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Articles on Custom Home Building & Residential Home Renovation

How Many People Does It Take to Build a Custom Home

Find out which trades, suppliers and professionals are involved in building a new house

It is not a trade secret that a lot of people are involved in the construction of a custom home. Once the plans for the new home are in place and all required permits are received, the construction phase requires a detailed project plan that involves many skilled trades who need to work with each other under the direction of a project manager.

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Benefits of Working with a Custom Home Builder

Learn the difference between production homes vs custom homes

Building your own home with the help of a building contractor can be a rewarding, cost saving and enlightening experience. When thinking about a custom home, one of the decisions you’ll make is whether to choose a new home from a production builder or work with a custom home builder.

When working with a custom home builder, you are the master of your own creation. You get the freedom and complete flexibility to create the living space that best fits your preferences and lifestyle.

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Factors that Affect the Price Per Square Foot of a New Custom Home

Learn which features and upgrades impact the cost of building a new home in Toronto

In a previous article, we talked about how much it cost to build a custom home in Toronto , and we provided a price range depending on what features are including in the home. In this article, we outline six factors that will have an impact on the price per square foot of a new custom home.

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How to Hire a Building Contractor or Renovator

14 Must Do Tips on Hiring a Contractor

You’ve made the decision to do some upgrades, additions or remodelling around the house and you need to find a good contractor to manage the job for you. Here are 14 things that you should look for when hiring a contractor, written by a new home construction project manager who has over 35 years experience working in the residential home building industry.

Your friends/family can be your best resource in finding a reputable contractor. Ask them who they have used in the past and how the project went. It is a well known fact that every good contractor gets the majority of their work from word of mouth.

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Why Should I Hire A General Contractor

7 Benefits of Hiring a Contractor

When doing a multiple task project that involves several trades, one prudent choice is to hire a General Contractor (commonly referred to as a GC) to manage the job for you. These contractors know the trades and have the ability to get better pricing. It is not uncommon for a General Contractor to do a job for the same price as you can do it for. He/she makes his/her money by getting better prices on labour and material and by using their experience and knowledge to avoid costly mistakes. The advantages are plenty.

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How to Reduce Condensation in Your Home

Factors that Cause Condensation and Tips to Keeping it in Check

Condensation as described by Wikipedia: is the change of the physical state of aggregation of matter from gaseous phase into liquid phase and the reverse of evaporation. When the surface temperature of the window is below the dew point temperature of the air in your home, condensation, frost or ice appears.

Maintaining proper humidity will keep condensation at a minimum. While manufacturers of wood flooring and furniture makers recommend a humidity of close to 40%, working around those guidelines also makes for a comfortable environment for the home's inhabitants. Humidity less than this will cause dry and cracked skin, cause gaps due to shrinkage in your wood floors and furniture and promotes health problems.

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How to Keep your Home Mold Free

11 Maintenance Tips on Keeping Your Home Free from Mold

One of the most destructive items present in a home of any age is mold. Mold not only deteriorates the building materials within your home, but is harmful to the health of the home's occupants. Complicating the issue is the fact that most mold is not easily detectable. As a GTA home renovator, we encounter mold on a regular basis while breaking into walls, floors & ceilings to do upgrades or additions.

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How to Prevent Squeaky Floors

Learn the Causes of Squeaky Floors and How to Fix Them

Squeaky Floor

A squeaky floor is certainly a source of irritation. Although preventable, many builders a couple of decades back did not take the time or invest the money to ensure homes would be reasonably free of the dreaded squeaks. Most builders today however, recognize that call backs are expensive and have taken more care to reduce squeaky floors. Generally, this means they are using an adhesive to secure the floor sheathing to the top of the floor joist, giving the joist a brief period to dry out and go through the shrinking process before they screw the floor sheathing to the joists.

The best offence for a squeaky floor is attention to detail when the house is being built. These items include proper nailing of all members, the use of construction adhesives in joist hangers and between the joists and sub-flooring, leaving a small gap between cross bridging and installing proper fitting solid blocking.

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