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New Asbestos Rules in BC – Renovating and what you need to know?

With the Canadian government expected to introduce a total ban on asbestos (and asbestos containing products) by 2018, the task of removing the carcinogenic risk from Canadian homes, schools and office buildings has begun. “Oh yeah. It’s not going to happen overnight, but it’s a step in the right direction,” confirms Joe Lannoo from Lan-Mar […]

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Ten Simple Steps to Complying with Asbestos Abatement

Many homes built up until 1990 used products containing asbestos. Before you begin renovations or start demolishing an older home, follow these guidelines below to ensure the safe detection and removal of asbestos. 1 A pre-1990 house/building is to be demolished or renovated. 2 The building owner (or owner’s representative) or the employer (e.g., builder, […]

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Summer Tips For Cost Effective Household Cooling

An ideal energy efficient home is one that reduces its operating costs, without taking away any of the enjoyment that comes from living there. Being energy/cost efficient shouldn’t negatively impact the lifestyle of those who reside there. With the coming of summer a greater emphasis has to be placed on keeping a home cool – […]

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The Benefits of Adding a Deck to a Home

In the warm weather there are few things nicer than gathering on the deck in the backyard for a family barbecue. Adding a deck to a home, or rebuilding a deck that has fallen on hard times, is one of the best things you can do to a home to enhance its value, appearance and […]

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Renovation Projects That Add Value

There can be any number of reasons for carrying out a home renovation project. It could be to add a new feature, or to remove an element unwanted. A renovation could also take place to modernize a property, or to make it more energy efficient. The list of reasons for updating a home could go […]

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Benefits of Spring Time Home Renovations

The calendar may say that it’s winter, but for many homeowners this is the perfect time to start planning a spring renovation project. The coming of the warmer weather, the increasing hours of sunlight, the blooming of the flowers are among the traditional motivators for springtime renovation activities. There are some real advantages for tackling […]

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Renovating A Bathroom For The Modern User

Aside from the kitchen and the bedrooms, the bathroom is among the most important rooms in your home. But design trends, emerging technologies and evolving personal tastes have seen the once humble bathroom change into something more. Today’s bathroom can combine living space with comfort and efficiency in ways never imagined by earlier generations. Modern […]

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Design Trends: Renovating The Modern Kitchen

The New Year is said to be the time when it’s out with the old and in with the new. While typically referring to bad habits or some other personal idiosyncrasy, the same enthusiasm can also be directed at home renovation projects. Ask any homeowner and they’ll say that the kitchen is the heart of […]

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Lan Mar Contracting an Evolving Business

An active and growing part of the Nanaimo construction industry, Lan Mar Contracting has seen many changes to its business and to the community at large since it first opened its doors. In a recent interview company founder Oscar Lanoo reflected on his firm’s beginnings, and visualized the direction it will be taking in the […]

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Renovation as a Form of Preservation

The old expression goes: “They don’t build them like that anymore!” If that expression is applied to the construction of older homes then that could be a good thing. For Lan Mar Contracting the restoration and renovation of existing properties accounts for nearly 80% of the construction projects completed. For Lan Mar’s owner Oscar Lanoo […]

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