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…
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…
J.A.B.A. Construction, Saskatoon, in ‘white knight’ renovation rescueby John Bleasby
Armed with an insurance payout, Janice Braden of Saskatoon hired a local contractor to repair the damage to her home caused by ice dams on her roof. But a so-called contractor took off with her money. It has taken J.A.B.A Construction and TrustedSaskatoon.com, among others, to bail Braden out of her renovation nightmare.
GET a free Milwaukee $200 drill/driver for registering TODAY for tomorrow's RENO-SUMMIT seminar near Toronto airportby Steve Payne
If you register for the Nov. 7 Toronto Reno-Summit right NOW, for only $129 for the full day of instruction, you will win a FREE Milwaukee Fuel M12 Hex Driver, which is, pound for pound, one of the most beautiful contractor power tools we have ever seen.
BuildForce Canada acknowledges National Tradesmen Dayby Steve Payne
This fall, BuildForce Canada is launching its redesigned Careers in Construction website at www.careersinconstruction.ca to provide more youth and parent-friendly information about more than 50 different construction trades and occupations.
Contractor U: Do you have a vision and a plan?by Mike Draper
I recommend that renovation contractors have a Three Year Plan. Three years is a good timeframe as it is close enough that it is motivating, yet far enough out that you have time to reach your vision.
Why he gave up on the corporate world, at 27, to become a renovatorby Steve Payne
Marc is a student in the Building Renovation Technology program at George Brown College. His essay on why he wants to build a life and a career in the trades is inspiring: but he also has some words of warning for the industry – we have to do better at recruiting the next generation.
The case for flat-rate pricing for service and repair workby Steve Payne
“Until flat rate pricing becomes the industry standard – and realistically that would take a long time to bring about – there are bound to be customers who will ask how much you charge ‘per hour.’ “
Flying back to Saskatoonby Robert Koci
I love airport living. I have every electronic device you can buy from Apple to stay in touch with work. I am fed if I ask and offered distractions like magazines, snacks and dramatic architecture. Everyone except the people working…
5 common mistakes contractors makeby Steve Payne
by Karen Hamilton 15 years ago, my husband and I bought a vacation home in Haliburton, ON. Built in the 1960s, our cottage stayed in its original form until last fall, when we could finally afford to renovate it. Our…
Benny's a charm, says J.D. Powerby Robert Koci
Paint maker Benjamin Moore satisfies again
A four letter word for successby Robert Koci
Industry expert Beverly A. Koehn makes us uncomfortable with the four letter word we’d rather not use when talking about customer service.
Revolution softwareby Robert Koci
BuildTools is about to change the way renovators run their businesses and Dwell Design Build Inc. of Toronto is its first beachhead in Canada.