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Outdoor Kitchen Renovations

July 27, 2021

Summer is in full swing and with the warm weather and easing of COVID-19 restrictions comes opportunities for outdoor living and entertaining. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have all your summer meals outdoors, especially when the days are long and the sun stays in the sky long into the evening? That’s right — we’re talking…

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Build Your Ideal Career

July 10, 2021

The residential construction industry is facing a significant shortfall in skilled labour in the coming years. According to BuildForce Canada, our industry will have to hire over 100,000 new skilled workers in the coming decade across the country to address mass retirements as our workforce ages – or 20% of the entire skilled workforce. In…

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Vacant But Uninhabitable

June 12, 2021

Council recently directed City Staff to develop a residential Vacant Unit Tax based on staff’s framework and a review of similar regimes elsewhere. Staff’s recommendation is a 1% tax on properties if they are vacant for more than 184 (cumulative) days during the previous calendar year, which would mean a $4,150 bill on a $415,000…

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The Right Countertop

June 3, 2021

Your kitchen is about to be renovated. It will be fantastic. It will be beautiful, functional, bright. It will be a happy place. You’re about to choose colours and cabinets and flooring, and… oh, wait. Countertops. Now what? How do you know what you want? You might look through magazines, and surf the Internet or…

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RenoMark® Renovators go virtual to support Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa

May 31, 2021

The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) has been raising funds for Habitat for Humanity Greater Ottawa through its RenoMark® Reno Tour for six years, but the annual home renovation event took on a whole new look in 2020. Reno Tour, which typically offers consumers the opportunity to visit homes across Ottawa that have been…

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Want Affordability? Get Supply.

May 10, 2021

For over a year now I’ve been talking about the need for Ottawa to be building homes Up, In and Out. Our population is expected to increase by 400,000 people from 2018 to 2046 (or 40% growth from our current 1 million residents). How are we ever going to supply enough homes to meet our…

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The Perfect Front Porch

May 3, 2021

Spring walks are a great opportunity to take advantage of nice weather. They’re also the time you start to notice which homes in your neighborhood have the most appealing exteriors. Sometimes, that lovely look is simply a beautifully built and designed front porch. Is your home ready for this endearing feature? A RenoMark Renovator knows…

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GOHBA Recognizes Special Achievement Award Winners

April 29, 2021

The Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association (GOHBA) recognized outstanding Association and industry contributors during the presentation of Special Achievement Awards at its Annual General Meeting on Thursday, April 29, 2021. Neil Malhotra of Claridge Homes was awarded the Colonel Boss Award, an accolade named in honor of the first Executive Director of GOHBA. This award…

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Look to the Sky

April 6, 2021

Artists and photographers know how beautiful light can be, especially when it’s natural, at various times of the day and in all seasons. Light makes you feel better – the Spring season is a perfect example as research indicates the exposure to increased sunlight triggers a release of serotonin, a hormone associated with boosting mood.…

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