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We’ve just finished up the June/July issue of Renovation Contractor, and this edition nicely encapsulates everything we’re trying to do here at the magazine. For starters, we literally explore building materials from top to bottom, with an item on DuPont’s new slip-resistant Tyvek Protec roofing underlay and regular contributor Martin Zibauer’s feature on the different options for foundations.
Next, we help you find and generate new business by tapping into the ever-growing market for energy conserving renovations. The Canadian Home Builders’ Association’s Gary Sharp looks at some general trends in his regular column for us, freelance contributor Heath Applebaum takes a close look at MyEnergyXpert, a brandable app that contractors can use to help customers clearly see the long-term value of green renos, and Jay Somerset – a writer who’s been working with us since the very first issue – checks in to see what serial entrepreneur Casey van Maarion has been up to recently. Spoiler alert: he’s using ground screws to mount solar panels across Alberta and B.C.
Then we highlight some work that’s as fantastical as it is functional. Another long-time contributor, Diane Peters, profiles Tyson Leavitt and his crew at Charmed Playhouses out of Lethbridge, Alta.
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This is an expansion of a recall of a recall originally from October 2015. The power cords can overheat, leading to a fire risk. There have been five such incidents reported in the U.S.
Our managing editor, Allan Britnell, is working on a feature for the February/March issue on the implications of legal weed on the construction workplace, and we’d like your input.
the event includes informative seminars on business development and the latest tools and materials, a hands-on trade show, and a great networking opportunity to meet with your colleagues from across the country.
Today is the final day of Construct Canada – along with the related Concrete Canada and HomeBuilder and Renovator Expo
And should be landing in mailboxes in the next week or so. In it you can check out the top features
Manon Prince of Manon Prince Interiors in Ottawa, Ont. used a dollar-store item to protect a customer’s valuable counter.
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Since 2000, November 22 has been recognized as “National Housing Day,” in recognition of the plight of Canada’s homeless
Spring Loaded Motorized Window Coverings with Zeus Lithium Batteries
Fusion Stone is an easy and budget-friendly way to beautifully upgrade your home, inside and out. A patented Shouldice innovation, Fusion Stone is a thin stone veneer that is easily installed with the included stainless steel clips & screws. You just screw it to the wall and it’s “Hooked for Life”.
We've been proudly serving the community for more than 160 years. We deliver natural gas safely and reliably to two million homes and businesses across Ontario. With safety as our ongoing priority, we're committed to making communities better places to live.
More than a kitchen and bath luxury showroom, The Water Closet offers unparalleled service, selection and solutions for all your plumbing and heating needs. Our goal is to be your full-service showroom while “Enhancing the Flow of Life”.
For over 50 years, SFA Group's goal has been to allow anyone to easily install bathroom fixtures, laundry rooms and kitchens anywhere and without any major work. As the French inventor of the famous macerating systems, today SFA is among the top companies worldwide in bathroom fixtures.
Royal Building Products is a leading manufacturer and distributor of a broad range of state-of-the-art exterior building materials for the home remodeling, building and municipal construction markets.
Masco Canada Ltd. is the Canadian plumbing division of MASCO Corporation and represents brands including Delta, Brizo, Hansgrohe, Axor, BrassCraft, Master Plumber, and Waltec. MASCO Canada Limited is dedicated to complete customer satisfaction and responsiveness to the unique Canadian marketplace.
DRIcore is the first and most important step towards creating a new living space as warm and comfortable as any other space in your home. DRIcore is the one-step engineered subfloor solution that is specifically designed for basements. The raised moisture barrier covers cold, damp concrete to protect, insulate and cushion your finished floors.
You chose your new Chrysler because you wanted something far beyond the ordinary. It just makes sense that your ownership experience should be just as special. That's why we're committed to exceeding your expectations for as long as you have your Chrysler.
Sharing Passion & Performance. With our unique expertise and sensibilities, gained from our devotion to sound and music, we are committed to creating excitement and cultural inspiration together with people around the world.
Established in 1987, Caesarstone pioneered the original quartz surface and continues to be a leading developer and manufacturer of premium surfaces. Highly functional and design forward, Caesarstone surfaces have endless application possibilities including kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, wall paneling, furniture and more.
Over the past 14 years Factory Tile Depot has become #1 for everything tile and stone. With 5 locations showcasing the latest and greatest trends in the tile industry, we have built the confidence of trade and retail clients alike. We are proud to offer well thought out showrooms, extensive selections of hard to find tile-stone, on site designers, and some of the best after care support in the industry. Experience the FTD difference on your next project.
Space Age Closets and Custom Cabinetry has been serving Toronto and the Greater Toronto Area for over 30 years. Our services include a wide array of custom storage solutions for every room in your home. With decades of experience designing and installing custom closets and cabinets we pledge to provide excellence in service and get the job done right the first time.
Fisher & Paykel incorporates the world’s most innovative technologies and produce the most technically advanced, efficient and contemporary styled appliances. DCS created the first line of high end, commercial quality appliances and expanded to pioneer indoor and outdoor kitchen solutions for the at home chef. TRADE ONLY.
Canada's premium quartz manufacturer, HanStone Canada, is revolutionizing the quartz industry. Produced in a state of the art facility in London Ontario, HanStone Quartz is known for superior quality and exceptional design. Locally Made. Distinctly Beautiful. Naturally Canadian.
Vangarde Cabinet Design & Factory Inc. specializes in aftermarket cabinet fronts and accessories that fit IKEA kitchens. We transform ordinary looking IKEA kitchens into extraordinary ones. Finally, there is a choice for more desirable cabinet doors and accessories for your IKEA kitchen.
X-Tile is sure to have whatever you need to express your unique individual style. We offer you an exceptional variety of wall and flooring options in ceramic, porcelain, natural stone, glass, mosaic and much more from leading suppliers around the world. Let our knowledgeable and friendly staff help you in your dream renovation or building project.
The DXV brand of luxury bathroom and kitchen fixtures celebrates and draws on American Standard’s rich history, now in its 15th decade. DXV re-imagines design classics from four of the most influential design periods of the past fifteen decades.
Cosentino is a global, family-owned company that produces and distributes high value innovative surfaces for architecture and design. As a leading company, Cosentino imagines and anticipates together with its customers and partners design solutions that offer value and inspiration to people’s lives.
For more than 140 years, American Standard has led the way in developing innovative bathroom and kitchen products that improve daily living.
Euro-Line Appliances has brought elite European engineered appliances to Canadian homes for over 25 years. Our brands exceed expectations and have earned awards in design, engineering, performance, and energy efficiency. All of our cooking, refrigeration, dishwashers, and laundry appliances are created to conserve our non-renewable resources.
Since 1989 Men At Work has specialized in renewing and enlarging older houses in core Toronto neighbourhoods. We are experts in managing the challenges of renovating sensitive old buildings into beautiful, functional, comfortable living spaces.
With over 90 years of experience, BLANCO is the leading kitchen sinks and faucets manufacturer. From handcrafted in Germany Steelart® sinks and the beauty of Silgranit®, to the European design faucets, BLANCO products are celebrated worldwide for their unmatched quality and design. Blanco Silgranit® sinks are proudly manufactured in Canada TRADE ONLY.
BONE Structure has designed and patented a structural steel frame and insulation system that is the best integrator to build Net-Zero Energy custom homes. Using an integrated process inspired by the aerospace industry, we design and build high-performance, sustainable homes.
DelSuites offers fully furnished and serviced condominiums in 20 locations throughout the Greater Toronto Area, including Downtown, Midtown, North York, Markham, Scarborough, Mississauga, Etobicoke and Brampton.
At Riobel we design, create and assemble faucets, shower systems and accessories in our Canadian facility located in St-Jérôme, a suburb of Montréal. Our modern and fashionable products are designed to fit all kitchens or bathrooms. They are easy to install, while mechanical parts are accessible from above the counter to facilitate cleaning and maintenance. Riobel: a benchmark of excellence since 1995!
We supply and install stylish and durable deck tiles, specializing in condo balconies, patios and terraces in Toronto and GTA. We offer affordably priced options while still delivering quality products and professional custom installations. Maintaining high quality workmanship and attention to detail is our focus.
We specialize in the manufacture of a wide variety of high quality, custom made wood cabinet doors and dovetail drawers suited for residential kitchens, closet systems, built-ins and bathroom vanities. We offer over 10,000 unique door design choices since every element of our doors can be customized.
Our Mission is to be the World’s best provider of home staging training. We do this by providing the ultimate training experience and support systems for entrepreneurial home stagers.
Serving the trade since 1949. Complete flooring sales, service and installations. Wood, Engineered, Vinyl, Broadloom, custom rugs. Residential and commercial.
Master Edge Homes is built upon a foundation of expertise and unparalleled craftsmanship. With a team of dedicated and diligent personnel, Master Edge Homes executes home builds and renovations precisely how you envisioned them. From design and build to complete renovation, we are passionate about exceeding excellence with meticulous design, skilled construction, and project management.