How to have a smooth renovation

Well, okay. Truth be told, a renovation is going to be stressful. But there are things you can do to minimize the stress and even enjoy the journey. First, hire a

The ultimate renovation: Preserving history

By Francie Healy They’ve been slapped by wind and stung by pollution. They’ve weathered fire and fierce winter storms. They’ve been frozen and thawed and frozen again. Through blistering sun and ravaging

Four Signs You May Need to Replace Your Siding

Here is some advice on when and how to replace your home's siding. You can learn more at . By Amy Lindholm 1. Buckling and warping Buckling and warping are signs that excessive

Private Residence in Alta Vista built by Cada Construction

Designed to preserve all the trees on the property, the 180-degree view of the garden offers a sense of ‘living in the forest’. Cada Construction took over this custom home project at the

Thinking about building an income suite in your home? Here’s what you need to consider

B I’ve probably watched 80% of the episodes of Income Property with Scott McGillivray – He promotes adding an income suite to your home to help pay down your mortgage, create

Get it in Writing: Exposing the risks of under-the-table renovation projects

It just makes you wonder Our local Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association (GOHBA) Renovators’ Council and accredited members of the were treated to an excellent presentation by Canadian Association of Home

$1.2 million renovation receives Citizen profile

The Ottawa Citizen has published an extensive profile of the $1.2 million renovation project at 1934 Wellington St., which received recognition in the GOHBA Housing Design Awards competition last fall. Architectural

Some provincial government resources

The Ontario government has provided some guidelines and checking tools to help avoid renovation scams. You can visit Of course, you can avoid risk by using qualified  Of course, feel

Why things go “wrong”: Getting what you pay for

Consultantprovides guidance to contractors and renovators throughout Canada and the US, including some GOHBA Renovator Council/RenoMark renovators. In a recent posting, he reports on a contractor who received a request

Cleaning up the mess

You get what you pay for   By Francie Healy Got a toolbelt? A saw? Go ahead and call yourself a carpenter. There’s no one to stop you. It happens, says Mike Martin, owner of