Author: Adriana Valentina

Insurance Matters

By Sylvie Forget-Swim  As an insurance broker, I try and help clients minimize their chance of suffering a loss as much as possible. Insurance is changing, weather patterns are changing and city infrastructure is aging, as a result homeowners need to be vigilant with the maintenance of their home. The goal is to minimize the potential of frequent minor claims and to reduce the severity of larger ones. Before the warmer weather leads you out into the yard, it’s always smart to start the season with a routine checkup on everything INDOORS and OUT. Keep Your Cool Whether you...

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Solid Versatility

By Francie Healy Since 1990, RND Construction has been known in the industry as a quality renovation company that uses and promotes environmentally- friendly technology and products. Its president, Roy Nandram, has been an environmental enthusiast in construction practices going back to 1982. This makes the company stand out, but what also makes it unusual is its versatility, because it not only renovates homes but also builds new custom houses. It has won numerous awards for renovation, and now it is also the winner of the Custom Builder of the Year award for 2015. Roy’s passion for the reduction...

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WESTEND PULLS OFF ‘HERO MOMENT’ TO INSTALL ACCESSIBLE ENSUITE JUST IN TIME FOR CHRISTMAS

BY BRIAN MCCULLOUGH Sometimes when you close your eyes and wish very hard, a miracle can happen. Just ask the Graf family in Stittsville’s Crossing Bridge neighbourhood. When the Grafs bought their home in 1998 they had it constructed with accessibility in mind. Light switches were lowered, electrical outlets were raised, and all of the doors were made wide enough to accommodate a wheelchair. “The house always was meant to be accessible,” said Mrs. Graf, “but our philosophy was that it should look welcoming to everyone. We have always been interested in universal design where everything works well without...

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WESTEND BATH & KITCHEN FAST TRACK TO A DREAM KITCHEN

BY BRIAN MCCULLOUGH It is never easy moving to a new house and leaving behind a kitchen you really love, even if it means being closer to family. This was the situation for an Alta Vista couple returning to Ottawa after being away for a few years. The kitchen in their new home was large and had lots of storage space, but it just didn’t appeal to them. A visit to the design and sales team at Westend Bath and Kitchen was all it took to get themselves fast-tracked to the kitchen of their dreams. Designer Kendra Brunet took...

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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 RenoMark™ program were treated to an excellent presentation by Canadian Association of Home Builders (CHBA) representative, Gary Sharp, Director of Renovator Services. His topic was the CHBA program Get it in Writing. While not new to members of the Ottawa renovation scene, the program reveals some rather shocking data to do with our industry both nationally and at a local level. The program encourages home owners to seek out and engage professional renovators. It has been around for some time,...

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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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