It’s Ice Dam Season Again – Here’s What You Can Do

Most Canadian roofs develop at least a little ice each winter, but if this gets more than a couple of inches thick around the eaves it can cause leaks. A build-up of ice like this is called an ‘ice dam’ and can be a problem because as water pools behind the dam it can work … Continued

GVHBA Renovates Home Away from Home for Easter Seals’ Families

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2018 and is proud of its history of building and supporting communities across the country. Together with the Renovation & Supplier’s Council, the Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) contributed to this history through its renovation the Easter Seals House 3rd Floor Lounge. The Easter … Continued

How to spend less on heating your home

Does your house cost a fortune to heat and cool? Should you switch energy sources? Get a new furnace? While all these questions are valid, they are not the most important ones. The main issue is something more basic — how fast does your house lose energy? You can have the most efficient furnace or … Continued

What’s the Big Deal about Cash Deals?

“What’s wrong about wanting to get the best price on my home repair work? Lots of people do deals for cash.” When homeowners repair or renovate, cash deals are all too common. No contract, no paperwork, nobody’s the wiser. Contractors shave their prices by eliminating taxes; consumers pay less and get a better deal. Or … Continued

#CdnBuilt: Homes By Dream Gives Back to Women in their Communities

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2018 and is proud of its history of building and supporting communities across the country. The holidays are a time for generosity, giving, and goodwill; all things Homes by Dream Regina embodies through their annual Shoebox Project campaign. Since 2014, Homes by Dream has been … Continued

What’s Behind Cold Basements?

Chances are that your furnace has the capacity to heat your basement and the above-ground levels of your home to the comfort level you expect. So why are so many finished basements cold in winter? A scientific reason Physics is one reason. Hot air naturally rises and cold air falls because warm air is less … Continued

6 Reasons to Rethink Cash Deals on your Renovation

When homeowners repair or renovate, cash deals are all too common. “Pay me cash” contractors shave their prices by eliminating taxes and consumers pay less and get a better deal. Or do they? There’s a definite downside to cash deals — the increased risk for homeowners. When you hear about renovation nightmares, odds are this … Continued

Buying New? Consider a Net Zero Home

Energy efficiency is quickly becoming a top consideration for new home buyers. It’s important to discuss how elements such as windows, insulation, and furnaces can contribute to your home’s energy efficiency, but how can you take that next step? You can consider building a Net Zero Home! A Net Zero Home? Net Zero Homes produce … Continued

GVHBA’s Coats for Kids Kicks Off its 23rd Year

The holidays are a time to come together and celebrate with family and friends. But for families who are struggling to make ends meet, the holidays are particularly stressful – especially for those with children. In the spirit of the season, Canadians across the country are helping out, including the people who build our communities … Continued

#CdnBuilt: CHBA Members Raise Money, Provide Employment for Vulnerable Youth

“This is all possible because of Saskatchewan citizens like Dr. Jones and the companies they represent. We are grateful beyond words and humbled with excitement of gaining such a tool in our effort to move youth from the street to community.” — Kim Sutherland, CEO Street Culture Project The Street Culture Project is a non-profit, registered charity … Continued

3 Tips for a Hassle-Free Renovation

Home renovations may seem daunting during the planning stages but with the right contractor & these 3 tips, you and your family can enjoy a hassle-free home renovation. Do your research Have you ever heard the saying, “If you’re going to do something, do it right”? That’s how you should approach deciding on a contractor. … Continued

#CdnBuilt: Construction Cares

Making a Connection In 2016, the Purcell family hired Naikoon Contracting to build a home for their family that required several special features. Their first-born child, Trey, lives with MPS II – also known as Hunter’s Syndrome. MPS II is a rare terminal degenerative enzyme disorder that affects every part of a child’s body. Trey … Continued

#CdnBuilt: CHBACI and Thompson Rivers University Build a Dream Home

The homebuilding industry has a long record of community service and giving back to the cities and towns we live and work in. Each year, the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) recognizes the voluntary efforts of its members and local associations who make a difference in the quality of life in their communities. Only one … Continued

#CdnBuilt: HHHBA raises $75,000 for local charities

The Canadian Home Builders’ Association celebrates its 75th anniversary in 2018, and is proud of its history of building and supporting communities across the country. The Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association (HHHBA) commemorated the occasion by giving back to their neighbourhoods in a big way: they raised $75,000 for local charities. Past HHBA President Takes One … Continued

Understanding Renovation Price Quotes

Price is a critical aspect of any renovation project. What will it cost to do the job you want? Alternatively, how far can you go on a set budget? Different Sized Projects, Different Sized Price Quotes Determining the cost of a small project, like replacing your roofing, can be fairly simple. Just make sure all … Continued

Your Renovation – Deciding Who to Hire

You’ve been planning your home renovation for months, been to all the home shows, and spent countless homes online looking at renovation projects and products. You’ve also interviewed  a number of renovation contractors, checked their references and received written price quotes from those you are interested in hiring. Now it’s time to decide who will … Continued

Renovating? Some DIY projects to avoid

Unless you have technical qualifications and a lot of experience, there are some renovation projects and types of work that you are better off leaving to the pros. These are the ones that involve safety risks for you and your family, and it is better to let a professional to do the work. Plumbing, electrical … Continued

The Most Important Question You Can Ask Before Renovating

You’ve decided it’s time to move ahead with your long-planned renovation project. You’ve collected all sorts of great ideas and product pictures, visited the local Home Show and spent many hours online looking at what other homeowners have done in their projects. Now your ‘shopping’ for a professional contractor who will make it all happen. … Continued

The Ins and Outs of Renovation Warranties

When you hire a contractor to renovate or improve your home, there are a lot of details that need to be spelled-out in your work order or contract. The more obvious of these are a thorough description of the work to be done, the work schedule to be followed, and what amounts you will pay … Continued

Three Tips For Hiring a Great Renovation Contractor

Home renovations can be one of the biggest single expenses most people ever take on, and the success of your project depends a lot on the contractor you choose. The crazy thing is, people often put more thought into selecting a shirt than they do to finding a contractor worthy of trust. So how can … Continued

Should You Do It Yourself?

Planning a DIY renovation project? Here are some questions to ask yourself first. Do you have the skills? Many of today’s home improvement products make it easy for do-it-yourselfers, but other projects require specialized skills. Seeing something done on a television renovation show isn’t the same as having practical experience. Getting in over your head can end … Continued

5 facts you need to know about heating your home

As Canadians, we rely on heating systems more than most nations in the world. But our need doesn’t necessarily translate into knowledge. If you’re unhappy with the comfort or cost of keeping your home warm in winter, here are some things to consider. Insulation is key While the kind of energy source and heating equipment … Continued