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    Choosing a Contractor

    There are probably one or two areas of your home right not that require attention. But how do you go about finding a certified, reliable and trustworthy company to tackle them? Follow Manor's ABCs below and you'll significantly reduce your risk of falling prey to a less-than-reputable renovator.

     

    1. A contract is a must. Minimally, it should outline the scope of work, start and end dates, and pricing information. Take the weekend to review the final contract before signing.
    2. Building permits are required for renovations that change the structure or systems of your home. Plumbing, electrical, farming? Permit, permit, permit!
    3. Contractors who come onto your property should have a valid renovator's licence. If the contractor is reluctant to show it to you, you should be reluctant to hire the contractor.
    4. Don't agree to a discount for paying cash. You may think you're saving on the GST, but you'll have no paper trail and little recourse if something should go wrong down the road.
    5. Every good contractor keeps a current list of client references and sample photos of completed renovations. Check them out before committing to a contract.
    6. Find a contractor affiliated with RenoMark and the Canadian Home Builders Association. Membership in these organizations generally ensures adherence to strict business practices.
    7. Get three written quotes that spell out exactly the work you want done and how long it should take. If one bid is much lower than the rest, it's usually a red flag.


  • Custom Cabinetry

    With a lot of home renovations, an off-the-shelf vanity from the hardware store or a stock set of kitchen cabinets is perfectly appropriate for the task at hand. Some projects, however, call for a specific design approach, an exotic type of wood, or a real craftsman's eye. This custom niche is the motivation behind Manor's in-house fine woodworking and finishing studio, Ironwood Custom Interiors. Whenever a reno project calls for detailed woodwork, non-standard cabinetry or a room with a real eye-catching focal point, Manor enlists Ironwood's craftspeople ... and the results are never less than spectacular.


    Ironwood's craftspeople try to distinguish themselves from their competitors, both in terms of quality as well as ingenuity. They pride themselves on developing non-standard solutions for their clients, on using the best possible materials for the job, and on uncompromising attention to detail. Ironwood is even capable of custom staining and lacquering - either in the studio or at a client's home.


    From rich Honduran mahogany wet bars to sleek cherry kitchen built-ins with the latest European hardware, Ironwood's unique, one-of-a-kind pieces can be found in finer homes throughout Calgary. Ask your Manor Project Manager about how to incorporate an Ironwood custom woodworking solutions into your home renovation!

     

    Free In-Home Consultation

    Why does Manor take such pride in its free in-home consultation service? In all fairness, every contractor under the sun visits the homeowner, pulls out a tape measure and looks around before providing and estimate. This may be true, the difference is in the details. First and foremost, Manor realizes what many companies don't: that the initial home consultation isn't just about landing the contract, it's about establishing trust, providing information and hopefully beginning a mutually beneficial relationship. While this sounds like marketing propaganda, it really does underscore the main difference between Manor and many of its competitors.


    Anyone who requests a Manor consultation can expect 3 things:


    1. a response usually within 48 hours;
    2. impartial and professional advice;
    3. and a detailed budget estimate of the renovation in question.
    • are accountable for our financial results and guarantee transparency in the information we provide to our customers and stakeholders
    • partner with local manufacturers and suppliers wherever possible to help build and strengthen the communities we serve through employment and economic growth.
    • act with integrity and strive to earn the trust of all of our stakeholders.
    • embrace safety, security and quality as the foundation for a superior level of performance in our operations
    • Utilizing a cost-plus contract system, therefore our customers can track and understand their costs more easily.
    • Our city and provincial licensing, bonding, insurance and worker's compensation are provided even before a contact is signed.
    • Posting our pledge on our website and displays at trade shows.
    • Make a decision for suppliers based firstly on local, then provincial, then Canadian.
    • Utilizing a cost-plus contract system, therefore our customers can track and understand their costs more easily.
    • Our city and provincial licensing, bonding, insurance and worker's compensation are provided even before a contact is signed.
    • Posting our pledge on our website and displays at trade shows.
    • Make a decision for suppliers based firstly on local, then provincial, then Canadian.
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    The homeowner may ultimately decide to postpone the reno, or to work with another contractor. It's still a win-win in Manor's eyes, however. Homeowners are left with valuable ideas and advice, and Manor fosters good will that may turn tire-kickers into future clients.


    Start your home renovation on a solid foundation. Click here to register your project with Manor today. It's quick, easy and a completely free way to get a friendly and knowledgeable renovation professional to your doorstep!

    Calgary Flood Victims

    If you are visiting this page due to the events of June 21, 2013, please accept our sincere thoughts for your loss… with patience and trust we will help rebuild your homes and your lives. Please only deal with licensed renovators that carry proper liability insurance and WCB coverage… you are very vulnerable at this time.

    Supporting Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse

    Manor Renovations is pleased to support Calgary Communities Against Sexual Abuse. Coast WholeSale Appliances, JetStream Plumbing, J-Team Electric, Onesta Tile, Ironwood Custom Interiors, Klepatz Developments (drywall), D&D Contracting Millwork Division, Hannigan’s Paint, ISO Installation Services (Flooring) …all came together to renovate CCASA’s meeting/staff room. Great job everyone!

    Manor Renovations Corporate Social Responsibility Statement

    Manor Renovations consists of a group of people working together to meet the growing demand for innovative, high quality, environmentally sustainable and economically responsible renovation and new building projects.


    With this awareness, we seek to ensure that profitable growth goes hand in hand with environmental quality and social progress. We will strive to set the industry standard for protecting the environment, promoting social responsibility and realizing equitable, economic prosperity.

     

    In this vein, Manor Renovations adopts the following commitments...

     

    Manor Renovations is committed to realizing sustainable economic prosperity in our community We...

     

    • are accountable for our financial results and guarantee transparency in the information we provide to our customers and stakeholders

    • partner with local manufacturers and suppliers wherever possible to help build and strengthen the communities we serve through employment and economic growth.

    • act with integrity and strive to earn the trust of all of our stakeholders.

    • embrace safety, security and quality as the foundation for a superior level of performance in our operations.

     

    Some examples of how do we do this...

     

    • Utilizing a cost-plus contract system, therefore our customers can track and understand their costs more easily.

    • Our city and provincial licensing, bonding, insurance and worker's compensation are provided even before a contact is signed.

    • Posting our pledge on our website and displays at trade shows.

    • Make a decision for suppliers based firstly on local, then provincial, then Canadian.

     

    Manor Renovations is committed to promoting social responsibility. We...

     

    • offer a safe, motivating working conditions exceeding applicable employment and labour law.

    • strive to promote diversity and to ensure equal opportunities among all staff.

    • foster employee opportunities for advancement and learning through career enhancement initiatives.

    • abide by all labour laws where we operate, and request our suppliers and subcontractors to comply with these same principles.

     

    Some examples of how we do this...

     

    • Employ apprentices as well a journeymen carpenters, and repay apprentices schooling fees when an applicable level of achievement is maintained.

    • Provide health benefits for staff and their families

    • Offer administrative staff training opportunities.

    • Encourage continual training and education for management staff to keep updated on current business and construction trends.

    • Partner with our suppliers and vendors to support local non-profit organizations where possible.

     

    Manor Renovations is committed to the protection of the natural environment. We...

     

    • endeavour to implement the best available technologies available to ensure that we are providing leading edge and fully integrated energy efficient building processes

    • analyze our facilities and processes to identify opportunities for improving our environmental performance.

    • implement measures to reduce the environmental impact of our activities and ask our suppliers and contractors to do the same.

    • communicate with our employees to ensure awareness of environmental goals and objectives and support employee-driven environmentally protective initiatives.

     

    Some examples of how we do this...

     

    • Upgrade our office building, showrooms and warehouses with energy efficient heating, insulation and lighting.

    • Recycle products used within the office environment.

    • Use Waste disposal bins at job sites that will separate and recycle building materials.

    • Become a Passive Home Certified Builder and embrace energy responsible building practices.

    • Encourage use of Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for building envelopes.

 

We are proud members of:


Canadian Home Builders Association Renomark Passive Buildings


Quad-Lock Insulting Concrete Forms