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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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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!
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.
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.
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.
FLEURCO specializes in holistic designs and finishes that easily adapt to both traditional and contemporary bathroom décors.
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.
|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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Custom fabrication, marble granite quartz and a boutique showroom that caters to designers, architects, contractors and more! Everyone is welcome!
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.
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.
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.
At JELD-WEN, we craft custom windows and doors from the highest quality materials, designed to inspire homeowners and add beauty to the world.
For over 75 years, John Brooks Company has proudly been your Spraying Pumping Filtering Systems Specialists.
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.
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.
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”.
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.
Design Classics Home & Garden Inc. offers its customers home and garden collections that are timeless in design and craftmanship.
Stone Selex carries a large selection of Manufactured, Natural Stone Veneer and Brick Veneer in a wide array of styles and colours suited for both interior and exterior applications. Clad just about any vertical surface with stone or brick veneer.
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.
Secure your home with your Smartphone (iPhone, Android, Blackberry) or with your computer, laptop, or Touch Pad.
We’re driven to help others get a solid day of work done on site, uninterrupted by the constraints of building supplies shortages and store runs!
Introducing a new program by Latitude Countertops for significant cost saving when renovating smaller surface projects like a small kitchen, island, fireplace or bathroom.
Durable Body. Strong Frame and Chassis.