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Home BUILDER Magazine - September 2006

Qualified Labour & Trades Shortages
Without a doubt, shortage of skilled labour and the underground economy are on top of the list of problems affecting the industry. In our latest Professional Readers Poll, readers report the extent of the effects and express some strong opinions.

Full of Energy
One thing that characterizes Ben Klundert is his love of building quality and affordable homes, a trait he learned from his father, Frank, who began building homes in 1959...

Ontario Cools Down Slightly
Ontario's housing market has slowed slightly, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation reports in its latest housing market analysis.

Sensational Sanctuaries
We all know that kitchens and bathrooms sell houses. But what are consumers looking for? Here are a few of our favourite things …

Keeping Things Light
Energy efficiency continues to drive the lighting choices of homeowners. Many are looking to compact fluorescent lights to serve that need. Some new technologies such as a sunlight-transport system, currently in beta testing, promise to ease the energy crunch.

Look for More Glass in Home
Glass and acrylic are making their way into homes, not only for traditional uses in windows, doors and bathroom cabinets, but also for room dividers, aquariums and sinks - whose combined effect make a statement of a home's aesthetics.

5 Fashionable & Functional Flooring Solutions
Whether you're building or renovating, today's consumers expect creativity and value for their dollar. We've found five flooring solutions that fit the bill.

Ode to the Little Things
TOOL TALK by Jon Eakes
The drill was a little gem with a ratchet chuck, which grabs the bit without ripping the skin off your hand, and lots of torque.

Finishing the Home
The choice of colour for a room's walls and furnishings speak loudly about the room's inhabitants. As does the use of mouldings and trim, which add aesthetic appeal. Builders and renovation professionals can help guide the choices based on best practices and traditional aesthetics.

10 Tips for Selecting an Internet Fax Service
Despite the perception that we now live in an e-mail world, faxing is still a very important tool in the home construction industry.

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