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Home BUILDER - September 2003

One house at a time
Morrison Homes has become a leading Alberta builder with a simple formula. Al Morrison remembers the year he and his brother Glen bought the home building company their father Frank had founded 22 years earlier...

"Please destroy my drill" - Tool Talk by Jon Eakes
Manufacturers go to all sorts of lengths to get my attention, but this was a bit different. A good robust half-inch cordless drill showed up on my doorstep. It seemed just a bit heavy but I charged up the batteries to check it out later...

High concept houses
When the power flicked out in Ontario this summer, one house in Mono Mills near Orangeville still had the lights shining bright. The house, designed by Toronto architect Martin Liefhebber, was not only a beacon in the blackout but may prove a guide to how Canadian homes will be built in the future...

How to wow
For renovators, kitchens - and to lesser degree bathrooms -remain the "money room" They are not only among the most requested upgrades but also provide the best evidence - good or bad - of your company's work...

Security: simple is best
Installing closed-circuit cameras, motion detectors and high-tech alarms devices can help limit thefts from homes. But if a property has an easily penetrable building, poor lighting or surrounding landscape that allows potential thieves to hide, even the most expensive high-tech defences can fail to protect property, security experts say...

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