FAQs on Vancouver Home Renovations
The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation does not have a list of approved building materials. What you can do is visit the site for the 3 organizations in Canada that set the standards for building materials: In no particular order they are: Canadian General Standards Board
, Canadian Standards Association
and the Underwriters Laboratory of Canada
. Building materials are considered approved if they meet the standards set out for them. New products for which no standards yet exist are evaluated by the Canadian Construction Materials Centre
of the National Research Council. The evaluations are produced by the Canadian Construction Materials Center are supported and recognized by provincial and territorial officials involved in building regulation.
There is no master list of all the Home Renovation companies in Vancouver and you cannot find one anywhere unless a blogger decides to make one at some point. Our recommendation is to do the following.
- Ask your family, friends and neighbors. Most likely one or a few of them have researched and hired a home renovations contractor in the past so they should always be your first stop.
- Do a search on Google. Some keywords are "Vancouver General Contractors", "Vancouver Home Contractors", "Vancouver Home Renovations" and similar. If you are looking for a specific room to be renovated you can type in "Vancouver Kitchen Contractors" etc.
- You can get recommendations from your local home-builder and renovator associations.You can search companies that are approved Renomark renovators, as Vancouver General Contractors has been since our founding. You can also search Greater Vancouver's Home Builders Site as well which we are a proud member of.
- Search your local Better Business Bureau. You can view Vancouver General Contractors BBB rating of A- with zero complaints.
The first step to ensure that your contractor complies with building codes is to ask the contractor directly. As your contractor they will always say "Yes, of course" because it is their business and their business revolves around making sure the work done is complicit with all regulations and codes. Next, you want to make sure that it is in writing. If you don't see a section in your contract that specifically talks about the contractor ensuring all building codes comply, then mention it to your contractor and make sure it is written down and they are accountable.
Each province is regulated by a provincial building code so it will differ between provinces. You can contact your municipality for specific code-related questions or if you are in Vancouver, visit the link to Vancouver's building and renovating page
- Canada has a National Building Code
(latest published in 2010) that acts as the model for each provinces code. It was written and developed by Canadian Codes of the Institute for Research in Construction, part of the National Research Council (NRC). To get an idea of how the national codes are developed and updated you can visit this link here
If you are still looking for some more information, then I recommend you visit the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) publications and reports
page as they publish articles and reports on everything you need to know about your homes building codes and alot more.
Although we do a fantastic job of site preparation, we ask homeowners to clear all furniture in the work site. If you would rather VGC take care of moving furniture and storing it somewhere we can make arrangements to get a portable storage facility onsite and have our team move your furniture. This special request needs to be made clear before we do a walkthrough so that everyone is on the same page early in the renovations.
Once we have completed the design plans, and sign off on the build, we take care of material sections. Depending on if everything is in-stock or if it’s a special order it could take about 2-3 weeks to get materials into Vancouver. During this time we don’t just sit around, we keep your project moving by submitting plans to the city for permitting, this usually takes the same amount of time as it takes for materials to arrive. Please note that it takes 2-3 weeks for our value line of cabinets to be built and 4-6 weeks for our high end custom cabinet line. Once materials are selected and ordered our management team puts together a schedule and mobilizes the different tradesmen. The next step is to do the walkthrough with our team and finalise the game plan. Once materials arrive we get started right away.
We currently service Vancouver, Burnaby, New Westminster, North Vancouver, and West Vancouver. In the past we have taken on projects outside these zones for clients we have past relationships with. As well, we have been known to work with serious clients in Coquitlam and Richmond who are ready to get started on a design package right away.
It is impossible to come up with an exact fixed price without going through our design process. Our designers spend considerable hours designing exactly what you want. Our cost estimators base the fixed price on the design plans. From the initial site measure, revisions, and the final plan, our designers offer you peace of mind that your build will turn out exactly what you want. They provide plans for every trade with great detail, plumbing, electrical, demo and finish schedules insure that all tradesmen are on the same page. This is the only way to avoid extra costs, be very careful when receiving a quote without a design, this is the first mistake homeowners make. At the end of the day, your trusting thousands of dollars on someone else’s speculation if you do not get a full detailed design plan of your renovation.
In order for us to be held accountable to your project timeline we asked that we coordinate all of the different tasks. Sometimes we allow home owners to do some work at the beginning and end of a project so that we are not faced with disruptions in the middle of the project. For example sometimes we let homeowners take care of the paint because usually we can leave that as the last task in a project.