News Coverage

Design-Build Evolution: Paul Lafrance on the importance of charging for designs

February 27, 2017 by John Bleasby Paul and Janna Lafrance make no bones about charging for designs right up front. In fact, the Paul Lafrance Design website goes so far as to outline  four different levels of work for both interior and exterior projects, ...READ MORE

Three reasons why Canadians spend big money on basements

January 18, 2017 by John Bleasby An analysis of 2016 renovation projects by the national referral firm TrustedPros gives insight into the type of work and the budgets assigned to a wide range of renovation projects across the country, region-by-region. One interesting finding was ...READ MORE

Senior/mobility renovation grants and loans across the country

January 23, 2017 by John Bleasby Seniors, or those with mobility issues, want to live at home, and governments want to help them achieve that objective. It’s a growing market for renovators across the country. Knowing how your prospective clients can find funding assistance ...READ MORE

Four ways to stay warmer on the job site this winter

October 26, 2016 by John Bleasby One morning very soon, you’re going to look out your window and guess what? Everything will be white and the temperature will be well below zero. That’s when the winter construction season begins in earnest. Working outside or ...READ MORE

Federal government intervenes (again) in Canada’s housing market

Federal government intervenes (again) in Canada’s housing market First, new high tariffs on U.S. drywall; now new tougher mortgage insurance rules October 5, 2016 by John Bleasby Yet another intervention into Canada’s housing market by the federal government! Early last month, the Canada Border ...READ MORE

Built Green Canada supports Fort McMurray rebuild

August 26, 2016 by Steve Payne Press release from Built Green Canada. In light of the unimaginable destruction of the Ft. McMurray wildfires and subsequent flooding that has left thousands of Albertans displaced, Built Green Canada is working to support the Regional Municipality of ...READ MORE

Is green building good for business?

August 10, 2016 by John Bleasby It’s hard to turn around without reading another study that either touts the benefits of eco-friendly home design and construction, or suggests that consumers are increasingly willing to pay a premium for ‘green features’ in their homes and ...READ MORE

Ontario Ministry of Labour consults on hazard awareness training for every construction worker

June 2, 2016 by Alec Caldwell The Ontario Ministry of Labour (MOL) is proposing a new mandatory safety program for contractors. They are calling it “construction hazard awareness” training. It’s just in the “consulting” stages right now, but if everything goes according to plan, a ...READ MORE

Will you sail into the sunset, or just walk away?

Will you sail into the sunset, or just walk away? by John Bleasby Your financial future depends on how you plan your business exit Will you be one of the lucky ones: A home builder or renovator able to sell the business and retire ...READ MORE

2nd Annual Desiree Scott Soccer Camp presented by Sexton Group Ltd

2nd Annual Desiree Scott Soccer Camp presented by Sexton Group Ltd. raises $14,000 for KidSport Winnipeg Posted by Kidsport Winnipeg  The soccer camp was held on Saturday November 7th and Sunday November 8th, 2015 at the Axworthy Health & RecPlex and had 135 kids between ...READ MORE