Construction liens

A remedy tough as nails Construction liens offer security to anyone providing labour and materials that enhance the value of land and property. Practically speaking, registering a lien on title to a property will prevent the owner of the property from mortgaging, selling, or otherwise dealing with the property until the lien is dealt with. […]

Adhesive Q&A

Having been in floor covering for 40 years now, I’ve asked my share of questions about adhesives and in the last 26 years on the wholesale side, have also been asked a lot of those questions. Here are a few common ones. Q: Is there anything better than standard urethane adhesive for wood floors? A: […]

Nordic 2018

Top of the world design fellowship In early March of 2018, I flew to Oslo to deliver a paper at a symposium at the Metropolitan University there. The planning had taken a year and a half, which overlapped with my teaching at OCAD University and consequently became the last of my commitments to it, contracted […]

Sky House by the lake

Building a cottage home on the Canadian Shield that would comfortably host a family reunion or just a couple on a weekend retreat posed some challenges for architects Julia Jamrozik and Coryn Kempster. The Canadian pair have set up shop in Buffalo, N.Y., but cater to clients on both sides of the 49th parallel. Kempster […]

Improved techniques make concrete testing easier

It wasn’t until the 15th of my 40 years in the industry that I had to seriously deal with the question of concrete moisture testing prior to floor covering installation. I had spent my career on the residential side of the business, and it was not an issue that came up very often. When it […]

It’s never too early to incorporate

It is no secret that Canadians have been caught up in the start-up culture that has emerged across various industries. According to Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada’s small business statistics, there are just over 1 million small businesses across the country, which employ approximately 8.2 million people that constitute 70.5 percent of private sector […]

Liberal: Capital L or lowercase?

I was called a liberal recently. And I wanted to reply threateningly as the Virginian said: “Smile when you call me that.” I knew I wasn’t being flattered, even though my only known flaw at the time was that I was from Toronto.But my accuser wasn’t completely wrong. I’m a designer too, and that kind […]

Kids, balls, salt, noise

Urban school expansion addresses every challenge THE GREENWOOD COLLEGE SCHOOL in Toronto recently expanded with a 74,000-square-foot addition located in mid-town. The dense, four-story structure designed by Montgomery Sisam Architects adjoins the existing independent school at every level above grade, increasing the school’s square footage by 120 percent. According to principal architect Terry Montgomery, “An urban site causes pros and cons. […]

Canadian copies

Less flattery, more innovation needed I hate being embarrassed. Most of us do. Our dislike of that self-conscious sting is part of what keeps us behaving in a socially acceptable way, and that’s a good thing. But we tend to remember when we get caught out. Years ago, I was touring a group of students […]

Tips for beautiful custom resilient floors

With more products in the commercial resilient category than ever, custom design work is continuing to be used on a variety of projects. At first glance, they can be intimidating projects, especially those that have borders, medallions, or other custom inlay work. With careful planning, these jobs can be beautiful and profitable for the installer. […]