Plenty of good ad­vice at ren­o­va­tion show

Winnipeg Free Press - Section G - - HOMES - By Mike Moore

THE Kitchen Bath and Ren­o­va­tion Show was last week­end, and it was a tremen­dous suc­cess with ex­cel­lent crowds and a buzz of ex­cite­ment in the air as the RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre was full of at­ten­dees with ren­o­va­tion projects in mind. Im­por­tant in­for­ma­tion was shared through­out the week­end, so I wanted to talk about some high­lights from the stage pre­sen­ta­tions I saw. Tony Te­u­nis and Mike Kerr from All Cana­dian Ren­o­va­tions em­pha­sized the im­por­tance of hir­ing a con­trac­tor who ad­heres to the RenoMark code of ethics. It is crit­i­cal you are pro­vided with a de­tailed writ­ten con­tract for your job. Your ren­o­va­tor must carry ad­e­quate li­a­bil­ity in­surance, have work­place safety and health cov­er­age, of­fer a two-year war­ranty and take out all ap­pli­ca­ble li­cences and per­mits. Joe Wedge from Penta Spray Foam de­liv­ered a sim­ple mes­sage: build tight, ven­ti­late right. This mantra will en­sure com­fort­able liv­ing con­di­tions and peace of mind. Megan He­men­way from The En­suite gave a ter­rific pre­sen­ta­tion on univer­sal de­sign and ac­ces­si­bil­ity. She talked about hand show­ers and slide bars and their prac­ti­cal ap­pli­ca­tion. For those who pre­fer baths, there is the ac­ces­si­bil­ity bath­tub with com­fort side seat­ing. He­men­way is a cer­ti­fied Ag­ing in Place spe­cial­ist. The Man­i­toba Home Builders As­so­ci­a­tion will be of­fer­ing this cer­ti­fi­ca­tion train­ing in Fe­bru­ary, and it’s cer­tain to be an ex­tremely popular course. Ram­sin Khachi de­liv­ered a cou­ple of stage pre­sen­ta­tions cour­tesy of Flo Form and Cam­bria. He opened by dis­pelling myths about trends. The only im­por­tant trend is the one that com­ple­ments your life­style. I par­tic­u­larly en­joyed his tips on caulk­ing bath­room tiles. He ad­vises against the prac­tice of run­ning your fin­ger along the cor­ner as it feath­ers the edges and al­lows wa­ter to pen­e­trate. He pre-tapes the cor­ners for a strong bond, caulks and then re­moves the tape. Some­one in the au­di­ence shared that they use a pop­si­cle stick for caulk­ing. Ram­sin shared some pho­tos of his garage ren­o­va­tion. An­tic­i­pat­ing trends, he has in­stalled out­lets for an elec­tric car recharg­ing sta­tion. Although the re­cy­cling bin is in the open, he hides the smelly garbage in a closet in the garage with a ven­ti­la­tion sys­tem. I could go on for pages about all of the things I learned from each pre­sen­ta­tion, each booth and each per­son work­ing the var­i­ous booths. There was a wealth of in­for­ma­tion avail­able to all at­ten­dees. I’m al­ready look­ing for­ward to the next op­por­tu­nity to learn more about im­prov­ing my home at the Home Ex­pres­sions Home and Gar­den Show on March 27, 28 and 29 at the RBC Con­ven­tion Cen­tre Win­nipeg. Mike Moore is pres­i­dent of the Man­i­toba Home Builders’ As­so­ci­a­tion

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