Canadian Contractor


May 13, 2015 News

Mike Draper, Renovantage, on calculating the correct deposit amount

by Steve Payne

Mike Draper, our resident contractor coach, tells you how to figure out a reasonable and fair deposit when you win a new project

April 30, 2015 News

Under-the-table residential construction worth $12-billion a year: StatsCan

by Steve Payne

Residential construction is 28.3 per cent of the total $42.4-billion underground economy in Canada

April 29, 2015 News

Survey: 75 per cent of homeowners did NOT check online reviews before hiring contractors

by Steve Payne

Only FOUR per cent of the survey respondents say they “always” check contractors’ reviews online

April 28, 2015 News

Residential construction needs 129,000 new skilled workers over next decade

by Steve Payne

With modest growth in new housing, and with Canadian housing stock ageing, construction jobs will continue to shift to the renovation sector, the report says.

April 18, 2015 News

Ontario home purchasers still in love with brick, block and stone

by Steve Payne

British Columbians often shake their heads at Ontarians obsession with brick housing, but the status symbol of masonry just never seems to diminish in Southern Ontario

April 15, 2015 News

Calgary’s Albi Homes wins Deloitte Best Managed Company award

by Steve Payne

You have to know what business you are in – and what type of work you want to do. Albi Homes’ president Allan Klassen attributed his company’s success to “direction” and “focus.”

March 2, 2015 News

CN Rail, DEWALT and Acklands Grainger team up to supply tools to Habitat for Humanity

by Steve Payne

The DEWALT C.O.R.E. program is an exclusive rewards and loyalty program for elite end-users in Canada.

January 16, 2015 News

CertainTeed the first insulation manufacturer to issue a "Health Products Declaration"

by Steve Payne

These new HPDs “raise the bar for product transparency in the insulation marketplace,” CertainTeed says

December 29, 2014 News

Our most-viewed stories of 2014

by Steve Payne

The sudden passing of Craig Lowe, Mike Holmes’ painter, topped our “most viewed stories” list for the past year.

September 26, 2014 News

Convincing argument for the use of bamboo T&G flooring…

by Steve Payne

Ben Polley, Evolve Builders, Guelph, has been one of Canada’s leading eco-conscious builders for a long time now. Here he adds to John Bleasby’s article on the benefits of bamboo flooring – and a few more things to watch out for.

September 22, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (17) Four reasons why I used bamboo flooring

by John Bleasby

Bamboo looks great, is hard as nails, provides unmatched value… and is eco-friendly. However, you want to watch out for manufacturers who use urea formaldehyde as the gluing compound.

September 17, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (16) Why I canned ‘The Man of Steel’

by Robert Koci

“As much as I wanted the steel siding and the clean horizontal lines it offered, there was no choice but to move to Plan B: Concrete Sheeting.”

September 17, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (16) Why I canned 'The Man of Steel'

by Robert Koci

“As much as I wanted the steel siding and the clean horizontal lines it offered, there was no choice but to move to Plan B: Concrete Sheeting.”

September 10, 2014 Voice

From pilot to contractor: (15) Window and door decisions

by Robert Koci

It seems every building supply store wanted to sell me windows and doors. No wonder!  Windows and exterior doors can be the single most expensive component of a new home. And while raw lumber has become a bit of a

August 29, 2014 News

A few points about Magboard (from Ben Polley, alternative builder)

by Steve Payne

Ben Polley is one of the most experienced “alternative” and sustainable and eco-conscious builders in Canada. He has test-driven magnesium oxide board and here are his thoughts about it.

August 24, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (13) Researching the stone

by Robert Koci

“We found a Canadian manufacturer who combined everything we wanted: individual, man-made stone slices, realistic colours, and very good pricing.”

July 2, 2014 News

Renovation spending in Canada reaches $63.4-billion, pushed by 'HGTV Effect'

by Steve Payne

A whopping 3.7 per cent of total Canadian gross domestic product is spent on home renovations. The industry has been growing, even accounting for inflation, every year for 15 years.

June 7, 2014 Voice

From commercial pilot to general contractor: (2) Oh, the things you can’t control!

by John Bleasby

The second in a series of posts by John Bleasby, a retired commercial pilot now doing his first “solo” as a general contractor building a house north of Toronto.