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Permit Pending

Vancouver-area builders are facing a development fee hike of their own. The city currently has a backlog of more...

Remembering an industry icon

On December 17, 2016, Walter Hachborn passed away, at the age of 95. You may not of have heard...

If a Treehouse Falls in a Forest…

In our June/July issue’s Newsticker section we told you about a contractor who’d spent $30,000 – not including his own...

This is a Newsticker item for Dec/Jan

Last week our clocks fell back into their natural rhythm as Daylight Saving Time ended for another year. Whether...

Ice Time

In our December/January issue’s kitchens and baths feature we included an item on a Calgary couple,Marcia Andreychuk and Joel...
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Five Themes For Five Years By Jim Caruk

It really is amazing how time flies. It seems like only yesterday we were sitting down to look at...

$1-million property, walls not included

Anyone who’s ever looked into buying a condo knows that high-rise units usually don’t come with parking spots. In...

Culture Club

Good help really is hard to find. To retain your best employees, create a work environment that makes it...

Not All Publicity is Good Publicity

Why you need to manage your online reviews Contributed by Outrank by Rogers I was inspired to write this partly as...

A note from Jim Caruk

You know the old saying: If you can’t take the heat, get out of the kitchen? While that’s kind...

Direct Vent Gas Fireplace

Perfect for expansive spaces, this breathtaking linear fireplace offers a 70” viewing area. Exclusive features and a variety of...

Happy Halloween!

If you’re heading home late tonight, be sure to keep your eyes peeled for little ghosts and goblins wandering...

Loaner tools

The Toronto Public Library has added a third location where you can borrow tools – from brooms and shovels...

Naughty Neighbours

Working outdoors, you can find yourself working against a lot more than the elements, particularly if you’ve unwittingly walked...

Homes Publishing Group’s charity golf tournament, August

Our publisher, Homes Publishing Group, has been hosting this annual fundraiser since 2003. In that time, it has raised...

Warming Up

Ceramic and stone tiles are ideal surface coverings because they are durable, easy to maintain, and hygienic. Floor warming...

Avoiding common business mistakes

Here is the final instalment in a three-part column on common mistakes business owners make contributed by Danny Kerr,...

There’s An App For That

By now, every renovator knows the true value of a smartphone. And while not every app is worth downloading...

Work Hard, Play Hard

Our July/August 2013 issue was built around the theme of “Work Hard, Play Hard.” Readers from across the country...

Renovators’ Roundtable, Vancouver 2015

Contractors and Designers – Working Together for Better Business Designers and contractors often work on projects together, but are...

A New Approach

The typical approach to basement sump ejection has been one pump with a float switch. In a power failure,...

It’s Showtime

Consumer and trade show season is back in full swing and if you’re in the plumbing or HVAC business...

Avoiding common business mistakes

Here is the second installment in a three-part column on common mistakes business owners make contributed by Danny Kerr,...

Cutting Edge Beauty

Founded in 1905, Loewen is a manufacturer of wood and aluminum clad wood windows and doors. They pride themselves...

Useless Information About…

Back in 1957, two engineers named Alfred Fielding and Marc Chavannes were trying to make three-dimensional plastic wallpaper when...

Where the Sidewalk Ends

Here’s a story we can all relate to: A well-intended zoning bylaw that leads to a pointless waste of...

Quality Custom Wood

Artistic, based in Concord, Ont., has been designing and manufacturing premium-quality custom wood entry and interior doors for three...

A note from Jim Caruk

Well, it’s officially summer now, a time of year when some people go on vacation…while most of us contractors...

Fabulour Firepit Tables

As the evenings get cooler, outdoor gas firepit tables are perfect for bringing family and friends together. DOT Furniture...

Vested Interest

On a hot day, while our natural inclination is to shed layers, adding the lightweight HyperKewl vest to your...

A legend leaves a legacy

We were sad to learn that Leonard Lee, founder of Lee Valley Tools, recently passed away The one-time bureaucratic left...

Stanley Floor Plan: A measurement app

This free app turns your phone or tablet into a mapping device, allowing you to reasonably measure floor space...

High Tech Toiletries

  Jim Caruk also writes a column for our sister publication, Reno and Decor. Click here to see what he had...

How the Canadian Home Builders’ Association helps contractors and custom homebuilders across the country...

During the gala dinner at our Renovators’ Roundtable, Stefanie Coleman-Dias of Coleman-Dias³ Construction Inc., spoke about the importance and...

Feuding Families

There’s nothing worse than landing in the middle of a battle of warring neighbours There’s nothing worse than landing in...

Rugged Extreme Laptop

Dell’s Latitude 14 Rugged Extreme Laptop offers durability and high performance in rigorous conditions. With a robust exterior and...

Baby Its Cold Outside

In our December/January issue’s kitchens and baths feature we included an item on a Calgary couple,Marcia Andreychuk and Joel...

Stanley Floor Plan: A measurement app

This free app turns your phone or tablet into a mapping device, allowing you to reasonably measure floor space...

Make in Canada: The Walkie-Talkie

If you’ve ever enjoyed the benefits of using a two-way radio on a jobsite – no billable minutes or...

Get Radon On Your Radar

It’s silent, but deadly. Asbestos, formaldehyde, mould, lead…there are plenty of things your customers might be worried are hiding behind...

Two Decks In One

Rain or shine Gorilla Deck G3 from Al-Mar Vinyl Products looks good on top and below. Thanks to its...

New Velux Energy Efficient Solution

The new CVP flat roof manual venting skylight from Velux is a highly energy-efficient solution for bringing large amounts...

No Fooling?

On April 1st, a new federal law came into place banning the use of asbestos in renovation and building...

A Very Prolific Sink

The Prolific kitchen sink from Kohler is your all-in-one stop for food prep and clean up. The sink includes...

Got Milkweed?

If asked to name one type of butterfly, most Canadians would likely respond: “monarch.” The brightly coloured insect was...

Tax Time

Today is the deadline for filing your tax return if you or your spouse are self-employed. Note that payment...

Revving up for the Roundtable

Now that Halloween is over for another year and our clocks having fallen back (You did remember that Daylight...

And the winner is…

Long-time readers of the magazine will likely recognize Andy Goyda of Owens Corning Canada (middle, holding award). Over the years...

Book now for the 2016 Renovators’ Roundtable, November 27–29

A reminder that time is running out to book your FREE tickets to the 2016 Renovators’ Roundtable, being held...

Rich & Vibrant Colour

Sikkens ProLuxe Wood Finishes are known for the distinctively rich and vibrant look they provide to wood surfaces. Cetol...

Zero Hour

According to Builder magazine, Santa Monica, Calif., has become the first municipality to require any new single-family homes constructed...

The Fable of the $435 Hammer

This item ran in our “Hands-on Experience” feature in the Oct./Nov. 2016 issue. For the latest new hand tools...

Renos For Heroes Gala

As many of you know, in 2010 I founded an organization called Renos for Heroes. Our mission is to...

The No Leak Sylight

The Solar Powered Venting Skylights from VELUX feature a solar panel that is energized by the sun to recharge...

Coming up in the April/May 2016 issue

It’s our 5th anniversary! Jim Caruk shares his thoughts on this five-year-long building project. Disaster-Proofing Homes Materials and building techniques for surviving...

Recapping the Roundtable

Last week we held our fifth annual Renovators’ Roundtable and I’m very pleased to announce that it was the...

Environmentally Friendly Roofing

G.E.M. Inc. manufactures Euroshield, environmentally friendly recycled rubber roofing products from a facility located in Calgary, Alta. Founded in...

Smoking Kills…Productivity 

We all know that smoking is bad for your health. But it turns out that it’s also bad for...

Superior Performance

Combining superior thermal insulation performance with an industry-leading air leakage rating, Walltite is a spray-applied medium density, closed-cell, polyurethane...

Bubble Trouble?

Being ranked number one is usually a good thing. But if you’re a homeowner in Vancouver, the recent news that...

BILD something else

The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) have joined the list of groups arguing that the City of...

Exterior Enhancements

Pollard Windows enhance the architectural lines of a home, adding character and stimulating visual interest. They have earned the...

Tandem Modular Grid

A Canadian leader in concrete products, Permacon addresses a need for quality outdoor living components with its Tandem modular...

Academic Insights

One of the highlights of this year’s Renovators’ Roundtable will be a free seminar conducted by the Vancouver-based Breakthrough...

Customize Your Facade

With the finest and most complete assortment of wood mouldings and wood sidings, Central Fairbank Lumber offers a range...

Renos For Heroes

The seventh annual Renos For Heroes charity golf tournament will take place at the Brampton Golf and Country Club....

We’ve got issues, By Jim Caruk

We’ve just wrapped up the June/July issue, and it should be landing in your mailbox shortly. It’s our annual...

2014 Roundtable Recap

For the second year in a row, Owens Corning’s Andy Goyda helped attendees better understand how to deal with...

Charity Golf Tournament, Tuesday, August 23

Mark Twain once referred to golf as “a good walk, spoiled.” As mentioned in our last newsletter, our publisher,...

Renovators’ Roundtable, November 27–29, 2016

I’m pleased to announce that once again we’ll be holding our annual Renovators’ Roundtable, from Sunday, November 27 through...

Pole Position

A handy tip for spotting 
the imperfections in drywall Steven Heidebrecht of Greenside Renovations in Kitchener, Ont., shares his solution for...

The Perfect Plumbing Solution

Install a bathroom anywhere from a warehouse to a home basement. Saniflo’s Sanibest Pro is a cost-effective and easy-to-install...

Renovators’ Roundtable Recap 

After three successful annual Renovators’ Roundtables in Niagara Falls, Ont., we decided it was time to change things up...

Grow ops: A growth industry

As more U.S. states continue to legalize marijuana, local contractors are tapping into a new reno project: in-home grow...

Designer Innovation

Designer Series windows and patio doors give you one less thing to worry about. These blinds, fabric shades, decorative...

Recall Roundup: Smokin’!

Mirka Random Orbit Sanders Models affected: A variety of 3”-, 5”-, and 6”-diameter compact, yellow and black sanders. Visit the...

Useless information about… Electrical outlets

Anyone who’s ever travelled abroad knows that the prongs – and sometimes voltage – of electrical receptacles outside North...

Roundtable Roundup

Plans are well underway for our fifth annual Renovators’ Roundtable. We have some great sponsors on board, eager to...

A message from Jim: Happy New Year!

So another holiday season has come and gone, and he we are in 2017. Twenty seventeen. Can it really...