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Too Hot? Ice Dam!

Too Hot? Ice Dam!

We’ve written an article that’s guaranteed to either a) help inform you a little better about the issue of ice damming, or b) get a song stuck in your head. Hope you enjoy it either way!

Why Should I Build a “Sustainable” Home?

Imagine this. The year is 168,000 BC. You've just returned from a successful deer hunt. You're sitting around the fire with a handful of berries trying to stay warm. The nights are getting cooler again for some odd reason. You see your crazy neighbour Gorg rubbing a...

Will We Ever Wear Pants Again?

Will We Ever Wear Pants Again?

I'm not wearing pants today at work. Sure work is now my home office, and I am wearing shorts. But not those formal, full length pants. Not even a nice plaid pair of shorts, I'm wearing my everyday summer play touch football shorts. Pockets all still in tact, but a...

Why Do We Say We Are “Truly Custom”?

Why Do We Say We Are “Truly Custom”?

My favourite compliment we've ever heard on one of our builds was from our siding guy. He said "this house looks just like the home owner!". We were thrilled to hear that because as a custom home builder, our goal is to make sure you shine through the walls of your...

The Importance of Honesty

The Importance of Honesty

"I didn't punch him or hit him" is a line I'm hearing more and more. I parent an awesome 3 year old and a fantastic one year old. Jaxon is starting to get into Henry's hair a little more often lately. Suddenly he's no longer the perfect little brother, and he's...

Benefits of Relational Home Building

I'm sure you've heard the stories before. The ones about subcontractors not getting paid, or work being done unsatisfactorily. You maybe have heard about people bragging how they took advantage of a subcontractor. Unfortunately these conversations are not uncommon in...

Before it gets Better

Do you ever tackle a home project that's a bit too big? Here's a glimpse into my newest learning experience! Gina and I heard from a few neighbours that our nice back yard had a big standing water problem in spring. We also noticed our yard had a nice slope... to the...

Best Building Practices

Best Building Practices

Good morning all, Today we're going to talk about something that's been a re-occurring theme throughout my life right now. That topic is what is "best"? How does Dueck Builders design the "best" homes? Firstly best is difficult. There is no clear-cut best siding or...

And now for something completely different…

Seven years ago I drove a 2006 Mustang (that I was about to crash and then trade for a truck). I didn't own a house, I was living at home at that point. I had no idea that in one short month True North Sports and Entertainment (TNSE) would make a city changing...

Why Do We Do What We Do? (Cal Episode)

Today's blog was a fun one! A slight change of perspective for the article. Get to know the other half of Dueck Builders a bit better by reading this blog post! Find out why Dueck Builders prides ourselves in being Winnipeg's most trusted green builder! Building...

Are Solar Panels Feasible for You?

Good morning friends! During our Ask the Author feature, we got this question posted on our blog. "I’m interested in putting solar panels up but I live in a century home and I’m not sure if my roof can handle the weight of them. I have 10″ roof boards on the roof deck...

Ask the Author

Ask the Author

Good morning all! Today I have run out of productive ideas of things to write about. So I'm doing what any good blogger would do, and am throwing it back to our followers. If you have any pressing questions on building, renovating, or otherwise improving your house...

Captivating

Captivating

What is in a word, a blog post, an ad, a picture that hooks the viewer? How do communication mediums like songs, writings, or pictures communicate so intimately with diverse people groups? What is it that captivates? Moreover, why is a builder writing about...

Why Do We Do What We Do? (Josh Episode)

Good morning friends! Today we're going to get into a short blurb explaining to you why we do what we do. Why Dueck Builders tries to push sustainability through transparent contracts and cost-plus building. First let's tackle why we do cost-plus building. For me this...

Renovation tips

Good afternoon friends. Well we're one month into our renovation in Charleswood. A lot has changed in the house! We're waiting on bated breath for the painting stage to make us look closer to done. It's a fun project but can be stressful. Here's a few reasons why:...

High-tech, Affordable Radon Detection

Hi Friends! Today we're going to go over a little product that I'm very happy I bought. Recently I purchased the Airthings Wave to monitor the radon levels in my own house. I will assure you this is one of the best things I've invested in. When you get it out of the...

How Google Reviews Help Your Favourite Small Business!

Good afternoon Friends! Today I'm writing a quick blurb on reviews. Growing companies like ours sometimes struggle to find credibility. These days it is super easy to find companies but how do you determine the reputable ones? I want to propose two of the easiest...

How to Make Decisions in a Renovation

Good morning friends! Today we're going to talk about doing things right. Gina and I recently bought a house in Charleswood! YAY! We're going through some extensive renovations and are on a budget. We were hoping to do all our renovations for 37,000. I'll admit I've...

Pale Blue Dot and Top Choice

Allow me for one day to pump our tires for a while. Dueck Builders has recently won the Top Choice Award for Winnipeg Home Builders. This excites me for a couple reasons. It means that throughout our builds we've made friends. Friends that will take time to support us...