Category: Service

Energy audits are coming! What do builders need to know?

Energy audits are coming! What do builders need to know?

Who are these “energy advisors” and what do the energy ratings mean? By John Bleasby Decades ago, home inspectors rode into town, offering home-buyers honest third party assessments of homes on the resale market. Now, in the current environment ...READ MORE
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
Multi-generational households; opening more doors for contractors

Multi-generational households; opening more doors for contractors

If you build it, they will come…(and they will stay!) By John Bleasby The family nest is getting bigger. More adult children are living at home with their parents. At the same time, more parents and grandparents are finding ...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
Two Reasons Good Contractors are Good Diplomats

Two Reasons Good Contractors are Good Diplomats

A friend of mine, Gord, sits at the top of a large, family-owned company and he had a beautiful home built some years ago in southern Ontario. “I really like the contractor I chose to build my place”, Gord ...READ MORE
Make your focus the bottom line

Make your focus the bottom line

By Mike Draper Some companies strive to increase their top line revenue without too much worry about the bottom line. A company that thinks this way is typically in rapid-growth mode. On the flip side is the company focused ...READ MORE
Tips to hiring employees: Part Two

Tips to hiring employees: Part Two

By Victoria Downing In the continuation of this series, we know that companies are continuing to hire superstars, even while others are convinced that “there are no good hires available.” Successful owners are using three powerful strategies: Retention of ...READ MORE