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8 DIY Projects That Are Trickier than Most People Think

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The home improvement job you may want to do yourself always looks easy on a TV show – done smoothly, with one problem for a bit of television drama, and finished just in time for a commercial. But the reality is that some of these projects can turn out to be quite tricky. Done properly, a DIY home improvement project can save you money. But the other side of that... Read more »

Making Your Basement, Well, Less Like a Basement

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Most homes in the City of Vancouver and the Lower Mainland have basements. Sometimes they’re rented out, other times they’re used as ‘retreat’ areas for various activities. Either way, they still often look like… well, like basements. In other words, if they’re not looked after, they can look like they’re forgotten about or never got finished simply because they’re out of the main traffic areas of people’s homes. Your Vancouver... Read more »

Seven Things to Expect With Your Home Remodel

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Flipping through magazines, browsing the internet and watching TV shows can give some amazing, inspirational home renovation ideas. What they don’t show is the process you and your home will go through. Wouldn’t it be nice to be told the truth about what to expect when renovating a house? A balanced, honest set of expectations is essential. Not all doom, gloom and fear. Not all sunshine and rainbows. Just the... Read more »

8 Signs Your Home Builder Isn’t Right for You

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Having your home built or renovated requires trusting the people doing the job, otherwise it will become excessively expensive and stressful. Knowing how to choose a builder is the first step before you think about breaking ground. Not all builders are the same, so know what to look for and recognize the signs when a contractor is not right for you. Insurance and License Start with the essentials. Never hire... Read more »

Staircase Designs – Traditional, Modern, Elegant and Practical

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For as long as people have lived inside four walls and under a roof, they have striven to make their homes extensions of themselves. When houses went from single story to multi, they didn’t just gain more space. They gained another way for homeowners to show off their taste, style and personality: the staircase. Staircases the world over have long been so much more than just a way of getting... Read more »

Three Inspirations to Create a Celebrity Style Home

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It’s no secret that many people love looking at celebrities’ homes and wish to live in similar style. Whether those celebs have simple looking homes or flashy, ostentatious monuments to the wealth they’ve amassed, there are often some design ideas  that inspire the imagination is us all. One thing famous people are good at is having homes that combine comfort and space with privacy from prying eyes. So, if you’re... Read more »

A Luxury Home That is Green, Responsible and Sustainable

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Luxury living that is sustainable? Absolutely! For too long, the word ‘luxury’ has been associated with excess, even waste. Well, the great news is you can build a green luxury home right here in Vancouver that incorporates efficiency and sustainability without ever skimping on sumptuous comfort and exquisite beauty. We are so lucky to live in this stunning part of the world with views of the ocean, the mountains and... Read more »

Home Renovation – Lack of Planning and Design Will Cost You Big Time

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Everyone wants their home renovations to be on time and under budget, right? Of course! Believe it or not, so do construction companies. At least the good ones do. There are so many horror stories about home renovations going wrong that they’ve even spawned their own “reality” TV shows. Most of us know some homeowners who overpaid, didn’t get what they wanted, or seemed to find themselves trapped in a... Read more »

Building New vs Large Scale Renovations

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In the last couple of years the Lower Mainland has seen a substantial jump in real estate values that have significantly outpaced the costs of construction. Homeowners often wonder if they should stay put and renovate or sell and build a new custom home. Which provides more value? Let’s examine the building new vs renovating toss-up and the things that both processes have in common. You Can’t Skip the Design... Read more »

Top 5 Reasons You Should Work with a Design Builder

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When planning to build a new home or undertake a renovation, there are two schools of thought about how to approach it. One is the design-bid-build approach, where you appoint an architect or professional designer to design your home and then put it out to construction contractors for tender.You then select the contractor with the best bid to build your home. The other approach is to use the services of... Read more »

WHAT THEY SAY

Some Testimonials from Our Past Clients

We are extremely pleased with the quality of the work performed by the Kerr crew on our renovation. They were onsite, ready to work everyday...

Dale T., New Westminster

This letter will confirm that Kerr Construction has done many jobs for the Justice Institute and we have found his work to be of first...

P.W., Vancouver

Kerr Construction did repairs at the back of my house replacing some rotting cedar boards. They also built a shed addition giving me extra outdoor...

Havlock, Vancouver

HomeStars Review

Fixing water damage at my house and doing some renovations. Great work - would recommend Kerr Construction came out and fixed a water leak I...

S.W., Richmond

HomeStars Review

As the owner of a forty-unit apartment building located at 230 Ash Street in New Westminster, we have recently replaced the entire building envelope. In...

G.B., Vancouver

Our strata complex hired Kerr Construction to replace skylights in our complex in June of this year (2013). Widely varying quotes from bidding contractors led...

Strata Council, Vancouver

Delta

We would like to thank you for renovating the bathroom of our 60 year old house. The work was essentially completed within three weeks as...

B & E, Vancouver

This is the best team I have ever worked with. I am most satisfied with Kerr’s prompt response and unflappable approach when there were problems,...

Vancouver, BC

GuildQuality Review

We totally renovated our 100 year old Kitsilano Craftsman home. We had to fire the first contractor as he was charging by the hour and...

D.S., Kitsilano

Houzz Review

Renovation of decks. The work was performed on time. I was always kept informed of their progress. The quality of the work was very good...

Neil, Kitsilano

HomeStars Review

HOW WE WORK

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Detailed Planning,
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and how things will function, like which way doors
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The Homeowner is
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