Entries by Larry Clay

BC Housing – Licensing and Consumer Services: The Defender of Quality

Building a new home can be an exciting and rewarding venture. Support and protection to homeowners is offered through the government agency – BC Housing and its Licensing and Consumer Services branch. In addition, public for-profit companies provide 2/5/10 warranty for homes in BC. The Licensing and Consumer Services (LCS) branch administers the Homeowner Protection […]

Destroying the New Home Myth

“The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.” Benjamin Franklin Sadly, too many people are taking possession of their brand-new home only to find that it is far from the perfect home they were anticipating. From the obvious poor quality of finishing and poorly thought-out features to the […]

They Don’t Make Them Like They Used To: Truth or Fiction?

Materials, craftsmanship and design might just make the new home of today, the character home of the future. More importantly, it is the engineering, building science and application of a minimum building standard that will result in our future homes being more durable, healthy and efficient. Like most people, I hate to see these opulent […]

Top Building Materials make a Top Custom Home

When you’re buying a new home, there are a lot of things to consider: location, price, design, number of rooms… One thing that many people don’t consider is the building materials. What is your home made of? If you’ve decided to build a custom home, that’s an even more important question because you get to […]

Custom Homes for Unique Lifestyles

We are all different. We are unique. We say it so often that it has lost much of its meaning, it has become a cliché. But then, most clichés are built upon some basic truth, and when it comes to your home – the way you live it, the way your family inhabits it – […]

Dealing with VOCs

Volatile organic compounds (abbreviated as VOCs) are gases that emanate from some solids or liquids and  include a range of chemicals which may have short or long-term negative health effects. A big problem is that the concentrations of VOCs are  consistently higher in the interior spaces. Up to ten times higher than outdoors. They are […]

Air Quality Starts at the Foundation

To improve your home’s air quality, start at the foundation. I received a call from a woman who had placed an offer on an expensive home in Vancouver. She wanted a renovation to this home, since she could not be in this home without quickly feeling sick. The home smelled musty, and she couldn’t bear the […]