Canadian Contractor


January 23, 2012 Video

Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 4

by Robert Koci

How would stand up under the scrutiny of The Reno Coach?

January 19, 2012 Video

Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 2

by Robert Koci

Who is the bigger danger to the renovation industry, the guy with the fancy website or the guy working for cash?

January 18, 2012 News

Survey your customers

by Robert Koci

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

January 14, 2012 Video

Go Rici Construct Canada Reno Roundtable: Part 1

by Robert Koci

You’re not a renovator, you’re an educator

December 29, 2011 Video

The Johnny Cash School of Decor

by Robert Koci

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

December 5, 2011 Voice

Illegal immigrants in construction need a break

by Robert Koci

The underground gets worse when you don’t let good, experienced trades from other countries work here legally.

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 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 Voice

A Canadian View of the American Housing Industry

by Robert Koci

According to the U.S. Commerce Department, seasonally adjusting housing starts for September in that country hit 658,000 units. Canada’s rate for September was 205,900. The U.S. population is about 307 million. Canada’s is a bit over 34 million. A little