All the right MOVES

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - DAVID SQUARE

ABIG ren­o­va­tion re­quires a trust­wor­thy con­trac­tor. That’s why Mor­gan White­way chose Red Seal Builders to com­plete a large ad­di­tion to his two-storey home in the Nor­wood area, in­clud­ing a base­ment and a large at­tached dou­ble garage.

“It’s the kind of project we re­ally en­joy,” said con­trac­tor Cory Kloos, who founded Red Seal Builders sev­eral years ago. Kloos re­cently joined forces with pro­fes­sional project man­ager Des­mond Sweeney. Their goal mov­ing for­ward is to ac­tu­ally re­duce their project starts and fo­cus ex­clu­sively on larger and more com­plex projects with pre-de­ter­mined spring and fall start dates. The company cur­rently has eight projects on the go, “too many for us to man­age with 100 per cent ac­cu­racy,” said Kloos. In the new year, Kloos and Sweeney are ex­cited to launch a new gen­eral con­tract­ing company called Ma­canta, a Gaelic word that means “to take care of another.” “Des­mond has a com­merce de­gree with dou­ble ma­jors in sup­ply chain man­age­ment and mar­ket­ing as well as sev­eral project man­age­ment des­ig­na­tions, so he’s the per­fect guy to run the business side of things,” said Kloos, adding this will al­low him to con­cen­trate on over­see­ing the day to day con­struc­tion site man­age­ment tasks of Ma­canta, with­out hav­ing to fo­cus on sched­ul­ing, fi­nan­cials, and other man­age­ment tasks. Kloos built Red Seal Builders into a trusted res­i­den­tial and com­mer­cial ren­o­va­tion and con­struc­tion company with a five star rat­ing from many sat­is­fied cus­tomers. He be­lieves that ex­ten­sive pa­per plan­ning be­fore a job be­gins is the key to a suc­cess­ful ren­o­va­tion. “Spend­ing time on a com­pre­hen­sive plan al­lows me to present clients with a fixed-price con­tract that will not go over bud­get, un­less an un­fore­seen ma­jor glitch is en­coun­tered,” said Kloos, adding that time spent on de­tails is re­paid 90 to 95 per cent of the time be­cause it shows po­ten­tial clients they are deal­ing with a com­pe­tent, se­ri­ous con­trac­tor. He said the White­way reno re­quired a lot of up front work be­cause the spec­i­fi­ca­tions were in­volved and ex­ten­sive. “When the project got the green light, White­way, a de­tail ori­ented guy, guided the de­sign process of his house along with my team,” Kloos said. A wall in the ex­ist­ing base­ment was knocked out to cre­ate room for an ad­di­tional 400 square feet of new base­ment, with mul­ti­ple piles to support in­su­lated con­crete-form walls. A bed­room and a bath­room were added to the ex­tra liv­ing space which will be fully fin­ished when com­pleted. A heated con­crete-pad was poured for a new, fully in­su­lated 700 square foot dou­ble garage that will in­clude a loft. Kloos said the ap­proach to the garage will be paved by his crew, and the back­yard will be lev­elled so that it can land­scaped in the spring. The out­side of the ex­ist­ing house was cov­ered with high-den­sity poly­iso­cya­nu­rate in­su­la­tion with a foil layer to re­flect ra­di­ant heat. “In my ex­pe­ri­ence, this kind of in­su­la­tion per­forms bet­ter than tra­di­tional ex­te­rior poly­styrene in­su­la­tion,” said Kloos. Durable and main­te­nance free James Hardie sid­ing is cur­rently be­ing in­stalled over the in­su­la­tion. The win­dows were re­placed with tri-pane and new in­su­lated ex­te­rior doors were in­stalled. An ex­te­rior wall at the back of the orig­i­nal house was re­moved and re­placed with an en­gi­neered beam, as was a load-bear­ing in­te­rior di­vider wall. The new liv­ing space — in­clud­ing a huge kitchen, din­ing room, stor­age space, mud room and a guest bath­room next to the rear en­trance — was built onto this back el­e­va­tion. The base­ment will in­clude an ex­tra bed­room, stor­age, and a bath­room with a cus­tom made steam shower. About half of the ren­o­vated area will be ded­i­cated to the kitchen, fea­tur­ing a large is­land with seat­ing space for fam­ily and guests. The top of the is­land and other coun­ter­tops will be gran­ite and Kitchen Craft will sup­ply the cab­i­nets. A more for­mal din­ing room with a large win­dow over­look­ing the back­yard will be sit­u­ated next to the kitchen and there will be no wall di­vid­ing the two rooms. The orig­i­nal liv­ing room will be left in­tact to main­tain the flow of the house and pre­serve an arched open­ing that al­lows ac­cess to the new ren­o­va­tion. The liv­ing room also has a lovely plas­ter ceil­ing and mould­ings that were formed by hand when the home was built in the late 1940s. “We’re go­ing to repli­cate the pro­file of the orig­i­nal trim work and in­stall it in some of the ren­o­vated parts to fur­ther main­tain the flow of the home,” Kloos said. An ex­ist­ing oak hard­wood floor in the old part of the build­ing will be matched and ex­tended part way into the kitchen. Du­raCeramic floor­ing tile will be laid in the din­ing room, as well as high traf­fic ar­eas in other ar­eas of the ren­o­va­tion. “Dura is for­giv­ing to the feet, easy to re­pair and can be cleaned with a mild so­lu­tion of soap and wa­ter,” Kloos said. As with many new renos, the ceil­ing is fes­tooned with pot lights and will likely fea­ture hang­ing lamps over the kitchen is­land. An ex­ist­ing stair­case with a twist­ing wrought iron ban­is­ter sup­ported by curlicues leads to the up­stairs, where the master bed­room and a smaller bed­room have been ren­o­vated to in­clude two walk-in clos­ets in the big room and one in the smaller room. Kloos be­lieves that peo­ple who hire his company for a large reno job should be able to go away for six months and re­turn to a prob­lem-free house. “When Ma­canta is up and run­ning in Jan­uary, it will al­low us to tran­si­tion into a de­sign and build firm with the abil­ity to con­cen­trate on the small­est de­tails in or­der to of­fer the best qual­ity ser­vice avail­able and to pro­vide clients with the high­est pos­si­ble value,” he said, adding that this legacy has been handed down from Red Seal Builders.

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