontario

by Robert Koci

If you don’t work in Ontario, smile. This painful tax grab is not for you.

February 15, 2012 News

Word-of-mouth marketing is not just on the street

by Robert Koci

Here’s online marketing to die for and how to make it happen for your company.

February 13, 2012 News

Revolution software

by Robert Koci

BuildTools is about to change the way renovators run their businesses and Dwell Design Build Inc. of Toronto is its first beachhead in Canada.

February 8, 2012 News

Liar, liar pants on fire. Misleading proposals and how to avoid them

by Robert Koci

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.

January 20, 2012 News

What friends are NOT for

by Robert Koci

It’s good to be friends, but better to take care of business.

January 18, 2012 News

Survey your customers

by Robert Koci

All you need to know to get started on a customer survey

January 17, 2012 News

Red Tape Awareness Week

by Robert Koci

When it comes to dealing with government red tape, you are not alone.

December 30, 2011 News

How house sales affect renovations

by Robert Koci

CMHC’s Canadian Housing Observer, 2011, says there is a direct relationship between home sales and renovations.

December 28, 2011 News

How unions encourage the cash economy

by Adam

Pressure from unions push costs up, and workers out, of the legitimate economy.

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 22, 2011 News

Canadian Contractor Salary Survey is LIVE

by Robert Koci

For the fourth year now, Canadian Contractor magazine is polling renovation and custom homebuilding industry business owners to find out what their companies are doing, what they are making and how much they take home for their efforts. If you

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

November 3, 2011 News

US housing industry trends for 2012

by Robert Koci

Builder magazine is the premier magazine in the US for the residential single family homebuilding industry. Every year, it assembles a list of trends it believes will represent the direction of their industry the following year. Though the magazine is

October 25, 2011 News

Stairway to Heavenly Design

by Robert Koci

One of the pleasures of design/build is confronting the challenges of thinking through at the design stage what you want to build and then, once you’ve drawn your vision, seeing it through to realty. Or as builder Andrew DelZotto says