Tips and Ideas from a Toronto Building Pro

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May 2014

Seven Hot Deck and Backyard Design Trends for 2014

By Rosario Ungaro

Composites decking is a current trend.I was curious to see whether what I was recommending and suggesting to my clients as the current trends for 2014 matched what my colleagues were saying. The great thing about the Internet is that it was really easy to find out. Within minutes I was able to find out that I was at—or even ahead of—the curve. 

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05
May 2014

May is Deck Safety Month

By Rosario Ungaro

As a proud member of NADRA (The North American Deck and Railing Association), we want to let all of our readers and customers know about a very important NADRA initiative: Deck Safety Month.  

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19
Mar 2014

Pergola and Arbour Kits for DIY Enthusiasts

By Rosario Ungaro

Pergola KitWhether you hire a professional builder to custom-design a pergola or arbour that ideally suits your unique space, or whether you decide to build one yourself from a DIY kit, an arbour or pergola can add a wonderful aesthetic dimension to your property as well as extend its usability.  

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18
Feb 2014

Outbuildings, garden structures, garages and sheds

By Rosario Ungaro

Outbuildings, sheds, garages etc.When many people think of a detached garage, shed, or outbuilding they usually aren’t thinking that it can actually be a beautiful addition to their property. Granted, many people get their outbuildings built for purely utilitarian purposes, but that doesn’t mean they have to be ugly. 

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30
Jan 2014

Gazebos—you don’t have to be rich and famous to live like you are

By Rosario Ungaro

Gazebo with TimberTech componentsOne garden element that can add a little magic to your garden landscape is a gazebo. There’s something romantic about a gazebo. Who can forget the gazebo scene in the movie The Sound of Music

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16
Dec 2013

Home Renovations: Here are some places to get hundreds of ideas

By Rosario Ungaro

Houzz is an idea sourceYou know your home needs something. But, you’re not sure what. You may not be able to afford a major renovation but you’re tired of your home looking tired. 

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04
Nov 2013

Add elegance and value to your home with interior trim

By Rosario Ungaro

Few things can make as big a difference to a room as adding interior trim. 

Trim can run along the wall at the floor (baseboards), around doors and windows, along the wall at chair height (chair rails) or along the wall at the ceiling (crown mouldings). Trim can be used to enhance interior shelving or around fireplaces. Individual trim pieces can be used or they can be combined to create a custom look. By combining individual pieces together you get a custom look without the cost of having the piece custom done for you.  

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22
Oct 2013

Protect Your Deck and Your Investment

By Rosario Ungaro

Extend the life of your deck 

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A word from Rosario…

Our Blog is about sharing some of what we have learned along the way. (Many contractors even call us for ideas or advice.) We hope it is informative and shows our commitment to continuous learning—something we do so we can bring the very latest and best to our customers. 

You've probably heard the phrase: 

"Some people have twenty-five years of experience. Others have one year of experience, twenty-five times over." 

If a contractor doesn't stay up-to-date on the latest building codes, trends, styles, tools, materials, and products, they'll soon find themselves in the latter category. We work hard to make sure that we are not. We regularly talk with our suppliers, go to industry trade shows, and share information and ideas with our peers to make sure that we stay on top of our game and can continue to bring you the very best in building craftsmanship and knowledge.

I welcome the opportunity to chat with you about your next building project.

Regards,

Rosario Ungaro
President
Benchmark Building Services Inc.

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