Tips and Ideas from a Toronto Building Pro

Jan 2013

Computer-aided deck design lets you experience your deck before it's built

By Rosario Ungaro

Building the perfect deck that will ideally suit your family's outdoor lifestyle and outdoor entertaining needs while seamlessly fitting into the physical character of your landscaping and the architectural style of your home involves a lot more than you might think. In fact, many books have been written on the subject so there is a lot more than we can cover in one post. I will, however, whet your interest with this MindMap that indicates many of the things that you have to consider. 

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Dec 2012

Renovating for accessibility? There may be some help.

By Rosario Ungaro

Healthy Homes Renovation Tax CreditIn 2012 it is estimated that 14.6 per cent of Ontario's population is sixty-five years of age or older. By 2026 (I know, it sounds very science fiction but it's only fourteen years away) it is estimated that the number will grow to 21.4 per cent*—that's a 150% increase. The changing age demographics in Ontario will have an affect on how we live and, in particular, the needs we have for mobility and accessibility in regard to our homes. As more people start using walkers and mobility scooters access issues will arise. Some may choose to move to a condominium or stay with family. Others may choose to stay in their homes and do some special modifications like build a ramp or widen doorways. 

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Dec 2012

Renovate for enjoyment and a Return on Investment (ROI) will be a bonus

By Rosario Ungaro

I once heard an art collector and dealer say that she only collects art that she enjoys—that way, should the value of the artwork not appreciate, her worst case scenario would be to own something she enjoys having on her wall. I think that this can apply to many home renovation projects. Like the art example, it doesn't mean that you won't get a return on investment for your home renovations, it’s just that it's not guaranteed. 

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Nov 2012

If you're refinishing your basement, this product is for you!

By Rosario Ungaro

Zip-Up InstallationZip-up Ceiling covers unfinished ceilings. It can be used for both residential and commercial applications.
Category: Building Material—Interior Surfaces—Ceilings 

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Nov 2012

Building ideas: from age-old advice to the state-of-the-art

By Rosario Ungaro

Benchmark Building Services works hard to bring the latest building materials, tools, and techniques to your project. For some building contractors, deciding to take time away from the job site to attend a trade show might seem a little frivolous in this tough economy. After all, getting jobs done so they can move on to the next one is how they make money in the building trade. For us, however, it isn't frivolous. It's actually part of our company's mission. 

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Sep 2012

Benchmark Building Services Appears on Deck Wars

By Rosario Ungaro

Rosario on Deck WarsFor those of you who missed it, here is the episode of Deck Wars that Benchmark Building Services Inc. was featured on: The Ultimate Kids Deck.  This war is a family feud. Two father/son teams go head-to-head to build the ultimate deck for kids. We had a great time.  Regardless of the outcome, working along side my son gave me the greatest pleasure.

HGTV Deck Wars 

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Sep 2012

Benchmark Building Services is in the Toronto Star

By Rosario Ungaro

Vicky Sanderson recently wrote an article "Creating the perfect backyard get-away" for the Toronto Star and needed pictures of decks that showcased new material trends and styles. Benchmark Building Services was more than happy to provide access to a project we recently completed using the latest in building materials. The customer gave us full design consideration. 

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Aug 2012

Benchmark Building Services Inc. has launched their new website

By Rosario Ungaro

Benchmark Building Services Inc. is very excited to announce the launch of our new website.
Designed with a fresh innovative appearance, the website has a plethora of features to assist our customers in product selection in a user-friendly format.
Keeping in touch with technology Benchmark Building Services Inc. is embracing Facebook as a form of communicating with customers. Postings to our website when applicable will also be included on the “Benchmark Building Services Inc. ” Facebook page.  

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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.


Rosario Ungaro
Benchmark Building Services Inc.


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