Tips and Ideas from a Toronto Building Pro

Nov 2015

Basements are an opportunity to add something great to your home.

By Rosario Ungaro

Whether your current basement is finished or not, if you are not currently using it you have an opportunity to add living space, utility, enjoyment, and possibly even additional income, to your home.  

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Oct 2015

Secondary Suites and Basement Apartments: Is Yours Legal?

By Rosario Ungaro

In our Blog Post, “12 Ways to Steer Clear of a Bad Contractor”, we wrote about a new client that came to us because her construction project had been suspended by the Building Inspector because the contractor she hired had failed to get the appropriate building permits. In this post—more of a curated piece than original work as we wanted to make sure we got it as accurate as possible—we’re going to discuss the ramifications of having, or planning to have, a secondary unit in your home—also known as a secondary suite, basement apartment, second unit, accessory apartment, in-law apartment, etc.—and why paying strict attention to adhering to all legal building and zoning requirements is so important. 

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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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