Tips and Ideas from a Toronto Building Pro

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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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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