Canadian Contractor


Voices

December 11, 2019  

Staying in the office

Recently, Canadian Contractor solicited the opinions of our RenoFocus

December 9, 2019  

Incentives for project managers

Recently, Canadian Contractor solicited the opinions of our RenoFocus

How-to
December 6, 2019  

I don’t fail at anything

A couple of years ago, Steve Maxwell wrote an

December 6, 2019  

You got a problem with that?

Well, it may have been over five years since

Resources
December 6, 2019  

Opinion: Montreal can be carbon neutral by 2050

Engineering firm believes Montreal could get there before Canada as a whole

November 28, 2019  

The power of a bad seed

In case you missed the original article, here it

November 28, 2019  

We finally found a hole in Giannis’ game

As those of you that follow the NBA know,

November 25, 2019  

What to do with demanding people

Steve Barkhouse of Ottawa-based Amsted Design-Build wrote the following

November 22, 2019  

Does Mike Holmes have trades training?

After reading our recent article about Mike Holmes’ column

November 22, 2019  

Free the Regulations

In response to Gene’s outrage over having to purchase

November 18, 2019  

Building codes: Ottawa behaving like Beijing, he says

Building codes MUST become free, another sensible reader urges. Maybe we can get this done by sometime in the next century.

November 18, 2019  

Caulking video response: Polyurethane is great stuff, but it is not the easiest to work with

Joe White cautions against trying to the same type of caulking bead shape with different types of caulk.

November 4, 2019  

A call to connect at the Toronto-based Builders Show Dec. 4th to 6th.

“I’m NOT an expert by any means. But why reinvent the wheel if there are people who have been there, done that?”

October 30, 2019  

Peer Group Diary: The peer group visits a beautifully built home…that made no money

“Imagine your company was bringing in $10 million per year and you’re still working for wages.”

October 28, 2019  

What’s better, top line or bottom line? Read this and find out.

“There is so much pressure to keep employees working that contractors take the work even if it is not going to add anything to the bottom line.”

October 24, 2019  

Peer Group Diary: A face-to-face meeting in Calgary looks into the challenges of running a family business

“In a family business, humility helps”

October 24, 2019  

Your complete guide to estimating, Lesson 1 of 7: The foundation of great estimating

“Designing your company around repeatable, predetermined processes that follow predictable steps to known outcomes is great for accurate estimates.”

October 9, 2019  

Myths of contracting continued: I know about that, so I’m good

“Our lives, both personal and business, are full of things we know we should do, but we just don’t”

October 7, 2019  

Fast-growing Canada Needs Housing; Public policy needs to keep pace

“In welcoming these new Canadians, we have an obligation to ensure there is sufficient housing”

October 3, 2019  

Does a Carbon Tax Make Sense? I think I think so, says contributor and P Eng. Paul Duffy

“Here’s the cool thing—when you make a decision to conserve, you get doubly rewarded.”

October 2, 2019  

Myths of contractors continued: If I fund a project with my own money, there is no interest cost

“Whenever your money is tied up it does have a cost”

October 2, 2019  

Win more work!!

“the majority of contractors do a poor job of following up with leads out of sheer time restraints.”

October 1, 2019  

How to lose out because you didn’t think of everything when you made up the contract

Years ago, I had a service contract with a

September 24, 2019  

The first rule of holes: Stop digging

“The guarantee of the loss of a lot of money makes you stop”

September 23, 2019  

People are not things, and knowing how to handle things does not prepare you for handling people

“I became a carpenter in part because I had no confidence is handling personal relationships.”

September 17, 2019  

Canadian home sales edge higher in August, says the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA)

OTTAWA, Sept. 16, 2019 /CNW/ – Statistics released today

September 16, 2019  

More on what you pay your Project Managers: David Litwiller, Litwiller Renovations and Custom Homes Ltd., Calgary, AB

“They (my PMs) were hourly paid, making $70 to $80K per year on a regular basis “

September 16, 2019  

More on what you pay your Project Managers: Evolve Builders Inc.

“Our target wages for the role start at $50k up to $80k, with the median at about $64k.”

September 11, 2019  

Systems are good, but build loyalty first

“A company with loyalty as a key driver of its culture would have quickly realized from feedback that falling sales were clearly a symptom of the system’s installation”

September 10, 2019  

We asked our RenoFocus contractors how much they paid their project managers. Here’s one Toronto contractor’s response

“Our standard base salary is between $55-60k and goes against a base $750k revenue”