Author: Mark Buckshon

Ottawa Renovates fall issue published

The fall issue of Ottawa Renovates Magazine has been published.  You can view it on page turning software here. If you haven’t already received a copy distributed in many areas of the city with The Ottawa Citizen, you can pick up your own printed edition at the Greater Ottawa Home Builders Association (GOHBA) area at the Ottawa Fall Home Show at the EY Center, Sept. 28 to Oct....

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Making your renovation profitable

It can be difficult to be sensible when you first start thinking about renovating your home. Although it’s fun to dream about everything you could possibly want, when it comes right down to it, two things can stop you in your tracks, or at least make you slow down a bit: budget and resale. If you think you’re going to be in your current home for a long time, with resale only a distant speck in the far-away future, maybe you can skip that part. But if the impact a renovation will have on the actual monetary value of...

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Preliminary voting commences for Ottawa Citizen People’s Choice award for renovators

Preliminary round voting has started  in the renovations and design categories for the Ottawa Citizen People’s Choice Award in the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) Housing Design awards. There are five rounds of voting. The top two finalists in each round will compete in the second round at the Ottawa Fall Home Show. The winner will be recognized at the Housing Design Awards Gala on Oct. 21. Online voting in the renovations and design categories began on Aug. 23 and concludes midnight Sunday, Aug. 27. Projects could be entered in more than one category; for example, Bathrooms (Aug. 30 to Sept. 2) and Kitchens (Sept. 6 to Sept. 10), with a maximum of one vote per round. The final round will take place Sept. 27 to Oct. 1. The website,, will feature finalist entries each week. The GOHBA says it will announce the 14 finalist projects on Sept....

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Renotour 2017 — Sunday, Oct. 15

Save the date for Renotour 2017 on Sunday, Oct. 15, when you will be able to view eight recently-renovated homes and gather ideas for your own renovation projects. Presented by the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA), the 2017 Renotour gives consumers the opportunity to view professionally renovated homes from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. RenoMark® Renovators will be on site to offer insight and expertise into their award winning renovations. If you are considering a renovation, the Renotour offers the best way to see the finished work of our RenoMark® members. Passports are $10, and proceeds will go...

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RenoTour 2018


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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.