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  1. FINN Construction
    June 12, 2019 @ 1:46 am

    Great article to read when planning a home renovation.


  2. Max
    April 5, 2021 @ 5:54 pm

    This was exactly what I was looking for! Thank you for posting the clause link to Part 11: Renovations.


  3. Allan Bulmer
    June 30, 2022 @ 5:57 am

    My neighbor who is a senior citizen has had severe damage to five roof trusses. The top of a 100′ high pine tree exploded into her living room as result of high winds in a major two minute storm burst,
    Can these trusses be repaired under Section 11 of the building code? Would stick framing of new rafters and joist along side damaged truss be structurally sound? Note, there is a center bearing wall to support trusses and new stick framing construction. Thanks AlBul


  4. Richard
    July 23, 2022 @ 11:50 am

    I’m extending my 140 year old house and I want to use reclaimed lumber 2x 6 also 140 year old, which in my opinion is much better then new lumber. Do I need engineering expertise to use it?


  5. James Martin
    November 1, 2022 @ 4:24 pm

    Are there any requirements when doing a washroom renovation in a condo building. I’m assuming there is no violation to use metal studs with strips of wood on them to affix new drywall to? Appreciate any information and code reference



  6. G G
    March 22, 2023 @ 11:16 am

    I have an existing commercial building with no roof and double brick walls covered with deteriorating plaster all the way around the building. I want to rezone the building to residential and put 2 loft apartments in the space. Do I need to meet specific insulation requirements as per building code? I would like to keep the look of the interior brick in the space as well as safe on costs from timber and insulation.

    Kind regards,



    • Andrew M.
      May 31, 2023 @ 9:00 am

      When do an extensive renovation one of the requirements is to improve the insulation of the building. This can be done through the prescriptive energy efficiency requirements or through a performance based analysis.

      You will likely need to insulate either the interior or the exterior of the building to bring it to modern standards – this is something our engineering team can assist you with.


  7. Nancy Walsh
    June 26, 2023 @ 1:58 pm

    I’ve been told by the manager of my condominium that I need to hire a plumber to make sure the plumbing in my unit is “up to code”. What will the plumber check?


    • Andrew M.
      July 26, 2023 @ 12:04 pm

      The plumber will check that certain code provisions from the Ontario Building Code are met as well as their own plumbing standards. Plumbing is covered under Part 7 of the Ontario Building Code.


  8. Home Renovations
    August 25, 2023 @ 9:37 am

    Your renovation guide is a comprehensive resource for anyone diving into a project. The focus on sustainability and energy efficiency is commendable. Your advice to assess the existing structure thoroughly is crucial – unexpected issues can impact timelines and budgets. Incorporating the latest design trends while keeping the functionality intact, as you suggest, is a balanced approach that can result in a stunning outcome.


  9. John Piekarski
    December 18, 2023 @ 9:33 am

    When a contractor is renovating the hallways of a tall and large apartment building should the halls be presurized during construction to minimize forcing dust and contaminates into the apartments.


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