Author: Mark Buckshon

Spring is coming: Get ready!

By Francie Healey Some people say the best thing about winter is that it ends. And when it ends, Spring is oh! so sweet. One exciting way to welcome Spring is to change or update the outside of your home with a fresh coat of paint. It can be a fresh and delightful project. It can also be daunting if you don’t know where to start. Painting the exterior of your home is not something that should be left to anyone but a professional. Your professional renovator can make that happen ‒ properly, safely, tastefully ‒ with guarantees, liability insurance, beautiful...

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Laundry can be beautiful

Are you stuck in a small, awkward, boring space every time you do laundry? Do you have to go down to the basement or into some dull space you never visit except for this one task? A laundry room doesn’t have to feel like punishment. It can be a thing of beauty, even a sanctuary. Your professional renovator can prove that. There will be many things to consider. Fun things, really—but you should know what you want before you begin. Are you looking for a place that is only for laundry, or would you like it to have other functions—storage, for...

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At Studio S Design

Suzanne Martin, formerly with Luxury Living Studio Inc., has joined Penny Southam from Southam Designs at Studio S Interiors Inc., a comprehensive design service for kitchens, baths and interiors, with a well equipped showroom and demonstration area at 950 Gladstone Ave. Studio S hosted the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association’s renovators council for its March meeting, where members learned about smart home technology and were able to tour the...

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Learning about renovation

By Francie Healy Renovating can be fun, but it’s also a very big step. There are so many things to know. And they’re things you need to know before you even begin. Here are some of them: Budget. Figure that out as carefully and as accurately as you can. Once construction starts, you’re in for the long haul, and you’ll need to be financially ready. Design. You need great design, and a great designer. It doesn’t matter if your designer is an architect, a technologist, an interior designer, or a design/build company. It must be someone who has expertise,...

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Tesla Powerwall now part of new OakWood-Holmes High Performance Initiative

Do you have a client that is planning a major renovation or new custom home project? Do they want the project to benefit from the most innovative solutions in energy-efficiency, wireless technology and automation, healthy living and green building? The new OakWood-Holmes (OH) High Performance Initiative is perfect for them, OH says in a news release. Mike Holmes said at a media conference that that there is a remarkable revolution happening in the home building industry – but “nobody is putting it all together.” John Liptak, OakWood’s president and CEO, says that most homeowners want the benefit of innovative,...

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What is RenoMark™?

RenoMark™ renovators are held to the highest industry standards. They have to do the big things – carry $2 million liability insurance and enforce strict workplace safety – and the smaller things that give you comfort: pledge to call you back within two business days, for instance.

RenoMark™ renovators must pay a fee to be certified. They must also follow detailed guidelines. In addition to insurance, safety and courtesy, they must:
• Give you a detailed written contract for all jobs, big or small
• Provide a minimum two-year warranty on all work except minor repair
• Carry the proper licences and permits
• Keep their worksite organized and safe
• In the Ottawa area, be a member in good standing of the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) and abide by the GOHBA Code of Ethics.
• Stay current, through consistent and continuing education, in their professional knowledge of building codes, permit procedures and technical skills.

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