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January 3, 2012 Video

The death of home heating

by Robert Koci

If you hate installing furnaces, you’ll love Reiner’s house.

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 29, 2011 Video

The Johnny Cash School of Decor

by Robert Koci

When colour is your thing, maybe you should use some.

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.

December 23, 2011 Video

Bad Santa

by Robert Koci

Take a look at what Santa left in this neighbourhood

December 21, 2011 Video

One contractor's opinion on home sales and renos

by Robert Koci

We asked yesterday how changes in home sales affect renovation activity. Here is one contractor’s reply.

December 20, 2011 Video

Does it matter to renovators when housing slows?

by Robert Koci

When housing slows, is it better or worse for renovators? There are good arguments on both sides.

December 19, 2011 Video

Cost-side smarts

by Robert Koci

An example of how one contractor reduced his cost.

December 15, 2011 Video

Profit is not a dirty word

by Robert Koci

In 2012, you’ll finally make a profit

December 14, 2011 Video

Reiner's House

by Robert Koci

The Reno Coach Reiner Hoyer has some tough words for the contracting industry.

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 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

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

November 3, 2011 Video

Motivating your staff without money

by Robert Koci

There is more to life than money

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