Building the great outdooors
Last time around I was griping about how long this past winter was and how slow it seemed for Spring to roll around. Now, a month later, not much has changed! It was only in the last couple of weeks that the last of the snow melted in the shaded parts of people’s backyards in Toronto, and north of the city there’s still ice on some of the lakes. That said, as I write this home and cottage owners across many parts of the country are dealing with severe flooding from a mix of heavy spring rains and plenty of melting snow.
With all that in mind, is it any wonder why Canadians try to spend as much time outside during the warmer months? That’s why the Renovation Contractor team is busy pulling together material for our annual Great Outdoors issue. That issue will include a feature on landscaping options by first-time contributor Alex Newman, an overview of some exterior finishing trends and products by long-time contributor Frank Condron, guest columnist Carson Arthur writes about urban heat islands, and a whole lot more.
Watch for the June/July issue to arrive in mailboxes – and launch online – early next month.
PurePave offers a Canadian designed and tested permeable paving solution.
Tell us about your favourite pastimes and activities and how they have or will be impacted by trying to maintain social distance and protect the health of the most vulnerable.
Contractors who suddenly find themselves with some extra time on their hands as a result of Coronavirus slowdowns and shutdowns can take advantage of their downtime to learn some new skills.
Competition in the homebuilding and renovation industry is fierce, which means that growing your construction business requires a strong marketing and branding strategy.
Habitat for Humanity's ReStores are a win-win-win: countless new or "gently used" items donated to the charitable organization have been kept out of landfills
A new policy coming from the Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes on "Alterations to Existing Buildings," which could spell new requirements for renovations to existing homes.
Brit David Roberts is building a business – and family – in the B.C. mountains.
A second-storey addition to this home in the west end of Toronto toppled over in high winds. Luckily, no one was injured.
MuraLuxe decorative wall panels are quick and easy to install. Gives any project the "wow" factor and keeps your project moving quickly as shower installs can be completed in a day!
Sharp Electronics of Canada Ltd. is dedicated to improving the lives of consumers through the use of advanced technology. With a commitment to innovation, quality, value and design, Sharp consumer electronics and appliances enhance enjoyment, while adding to comfort.
IMPROVE is totally unique to Canada. Based on the international success of similar concepts throughout the world, IMPROVE understands how to make home improvement much easier and more pleasurable for consumers and trades to shop all under one roof.
ROCKWOOL insulation is the sustainable way to make an impact on the challenges of climate change, urbanisation, improving people’s health and quality of life, and resource scarcity.
From a modest machine shop in Baltimore to the surface of the moon, we’ve proudly provided innovative solutions for over a century. Discover the pioneering history of BLACK+DECKER.
At JELD-WEN, we craft custom windows and doors from the highest quality materials, designed to inspire homeowners and add beauty to the world.
|SET A BOLD TONE
Caesarstone is launching a new collection featuring four new colours for 2020. The Dark Collection embraces a contemporary trend in kitchens and bathrooms that has recently set a bold tone. From the classic luxury of Empira Black to the matte infinity of Piatto Black via the evocative patinas of rusted Oxidian and weathered Black Tempal, this dark collection presents an intriguing range of captivating hues that bring warmth to the home and an emotional caress to the stone. Shown here, Oxidian.
|DELTA PENDANT RAINCAN SHOWERHEAD
The Delta Pendant Raincan Showerhead with H2Okinetic Technology and LED lighting creates a soothing ambience and radiates upscale appeal in the bathroom. With a contemporary style, the pendant showerhead establishes a distinctive presence with modern technology to evoke a tranquil, spa-like experience.
DELTA FAUCET CANADA
|ADD A LAUNDRY ROOM WHEREVER YOU WANT!
The Saniswift 1/2-HP pump discharges greywater without the use of below-ground pump systems. It will pump up to 14' vertically and/or 140' horizontally (with gravity fall) and features low inlets for easy fixture connection, such as to a P-trap. This compact drain pump is designed to fit directly under a laundry tub and is a cost-effective solution for creating a remote laundry room or for greywater installations.
MuraLuxe decorative wall panels are quick and easy to install. Choose from thousands of images, patterns and finishes to customize these light-weight, water-proof, made-to-order panels that can be used as shower walls, backsplashes, full wall coverings or even eye-catching feature walls. Gives any project the "wow" factor and keeps your project moving quickly as shower installs can be completed in a day! On display and available only through watercloset.ca.
|EFFICIENT and VERSATILE
Fusion Stone's thin stone veneer is an efficient and versatile solution that is of significant appeal to contractors and builders. The benefits of Fusion Stone include easy scheduling, no jobsite congestion, and minimal waste. With several profile styles that are available in multiple colour choices, Fusion Stone has proven to be a highly satisfying way to upgrade any home or business.
|REVOLUTIONIZING MATERIAL PROCUREMENT
RenoRun is revolutionizing material procurement for professional builders with its turnkey technology plus delivery service. As market leaders, RenoRun is the fastest-growing materials supplier, housing more than 20,000 SKUs in its app and delivering to thousands of jobsites on-demand or in advance. Free coffee included; Saturday delivery available!
|EIR INTELLIGENT TOILET
The Eir intelligent toilet exemplifies the art of innovation, and its flowing lines and personalized finish detail will make a statement in any bathroom. With a full complement of convenient features including heated seat, customizable cleansing, night-light, hands-free opening/closing, automatic flush, plus a touchscreen remote, nothing else compares. And the sleek tankless and skirted design combined with a back-to-wall installation allows for concealed connections to make the toilet a beautiful centerpiece.
Procore's comprehensive platform helps eliminate manual processes and outdated systems, saving you time, money, and headaches. With a robust toolset – complete with financial, productivity, quality, and safety tools – Procore helps you drive production and profitability. Plus, with more than 100 third-party integrations, it helps standardize processes while offering the flexibility you need to be successful.
IKO has grown from humble beginnings to a global leader in the roofing products industry, with more than 3,000 employees worldwide, and state-of-the-art manufacturing plants.
Shelter Furniture recognizes your individual style and are sensitive to your space and your vision for your home. With our in store design services, we help you create unique space that helps bring your home to life.
All-electric fireplace showroom and design centre with the largest selection in Toronto and York Region. Combining specialized expertise with over 20 years' interior design experience. On-wall, in-wall, fireboxes, retrofit inserts, mantels, custom cabinetry, stone and brick veneers. Residential and commercial. Trade and volume inquiries always welcome.
As a cooperative with 1,000 stores worldwide, we not only have enormous buying power, but we have partners in all of the major brands, mills and manufacturers.
For over 75 years, John Brooks Company has proudly been your Spraying Pumping Filtering Systems Specialists.
SFA SANIFLO INC. (“SANIFLO”) is the only manufacturer of its kind in North America offering a complete line of macerating toilet systems for residential and light-commercial applications where installation of plumbing fixtures with below-floor drainage is impossible or cost-prohibitive.
FLEURCO specializes in holistic designs and finishes that easily adapt to both traditional and contemporary bathroom décors.
Custom fabrication, marble granite quartz and a boutique showroom that caters to designers, architects, contractors and more! Everyone is welcome!
Canadian Appliance Source has become the fastest growing provider of Major Home Appliances in Canada for over 10 years, we have grown to include over 13 locations across Ontario & Quebec.
Since 1989 Selba Kitchens and Baths has become a leader in the production of fine quality cabinetry in Toronto and surrounding areas.
As the world’s leader in skylights, Sun Tunnels and roof windows, VELUX is one of the strongest international brands in the building materials sector.
By becoming the standard bearer in the basement renovation industry, we can promote quality materials, professional trades, honest pricing, and better communication standards to create customer advocates and inspire our competitors.
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”.
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.
Deckorators Voyage decking joins the patented Eovations technology line. Vertical grain variegation gives Voyage — an ultra-low maintenance composite — the trend-forward appearance of the highest-quality wood.
For over 50 years, Faema Canada has introduced the art of traditional Italian Espresso and Cappuccino to Canadians. We carry a variety of premium brands that can be tested at any one of our retail stores. Our selection of machines is only complemented by our assortment of fine espresso blends imported from Italy. Our wide selection of beans can also be brewed and sampled at all of our locations.
Since 1873, Kohler Co. has been improving the level of gracious living by providing exceptional products and services for our customers’ homes and their lifestyles.
For the past 40 years we’ve been committed to investing in the future of landscape design. If you’re planning to landscape your home, we’re confident you’ll be inspired by all that Unilock has to offer. We work hard to bring you the best selection of quality products and support because we believe that the outside of your home should be as beautiful, functional and welcoming as the inside of your home.
We launched Sunshade Awnings at the beginning of 2011 to specialize in the growing demand for exterior shading products.
From small improvements and additions, to renovations and new builds, Golden Bee Homes is the custom luxury home builder and renovator of choice.
Kolani Kitchen & Bath is a Toronto premier retail and wholesale company specializing in luxury kitchen and bathroom furniture.
We revived our long-established pride in superior quality with re-engineered products, bringing back our historically reliable, high-performance tools.
From 1924 to 2016 DEWALT continues to design and optimize professional workhorse solutions- tools, accessories and service - to ensure absolute confidence for the toughest jobsite conditions.
SOPRA-CELLULOSE is a thermal and acoustic insulation used in interior and exterior walls, attics, floors and ceilings.