Tis The Season – Sloof Deck

Tis the season to start planning ahead for decks, fences, sheds and anything and everything that will make your yard more beautiful and functional. Be inspired – think sun, summer, fun and barbecue. We will hustle and get the project done so you can forget about the summer project that you think is going to be quick and easy but ends up gobbling up your weekends.

This was a great deck off the front for a family that enjoyed watching the neighborhood activity.

Sloof Deck

Please note Barnabas will be relocating to Kelowna, BC in the Spring on 2014 – but we will be servicing select out-of-town projects based on suitability in Calgary and other areas between Calgary and the West Coast.

Interior and Exterior – Multiple Projects Endorsement

2008 – 2011 “Barnabas the Builder is an excellent craftsman and always willing to offer suggestions on how to improve your project and/or how to reduce costs. He has done three projects for me now – one outdoor (replaced old rotting deck with a hardwood deck –> changed from my original idea of using one of the composite materials on the market. It is BEAUTIFUL and will last a lifetime!) and two indoor (1. rec room carpet replaced with laminate flooring and 2. removed a brick faux wall and changed to an up-to-date fireplace wall with two bookcases and a new broom closet) projects. It is great having such a knowledgeable, personable and friendly contractor. Thank you for these jobs and future jobs. – A satisfied customer, Jenny” – Jennie

We will miss Jennie – in fact we will probably drive all the way to Calgary, find appropriate accommodations and do every project Jennie ever has in her dream box. She is that great of a client.

Here is her Kayu Batu deck:

Here is the interior bookshelf project:

We removed brick and fireplace which Barnabas replaced with custom bookshelves. Simple changes can make a big difference in your home and you can make one change at a time.

Please note Barnabas will be relocating to Kelowna, BC in the Spring on 2014 – but we will be servicing select out-of-town projects based on suitability in Calgary and other areas between Calgary and the West Coast.

Engineered Hardwood Flooring – Wasa Lake Renovation

With a remodel and older structure, the flooring is often not level and has to be remedied with the application of a floor levelling compound. With traditional hardwood it is not always necessary but with engineered hardwood it becomes more critical.

The client chose an engineered hardwood and the floor required more than one application of flooring compound but the boys got to it and it is looking great.

Check it here:

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Please note Barnabas will be relocating to Kelowna, BC in the Spring on 2014 – but we will be servicing select out-of-town projects based on suitability in Calgary and other areas between Calgary and the West Coast.

Unique Endoresment

Jin wanted to transform his unfinished basement into a suite he could rent out. He was very nervous as his English was broken but we persevered through communications and got the job done on time and to his satisfaction.

Here is the lovely endorsement he provided as we requested in his beautiful language:

Jin Endorsement

Here are some pictures of the finished basement suite:

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Simple, clean and a great space for young couple, college student or even a small family.

Please note Barnabas will be relocating to Kelowna, BC in the Spring on 2014 – but we will be servicing select out-of-town projects based on suitability in Calgary and other areas between Calgary and the West Coast.

Moving Forward – Wasa Lake Renovation

Things are in full swing with mud and tape done as well as some additional insulation was put into the crawl space to make it extra cozy and warm in the cabin during winter months.

We are really pleased with the quality of work by our mud and taper – Richard. Here is a sample of his work:

Mud and Tape

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The boys had some tight quarters insulating that crawl space but I have been told it was better than the attic:

Crawl Space

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Please note Barnabas will be relocating to Kelowna, BC in the Spring on 2014 – but we will be servicing select out-of-town projects based on suitability in Calgary and other areas between Calgary and the West Coast.

Letter of Praise – Basement Renovation

Thank You

Some clients offer phone numbers and contact information so we can use them as references, others offer a short endorsement of praise and occasionally a client will write a well thought out letter of praise.  This is one of my favourites:

June 8, 2011

To Whom It May Concern:

Re: Barnabas the Builder

One of the first reasons we hired Barnabas to develop our 1956 Highwood bungalow was he was so familiar with the neighborhood and this type of home. I had met him a year ago in the lane, working at a neighbors, his friendly and personable mannerisms worked for me.

Barnabas’ approach to our project was honest and straight forward. After explaining we had no idea how much our “wants” would cost, he made practical suggestions and offered a fair price that would work within our limited budget.

Nicole was professional in providing us payment plans and scope of work documents. These were easy to follow and complete.

Once the project was underway Barnabas worked within our schedule as far as starting a little later than he liked to and was extremely punctual every day. He guided us in our choices (which is one of the most difficult processes if you are a rookie to this) advising us of what to look from laminate to tile, baseboards to bulk heads. When the challenges arose (and they did) Barnabas remained integral to his commitment for quality and “doing it right”. This is not to say he did not think outside the box, be creative and respond to the situation at hand with thought and planning.

Barnabas’s cheerful demeanor, commitment to high standards, willingness to please and extensive experience made our first renovation project as easy as it can be. There are challenges for everyone, and one needs to realize with multiple trades and availability some time issues will be experienced.

When two unrelated incidents occurred I called Barnabas in a panic, he arrived in minutes, assured me all would be ok and took on repairing things that were out of his realm of expertise. I trust Barnabas completely with his decisions and competency with the task at hand.

Jean Paterson

Yvonne St.Onge

Thank You

Whoops….it would be unfair to mention that some people no matter how well the renovation and project went just want to square up and get back to everyday living.  It is a busy life and we understand that also.

Please note Barnabas will be relocating to Kelowna, BC in the Spring on 2014 – but we will be servicing select out-of-town projects based on suitability in Calgary and other areas between Calgary and the West Coast.

More Bliss Than Building – Wasa Lake Renovation

Great Clients are like great Contractors – not easy to find and so when you do you treat them right and work together for years in bliss. Okay, okay….bliss might be a STRONG word – we are in the business of renovations and even the best of renovations will test all people involved. Needless to say the clients at Wasa Lake are the most generous, kind and amazing clients we have ever known.

Wasa Lake

Since purchasing this property over a year and a half ago we have been invited numerous times to come out with our family and enjoy. We have been too busy and the time not quite right but with Barnabas on site for long stretches of time we have been out A LOT. We have fallen in love with the area and the people including subcontractors and suppliers. Small community building is so different from big city building. Here are some pictures of Barnabas and our family – it has been more bliss than building on site but stay tuned. The boys are getting ready for some big progress with finishing and installation work on the horizon.

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Friends

Ice Fishing Wasa Lake

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Family Time

Please note Barnabas will be relocating to Kelowna, BC in the Spring on 2014 – but we will be servicing select out-of-town projects based on suitability in Calgary and other areas between Calgary and the West Coast.