Providing Fresh Water and Sustainable Food A World Away
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Providing Fresh Water and Sustainable Food A World Away

There is a tremendous need in Uganda for many things. Doug Kerr has a couple of friends there working on upgrading the living conditions in the impoverished Wanga Parish in eastern Uganda. The area did not have a school nor a medical clinic nor even a sustainable source of fresh water. Food is scarce as…

Basement Renovation Knocked Out of the Park!
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Basement Renovation Knocked Out of the Park!

by Nisha MacNeil, Design Manager When our client came to us with a leaking, outdated and dark basement in her West Side home, we knew we could knock it out of the park. I thought, “This renovation is going to have some very dramatic before and after photos!” And it sure did. This home, built-in…

Raising a Home to Create a Brighter Basement Suite for Family

Raising a Home to Create a Brighter Basement Suite for Family

Kerr Construction completed a major home renovation for a client in central Vancouver. The homeowner wanted to bring family from Alberta to live with her and desired a total renovation of the house to accommodate everyone. Increase living space and sunlight A major facet of the reno was to lift the house so that higher…

Custom Home Build Contracts – Cost-plus VS Fixed Fee

Custom Home Build Contracts – Cost-plus VS Fixed Fee

You have decided to build a new custom home or renovate your existing one. Now you are trying to work out what the best type of construction process and contract is to choose. Custom home build contract choices The two main choices are cost-plus and fixed fee. Cost-plus means that all the labour, materials, and…

Scaffolding and Wrapping A House To Keep Major Home Renovations Moving Forward in Winter

Scaffolding and Wrapping A House To Keep Major Home Renovations Moving Forward in Winter

This past year, Kerr Construction and Design started a major home renovation in Delta, just north of Point Roberts on Boundary Bay. The renovation entails raising the roof by two feet to create 10′ interior ceilings throughout the house as well as an almost total gut of the interior. This allows for the creation of three…

Laneway Homes – A Great Investment for Homeowners
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Laneway Homes – A Great Investment for Homeowners

Just because the real estate market in Vancouver is not as hot as it once was, does not mean that the housing supply for the rental market in this city has changed. It is still very tight. Cost and availability of rental housing tight The cost of renting a one-bedroom apartment is roughly $2,100 a month and…

Keep Vancouver’s Unique History – Restore Your Character or Heritage Home

Keep Vancouver’s Unique History – Restore Your Character or Heritage Home

Vancouver has lost many of its character buildings that have history and heritage to replacement by condominiums and other multi-dwelling properties.  It has been a sad trend. The City of Vancouver is concerned about heritage conservation and has an active heritage management plan.  You can download the latest staff report to see what is going…

“Design, Budget, Design, Budget, Design, Budget”
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“Design, Budget, Design, Budget, Design, Budget”

One of the things we do at Kerr Construction and Design when we first talk to a client about their renovation is something we call a “pre-construction process.” But when we talk to them, we call it our “design process.” What this entails is making sure we can build what they’re asking for with the…

From Drab to Fab: Re-designing an Iconic North Vancouver Home

From Drab to Fab: Re-designing an Iconic North Vancouver Home

Kerr Construction & Design last year completed an alteration and an addition to an existing single-family dwelling on a beautiful property in North Vancouver. The home, although trendy when first built in the 1950s, had fallen behind the times, and the owners decided it needed some tender loving care to improve their quality of life…

The Natural Law of Home Renovation Costs
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The Natural Law of Home Renovation Costs

Our years of experience at Kerr Construction and Design have taught us that there is a natural law at work in home renovation costs.  We call it the “1-10-100 rule.” This little rule makes or breaks a client’s budget.  Violations of it can destroy a client’s peace of mind. How the law works The rule…