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Home Renovations in West Vancouver's Ambleside

So, you've decided to renovate your home.  What next?  According to Mike Holmes, host of HGTV's Holmes on Homes, "the single most important thing you can do to protect your home and your money, is slow down" (MoneySense Dec '06).  Take your time and consider the scope of your project.  After that you will want to decide which contractor is right for your job.  You want someone who is reliable, who says that they will meet you at 8:00 am on Thursday and then shows up at 8:00 am on Thursday.  You want someone who looks, sounds and acts like a professional.  That person will have licensing, certification and references.  You are investing a considerable amount of your money, not to mention your time and you deserve to have someone working with you who will be a good steward of both.

When clients ask me to recommend a contractor for their renovation projects, I point them without reservation to Meister Construction.  Gordon Gildemeister, the principal, has assembled a team whose work has been recognized both locally and internationally and has led to partnerships with world-renowned architects and designers.  The only downside to this is that Meister Construction will likely be too busy to take on your project.  However, if it is interesting and challenging enough and there is a window of opportunity available, perhaps some renovation magic can happen in your home too.

Gordon Gildemeister can be contacted directly at 604-328-3086 or by email at



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