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Press Release - Trademark is Changing Renovations in Calgary
Bringing a wealth of knowledge in renovations and building luxury custom new homes. Trademark Renovations is Calgary’s premiere renovation company. Trademark has won numerous industry awards and accolades from peers.
Finding the right contractor to renovate your luxury home can be an exercise in wasting time and money. That ends when you contract with Trademark Renovations to custom remodel your house. They provide a “hands-on” approach to ensure clients’ projects are completed to the exact standards specified. Trademark Renovations Safeguard System ® eliminates the potential vulnerabilities one can encounter with a single general contractor.
Trademark offers suggestions that put ideas to paper, and once the budget, plans, specifications, and permits are in place, Trademark obtains quotes on behalf of the client. Their transparent and hassle-free process allows them to execute the plan to action, constantly verifying and ensuring the workmanship and materials are carried out to specifications.
Trademark operates strictly on a transparent process, calculated from costs relating to the project, and adding a percentage for a management fee. Upon conclusion of the project, all warranties are issued to the homeowner, including Trademark’s full two-year guarantee.
Your home is quite possibly one of the largest and most important investments you’ll make in a lifetime. Trademark’s project managers will compile a budget with a complete breakdown of all line item costs. The budget is based on drawings and specs, either provided by a builder/ sub-contractor that they contract out, or by an independent contractor of your choice.
Trademark’s transparent process provides many benefits. It provides homeowners the ability to compare quotes against the budget, and the homeowner approves the quote prior to the commencement of each stage.
This process operates with the transparency of builder price/actual cost, plus a management fee. The transparent process allows for changes to orders and add-ons for your project without premiums, with the same margins as the primary scope of work.
Payment terms are typically scheduled pay periods, based on actual costs in place and work completed. In this transparent process there are no advance payments, except to suppliers for custom ordered products. The management fee is the only fee, and it is paid directly to the contractor.
All payments, except management fee are paid directly to trades and suppliers at quoted builder pricing/actual costs. In the process, there are no holdbacks required. By paying trades and suppliers directly, the homeowner eliminates the possibility of builder liens.
“Our proccess is designed to ensure customer transperency and provides highest quality project managment for our clients” – said Blair Foisy, president of Trademark Renovations. “We chose to do business that way because we are trying to change the way public looks at the renovation industry.”
About Trademark Renovations
With over 30 years in business Blair Foisy brings a wealth of knowledge in renovations and building luxury custom new homes. Trademark Renovations is Calgary’s premiere renovation company. Trademark has won numerous industry awards along with the consumer choice awards and an A+ BBB rating. Consistently, over 70% of Trademarks projects are derived through client referrals.
236 28 Ave NE
Calgary, Alberta T2E2B1
Press Release - Trademark Receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award
Trademark Renovations of Calgary, Alberta receives Best Of Houzz 2015 Award. Over 25 Million Monthly Unique Users Rated Top-Rated Luxury Home Renovation, Remodeling and Design Professionals in Canada and Around the World.
(Newswire.net — February 26, 2015) Calgary, Alberta — Trademark Renovations of Calgary has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” for Customer Satisfaction by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The luxury home renovation specialists were chosen by the more than 25 million monthly unique users that comprise the Houzz community from among more than 500,000 active home building, remodeling and design industry professionals.
The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Design and Customer Satisfaction. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 25 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers.” Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2014. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2015” badge on their profiles, helping Houzz users around the world who discover and love a professional’s work to learn even more about that business’ popularity and satisfaction rating among their peers in the Houzz community.
“We’re very appreciative of our work being voted by our clients […]”, notes Blair Foisy, owner of Trademark Renovations. “We cannot thank our friends and customers enough for their support over the past 25 years, and we strive to continue our level of workmanship to ensure our client’s are happy with their dream renovation.”
“Houzz provides homeowners with a 360 degree view of home building, remodeling and design industry professionals, empowering them to engage the right people and products for their project,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of industry marketing for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Trademark Renovation among our “Best Of” professionals as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”
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About Trademark Renovations Ltd.
With over 30 years in business, the Trademark Renovations team brings a wealth of knowledge in renovations and building luxury custom new homes. Trademark Renovations is Calgary’s premiere renovation company. Trademark has won numerous industry awards along with the consumer choice awards and an A+ BBB rating. Consistently, over 70% of Trademarks projects are derived through client referrals.
Trademark Renovations Ltd.
236 – 28 Avenue NE
Calgary, Alberta Canada T2E 2B1
Calgary Herald Article - Major Overhaul
CALGARY HERALD 04.23.2012
BY ALEX FRAZER-HARRISON, FOR HOME RENOS<
A dream home often reflects the passions of its residents.
Brian Darragh and Sonja Pienaar’s passion is ballroom dancing, so when the couple began working with Trademark Renovations Ltd. on overhauling a newly bought home in southwest Calgary, a dance floor in the basement was a top priority.
That and a huge kitchen, and a towering, double-sided gas fireplace upstairs.
Originally built as a bungalow, the couple’s home underwent a second-storey addition 10 to 15 years ago.
“At that time, the owner seemed to lose direction of its intended architecture and added strange angled ‘bump-out windows,’ as well as Roman-style columns to the rear,” says project manager Marc Gibbons.
“We stripped these contradictions away to form a cleaner-lined home with a feel of ‘heritage’ blending into the neighbourhood, with a 21st-century influence on Craftsmen style and architecture.”
The home now covers 3,600 square feet, including the basement. The additional expansion includes a large kitchen with an island and windows overlooking the food-preparation area.
“We wanted a lot of countertop space and two sinks, and a whole preparation area to be used by itself,” says Darragh.
Behind the kitchen is a large walk-in pantry with special pull-out racks for spices and cans. The kitchen itself has top-loading, pull-out drawers for easy access to the cupboards.
The home has three bedrooms plus a master ensuite, with one bedroom on the main floor and two in the basement.
The master bedroom suite takes up most of the upstairs, except for an office area for Darragh, a management consultant. Pienaar, who is in the medical profession, has her nearby office connected to the master.
Her office is separated from the bedroom by a gas fireplace that dominates the 14-foot vaulted space. One side of the fireplace is covered with ledger stone imported from Asia that reflects the couple’s love of the mountains.
“When I was younger, I could probably climb this,” jokes Darragh as he examines the racing stripe pattern of the fireplace rock.
Pienaar says that, while the large kitchen was top of her husband’s wish list, the giant walk-in closet next to the master — which shares the 14-foot ceiling — was top of her wish list.
The floor-to-almost-ceiling storage is accessible via ladder and pullout racks. Hanging lights and mirrors were installed to maximize light.
“One thing we did in almost every room was put in multiple light options,” notes Darragh. “The whole point was to be able to bring the light up and down without using dimmers. You can never have too much light in a house.”
Or sinks, for that matter.
The master bedroom includes a small filtered-water sink and a fridge to save on late-night trips to the icebox, though going up and down the carpeted stairs (the African zebra-concept print, also found in the basement bedrooms, was inspired by Pienaar’s South African origins) is easy at night thanks to small floor lights that activate by the stairs.
The couple’s three kids have their own bedroom – the 13 year-old’s on the main level, and the 18 and 21 year-olds’ on the lower-level.
In the teenagers’ bedrooms, the drywall was taken off the studs, “creating an excellent soundproofing buffer,” says Darragh.
An engineered hardwood floor was laid down in the main basement area, and this is where the couple plans to enjoy their passion of ballroom dancing.
“Everyone has their own hobby and likes — if it’s a big part of their life, they may as well incorporate it into their house,” says Trademark owner Blair Foisy.
A bar fridge, sink and place to store the dance shoes rounds out the area where the couple hopes to entertain guests.
The bathrooms feature diverse designs. In the basement, the shower backsplash gives the illusion of running water. The main-level bathroom brings in light by way of translucent glass blocks.
Darragh says the window was originally planned three times larger, but privacy concerns led to it being reduced.
The master ensuite features porcelain tile with a pebble-rock feature Gibbons says was, like the fireplace — designed to reflect the couple’s love of the mountains.
No air conditioning is needed thanks to careful placement of crossdraft-facilitating windows and the installation of power vents in the roof that evacuates any humidity at a certain level, Darragh says.
The house is super-insulated, probably three times more than a normal house.
The couple stayed in their old home 15 blocks away until construction was completed on the new home and 22×24-foot garage earlier this month. Darragh says maintaining a line of communication with the builder and the trades and keeping an open mind were key to a successful renovation.
“It’s an attitude … not everything will go as you visualize it,” he says. “One of the biggest things is accepting what was done instead of forcing a change.”