Archive for August, 2009

Renos Done Right

The dos and don’ts of planning a job on the home front

By Rachel Naud, Canwest News Service February 28, 2009

Chris Meyers was determined to transform his family home into a dream home, but not before he plotted every step along the way.

Meyers, a 48-year-old engineer, was eager to double the square footage of his Oakville, Ont. home. He and his wife began thinking about the project in 2006, and started by hiring a designer. That working relationship didn’t pan out, but the designer’s advice helped focus Meyer’s thoughts about the type of home he wanted.

From there, Meyers bought 3-D software that helped him conceptualize different strategies on how to make the space bigger. He began searching for a contractor in April 2007 and took his time finding one. It wasn’t until early 2008 that he hired a company to do the job.

“I started searching online, first on sites like handycanadian.com,” Meyers says. I sent different contractors questionnaires to find out if they were competent enough and knew what they were doing to warrant their consideration. After that I conducted phone Continue reading ‘Renos Done Right’

Saskatoon Housing Market

Saskatoon’s housing market, though slowing is still in great shape compared to the rest of North America. That is good news for home owners thinking of renovating or adding on, especially if you are going to remortgage as a result of your improvements.