How to Trust Your Contractor

How to Trust Your Contractor

Note: While this article is focusing mainly on commercial/multi-unit properties/projects, the advice you’ll find below likely fits for all types of construction. the most common advice When I first thought of doing this article I did a quick search “How do I trust my contractor” to see what comes up. As I suspected, there were …

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I Can Fix Anything But a Broken Heart

What Separates a Fix-it Guy from a Professional Handyman? I remember back in the 80’s when I was subcontracting on a custom home project. On the same job, there was an older guy who was the wood trim sub-trade. His work was perfection! Once when we were talking, he turned and looked at me over …

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Fall Maintenance: Preparing Your Property for Winter

Cold weather is inevitable in Canada. Is your building ready? Sadly, the time of year has come when days get shorter, nights get colder and our minds turn from patios and landscaping to staying ahead of the ice that we know will come. Have you given much thought to preparing your building for the cold weather? …

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Is Your Building Accessible?

How to Make Your Building More Accessible

Renovating for Accessibility With the advent of the Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act(AODA) in 2005, the design and functional requirements of commercial and public spaces started to change. Many municipalities have devised Accessibility Plans to phase in the many requirements for making commercial and public spaces more accessible for all patrons. While being mandated …

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Community Spotlight – Building 4 Kids

“Building 4 Kids exists to put a smile on a child’s face, to show a child that we care and are here for them!” George Harrietha Building 4 Kids is the heart-project of Darmax Inc. that started in 2016. The aim of Building 4 Kids is to empower and enliven vulnerable children in our community …

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Energy Efficiency for Existing Commercial Buildings

There is abundant information on the construction of new efficient buildings. Of course that’s a great thing to do, but what about the energy efficiency of older buildings? Sure, everyone is trying to change your light bulbs but beyond that, information grows scant. We think there’s value in looking deeper into older buildings too. In …

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Exterior Lighting: 3 Important Roles it Plays For Your Building

In this article we’ll cover the 4 main types of lighting, their purpose, and potential impact on your operating budget. There are 4 main types of lighting around commercial buildings & properties: Light standards – similar to street lights, standards are generally found in parking lots and open sidewalk areas Canopy lights – usually in …

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Spring Inspections: 5 Areas to Examine Closely This Spring

Ahhh, Spring seems to have finally arrived here in Southern Ontario! Did you know that spring is a perfect time to take a good look at your commercial property? It is and here’s why: any issues that came up over winter haven’t escaped your mind yet so they can be addressed now. Now is also …

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There’s More to Paint Than Colour

Usually when you think of paint, it’s all about the colour. Have you ever stopped to wonder if you’re choosing the right type of paint for your store or office interior? Many people default to “eggshell finish please” and don’t give it another thought. Here’s a story about what using the wrong paint finish can …

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