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Strengthening our Community Through the Gift of Plumbing

As we all know, women are very underrepresented in the trades but thanks to talented entrepreneurs like Natasha, she is helping lay a path of new career opportunities for other women. Natasha accomplishes this not only by building her own business but helping with employment programs at the YWCA, teaching on the Women In Trades program at the Saskatchewan Polytechnic, and helping students at Mount Royal Collegiate build houses in their High School Carpentry Apprenticeship Program.

What does it mean to hire a licensed, bonded and insured contractor?

Let’s face it, every one of us homeowners wants to do business with a reputable company who will deliver what they promise. We want quality work at a fair price and we want that customer service to be top notch. Hiring a contractor with the right certifications and credentials can be the difference between a happy hiring experience and a home improvement nightmare we all know too well. Doing your homework as a homeowner is a super important step in the hiring process and luckily for you, we take care of all that by screening every single one of our home professionals. Besides the certifications and credentials we verify, all home professionals must agree to the Kijenga Pledge, ensuring the standard we set is at the highest right from the start. That being said, what does it mean to hire a contractor that is licensed, bonded and...

To Borrow Or Not To Borrow…

We are about the embark on the most expensive holiday season of the year. Is your bank account ready for it? It better be because you have that well needed winter getaway planned we well. We do live in Saskatchewan after all, where we have to chisel snotsicles off our kid’s nose every time they come inside. Oh and we are all outdoor enthusiasts so we need at least one ski trip, Moose Jaw Spa visit, Banff shopping spree, or Elk Ridge cabin rental as well right? So by the time April rolls around, you can just dip into the old savings account to pay for that renovation project you put off to “next year", right? Oh no money for that? Darn. Well it's probably time to talk about your options! There are two big questions to ask when wanting to renovate: Who do I hire? How am I going to pay for it? We think choosing a pro is the easy part but...

4 Budget Renovation Ideas That Can Add Pizzazz To Your Old Home

Canadians love their homes but they also like to keep redecorating, making small changes and, in general, make their homes more energy efficient and comfortable. Home renovations when done right can certainly add a great deal of value to your home making it aesthetically pleasant and comfortable for the residents. Today, we will discuss 4 renovation styles and tips that can be done without spending too much money yet add a lot of value and comfort to your home. (more…)

Add Drama To Your Kitchen With One-Of-A-Kind Backsplash Ideas

The backsplash is the area between the countertop of your kitchen and the wall behind the countertop. As trends in interior design change, newer materials are being used for kitchen backsplashes. Today, we will discuss some of the modern backsplash materials and also cover some useful tips that can help you select the right one. Tips to select dramatic and one of a kind backsplash for your kitchen Start by taking a look at the kitchen’s existing features. The backsplash you select should not compete with the kitchen features-mainly the countertop and the cabinets. If you haven’t already, choose the countertop material and color first. This will determine the design and color of your backsplash. Naturally, if you plan on making your backsplash the focal point of the kitchen, then select it first and then install a suitable countertop to...