Category: Renovating

Building materials of the past; where are they today?

Building materials of the past; where are they today?

‘They don’t build them like they used to!” (Maybe with good reason!) October 24, 2017 by John Bleasby Nostalgia just isn’t what it used to be, or is it? Are you someone who feels that many things today are ...READ MORE
Is there a silver bullet to sound proofing?

Is there a silver bullet to sound proofing?

New construction or renovation, walls or floors. Each has challenges and solutions by John Bleasby Soundproofing arises as a major frustration for owners of both new and renovated homes alike. Whether it’s a semi-detached home with the future ACDC ...READ MORE
Different climate control solutions have implications for contractors

Different climate control solutions have implications for contractors

Save trouble later by knowing what the mechanical system designer has specified by John Bleasby As homes become more energy efficient, air movement and climate control on all living space levels becomes increasingly important. There is more than one ...READ MORE
Meat in the sandwich: How contractors get caught in the middle

Meat in the sandwich: How contractors get caught in the middle

Pitfalls abound between architect, contractor and homeowner By John Bleasby Timeline management and clear lines of communications are keys to the successful completion of a new custom home build or major renovation. A recent article in the Toronto-based Globe ...READ MORE
Four considerations when choosing brick for your clients

Four considerations when choosing brick for your clients

By Steve Maxwell Brick is the oldest building material in the world, but there’s more to brick than just a simple, familiar name. When you come across clients who are interested in brick for new construction or renovations, you’ll ...READ MORE
RENOVATING FOR THE ELDERLY: YOUR GOLDEN (YEARS) OPPORTUNITY

RENOVATING FOR THE ELDERLY: YOUR GOLDEN (YEARS) OPPORTUNITY

By John Bleasby You’ve probably heard about the opportunity for “aging in place” renovations for the elderly. Here are some statistics that will give you some idea of the possibilities for your business… Canadians over the age of 65 ...READ MORE
Transparency Marketing

Transparency Marketing

By Steve Maxwell When I heard that a friend of mine was having a house built, I asked about his plans and approach. It wasn’t long before he told me about the father-and-son contractor team he chose for the ...READ MORE
“GETTING THINGS DONE” FOR CONTRACTORS

“GETTING THINGS DONE” FOR CONTRACTORS

“You can’t do it all yourself.” That’s one of the topics we repeatedly return to in Builders Business, as we look at ways to improve your profitability as a pro builder. We have had a number of columns from ...READ MORE
Contractors: Never stop building your brand

Contractors: Never stop building your brand

By Mike Draper The most important thing to understand about branding is it’s not about getting your target client to choose you over another contractor. It’s about getting him or her to view you as the only one who ...READ MORE
PAYING YOURSELF CORRECTLY FOR ALL THE HATS YOU WEAR

PAYING YOURSELF CORRECTLY FOR ALL THE HATS YOU WEAR

Your overheads as a professional renovator are likely to hit 20 per cent of your gross sales. And that’s before you calculate in your profit.  By Steve Payne Are you paying yourself enough? If you are wearing many hats ...READ MORE