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22Mar 2021

MAC Renovations Ltd. is a full-service award-winning design/build residential renovation firm based in Victoria. Our projects are located all over Victoria and the South Island municipalities and range from single suite condominium remodels, and renovations, to commercial renovation & tenant improvements, to full home renovations, and light handyman services. We are expanding again and are looking for conscientious, reliable, and multi-talented renovation carpenters for long-term employment.

The ideal candidates will be fully qualified and well-rounded renovation carpenters with an eye for detail and recent successful experience in the renovation industry. You will be able to work with minimal direction and help bring a project from the planning phase to completion in a timely and professional manner. You will have demonstrated successful experience being a key part of a motivated crew, enjoy a diverse work environment, and be an excellent problem solver who can learn on your feet.

Demonstrated successful experience in the following areas of renovation construction is required:

  • Light structural framing
  • Knowledge of single-family construction multiple vintages 1900-2000s- Windows, doors, and finishing installation.
  • Fall Arrest & Rope access certification.

Also Required:

  • Drivers Abstract
  • Resume- 3 work references and 1 personal

Preference will be given to

  • 3+ years of experience in residential renovation
  • Red Seal Certification
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent

Benefits:

  • Dental care
  • Extended health care
  • RRSP match

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Victoria, BC (preferred)

Education:

  • AEC / DEP or Skilled Trade Certificate (preferred)

Experience:

  • Supervising: 2 years (preferred)
  • Carpentry: 4 years (preferred)

Licence/Certification:

  • Journeyman Red Seal Carpentry Ticket (preferred)
  • First Aid Level 1 certificate (preferred)
  • Fall Arrest (preferred)
  • Drivers License and Abstract (required)

Work remotely:

  • No

COVID-19 precaution(s):

  • Personal protective equipment provided or required
  • Social distancing guidelines in place
  • Virtual meetings
  • Sanitizing, disinfecting, or cleaning procedures in place

Interested in joining our amazing team? Send us your information and we’ll set up a chat. 

09Mar 2021
MAC Renovations Ltd - Houzz Profile

We recently received this delightful email from Houzz, the leading platform for home renovation and design for people interested in home renovations. We’ve earned awards from Houzz since 2014, but there are still some people who don’t know what it is, so here’s a quick guide to give you the basics about Houzz, so you can use it for your home renovation in Victoria.

The Houzz community has spoken and the results are in! MAC Renovations has won the Best of Houzz 2021 award in customer service.

What is Houzz?

“When founders Adi and Alon remodeled their home, they started the way these projects often do: with a tall stack of magazines and referrals for home professionals from people they knew. But after those piles of torn out pages failed to make their dream a reality, they felt stuck. There had to be a better way.

So they built Houzz.”

Houzz is a comprehensive online platform for renovations, remodels, new construction, and additions, connecting homeowners with local professionals and providing good information about current styles, techniques, tools, and treatments. On the Houzz site you can find kitchen guides, bathroom guides, before & after shots, and so much more. It’ll lead you down a rabbit hole of awesomeness, and you’ll have a delightful breadcrumb trail of ideas to share with your designer to incorporate into your next project.   

So, what can you do on Houzz?

Read Reviews

Check the reviews of the contractor you’re considering to see what previous clients have had to say about their renovation. We’re grateful to have so many of our renovation clients share their experience – we have 54 reviews and a 5-star rating!

Peruse Projects

Explore the projects shared by the team you’re thinking about using for your next project. Does their style match yours? Do they showcase multiple styles to give a good range of options? We’ve posted 77 projects to showcase a broad range of the renovation projects we do here in Victoria, and they’ve been added to ideabooks on Houzz over 25,000 times.

Collect Concepts

With a free account on Houzz, you can create an ideabook to hold all of the design ideas you find throughout the site. Bookmark a bathroom layout that tickles your fancy or save a kitchen design that takes over your dreams, then share it with your designer to give them a good sense of what you like so that they can build it into your next home renovation.

Shop for Style

Not only is Houzz a great place to choose your next renovation team, but they also have over 1 million products available to ship to Canada. Their marketplace is divided into categories to make it easy to find what you need, whether it’s a new rug for your primary bedroom or outdoor lounge furniture to live it up al fresco. 

Houzz is a great tool to keep you informed about what’s happening in the renovation world. If you have questions or would like to know how a professional renovation team can help you love where you live, give us a call.

24Feb 2021

Occupational Therapy + Home Renovation

When you think about aging-in-place concepts, you probably envision grab bars in the bathtub, curb-less shower stalls, taller toilets, and other accessories designed to increase mobility for a typically older crowd. And while these concepts are part of an aging-in-place strategy, they’re only part of the equation.

Wider hallways, electrical outlets that are just a bit higher and light switches that are just a bit lower, under-vanity lighting, wider doorways, and eliminating tripping hazards on the exterior doors are a few of the approaches we can take when making a home more inclusive.

By using universal design concepts, we can make homes safer, more enjoyable, and in many cases, more valuable. 

Starting the Conversation

Before we begin any renovation project, we have a conversation with the homeowner to understand the motivations for their reno, whether it’s a kitchen upgrade, a bathroom remodel, or even adding a new section to your home. “When I visit a home,” explains Ed McDonald, co-owner of MAC Renovations in Victoria, “I like to dig deep with the homeowner to find the true change they’re looking for. They may have asked us to come out to remove the bathtub, and then in conversation, I’ll find out that the husband had hip surgery and can’t climb into the tub anymore. In this situation, we’ll recommend they have an occupational therapist walk through their home with them to identify issues they might have around mobility today, as well as 5-10 years from now.”

Professional Help

Claudia Walker is a local Occupational Therapist we refer to for many of our clients when they’re concerned about their ability to stay at home. “Claudia is an independent occupational therapist,” shared Ed, “which means she’s qualified to assess the homeowner’s needs for now and for the future.”

“Occupational Therapy focuses on functional performance,” explained Claudia. “It’s about your ability to do what you want to do safely, and for different people, that means different things. When I visit a home, I’ll look at the flow: the path people follow as they go about their day, room to room. I look at the intersection of the place and the person to understand what they want to do in their environment. Then we’ll develop a strategy that recommends safe and effective changes to prevent falls, maximize their independence, and maintain their dignity. It’s not enough to just be safe in your home: you need to live in it too, with the ability to do the things that matter to you.”

Bathroom vanity - top ten - MAC Renovations

 

Removing Barriers

“Much of universal design is about removing barriers to everyday living,” said Claudia. “Walk-in showers, slip-resistant flooring, higher toilets, and grab-rails in the shower are a great start. And outside of the home, making sure the pathways are clear, the sidewalks are level, and installing well-designed ramps can help people remain independent in their own homes, whether they’re in a wheelchair or using a walker.”

Removing Fear

“The fear of falling can actually be as much as a health issue as the fall itself,” explained Claudia. “Many seniors start retracting into themselves, withdrawing from the things they love to do because they fear they’ll get hurt while attempting it. A home renovation that incorporates universal design principles and aging-in-place concepts can give people the confidence to live their life.”

Advanced Technology

The aging population means there are more inventions and resources available to help people enjoy their home. “In some of our builds, we’re putting in automatic lighting with voice controls,” explained Ed. “And where it makes sense, we’re installing elevators into some homes. These tend to be best for larger houses with three or four floors. In homes with smaller footprints, stairlifts are usually a better solution. Another smart feature is microwave drawers, which eliminate the risk of spilling hot food onto yourself when you’re reaching up to take something out of the unit mounted above the stove or under the cabinets.”

Contractor for Life

We’ve been doing home renovations in Victoria for over 40 years now, and we’ve done repeat jobs for many of our clients. “When MAC was just a new company,” shared Ed, “we were hired to add a sunroom to a home in Gordon Head for a doctor and his wife. As their kids became teens, we were invited back to expand the primary bedroom to give them more living space, away from the loud — but lovely — teens. And once the kids had grown up and moved out, we came back in to do a full kitchen renovation to allow the parents to enjoy the entertainment stage of their life. That’s what a contractor for life does – helps you incorporate the changes you need to enjoy your home, no matter how old you are. Trends and lifestyles change over the years, so having a team that knows your home and your family is a smart way to ensure you love where you live as long as you want.”

 

If you’d like to know what needs to be done to help you enjoy your home for as long as you want, contact us to schedule a no-obligation consultation.