By Francie Healy It’s stunning. Jaw-droppingly beautiful. And to think it grew out of an 80-year-old plumbing wholesale company. The Mondeau Bathroom and Kitchen “flagship” showroom on Algoma Road, a division of Boone Plumbing, is 12,000 sq. ft. of what can only be called an inspirational experience for homeowners, designers, builders, renovators, and residential plumbers. Mondeau has two other locations: the newly renovated store, re-opened in June, on Edgewater Street in Kanata, and one in Gatineau. Part of the largest network of plumbing showrooms in the region, Mondeau Bathroom and Kitchen showrooms are functional as well as beautiful. People...Read More
Author: Adriana Valentina
Watch out for red flags Renovating? Where do you start? What should you be looking for? There are so many things to consider. Begin, first of all, with a RenoMark™ renovator. In this issue, you will see why that’s important. Here are some of the most important things to understand: Contracts These are meant to protect both you and the contractor and to make sure you’re on the same page. They should clearly define: A minimum two-year warranty on all work The contractor’s liability insurance, which must be, at minimum, $2 million Workplace safety and employers’ liability All the...Read More
A simple secret of success By Francie Healy When Clark Cada was a boy, his mother would say to him as he walked out the door to school: “Go do your best!” It’s a family tradition now. It’s so ingrained that his kids often utter those words first, before he has a chance. “I know, Dad,” they interject as they’re at the door, “We’ll go do our best!” This philosophy is also at the heart and soul of Cada Construction. Go do your best. “Do it properly and be honest and do what you say you’re going to do, then stand behind it,” says Clark. He feels it’s the “secret of success” of any long-term business, especially a mid-size one like his that has been well established for 35 years. It wasn’t just his mother who drilled “Go do your best” into him. It was also a hard-nosed, old-school, tough-as-nails fellow by the name of Ted Smith. Clark worked for him for eight years. “He was absolutely miserable,” he says. “You didn’t do anything that was less than perfect. If it was less than perfect, he made you do it again.” But, he adds, in many ways this “Simon Legree” character, as he calls him, was responsible for his own success. “The number of times I wanted to quit!” he remembers. “And others did, too. He was tough to...Read More
Traditionally, a window was simply an opening in a wall, roof or door that allowed light, sound and air to enter and people to see out. Today, windows are complex architectural features of our homes that provide: Protection against wind, rain and snow; Passive light diffusion in rooms to reduce the need for electric light; Insulation in the exterior envelope (winter & summer); A visual connection to the exterior; Ventilation when required; Solar heat gain in the winter to reduce heating costs; Decrease in summer heat gain to lower air conditioning costs; Egress in some cases; Protection against bugs...Read More
By Brian McCullough With a core team of talented designers, project management experts and sales people on staff, and a dozen experienced contract installer crews on call, Westend Bath and Kitchen stands out as Ottawa’s premier destination store for home and condominium renovations. For 30 years, owner Brian Mallett has grown and nurtured his company into a full turnkey renovation design centre whose standards for attentive service, quality materials and caring workmanship bring satisfied customers back again and again. About 40 per cent of his business is from returning clients, and new-customer referrals. Store manager Alan Carriere, a longtime...Read More
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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.