The death of home heatingby Robert Koci
If you hate installing furnaces, you’ll love Reiner’s house.
How house sales affect renovationsby Robert Koci
CMHC’s Canadian Housing Observer, 2011, says there is a direct relationship between home sales and renovations.
The Johnny Cash School of Decorby Robert Koci
When colour is your thing, maybe you should use some.
How unions encourage the cash economyby Adam
Pressure from unions push costs up, and workers out, of the legitimate economy.
Bad Santaby Robert Koci
Take a look at what Santa left in this neighbourhood
One contractor's opinion on home sales and renosby Robert Koci
We asked yesterday how changes in home sales affect renovation activity. Here is one contractor’s reply.
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.
Cost-side smartsby Robert Koci
An example of how one contractor reduced his cost.
Profit is not a dirty wordby Robert Koci
In 2012, you’ll finally make a profit
Reiner's Houseby Robert Koci
The Reno Coach Reiner Hoyer has some tough words for the contracting industry.
Contractor Roundtable, Part 2: Regulations and the undergroundby 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…
Canadian Contractor Salary Survey is LIVEby 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…
A new way of selling to homeowners arrivesby 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…
CMHC Housing Report Q4, 2011by 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…
US housing industry trends for 2012by 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…
Motivating your staff without moneyby Robert Koci
There is more to life than money
Stairway to Heavenly Designby 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…