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How to Find a High End Custom Home Builder

When constructing a high-end custom home, the selection of the right builder for your project should be viewed as an essential part of the process. No matter what type of home you’re planning on it’s very important that you deal with a skilled and reputable building company which has a reputation for quality work. 


Do Your Research

One of the best ways to compile a list of local builders is to perform an internet search. You can look at Google Reviews, as well as other review sources such as Homestars, Yelp and Houzz to see what past customers have to say about each home builder.  In addition, you may be able to get some references from local real estate agents, family members, friends, colleagues and co-workers etc. 

Once you have a list you can visit the builders’ websites to get an idea of the type of work they do and their portfolio of past projects. . Look for reviews and testimonials and gather as much information as possible. It may seem like a lot of work when trying to narrow things down, especially if you have a long list of potential builders. But remember, you’re entrusting them with the construction of your home, which could very well be the biggest investment you’ll make in your lifetime. 

Be sure the homebuilder is in good standing with whatever industry associations that govern the industry in their area.

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Ask Lots of Questions

Don’t be afraid to ask potential builders any questions you may have and you should also ask for references and to see some of their previous work such as a portfolio. If they fail to provide any of these you may want to skip down to the next person or company on the list. 

If references are provided it’s a good idea to drive by homes the builder has constructed in the past and speak with the homeowners if possible. This will give you an inside view on what it’s like to work with the builder and if any problems arose during the construction of their homes.

Many homeowners take this recommendation with a grain of salt as they realize builders aren’t going to give the names of dissatisfied customers as references. Therefore, if you’re able to find out which local homes the company has erected you may get a more accurate picture of the builder by speaking with the homeowners. 

Most people will be glad to share their experiences with you and inform you what they did and didn’t like about the builder. One of the key questions to ask a homeowner is if they would work with the builder again. 

When looking over a home, be sure to examine the construction quality of items such as trim work, painting, cabinetry and flooring etc as well as anything else you can think of. Again, don’t be shy when it comes to asking tough questions and taking notes.

Some of the questions you may want to ask should regard things such as warranties, cost, timeline, how long have they been in business and how many homes do they build a year. You can also ask about their design and building process as well as if they anticipate any challenges during the construction and how they would deal with them. 

Simple questions will typically lead to further questions and conversations which may reveal important information about the builder and their methods. It will also give you a good idea about their communication skills. 

Once you decide on a builder for your home be sure to read the contract thoroughly and have a lawyer go through it before signing anything. Don’t add your signature if you’re not clear about anything or are having second thoughts. A good custom home builder will be open and transparent, explaining everything in plain language.

Building a new custom home doesn’t have to be an overwhelming process and it usually isn’t as long as you’re working with a dependable and professional builder. Your home building experience can certainly be a positive one if you’re working hand in hand with a trustworthy and skilled builder with a strong reputation.


About Novacon Construction

Novacon Construction is a custom home builder based in Toronto. We have a reputation for high quality workmanship and stellar communications with clients. We serve the entire GTA and offer free consultations. Contact us today to learn more.

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All Contractors Are Not Created Equal – Key Differences Between a Good Contractor and a Great Contractor

Like everything else in life, home owners and buyers will soon come to realize there are good contractors out there to choose from and there are some great ones as well. With that being the case, there’s no need to settle for a good one when a great one is available. There are certain situations and aspects that can help you differentiate between the two. 


How do you find a great contractor in Toronto?

When hiring any type of  contractor you should always ask for referrals, check out their credentials, professional designations and references, make sure they’re properly licensed and insured, interview potential candidates, check to see if they have an established presence in the community and try to find out if they have a trustworthy reputation with their peers and clients and are members of any trade organizations etc.

It’s also important to know if the contractor and employees are properly trained and if subcontractors will be used to perform any part or all of the project. And if so, what quality control criteria exists between the contractor and subcontractors.

Great contractors are well organized, always plan things out meticulously and document them for their customers. Great contractors will use an online client portal/CRM for their project communication so the homeowner knows exactly how the project is progressing at all times. All aspects of a job should be thoroughly covered, placed in writing and presented to the client well before any contracts are signed and work begins. 

A great contractor will be proactive rather than reactive when it comes to their projects as they will concentrate on preventing problems rather than trying to fix them. They have the knack of answering important questions before they’re asked and have the foresight to deal with potential complaints before they’re made. These contractors discuss all of the issues that are important to their clients and to themselves. In a nutshell, proactive communication is well planned, flexible, and delivers on its objectives.


Great Contractors Are Proactive & Experienced

Good contractors may tend to be reactive in nature instead which means they react to a specific situation. This is typically something that is unexpected or something they didn’t foresee happening and wasn’t planned on. This type of communication and work habit basically takes place after the fact when something has already taken place. The result can sometimes be defensive and disjointed as it has taken them by surprise.

Great contractors are ready and well prepared for all types of scenarios and are prepared to nip any potential problems in the bud before they have a chance to grow. 

It’s also important to know if the contractor is specialized in your type of project since not all contractors can efficiently handle large scale jobs. You definitely don’t want to hire a company which will be in over its head when it comes to properly performing the work.  

Some contractors are basically jacks of all trades which means they can handle all types of projects well but don’t excel in one certain area. Depending on the nature and complexity of the project, you may want to hire a contractor who specializes in a specific skill. For example, if you’re having a problem with your vehicle’s transmission you need to ask yourself if you should have it checked out by an auto shop which specializes in transmissions or take it to a general mechanic. You need to ask yourself the same type of question when choosing a contractor for your project. 

When interviewing potential contractors, another key question to ask is if they provide dedicated project management and site supervision. To have the job go smoothly and to provide you with peace of mind, it’s important that the contractor has somebody on site at all times to properly supervise the entire project from start to finish. This way, if anything unforeseen happens it can be handled immediately, which will ultimately save you time and money. 

Nobody wants to see their finished project turn out differently than what they imagined but ultimately, the homeowner is responsible for the quality of materials chosen for the job. A great contractor should present you with several options to choose from such as a selection of high-end, mid-range and lower-end materials and let you know the pros and cons of each of them. 

One of the major keys of being a great contractor is to always communicate clearly and to prove you’re trustworthy and reliable by doing what you say. If you make a promise be sure to keep it. These contractors do their utmost to satisfy their clients and that can often be enough to separate them from good contractors. 


About Novacon Construction

Novacon Constructions is a contracting company in Toronto specializing in custom home additions and major renovations. WE are one of the most highly rated contractors in the GTA and are known for the quality of our work as well as our great communications with our clients.  Contact us today to learn more or to schedule a free consultation.

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How Do You Modernize a Split Level House?

If you’re planning on modernizing your split level house you’ll be glad to know that just about any split level  home can be renovated to make it more modern, open and functional. In addition, you may be able to continue living there while the work is being carried out due to the structure’s multiple levels.

Toronto has thousands of aging split level homes in the city and it’s become very popular to take one of these dated designs and add a modern spin to them. You’d be surprised just how beautiful you can make an older split level home.


Types of Renovations For Split Level Homes

Some of the most common renovation ideas for split level homes include removing non-weight-bearing ground floor interior walls to create an open floor plan between living room, dining room and kitchen. In addition, you can build an island between the dining area and kitchen to create additional gathering and work space. To slightly separate the kitchen from the living area you could also retain a half-wall with built-in display or storage, a railing or glass barrier.

Some homeowners like to install cathedral ceilings to the ground floor, build a guest bedroom, sunroom or master suite at either end of the home and optimize the natural light by adding windows to the sides of the home or skylights to dining and living rooms. Carpeting and flooring could be replaced with wood flooring and a cozy fireplace may be added to the living room. Also, windows can be replaced with larger ones or new windows added to blank sides of the home. Skylights and solar tubes are other options if you’d like to brighten up the inside from above.

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Exterior Renovations For Split Level Homes

Other popular modernizing ideas for a split level home include converting the garage into an expanded family room or bedroom and then build a new garage at the back of the property. You can also update older garage doors with more modern options. 

Home exteriors can also be updated with modern-looking surfaces such as a new paint job or new sidings such as cedar clapboard, stucco, or natural stone. You may decide to add details such as trellises, shutters, corner boards, trim or a pergola or shutters. The wide horizontal siding could be swapped in favour of vertical siding, architectural panels or narrow lap siding. 

You could also vary the pattern, material texture or color of the materials to create visual interest.

The roofing may be updated with contemporary material and you could always create additional space for gatherings with a deck or four-season porch at the rear of the home. Trim can be installed under the soffit, which is the roof overhang on the home. When trim is added and painted a color which contrasts with the siding it creates a bold highlighting effect.

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Interior Renovations For Split Level Homes

When it comes to the interior of the home, the trim and molding could be painted a light color for a modern feel. You may even want to remove some of the trim around doorways and retro wood paneling can be painted. 

Some homeowners reconfigure their HVAC system so the home has a separate thermostat in different areas while others install an in-house audio system which can entertain each room. At the same time, you may want to increase the security and safety by installing a smart security system as well as additional smoke and carbon monoxide detectors throughout.

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Hiring The Right Contractor For Your Split Level Home

You’ll need an experienced renovation contractor to modernize your split level home and one who understands exactly what you’re looking for before getting underway.  With a creative mind and a little hard work the most dated split-level homes can be transformed into attractive, highly functional and modern living spaces. There are numerous modernizing options for a split level home but be sure to contact a professional designer/contractor to make sure your ideas are feasible for your existing home.   

Novacon Construction is a design build renovation contractor in Toronto. We specialize in modernizing older split level homes and have a stellar reputation when it comes to our craftmanship and customer service. If you are located in the GTA and are interested in renovating your split level home you can contact us today for a free consultation.

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Should I Remodel or Build a Custom Home?

Should I remodel a home or build a custom dwelling is a question many homeowners ask themselves. The cost to fix up a few rooms is certainly always the less expensive option but if you’re planning on a large-scale renovation from top to bottom you may want to reconsider your choice.


 Cost Considerations

Of course, the cost of remodeling will depend on the age, condition and size of the home and what you plan on doing with it. If new siding and/or roofing is needed then the cost will definitely increase substantially.

However in some cases, remodeling a home can cost more per square foot than building a new one from scratch. When building a new home you’ll typically be able to use modern materials and concepts and the home is likely to be more energy-efficient and environmentally friendly.


 When Remodeling Makes Sense

Remodeling a home is often a good choice when you already own the home and don’t want to leave your current neighbourhood. Building from scratch if typically done if the cost of renovating the home outweighs its resale value.

Some older homes have been constructed with higher-quality wood and can possess a  lot of character with features and finishing touches such as marble window sills, solid-core doors, crown moulding and arched doorways etc. If you’d like to retain the original features and characters of a home you are more likely to remodel it rather than build a new one.


 Condition Of The Home

If the current home is in poor condition though and the heating system, utilities and plumbing all need an upgrade you may want to build. A tear down enables you to custom design a new home as long as you have permission to knock down an existing home.

In addition, if a home has structural problems, water damage or a crumbling foundation it may not be worth renovating. It’s recommended that you enlist the aid of a structural engineer for a professional opinion to help you decide which route to take.

You also need to consider the unexpected costs involved in remodeling. For example, once things are being ripped apart you could discover a few unwelcome surprises such as mould and rot or electrical and plumbing issues etc. In this case, building a new home is usually a more straightforward and easier process.


 Remodel or Build New?

Deciding whether to remodel or build a custom home is a case-by-case choice. It’s a good idea to call in some professional help and get some quotes to see which option will give you the most value for your money. Architects, builders, renovation experts and structural engineers can all provide you with their valuable opinions.

In general, if you plan on retaining 60 to 70 per cent of the existing structure, finishes and systems of an existing home you may want to remodel if it’s structurally sound and up to date. If you’d really like something new and completely different you may feel more inclined to simply focus on designing a custom home and having it built from scratch.


Novacon Construction

Novacon Construction specializes in major renovations and custom homes in Toronto and the surrounding GTA. For more information on remodeling options and designing and building custom homes please feel free to contact us today for a free consultation 

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How To Renovate Your Home For An Elderly Parent

If you plan on having an elderly parent live with you there are specific things that need to be taken care of to get your home ready for them. These include, safety, comfort, mobility, security and self-sufficiency/reliance. 

You need to make the home as safe and easy to navigate as possible for the elderly while still enabling them to have their independence. However, your parents will need to realize things may be different from what they’re used to.

The home renovations required will more or less depend on the person’s state of health, level of mobility, daily living activities/habits and lifestyle. Depending on your home, sometimes these renovations may be minor, other times they may be larger such as adding another room to your home. 

Questions you may need to ask are: 

  • Are they confined to a wheelchair or do they need the aid of a walker? 
  • Will I need to renovate or add a room for them?
  • Are there stairs or other potential hazards that could make navigating the home harder for them

You should then go through the house to assess each room to see what needs to be done. You can also spend a day with your parents to see how they manage their daily routines.

The following are some common renovations that could be used to help for a smooth transition into a new home for the elderly.



If your parent needs a wheelchair or other type of mobility device you’ll likely need ramps and extra wide doorways wider than 32 inches to accommodate the device. You may also need to remove floor rugs if they hamper the movement of a wheelchair or walker.


2- Grab Bars

Grab bars to prevent falls should be installed in the home’s bathrooms either permanently or temporarily with strong, portable suction-cup grab bars. Specially-designed sit-down showers can be installed as well as bathtubs designed for the elderly. Also, elevated toilet seats with arms are available.



Making the home brighter is often a good way to welcome elderly parents since their eyesight may not be what it once was. This can be achieved with more powerful light bulbs, additional lighting and brighter paint on the walls. In addition, stairways and hallways should have light switches at both ends.



If your guests use a wheelchair be sure the flooring doesn’t inhibit the movement. However, if they don’t use a wheelchair it’s important to make sure your home’s flooring isn’t slippery. Dull with a good slip-resistant grip is a better option.



If you don’t reside in a single-level home, all of the stairways should have strong, sturdy handrails installed on both sides. In some cases, you may want to install automatic chair lifts or an elevator to take your parents up and down stairs if needed.


6-Lift Chairs

These are power chairs which use a motor to recline and gradually lift the occupant to a standing position. These can be found in a variety of styles, colours, sizes and fabrics to match most types of decor.


7-Bed Rails

Some elderly people may also benefit from bed rails to help them getting in and out of bed.


8 – Wheelchair Accessible Curbless Shower

Wheelchair accessible curbless showers, also referred to as roll-in showers or Barrier free showers, provide safe and independent access for wheelchair users. Curbless showers are also safer for individuals who walk into the shower and make it easier to manage the transition into and out of the shower.


9-Lever Door Knobs

Standard round doorknobs can often be difficult for seniors to turn due to the required twisting motion. An easier option could be to install lever-style handles.


 10-Lower Kitchen Countertops

Most kitchen countertops are approximately 34 inches from the floor. However, if your parent uses a wheelchair it’s easier for them to access countertops and cabinets that are about 30 inches in height.



It’s also important to remember the outside of the home as you may need brighter lighting and wider, clear. Be sure the areas are clutter-free for added safety and ramps may also be needed if there are currently steps in place.


Novacon Construction

When renovating your home for elderly parents it’s generally recommended that you work hand in hand with a design professional, construction contractor or licensed architect to make sure everything is installed safely.

If you will need to renovate your home or need to make an addition to your home, Novacon Construction can help.  Contact us today for a free consultation.

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Don’t Be Lured In By Low Base Prices

The SQFT base price most builders provide homeowners for Custom homes, Additions and Major Renovations may appear to be quite reasonable but you could be in for quite a shock when the final cost of the home has drastically increased. The reason for this is due to the fact that most base price quotes don’t include many essentials.

It’s important to know exactly what you’re getting into before signing any contracts. You need to know exactly what is and isn’t included when it comes to the base price since many quotes leave out additional costs.

There are many builders and renovators which appear to offer fantastic deals due to their relatively-low base prices. However when it comes time to build, you may find it doesn’t fit into your financial budget. In fact, some homes may even end up costing double the provided base cost.

It’s generally considered a much better idea to deal with a builder who provides DESIGN-BUILD services and  includes all costs of the project in their quote and a very detailed scope of work. This provides you with a realistic number from day one and you’ll know right away if you can build it within your budget.

With all costs included in a quote you’ll soon realize it may be higher than many base prices you’ve seen, but you’ll have the peace of mind knowing this price won’t change along the way. The price you’re quoted will basically be the price you pay which makes it much easier to plan for financially.

Base prices can be misleading

Like most salespeople, contractors usually advertise a low base price to attract the attention of potential clients. The lower the price, the more people who are usually enticed into a deal. A low base price will almost certainly rise when the builder has included all aspects of the finished project.

You may want to compare building and renovating your home to purchasing a new car with a low base price. As you may well know you’ll suddenly be asked to pay for things such as rustproofing, heated seats and steering wheels, a CD player, and freight and storage etc. Your new car may rise in costs by as much as 20 per cent from the advertised base price and newly-built homes are often similar.

Builders who construct custom homes are often perceived to be more expensive than those who offer low base prices but that isn’t really the case when you consider the final price of the project. The big difference being that low base prices don’t include everything.

Examples of this could be hardwood flooring, carpeting, stone tiles, kitchen backsplash, plumbing fixtures, windows and appliances etc.  When choosing specific items with your contactor, you may find an upgrade cost will be added to the bill.

What is a base price?

The advertised base price is basically the minimum cost of building the home. It’s considered to be the starting point and it typically includes standard or basic items and features only. Each builder may consider different items to be standard however, so it’s important to ask exactly what’s included. Those with fewer basic items will typically offer lower base prices.

It’s important to know if things such as Municipal fees, permits, site costs, flooring, design fees, and the driveway etc are included in the base price. Most home buyers prefer to deal with a builder who provides them with a fixed price when it comes to site costs and other items.

So the next time your attention is grabbed by a low base price from a contractor, be sure to find out exactly what is and isn’t represented in the cost before agreeing to anything.

About Novacon Construction

As a leading custom home builder and renovation service in Toronto, our mission is to build gorgeous houses from the ground up. We want our clients to live comfortably and safely in the home that fits their needs and lifestyle. Instead of purchasing a cookie-cutter home and having to adjust it to their needs. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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What Home Renovations Require a Permit Toronto

Home renovations are quite popular in Toronto, but before you start planning the project it’s important to know if any building permits are required. Without the necessary permits you may be faced with fines or legal action. In some instances, the completed work may even need to be removed. According to the City of Toronto’s Building Code Act, a building permit is needed for the demolition or construction of any new building as well as for the material alteration of all existing structures and buildings.

This means there are laws in place for home renovation projects as they need to comply with the local regulations concerning zoning, electrical, plumbing, and building work. If the projected renovations meet with these bylaws then a permit will typically be issued. In addition, City of Toronto inspectors will look over the job to make sure everything is done according to the permit.

When a Permit is Needed

These are some of the more popular renovating projects that require a permit in the City of Toronto.

You’ll need a permit if you plan on renovating your basement by adding an entrance or a room as well as for altering or installing plumbing/heating systems. Other types of structural work also require a permit such as underpinning and excavating.

If you plan on building a pool house, workshop, garden shed, carport or detached garage you’ll need a permit if the structure will be bigger than 10 square meters. You will need a permit regardless of size if you want to add an attached garage, porch, sunroom, or additional floor to the house.

A permit is needed for a deck if it’s more than two-feet above the ground as well as for enlarging doors and windows and removing or adding walls. In addition, you also need permission for installing a wood-burning stove/fireplace/chimney as well as making environmentally-friendly improvements including installing a green roof, solar systems, and storm-water systems.

If you plan on changing the use of a structure, such as turning your home into an office or changing it to a multi-dwelling building then you’ll require a permit.

When a Permit isn’t needed

There are some instances in which a building permit isn’t needed such as replacing or adding insulation or building a retaining wall which is under a meter in height, but the renovations still need to respect the local zoning bylaw.

You don’t need a permit when renovating a basement if you’ aren’t adding an extra room, new plumbing, or doing any material/structural work.

If you’re building a freestanding deck outside your house and it’s a maximum of two-feet above the ground then you don’t need a permit.

If you plan on installing sky-lighting in a home which is under four stories high and only one rafter needs to be removed, you won’t need a permit.

Permit Fees

Building permits come with fees and you’ll also be charged an hourly rate for an inspection. For the most up-to-date costs, it’s recommended that you contact the City of Toronto.

No-Permit Penalties

If you begin renovating your home without the required permits you could face financial penalties over $25,000, depending on the nature of the infraction. In addition, your renovation work may be stopped and any project that has already been completed may have to be removed.

It’s certainly better to be safe rather than sorry when it comes to obtaining building permits for renovations. This is just a general list and it’s highly recommended that you check with the City before starting any renovation projects. Or better yet, if you need help with your home renovations please feel free to contact us at York Construction Company and let us take care of all the required permits.

Have questions?

Permit requirements in Toronto can be confusing and costly if you realize you needed one for a home construction project.  Have questions about your next renovation project?  Contact Novacon Construction today, we can walk you through the process and advise you on permit needs.  We also offer a free consultation contact today to learn more.


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How to Make Your Next Home Renovation Project Less Stressful

For many homeowners, a renovation project is usually accompanied by a great deal of stress. This definitely isn’t out of the ordinary since it’s natural for people to worry about staying within budget and getting things done right and on time. In addition, their home may be a bit of a mess during the work and some things that are taken for granted such as running water and electricity may be temporarily put on hold.

Here in Toronto, the housing boom and low-interest home equity loan rates have caused an increase in the number of home renovation projects in the GTA. Everyone dreams of a newly remodeled home but dread the prospect of having to live through a several weeks long home renovation project. Nobody likes to live day to day in a stressed-out state, so let’s look at some ways to get through your next home renovation project with the least amount of anxiety possible.

Be Realistic

One of the best ways to relieve the stress is to simply be realistic. As mentioned, it’s normal for your house to be in a bit of mess when it’s being renovated and you may have to sacrifice some of the luxuries from time to time. The sooner you come to terms with this the easier things will be. In addition, you should also realize the job may go slightly over budget even though you’ve planned it out as meticulously as can be. It’s generally a good idea to add approximately 10 percent to the planned budget to cover unexpected costs.

Find a Dependable Contractor

If you’re going to be hiring outside help it’s well worth taking the time to find a home renovation contractor who’s trustworthy and dependable. But don’t forget the contractor also needs to be good at what they do. There’s nothing worse than hiring somebody who doesn’t show up when they’re supposed to and/or whose work is sub-par. Try and get some good leads from your friends, family, your real estate agent, co-workers and neighbours when looking for a contractor. You can also do your own research and search the internet to read online reviews from previous customers.

Once you’ve contacted somebody you’re interested in hiring don’t be afraid to ask for references and to see examples of their work. You’ll also need to make sure they’re fully registered, licensed and insured to work in your region and find out what type of guarantee they offer on their work. In addition, get all agreements in writing and be sure the payment schedule and structure is fully understood by both parties. Basically, you’ll want to make sure you know exactly who’s responsible for what, including the acquisition of permits and the cleanup.

Work out a Satisfactory Payment Schedule

Be sure to work out a fair payment schedule you’re satisfied with. You’ll need to make a down payment before the job begins, and will either make milestone payments during construction or pay the final balance as completion of the work nears. Be sure to have these conversations and agreements in place before work is started.

Staying on Schedule

There’s much less stress if you know the work’s all being completed on schedule. When hiring a contractor it’s advised that the two of you discuss a realistic schedule and print it out. If each step of the renovation is being completed on time you’ll have a lot less to worry about. Communication is very important so work with a contractor you feel comfortable speaking with.

Be Patient

Once in a while you’ll just have to be patient when undertaking a home renovation project. Sometimes it takes time for appliances, cabinets, flooring, countertops, lighting, and fixtures to arrive after being ordered. The same may go for skilled labourers such as electricians and plumbers. The really good ones are often busy and it may mean you’ll need to wait a few days before they can meet your requirements.

Make the Best of the Situation

You might as well make the best of the situation you’re in and enjoy it as much as possible. For instance, if you’re smack in the middle of a kitchen renovation you can gather up the family and make a night of it outdoors around the barbecue. If it’s the middle of the winter you may want to try ordering from the town’s newest pizza parlour or paying a visit to your favourite relative or restaurant.

Don’t Panic

It’s natural for your home to get cool, dusty and a bit dirty during a renovation, so there’s no need to sweat about it. It’s typically just dust and can easily and quickly be cleaned up with a mop and/or vacuum cleaner. Be sure to work out with your contractor ahead of time who is responsible for what when it comes to cleaning up the job site.

Be Flexible

If you hire a contractor to do the work you need to realize you’re more or less going to have several strangers coming and going. Everybody has their own quirks, habits, and personalities since all humans are unique. If the contracting crew is a talkative bunch and you love the silence or vice versa, communicate that with your contractor to minimize stress while they are working in your home. In many cases like this, there are going to be minor things that may bug you but remember it’s only for a short period of time and will be worth it in the end.

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Novacon Construction is a Toronto based home renovation contractor and custom builder commitment to personalized service and a world-class building experience that is difficult to match. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.

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Where To Start When Renovating Your Home

There are plenty of reasons for renovating a home and regardless of why you’re doing it, knowing exactly where to start is quite important. Remodeling an entire home can be quite a daunting task as there are numerous aspects to consider and decisions to be made. Just remember that all improvements to your home will likely increase its value as well as elevate its functionality and the first thing that should be tackled is coming up with some type of plan as well as a budget. 

You may want to go through your home room by room to see if you’d like to renovate it in any way before making the first move. You can consider the walls, flooring, doors, windows, lighting, and furnishing etc. You can then compare what you currently have with what you want.

Having a Plan

It’s recommended that every aspect of your renovation project be researched and well thought out before getting underway. You may want to get some inspiration or ideas for remodeling by looking through home-improvement magazines and/or websites. You can decide if your ideas and vision will work well in the layout of your home and if they’ll fit into your project’s budget. It’s often a good idea to make a list of the top five or 10 things you’d like to achieve and decide exactly which rooms or parts of the house you’d like to renovate. You’ll also need to decide if you have the space to realize your goal or if you need to add an extra room, finish the basement or even add another storey to the building.

Choosing a Style

Depending on who you share your house with, you may want to get together to discuss the type of design and style you’d like for the home and that suits your lifestyle. This can sometimes be difficult since many people have different preferences when it comes to design. However, it’s a good idea to make sure your choice of style isn’t just a passing trend and the home will be out of fashion in the next several years. Some of the more popular styles these days include modern, rustic, and contemporary. We always prefer a “timeless” design in mind when working with our clients on a DESIGN-BUILD project.

Hiring Help

There’s a good chance you’ll need to hire some help during your renovation and you’ll need to find an experienced home renovation contractor. You can even ask for their assistance when it comes to style and design and they’ll be able to tell you if your plans for the home will work. You may also need to hire subcontractors such as electricians, plumbers and carpenters or have the contractor take care of it for you.

Rebuilding & Accomodations

When undergoing a home renovation you’ll need to realize that you may need to stay elsewhere for a short period of time while the work is being carried out. Depending on the extent of the job, walls may need to be torn down and flooring pulled out etc. Some types of projects can be done in a couple of days, but some take much longer and you may have to plan on leaving your home while the process is being carried out. Our typical timeline on a home addition or full gut renovation of a typical Toronto home is 4-6 months. Best is to research some short term rentals in your neighbourhood prior to starting the work.


This may be the perfect time to update things such as flooring, lighting, appliances, insulation, duct work, heating and air conditioning, electrical wiring, gas lines, plumbing and water supply lines etc.

If you’re planning on a complete home renovation Greater Toronto Area,  contact us at Novacon Construction to schedule a free consultation

Our team of professionals looks forward to discussing all of your expectations and ideas and can help come up with a suitable budget and time frame for the work. We provide a hands-on approach and work hand in hand with our clients through every stage, from design to finishing.



Many renovation problems are a direct result of poor planning. Taking the time to plan makes a real difference in terms of its success and keeping within your budget.
1. Develop a clear description of what you want to change in your home and specific goals for your renovation project. Consider things like: Use of Space, Light and Brightness and Movement of People.
2. Define your priorities – which renovation items are “must-haves,” and which would be nice to have if your budget allows.


Hiring a reputable contractor can be a daunting task. Here’s some help:
1. Renovators and trade contractors who belong to the CHBA (Canadian Home Builders Association) is a solid indication that a company is well established and serious about its long-term success.
2. Contractors who also belong to RenoMark, require members to agree to, and abide by, a renovation-specific code of conduct.
3. Reputable contractors provide a warranty, as part of their written contract, as you deserve to have a proper warranty on the work done.
4. Ask for recommendations from friends, family, co-workers and neighbours who have had positive renovation experiences.