Why more and more contractors are building with JELD-WENby JELD-WEN
With a wide range of ENERGY STAR certified products, and their recent energy awards and initiatives, JELD-WEN has positioned itself as the forward-thinking window and door manufacturer that contractors seek. JELD-WEN and ENERGY STAR ENERGY STAR is a volunteer program…
Reasons to Renovate: Winter Windows Editionby JELD-WEN
Winter is coming. For some, this catch phrase may inspire excitement about a certain hit TV series. For homeowners, it means hunkering down and getting their houses prepared for cold winds, low temperatures and the necessity of an efficient heating…
The Art of Sound Reductionby JELD-WEN
Whether you live in a busy household, have an apartment in a noisy downtown neighbourhood or next to someone who practices bagpipes on their deck, sound reduction means getting the peace and quiet you need to relax in your living…
10 Do’s and Don’ts of managing subtradesby Robert Koci
I am teaching Project Management at George Brown College this semester. The following are the do’s and don’ts of managing subtrades that I proposed to my students. Do you agree? 1: Don’t be a friend Subtrade friends will cost you…
Let’s talk cash economyby Robert Koci
I recently hired a contractor to do some work that I couldn’t get to. His price was fair, but leaves me reeling at what the legitimate costs of a reno has become.
Seven design principles when renovating for the elderlyby Brynna Leslie
“With the aging population, we need to be incorporating universal design principles into everything we do,” says Ottawa design-builder Moneca Kaiser.
Reliable Dry: Best practices for keeping water out of basementsby Steve Maxwell
There are three main categories of features that work together to make a basement reliably dry.
The 3 million dollar road Part 4: $3 million and beyondby Mike Draper
Before growing from $2 million per year to $3 million and beyond, a contractor needs to make sure his business is running at a very profitable level.
To profit, specializeby Robert Koci
you need to do one thing well
By Steve Greer
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…
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…