Do you use subcontractors?
Yes, we use subcontractors on many of our jobs. Many specialty trades require licenses and special insurance in order to do the work needed. Plumbing and electrical are two examples of specialty subcontractors that we always hire to perform their respected trades. We use sub contractors to assist us on larger projects in order to get the job done quickly while maintaining quality. All of our subcontractors have their own WSIB and insurance coverage.
Do I need a permit for my job?
Many projects require building permits and most projects with electrical require an ESA permit. Removing load-bearing walls, moving or adding plumbing fixtures and finishing a basement all require a building permit. We work with a structural engineer to help us determine what walls are load bearing and what we need to do in order to remove it.
How do I know if a wall is load-bearing?
It is hard to figure out what a load-bearing wall is without years of experience. We work with a structural engineer to help us determine what is load and non-load bearing. We have work on very simple to very complex structural jobs. Sometimes non-bearing walls are more work to remove because they may be hiding things like duct work, electrical and plumbing that must be relocated. We would be happy to refer you to a qualified structural engineer that we have worked with for many years.
How do I determine a budget?
Determining a budget can be difficult, especially when you have never renovated before. Some people suggest getting a few quotes from contractors and see where the price come out as. This is not a great way to get an idea of what a project will cost. Many contractors offer many different levels of quality and service to their clients. It is the design and selection of materials that really drive the price. Television shows and the internet also show skewed results because of labour and material costs in different locations. A better option is to ask friends and family who they have worked with and what their project cost. Prices go up all the time, so adjust according to how long ago the project was completed. Working with an interior designer or an architect can help to determine a project budget.
My friend is a plumber, can he do some of the work on the project?
We work with a group of specialty trades that we trust and know will do what we expect. Hiring your own subcontractor may cause problems with the schedule or with the quality we expect. We only allow other subcontractors in special circumstances, before or after we are done the project.
Can we do our own demolition or painting?
Doing your own demolition is a good way to save money. Sometimes it may be more work than you anticipated, so it may affect the project schedule. Painting is OK too if it is at the end of a project. We may have to get the room painted before the cabinets are installed for a kitchen, we like to take care of the painting to help avoid delays.