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Hiring a Renovator – Get It In Writing

The City of Ottawa Police Department has made a number of important arrests over the past 2 weeks involving rather sophisticated renovation scams. Everyone in the renovation or home building industry jumps for joy when arrests such as these are made...

Housing Is The "Green" Machine

Ottawa is being transformed through the combined efforts of private sector developers and investors, new home builders and renovators, working with municipal autIt’s now been almost 20 years since the term "sustainable" first gained popularity...

Transforming Ottawa One Home at a Time

Ottawa is being transformed through the combined efforts of private sector developers and investors, new home builders and renovators, working with municipal authorities. Between 2001 and 2010, densities of residential communities increased...

Ottawa Soil Conditions Can Present Major Challenges for Home Builders

Ottawa residents who are not involved in the construction industry may not be aware of this region’s reputation for extremely variable soil conditions. On a new project, builders spend hundreds of thousands of dollars taking soil samples...

What’s New in New Homes

Energy Efficiency Tops the List
As we move into the spring and summer seasons, I suspect we can count on the topic of clotheslines in Ottawa neighbourhoods to pop up along with colourful tulips...

Drywall and Your New Home: Drywall Nail Pops and Cracks

Shrinkage, Temperature, Settlement
Drywall nail pops and cracks are a common occurrence in new homes and they can occur to varying degrees in each home depending on several factors...

We’ve come a long way

New homes keep on getting better
Earlier this winter, I was driving my car in the middle of one of southern Ontario’s heavy snowstorms. It was very cold, snowing heavily and the visibility was pretty poor...

Extreme Snow Conditions & Your Home

What to Watch For
The heavy snowfalls that Ottawa has been receiving are just about over but some of the potential problems for homeowners are just about to begin...

Sprinkler Lobby All Wet?

The Truth About Fire Sprinklers
At the City of Ottawa's Community and Protective Services Committee meeting of January 17th Councilor Deans had a motion approved that...

Be Prepared

Flexibility is Key in Managing Delays
A couple of weeks ago, I joined some friends at one of our favourite restaurants for a much anticipated evening out. Our reservation was for 7:30 but our table...

Protecting Your Family

Smoke Alarms Save Lives
Most of us see our homes as a safe, secure and protective shelter for our families. And with the proper precautions that’s likely very true...

Housing then, now and tomorrow

Moving to more energy efficient homes
You might be surprised to know how much housing in Ontario and Canada has evolved over the past 60 years. In fact, it’s very likely that your parents or grandparents...

The Residential Construction Industry

The Engine That Drives Ontario’s Economy
For many families, buying a home is most likely the largest financial purchase they will ever make. As consumers you do a lot of homework and research about what...

Housing and Ontario’s Economic Prosperity

Most folks think of the residential construction industry only in the context of buying a new home or renovating an existing home. They don’t really have much of an idea about how closely aligned the health of our industry is to the quality of life...

Finding Solutions

Energy efficiency in Ontario homes
Electricity consumption in Ontario has been much discussed recently as the government tries to come to grips with how to increase production. In terms of housing...

The Residential Construction Industry

The Engine That Drives Ontario’s Economy
Last month, our OCHBA newspaper column was used to explain to new home buyers how the costs of a typical $197,000 townhouse were broken down...