Community Caremongering

OHBA members have shone during the pandemic   Canadian author Charles de Lint once observed, “Every time you do a good deed, you shine the light a little farther into the dark. And the thing is, when you’re gone, that light is going to keep shining on, pushing the shadows back.” With the COVID-19 pandemic […] ... Read more

Braving The Storm

By Ted McIntyre

COVID-19 has forced industry members to navigate uncharted waters, but there is light on the horizon As the saying goes, diamonds are formed under pressure. Although the past few months have been challenging for everyone, and devastating for some, there are often opportunities even in the darkest of times.  “During the Great Depression, companies such […] ... Read more

Stair Masters

By Ted McIntyre

Taking design to the next level Some people think of stairs simply as a means of getting from one level to the next. But as a central artery in the composition of homes and buildings, there’s an underlying artistic opportunity that’s rarely lost on architects and designers. Tridel is among the many developers seeking inspiration […] ... Read more

Enjoy The Ride

By Jonathan Oke

Work vehicles are decked out more than ever Rides are getting smoother and amenities more plush, with pickup truck manufacturers making further strides in 2020 to blur the line between performance and luxury vehicles.  Even electric options are appearing on the horizon, with companies like Tesla’s Cybertruck and and Rivian’s R1T slated for 2021. GM […] ... Read more

Healthy Choices

By Tracy Hanes

Mind and body design practices are alive and well. They are embracing forest bathing and farm-to-table dining. They are wearing fitness trackers, meditating more, consuming less meat and more plants. Canadians’ growing preoccupation with their mental and physical well-being is prompting some Ontario builders to respond, whether it’s by adding biophilic design elements or pursuing […] ... Read more

Casting Call

By Ted McIntyre

Why precast concrete has an increasing role to play When traditional wood and steel construction has consistently provided a successful and predictable outcome for most residential builders, it takes a compelling argument to encourage one to break the mould. So it’s no small irony that the mould itself—in the form of precast concrete—is changing the […] ... Read more

Real Demand For Real Supply

By Joe Vaccaro

Transformation is needed if Ontario is going to deliver 1 million new homes Change requires work and commitment. To paraphrase Albert Einstein: Doing the same thing over and over and expecting a different result is not just the definition of insanity; it condemns the outcome to failure. OHBA and the #homebeliever campaign have been changing […] ... Read more

A World Of Inspiration

By Ted McIntyre

Winning residential designs from around the globe While the competition at Ontario’s annual Awards of Distinction and CHBA’s National Awards for Housing Excellence consistently push entrants to new heights, there’s also inspiration to be drawn from elsewhere in the world. Here’s a look at 2019’s award-winning homes and condos from eight other countries around the globe— each a […] ... Read more

Obstacle Course

By Dave Henderson

Ten hurdles to overcome on your path to change What do diets, the metric system and new construction products and methods have in common? If you guessed ‘change,’ you’re partially correct. But while many suggest that people are naturally resistant to change, this isn’t entirely true. We are instinctively resourceful, creative and inventive creatures. Nobody […] ... Read more

Opening Up New Possibilities

By Ted McIntyre

Efficient windows and doors continue to make a big impression Size isn’t everything, but it sometimes seems that way.  “People keep wanting bigger doors—eight feet high and five and six feet wide,” says Muhamed Arbo, owner at Toronto’s Mondo Manufacturing. “Today’s house designs want to let the light in. Architects now are creating homes that […] ... Read more

Taxing Times

By Ted McIntyre

Tips from the experts to help you save on your 2019 returns Nobody wants to pay the Canada Revenue Agency any more than they have to. But what you can and can’t deduct isn’t always clear. Sure, there’s the obvious stuff, such as advertising expenses, your cell phone, business travel and the company vehicle. Then […] ... Read more

Branching Out

By Tracy Hanes

Is There Room To Grow For Toronto’s Vertical Forests? Within the next few years, a forest will rise from the concrete and asphalt along Davenport Road and Bedford Road in Toronto’s upscale design district. Instead of sprawling horizontally along the street, the trees will be integrated with the structure of Cityzen Development Group’s 22-storey Designers […] ... Read more

2020 Vision

By Nick Krewen

Ontario Housing Market is on the Rebound In January 2018, the federal Liberal government introduced the Office of the Superintendent of Financial Institutions (OSFI) Mortgage Stress Test to cool down an overheated housing market. With household debt increasing drastically, the test required homebuyers to place a 20% down payment to cover their payments at 2% […] ... Read more

Association of the Year Award: HHHBA

By Ted McIntyre

WOMEN AND CHILDREN FIRST Hamilton-Halton Home Builders’ Association Earns Top Association Honours From political battles to administrative duties, life is never quiet for Suzanne Mammel. But the efforts of the Hamilton-Halton HBA Executive Officer and her staff over the past 365 days were particularly worthy of attention, as evidenced by their 2019 Local Association of […] ... Read more

2019 People’s Choice Award Winner: Acorn Homes

By Tracy Hanes

RHYME AND REASON Acorn’s Limerick Point Proves The Fan Favourite An intimate luxury home development in a rare location surrounded by nature was the winner of OHBA’s 2019 People’s Choice Award. The public voted online August 14-23 for their favourite project from the list of the top finalists in Project of the Year Low-Rise and […] ... Read more

2019 Innovation Award Winner: Enbridge

By Ted McIntyre

Enbridge Gas for: Canadian Canoe Museum – Peterborough Savings By Design       Boasting award-winning architecture, the new 91,493 SF home for the Canadian Canoe Museum in Peterborough will boast 21st-century sustainability, thanks to Enbridge’s Savings by Design program. The program provides access to industry experts and performance incentives for constructing buildings that surpass […] ... Read more

2019 Builder of the Year Award: Tridel Group

By Ted McIntyre

BUILDING ON EXCELLENCE Tridel Makes It Four Top Builder Honours “As a parent, you’re not supposed to have a favourite child,” Andrea DelZotto smiles, “but when I think of Aqualuna at the Bayside community, it is pretty special.” DelZotto, Director and Executive Vice-President of Tridel Group of Companies, is referring to her company’s latest condominium […] ... Read more

Ontario Renovator of the Year – Amsted Design-Build

By Tracy Hanes

RENOVATING LIVE Core Values and Award-Winning Work Distinguish Amsted Sometimes, nice guys and girls do finish first—and consistently so. For the third time, Ottawa’s Amsted Design-Build has claimed the Ontario Renovator of the Year award. The prestigious honour represents the highest standard for professional renovation and sets the bar in leadership, community service, customer service […] ... Read more

Lifetime Achievement Award for Frank Giannone

By Jonathon Oke

FRAMTASTIC CAREER NOT DONE YET, SAYS GIANNONE There was a certain symmetry not lost on Frank Giannone as he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from OHBA’s incoming president, Bob Schickedanz, during the President’s Gala at OHBA’s 2019 Annual Conference at Blue Mountain Resort in Collingwood—the same place, in fact, where Giannone was announced as OHBA […] ... Read more

Homes of the Future – Planning For The Future of Toronto

By Tracy Hanes

What changes will soon impact the way we live and build? A vision of homes of the future in Toronto In the urban centres of the Ontario of tomorrow, how will we live? Three to five decades from now, will autonomous cars and a seamless transit systems whisk us wherever we need to go? Perhaps […] ... Read more

Pet Friendly Condos – Lucky Dog!

By Gordana Stevanovic

Dog-friendly condos have their own kind of bow wow factor Pet friendly condos are in demand As life becomes increasingly fast-paced and task-driven, people are turning to pets for more than just companionship—fur babies can help relieve stress by turning our focus to simple everyday pleasures and encouraging us to get outside and exercise. Young […] ... Read more

Detail Man

By Ted McIntyre

Incoming OHBA President Bob Schickedanz checks all the boxes On the list of things Bob Schickedanz likes to do, talking about himself is right up there with shoving bamboo shoots up his fingernails. Seated for a lunch interview at Toronto’s Airport Keg, the 61-year-old partner at FarSight Homes is decidedly uncomfortable recounting his lifetime of […] ... Read more

International Housing Study Tour

By Michael Collins-Williams, Director of Policy, Ontario Home Builders’ Association

2019 OHBA International Housing Study Tour This past May, the largest-yet international business delegation of 27 OHBA members from across Ontario travelled to Denmark and Sweden for OHBA’s 2019 International Housing Study Tour, which featured four jam-packed days of meeting directly with European academic, research, architectural and business leaders and tours of new communities. On […] ... Read more

Let’s Build Housing in Ontario

By Joe Vaccaro, CEO of OHBA

It’s time for bold leadership to fix the housing issues facing Ontario communities The urban dictionary defines the term, “elephant in the room” as “a very large issue that everyone is acutely aware of, but nobody wants to talk about. Perhaps a sore spot, perhaps politically incorrect, or perhaps a political hot potato, it’s something […] ... Read more

Interim Control Bylaws – The Big Chill

By Ted McIntyre

By freezing development in its path, interim control bylaws can have unintended consequences describes the word Draconian as, “of, relating to, or characteristic of the Athenian statesman Draco, or his severe code of laws; rigorous; unusually severe or cruel.” This is noteworthy because, although not exactly a word one typically encounters in common parlance, […] ... Read more

Luxury Home Building – It’s All In The Details

By Peter Giffen

The obvious—and not so obvious—elements that define luxury home building “It’s about using stone and brick, not stucco; and natural stone, not veneer. It’s the extra things that go into the house.” Nikki Stefaniuk, the director of business development and marketing for RS Homes, is talking about some of the details that separate good from […] ... Read more

Ontario’s Growth Plan – Opportunity Knocks

By Isaac Tang, a partner with Borden Ladner Gervais LLP in Toronto.

Why Ontario’s new Growth Plan could be good news for builders On May 2, 2019, the Government of Ontario released its highly anticipated policy document for stakeholders in the land development industry: A Place to Grow: Growth Plan for the Greater Golden Horseshoe. The new Growth Plan is an important part of the Ford government’s […] ... Read more

Home Renovation Guide – Is Everybody Happy?

By Tracy Hanes

Keeping a reno rolling smoothly from end to end A home renovation guide from the professionals Even the most straightforward renovation project usually has bumps along the road before it reaches a successful completion. Juggling a host of subtrades, each with different skill sets and levels of ego, while managing clients’ expectations, is a fine […] ... Read more

Job Site Cleanliness – The Art of Containment

By Marc Huminilowycz

How to manage the mess and protect your project Why cleanliness on job sites is important Contractors know about client stress. They’ve all seen how having one’s home torn apart for weeks on end—even by choice—can sometimes test the bounds of rational thought and behaviour. But if you really want to send your customers over […] ... Read more

Preserving Heritage Homes – Saving This Old House

By Tracy Hanes

The technical, legal and physical challenges of preserving the past Preserving heritage homes for future generations We’ve all heard the expression “if these walls could talk.” For the builders and renovators who work with aging houses and buildings, the stories those old walls have to tell are often not pleasant. Dealing with rodents, faulty wiring, […] ... Read more

On The Waterfront – The World of Waterfront Condo Development

By Ted McIntyre

Five builders tell the challenges and rewards of developing residential projects on the waterfront shores in Ontario ... Read more

Hope Above All – Rebuilding Puerto Rico

By Tracy Hanes

Puerto Rico humanitarian missions have left an imprint on locals and volunteers alike It’s been a rough few years for 73-year-old Raul Negron, a farmworker who lives in the remote mountain village of San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico. After his ex-wife suffered mental health issues, his son and daughter were put in foster care. Just after Negron […] ... Read more

Piece By Piece – Modular Homes

By David McPherson

Modern factory efficiencies and guaranteed completion dates are making modular homes the perfect fit for many homebuyers It’s mid-January in the Morewood head sales office of Guildcrest Homes, a factory-built home builder with 25 years’ experience. From newlyweds and a young urban couple with a newborn in their arms to retirees looking to downsize and […] ... Read more

What’s On Tap? Water Conservation in Ontario

By Ted McIntyre

Water conservation is more than a passing fad, so expect more efficient products and usage to be mandated in the near future Ontario is home to one-fifth of the world’s freshwater, and we act like it too—as though there will always be a bottomless well just the turn of a tap away. According to a 2016 […] ... Read more

2019 Residential Housing Forecast: Push + Pull in the Ontario Housing Market

By Tracy Hanes

While the demand-versus-affordability battle plays out in the GTA, other areas of Ontario are prospering 2019 Residential Housing Forecast for Ontario Here’s the good news for the Ontario housing market as we head into 2019: The recovery that started slowly in 2018 will continue, at least for the first half of the year. But expect […] ... Read more

Energy Star Multi-Family Construction – Rising Stars

By Marc Huminilowycz

New EnerQuality program targets multi-family construction It’s official: Ontario homebuyers of all ages are looking for energy efficiency when purchasing a new home. According to the Canadian Home Builders’ Association (CHBA) 2018 Homebuyer Preference Study conducted by Avid Ratings Canada, energy efficiency is five of the top 10 “must haves” for recent Canadian new-home buyers. […] ... Read more

2018 OHBA Builder of the Year

By Ted McIntyre

FOOD FOR THOUGHT Community work, technological advances help propel Great Gulf to it’s first Builder of the Year Award. You need a lot more than a big portfolio to earn 2018 OHBA Builder of the Year honours. It’s not simply about building in a community, after all; it’s about serving that community. It’s also not […] ... Read more

Paradise Developments: the 2018 People’s Choice Winner

By Ted McIntyre

FLYING HIGH Paradise Developments’ Brampton project is the people’s choice Offering homeowners the best of both worlds made for a compelling pitch for this year’s OHBA People’s Choice Award winner. Featuring traditional freehold townhomes from the mid-$600,000s, Paradise Developments’ High Point project, located on the southeast corner of Mississauga Road and Mayfield Road in Brampton’s […] ... Read more

2018 Renovator of the Year Award Winner – OakWood of Ottawa

By Ted McIntyre

THE OLD-SCHOOL, PROFESSIONAL, HIGH-TECH APPROACH Recent projects and continuing community support help give nod to OakWood as top renovator Ottawa knows how to renovate a home, with local firms accounting for all three finalists in the 2018 Ontario Renovator of the Year category—a city sweep that only occurred in 2015. But standing above the rest […] ... Read more

Small Living Space Design – Room To Grow

By Marc Huminilowycz

Getting the most out of compact living spaces Small living space design for modern condos The dream of owning an affordable detached family home remains a formidable challenge in Ontario, leading many in our urban centres to turn to smaller multi-residential units—primarily condominiums. But that doesn’t mean there can’t be a place for everything in […] ... Read more

Acoustic Design for Noise Control – Quiet, Please!

By Marc Huminilowycz

Recent design trends have made modern living a noisy proposition State-of-art acoustic design can dramatically reduce sound transmission through shared walls and street-facing windows Wondering what all the clatter’s about when it comes to modern home design? Well, in many cases, it’s the clatter itself. Today’s new homes, with their open-concept designs, quartz countertops, tile […] ... Read more

Rick Martins: Do The Right Thing

By Ted McIntyre

OHBA’s next president takes a stand for his beliefs From his home of Sao Miguel Island in the Azores in 1972, 21-year-old Fernando Martins watched with growing anxiety as friends and acquaintances began returning in body bags. Termed Portugal’s Vietnam, the bloody Guinea-Bissau War of Independence in the West African colony of Portuguese Guinea was […] ... Read more

The Fair Housing Plan – One Year Later

By Tracy Hanes

Concerns linger after Ontario’s 16-point Fair Housing Plan essentially missed the mark In April 2017, the Liberal provincial government rolled out the Ontario Fair Housing Plan (FHP) to cool the Greater Toronto Area’s red-hot real estate market and to improve affordability. A 15% foreign buyers’ tax was the centrepiece of the 16-point plan, while another […] ... Read more

Custom Homes: I Could Totally Live Here

By Tracy Hanes

They spend their days building other people’s dream homes—but if they had their choice, which of their creations could they see themselves living in? We asked some OHBA member builders and renovators, who have crafted some memorable and award-winning houses, for their picks on the residences they’d be happiest to inhabit. Custom homes for all […] ... Read more

Drone Footage for Real Estate: An Eye In The Sky

By Ted McIntyre

Drone use takes off in residential development Off-plan sales media with drone footage is popular Look up. You might see the home building industry changing right before your eyes. Then again, you might hear it first—that telltale buzz of multi-prop unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), better known as drones. Want to see what your new subdivision will […] ... Read more

Kitchen and Bathroom Trends for 2018

By Ted McIntyre

NKBA study - revealing trends in kitchens and baths for consumers this year ... Read more

Election 2018 – Questions Asked & Answered

By OHBA Staff

Q & A with three major political parties ... Read more

Professional Contractor or Master of Disaster?

By Ted McIntyre

Renovation rescues ... Read more

Computer Security Slack Means You Are Not Safe

By Ted McIntyre

Preventing cyber attacks on your business ... Read more

Presidential Perspectives On the Greenbelt Act and Land Development

By OHBA Staff

Six past and present OHBA presidents share their thoughts on 15 years of Liberal legislation and its effect on Ontario housing ... Read more

Modern Family Condos: Child’s Play

By Tracy Hanes

The challenge of affordability means more young GTA families are turning to condo living ... Read more

Live-Work Spaces Are Flexible Spaces

By Marc Huminilowycz

Bringing your work home with you is sometimes a good thing, as buyers of live-work housing are discovering Imagine living in a building that equally accommodates your requirements for a proper workspace and your need for a place to call home, without ever having to commute to an office again. Renowned Toronto photographer Matthew Wiley […] ... Read more

2018 Economic Forecast – The Year Ahead

By Sarah Niedoba

Experts weigh in on Canada’s immediate economic future It’s hard to deny that 2017 was a strong year for the Canadian economy. A slight slowdown in the third quarter aside, the first half of the year saw GDP growth skyrocket, thanks to strong consumer spending and a red hot housing market. This trend influences the […] ... Read more

A Soft Landing for the Ontario Real Estate Market

By Tracy Hanes

Strengthening multi-unit sales should buffer the Ontario real estate market correction After 2017’s rollercoaster ride, expect the Ontario real estate market to be on a steadier track this year. Experts predict a cooling in the market, but it will be a soft landing. Multi-unit residential building (MURB) sales will continue to play a key role […] ... Read more

Steve Deveaux – 2017 OHBA Member of the Year

By Ted McIntyre

CALL OF DUTY Continuing commitment to multiple causes earns Deveaux prestigious honour Steve Deveaux doesn’t like to boast about the amount of time he dedicates to causes beyond his role as Vice-President of Land Development at Tribute Communities. Part of the reason is that it might shock his boss, Tribute co-founder Al Libfeld. The other reason […] ... Read more

Harry Herskowitz – OHBA 2017 Lifetime Achievement Award

By Tracy Hanes

WILD ABOUT HARRY Herskowitz recognized for his collective contributions to the industry When Harry Herskowitz entered Osgoode Hall Law School, he envisioned a career working in family law. Instead, he gravitated towards commercial and business courses and became intrigued by the prospect of working with architects, engineers, builders and developers. After being called to the […] ... Read more

Losani Homes – OHBA 2017 People’s Choice Award

By Ted McIntyre

CENTRAL TO THE THEME Losani Homes brings a slice of the Big Apple to Hamilton Intriguing, challenging, innovative, attractive, game-changing—call it what you will, but Losani Homes’ Central Park project in Hamilton has garnered more province-wide interest than any development in the Stoney Creek builder’s 40-year history. But this year’s OHBA People’s Choice Award winner, […] ... Read more

Guelph and District Home Builders Association – OHBA 2017 Local Association of the Year

By Marc Huminilowycz

PIONEERING IN SUSTAINABILITY, ENGAGMENT AND OUTREACH Guelph and District captures OHBA Local of the Year When they announced us as the winner of Local Association of the Year at the OHBA President’s Gala and listed our accolades, it really brought home all that we have achieved in the past year. We’re immensely proud and honoured […] ... Read more

Renovator of the Year

By Garry McKay

BUILDING RELATIONSHIPS Eurodale says renovator awards are important for consumers too Word of mouth is as important to the structural integrity of a renovation firm as any concrete foundation or steel I-beam, suggests Jim Cunningham of Eurodale Developments, whose firm claimed the Renovator of the Year award at this year’s OHBA Awards of Distinction. “We […] ... Read more

Builder of the Year

By Ted McIntyre

ABOVE AND BEYOND Innovative construction and community efforts propel Tridel to second straight title Remember those childhood tug-of-wars where once your team started pulling in unison, the momentum seemingly grew exponentially until your opposition lay at your feet? It’s becoming a little like that for Tridel. Recipient of OHBA’s Ontario Home Builder of the Year […] ... Read more

Changing Lanes

By Mark Wessel

Is there room to manoeuvre for builders and residents seeking to add second units to existing laneway projects? Laneway housing is not consistent with Toronto’s Official Plan, or good planning in general. It compromises safety, garbage and recycling collection, emergency access, snow clearing and privacy. And overall, it’s just too expensive and difficult to implement. […] ... Read more

Framing the Argument

By Rick Drennan

Wood is a powerful player in the residential and mid-size building sector. But what do steel and concrete have to offer? According to folklore, when lumberjack Paul Bunyan went for a walk, the whole valley shook. The same might be said of the wood sector in Ontario. It is big and powerful and has been […] ... Read more

Tuning In

By Ted McIntyre

  Music helped change his life. Now Pierre Dufresne knows how to listen more closely than most. Good day, bad day—the routine is the same for Pierre Dufresne. “The first thing I do when I get home is flip on the tunes,” he says. “Usually I put on on my Bose, or a CD on […] ... Read more

Shrinking the Carbon Footprint One Home At A Time

By Mark Wessel

Ontario's Legacy of Building More Energy-Efficient Homes ... ... Read more

House of Cards

By Ted McIntyre

With land hard to find, homes increasingly unaffordable an the financial stability of young Canadians in question, what does the future hold for builders? ... Read more

Hot Take

By Marc Huminilowycz

With a little push from the government and economies of scale, geothermal energy could be the wave of the future ... ... Read more

Land of Fire and Ice…And Geothermal Energy

By Kathryn Segal

OHBA Tour Showcases the Advantages of Iceland's Unique Geology ... Read more

Fast Food

By Tracy Hanes

Builders and designers are addressing the changing nature of the modern meal ... Read more

Checking Off the Boxes

By Stephen Hamilton

Government policy changes and OHBA advocacy are helping to slowly counter renovators’ most pressing concerns ... Read more

Downstairs is Looking Up

By Ted McIntyre

From upgrades to added living space, basement renovations are gaining in popularity ... Read more

The Invisible Threat

By David McPherson

Addressing the realities of radon gas ... ... Read more

The Golden Years

By Rick Drennan

Seizing the opportunity to reinvent the burgeoning retirement living market ... ... Read more

Making a Grand Entrance

By Tracy Hanes

Condominum lobbies used to be humble entrances. Not so much anymore! ... Read more

The Millennial Effect

By Tracy Hanes

Affordability, Possible Trade Issues Will Slow the Market in 2017, But Rentals and Other Opportunities Lie In Wait ... ... Read more

Clearing The Air

By Ted McIntyre

What does the Climate Change Action Plan Mean for Ontario's builders and renovators? ... ... Read more

The Trendsetters

By Jonathon Oak

Who decides what the year's hottest colours will be and how pray tell did they come up with them in the first place? ... Read more

Builder Of The Year

By Tracy Hanes

A Towering Success Community-building and green-friendly measures help propel Tridel to Builder of the Year honours ... Read more

Renovator Of The Year

By Marc Huminilowycz

The Whole Package Amsted goes the extra mile in retaining reno crown ... ... Read more

The Go-To Guy

By Alison King

St. Catharines' McShane has gone from humble entrepreneur to humble OHBA bulldog ... Read more

Comfort Zone

By Ted McIntyre

Neil Rodgers Has Hiked The Inca Trail And Been To Mount Everest. But He Has Never Been Better Prepared Than For His Next Challenge As OHBA's Incoming President ... Read more

Digging Up The Dirt

By David McPherson

Getting To The Bottom Of Excess Soil Management ... Read more

The Big Potential of Thinking Small

By Marc Humilowycz

with increased urban intensification and spiralling prices, some developers are building cozier, more efficient places to call home ... Read more


By Marc Huminilowycz

The Art of Constructing Log Homes ... Read more

All Together Now

By Ted McIntyre

Inclusionary Zoning Legislation Requires An Inclusionary Process ... Read more

No Place To Hide

By Ted McIntyre

A renewed commitment by the Ontario government promises to better expose - and address - the underground economy ... Read more

The Ties That Bind

By Tracy Hanes

Forging relationships with building officials makes life easier for renovators ... Read more

HER&D Mentality

By Mark Wessel

As Ontario contemplates a path to mandatory energy ratings for homes, European examples may help lead the way ... Read more

Homes in 2066

By Marc Huminlowycz

What Will Our World Look Like 50 Years On? ... Read more

Southern Exposure

By Tracy Hanes

Ontario Builders are Making an Impact in the U.S. and Beyond ... Read more

Plans for the Future

By Joe Vaccaro

Health, Prosperity and Growth are Benefits of Constant Change ... Read more

The Big Chill

By Ted McIntyre

Winter home building is filled with challenges ... Read more

A Turn for the Better

By Michael Ryval

Slight growth predicted, despite higher rates in 2016 ... Read more

The Affordability Challenge

By Tracy Hanes

New housing starts will take a hit from higher interest rates, but the reno market will benefit ... Read more

Building an Empire

By Tracy Hanes

Relaunched in 1993 and rebranded last year, a combined family partnership continues to spread its wings across Ontario ... Read more

Satisfaction Guaranteed

By Alison King

Experience, long-term commitment pays dividends for Amsted Design-Build ... Read more

Smooth Sailing, South Coast!

By Ted McIntyre

Marz Homes’ commitment to its vision pays dividends ... Read more

All For One & One For All

By Ted McIntyre

Smaller locals have a champion as master recruiter John Meinen assumes the OHBA Presidency ... Read more

For Rent

By Alison King

Low vacancy rates have builders exploring new options ... Read more

Building to a Higher Standard

By Mark Wessel

What will the next generation of energy-efficient practices look like? ... Read more

Trading Futures

By Stephen Hamilton

The Demand for Skilled Tradespeople is High, But Here are Five Helping to Fill the Void ... Read more

The Wright Stuff

By Marc Huminilowycz

More Than 56 Years After His Death, An Architectural Genius Continues to Inspire ... Read more

Solving the Puzzle

By Joe Vaccaro

Fitting the pieces together: The Growth Plan and greenbelt in a changing Ontario ... Read more

What’s Cookin’?

By Tracy Hanes

Exploring the Ever-Changing Landscape of Today's Kitchens ... Read more

Bunker Mentality

By Steve Maxwell

How Five Pros Finish Basements ... Read more

Wine Not?

By Chris Waters

Stellar Cellars are on the Rise ... Read more

Growing Trend

By Erica Phillips

Landscaping Packages Can be Hard to Resist for Homebuyers ... Read more

Will They Stay or Go?

By Alison King

Predicting the Future Homes for Ontario Seniors ... Read more

A World of Difference

By Mark Wessel

From Denmark to Japan, checking out trends in global residential construction ... Read more

Don’t Fear the Future

By Tracy Hanes

Market Analysts Discuss Affordable Housing and Rental Trends in 2015 ... Read more


By Jeffrey Reed & Ted McIntyre

Kitchener, Cambridge and Hamilton Top the List of Ontario's 12 Best Places to Build ... Read more

Everything is Old Again

By Alison King

Builders Are Breathing New Life Into Classic Architecture ... Read more

Magic Touch

By Tracy Hanes

Green-friendly expertise helps carry Minto to second Home Builder of the Year title in three years ... Read more

Solid As OakWood

By Ted McIntyre

Ottawa renovator claims inaugural award ... Read more

Straight to the Point

By Ted McIntyre

Noted for his direct and passionate approach, Peter Saturno nets Lifetime Achievement Award ... Read more

Paying it Forward

By Kathryn Segal

50 Good Deeds initiative is a resounding success ... Read more

Silence is Golden

By Dennis McCloskey

Design changes can help a home become a true sanctuary ... Read more

Leading Man

By Ted McIntyre

Setting an example for others to follow, charismatic Vince Molinaro is ready to play a starring role for OHBA ... Read more

Reality Check

By Elaine Kapogines

Modelling and rendering technologies add new dimensions to project marketing ... Read more

Cottage Kings

By Tracy Hanes

Builders have evolved the once-humble summer retreat into some of Ontario's grandest four-season getaways ... Read more

In the Course of Business

By Ted McIntyre

Golf is making a comeback, and so are golf communities ... Read more

Hammering Home The Point

By J.P. Donaldson

Seven Ontario renovators address key issues of concern ... Read more

Getting the Message Out

By Cory Smith

Tips for marketing your renovation business ... Read more

Teaching Green

By Marc Huminilowycz

EnerQuality spearheads renovator training program ... Read more

All In The Family

By J.P. Donaldson

For these home builders, it's been a multi-generational labour of love ... Read more

Election Direction

By Joe Vaccaro

Courting Ontario Voters in the days ahead ... Read more

Missing In Action

By Tracy Hanes

Theft on job sites is piling up. How do we better protect our building sites? ... Read more

Defining Moment

By Ted McIntyre

A pair of provincial consultations provide an opportunity for Ontario to make profound changes in infrastructure planning ... Read more

Missing Links

By Ted McIntyre

A new proposal seeks to alleviate traffic congestion in the GTA and Hamilton ... Read more

By the Numbers

By Michael Ryval

Economic forecast for 2014 is for a freeze on interest rates, but so far it's mostly good news for resales ... Read more

Taking the LEED in Ontario

By Tracy Hanes

Forward-thinking Reid's Heritage Homes honoured as Ontario Home Builder of the Year ... Read more

Coming to the Industry’s Defence

By Ted McIntyre

Advocate Lyn Townsend named OHBA's Member of the Year ... Read more

Navigating New Waters

By J.P. Donaldson

Incoming President Eric DenOuden is set to steer OHBA and launch a charitable challenge ... Read more

Stacking Up Against the Competition

By Pat Brennan

Some Builders See a Future in a New Form of Housing Development ... Read more

Preparing for the Worst

By Tracy Hanes

Are Most Builders and Contractors Underinsured? ... Read more


By Marc Huminilowycz

Raising The Roof On Wood-Framed Buildings ... Read more

Protective Measures

By Tracy Hanes

New Regulations Regarding Endangered Species are Taking Flight ... Read more

Golden Moments

By Ted McIntyre

OHBA Reflects on 50 Memorable Years in Ontario ... Read more

Paperless Trails

By Marc Huminilowycz

Tackling Ontario's Underground Economy ... Read more

A Failing Grade

By Marc Husen

The College of Trades Promises Self-Regulation And Quality Control, But At What Cost? ... Read more

Meet The Renovators

By J.P. Donaldson

Discussing the Renovation Industry with Sandra Baldwin, Stefanie Coleman-Dias and Matt Pryce ... Read more

A Tale of Two Markets

By Elaine Kapogines

Slow and steady growth is better than no growth at all ... Read more

Green Mortgages

By Tracy Hanes

Is energy efficiency translating to financial incentives for home buyers? ... Read more

Leading the WSIB

By Marc Huminilowycz

New chair, Elizabeth Witmer, welcomes the challenges ... Read more

Minto Magic

By Tracy Hanes

Minto takes home Ontario Builder of the Year ... Read more

The Meinen Touch

By Steve McNeill

John Meinen brings home Rooftopper of the Year…again ... Read more

Inspired Leadership

By Elaine Kapogines

Paul Golini takes home Member of the Year ... Read more

At The Helm

By Elaine Kapogines

From his office to his home, OHBA’s incoming president Leith Moore talks about his life and how his personal values influence his professional pursuits ... Read more

Housing for Higher Learning

By Marc Huminilowycz

Builders and developers tap into the university crowd ... Read more

The Healthy Home

By Penelope Graham

Happy, healthy and mould-free ... Read more

Builder Reflections

By Steve McNeill

Builders look back on communities past ... Read more

Due North

By Marc Huminilowycz

Replacing rustic retreats with the lap of luxury — in the woods ... Read more

The ‘G’ Word

By Tracy Hanes

The green trend may not be going anywhere but consumers just don’t want to hear about it anymore ... Read more

Rising Stars

By Tracy Hanes

Higher standard presents dilemma for Energy Star builders ... Read more

Home Zoom Home

By J. Lynn Fraser

Boomers & Next Gens: What they want in a home ... Read more


By John Kernaghan

Advice from award-winning builders ... Read more

Lights, Camera, Renovate

By Elaine Kapogines

How television has influenced a generation of homeowners ... Read more

Getting On Track

By Michael Ryval

Transit expansion paves the way for new development ... Read more

Code Ready

By Tracy Hanes

Highlights from the 2012 OHBA Builder and Renovator Forum ... Read more

Humanitarian Build

By Steve McNeill

Humbling experience in the Dominican Republic ... Read more

Keep Calm & Care On

By Elaine Kapogines

Economic outlook marked by stability for 2012 ... Read more

Working Smarter

By Don Procter

Business decisions based on lessons learned ... Read more