Edmonton's "skinny homes" beginning of a trend?by Steve Payne
Last year, Edmonton city council approved the subdivision of 50-foof lots to allow two detached houses on 25-foot lots. If you have “skinny” building experiences, we’d like to hear about them.
Renovation industry growing twice as fast new homes industry, Scotiabank saysby Steve Payne
it’s a fascinating report, detailing $47-billion in Canadian renovation spending annually. There’s lots of work out there.
Does wearing a hard hat stop your religious freedom?by Alec Caldwell
It seems so, according to many recent court cases. More and more citizens are being permitted to ditch hard hats and helmets in favour of religious headgear. Who pays when these people sustain an injury? We all do.
Canada's top renovators and builders honoured at CHBA Conference in Whistler, B.C.by Steve Payne
The award for “Whole House Renovation” (more than $500,000) went to Eurodale Developments, Toronto
Alberta contractors report most sales increases in country, Atlantic Canada places secondby Steve Payne
Ontario and B.C. have the least optimistic contractors – when asked about sales increases in their region – in Canada.
Our cover contractor John McLellan builds for Habitat for Humanityby Steve Payne
It’s nice to see contractors teaming up with building supplies manufacturers to support Habitat for Humanity, one of the best community-based charitable endeavours in our industry
Child safety kits are all made for round door knobsby Steve Payne
And yet building code changes are outlawing round door jobs in favour of levered handlesets in various Canadian jurisdictions
Join the protests against steep hydro rate increases in Ontarioby Steve Payne
Doug Leitch, outspoken critic of the Ontario College of Trades, is behind a protest against steep Hydro One rate increases and surcharges on April 4th.
Grow your contractor business: Get an advisory boardby Brynna Leslie
Small businesses that added an advisory board grew an average of 67 per cent in just three years, according to a new study by the Business Development Bank of Canada. Currently, however, just six per cent of small and medium-sized…
All Weather Windows receives ENERGY STAR "most efficient" designationby Steve Payne
In 2013, All Weather Windows was also named ENERGY STAR Manufacturer of the Year in the fenestration products category.
VIDEO: In a dispute about a tile or marble installation? Call these experts for a third party opinionby Robert Koci
TTMAC, the Terrazzo, Tile and Marble Association of Canada (TTMAC), will send an expert to inspect your tile installation if you have a quality dispute with a homeowner
A Montreal borough sticks its hands in renovators' pockets for five-figure "park fees"by Steve Payne
The CBC reports that Plateau-Mont Royal, a Montreal borough, is asking renovating homeowners to pay a fee worth 10 per cent of the value of their land if they renovate more than 35 per cent of their properties.
I'm a one man handyman… and the WSIB premium rate I was quoted was 9.1% on gross… How the hell do they justify this shakedown?by Steve Payne
As Winston Churchill said in 1945, “Armies of civil servants: No longer servants and no longer civil.”
American renovators talk about a boycott of Angie's Listby Steve Payne
Renovation contractors can find it much harder to close a sale once negative reviews of their work appear online. Angie’s List, based in Indianapolis, has angered so many contractors that a boycott is now a possibility.
Go West Young Man: Alberta and B.C. expected to lead in new construction jobsby Steve Payne
Alberta and B.C. will create more construction jobs than Ontario will, a new study says. Meanwhile, Ontario is looking for hundreds of millions of dollars in additional WSIB fees from contractors – while slapping them with fees from the new Ontario College of Trades.
Tax tips for self-employed contractors from the Canada Revenue Agencyby Steve Payne
The tax filing deadline this year for self-employed contractors is June 16th. Don’t forget to save a few bucks with your “tradesperson’s tools deduction” and, for employers, the “apprenticeship job creation tax credit.”
Whatever successes I can claim as a renovator, I attribute to good partnershipsby Robert Koci
“In each case, the partnerships helped me where I fell short and allowed me to do what I did best.”
Are you a contractor with eagle eyes and a quick trigger finger? Try this Therma Tru Door contest to win tools, gift cards… or even a Harleyby Steve Payne
Oh, and you could also win 39-inch TV sets, WEBER gas grills… and a whole bunch of other cool stuff.