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MAC Renovation’s 3D Scanning solution

The Matterport camera system is our new favourite tool.

If you’ve been looking at real estate listings over the past few years, you’re probably very familiar with the virtual walkthrough that many REALTORS® are using to promote their listing, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic. Some are even using it as a replacement for the traditional floorplan, offering a 3D tour of the home instead. Whether you call it a dollhouse view, 3D perspective, or virtual 360° walkthrough, it was probably done using a Matterport solution.

Marcel Comeau of Resonance Reflection Photography is our Matterport expert. “We chose the Pro2 3D camera for the high-quality and high-precision imagery it captures,” explained Marcel. “This camera is amazing, as it lets us create 2D schematic floorplans as well as a highly immersive tour of the home. With the images, the MAC designers can look closely at the space, with multiple angles to see different perspectives of things like counters, windows, doors, and other features.”

While the Matterport walkthrough is a pretty standard feature on homes for sale, at MAC Reno, we saw an opportunity to provide a thorough before/after for homeowners remodelling their homes. This has become especially useful for our projects where the homeowner isn’t in Victoria. They’ve either hired us to remodel their home before they move here, or they’re out of the city for other reasons. The Matterport photography brings the site walkthrough to them, so they can review and explore from wherever they are.

A Powerful Tool

One of the features included with the Matterport software is the ability to check information after we’ve left the home. “I’ll often meet clients a few weeks prior to the design phase of the project,” explained Azu Saavedra, MAC Renovation’s design professional, “and one of the features I really like about the Matterport system is it gives me the ability to virtually tour the home, jogging my memory about details we discussed on site. It’s a great tool to reference back to. Since the system measures everything as it builds the virtual tour, I can check the dimensions without driving to the home. It’s not accurate enough for design-level measurements, but it is super-helpful in other stages of the renovation, especially for checking to see if a piece of furniture will fit through the doors as I’m staging for the reveal.”  

More Productive, More Efficient

Having detailed photos of the entire project helps us be efficient with our design team, as they can refer to the images to confirm layouts and design elements as well as electrical, HVAC, and plumbing considerations. In previous years, the designer might have to drive back to the home to confirm details that can now be found quickly and easily via the Matterport system. And as the Matterport technology improves, so will its accuracy, adding even more value to our design and build teams.

The additional data also helps us be more consistent with our documentation across projects, giving easy access to the information we need on your current project but also providing a foundation of information for future projects we do on your home. Through our Contractor-for-Life program, we might be back multiple times to help you update your home to match your lifestyle without changing your address.  

How the Matterport Improves the MAC Renovation Experience

Before MAC Renovations remodel

matterport top floor before construction

Click on pic to open Matterport Experience

Here’s a renovation project we recently completed near UVic. With the Matterport, we took detailed pictures before, during, and after construction to share the journey that turned this house into a home. The Matterport allowed the homeowners, who were living overseas, to check the design and see the progress in different stages, which made them feel connected to the project.

Small rooms, wooden wall-panelling, bulky pelmets, and tiny baseboards are common with homes of this era, built in 1964. At first glance, you wouldn’t know the tired carpet is hiding a fantastic surprise. While this home has had some updates over the years, the interior structure is relatively unchanged.

The keen eye will note that there are nine doors in the main hallway upstairs – and most of them are tiny cupboards: one was barely 20” deep, and others offered about 8” of storage space.

During MAC Renovations remodel

matterport walkthrough during construction

Click on pic to open Matterport Experience

This walkthrough is quite impressive, as it shows how much a house can be changed in a relatively short period. You can see where a new patio door is being framed in to replace the small dining room window, as well as the electrical wiring for the new lighting in the living room. Homes of this era rarely had one, if any, overhead light. With the new layout, the homeowners can adjust the lighting to suit their lifestyle.

It’s fascinating to see where some of the junction boxes are located and what the plan is for them in the final construction. The floor-mounted electrical gang-box in the bathroom layout is definitely intriguing.

Note the floor protection and hardboard we used to prevent damage to that fabulous flooring hidden under the carpet.

After MAC Renovations remodel

Click on pic to open Matterport Experience

 

The final reveal is just spectacular, with the quality finishes in place, the new kitchen layout just begging for a family dinner, and the natural light and illumination strategy making everything look perfect. That floor-mounted box in the bathroom is there to power the under-vanity lighting, a simple touch that adds style and safety to the home.

And those oak floors – hard to believe they were once covered with carpet. Now that they’ve been refinished, the unique patina and the way we laced in the sections to eliminate the gaps from the original walls make them look better than new.

For another fun tour with Matterport, check out this Vacation Home on the Lake

Click on the pic to explore the Lakehouse

We’ll be using the Matterport system on many of our upcoming renovations as it helps us document the entire renovation process, and we can share it through BuilderTrend, the online project management tool we use.

 

 

The Project Manager is the key to fulfilling the promises we make to our customers. They are fully accountable for the execution, cost control and, close out on our projects, in essence, the client experience. The company’s brand and financial performance relies on the proper execution of the responsibilities of this role.

MAC Renovations is an established design build company with a stellar reputation. Since starting out almost 40 years ago, MAC Renovations has built a loyal following of repeat clients based on a simple but powerful principle — be trustworthy. Not just in what you say, but in what you do. With all the challenges a home renovation can throw at you, it’s important to know that your contractor will be there — now and in the future. We see our team as family, and we are looking for long term members that share our vision and we are excited to be a part of this journey. Our company & team earn high praise from our clients and trade partners alike. Our success is your success.

Core Values

MAC Renovations Ltd. values from the foundation of the company. Adhering to our values will help us build a strong and healthy organization.

Collaboration – People working together gets the job done. As a team, we share ideas and knowledge to learn from each other. We encourage cooperative efforts at every level and across all activities in our company.

Continuing Education – Knowledge is power. It is our mandate to always be willing to learn new ideas, practices, and techniques, and pass on that knowledge to our friends, clients, and co-workers. We approach every relationship and situation with the mindset that we will be able to leave that interaction with some new insight.

Integrity – We approach every project with the understanding that we will do the right thing all of the time. Our team members and clients deserve nothing less. Integrity is the foundation of any business relationship. We continually strive to maintain the highest ethical standards and honour all commitments. We take personal responsibility for our actions, and treat everyone with trust and respect.

Care – We genuinely care about our clients, our business relationships and our employees. We go the extra yard to establish long-lasting relationships with our clients. From the way we present ourselves and interact with the community, to the pride we take in delivering our services and mastering our respective skills and trades, we care about every aspect of our business activities.

We take adding to our team seriously and finding the right combination of DRIVE, SKILLS & ATTITUDE is something we are willing to wait for. We live by our core values and if these do not resonate with you personally, this is simply not the place for you.

You have the following characteristics:

  • You have the ability to effectively manage multiple projects at the same time
  • Independent, resourceful, accountable and demonstrate initiative
  • Possess a high degree of emotional intelligence (EQ) – you have awareness of people and know how to interact for results & collaboration
  • Details and quality control are second nature to you – some may say you are meticulous
  • Ability to anticipate/forecast risk & take appropriate action
  • Exceptional planning & organizational abilities
  • You hold yourself to high standards
  • You are an effective communicator
  • You show up for life with enthusiasm and it comes through to your team inspiring loyalty and confidence
  • You likely have an entrepreneurial mindset which allows you to think on your feet and course correct for the best outcome – just because we’ve always done it this way is not how we need to keep doing it
  • You enjoy learning as much as transferring knowledge to others – continual quest for knowledge
  • You truly enjoy the work that we do and care about the client’s experience

Deliverables and Accountabilities:

Deliverables and accountabilities include and are not limited to:

Note: Deliverables and accountabilities will change based on the needs of the business and will be at the discretion of the employer.

The areas of accountability are as follows:

Deliverables

  • Budget & Schedule met as stipulated in contract
  • Customer Service
  • Training and professional development
  • Updates to administrative tracking systems

Accountabilities

Deliverable 1 – Budget & Schedule met as stipulated in contracts

  • Execution, Monitoring & Controlling and Closing phases are the sole responsibility of the Project Manager.
  • Project Manager assists sales associates through the initiation and planning phases as needed.
  • Project Manager is responsible to review and accept the estimate during the project planning phases and be present at the sales to production hand-off with the Operations Manager.
  • The budget is managed by the Project Manager according to stipulations laid out in the construction contract. The Project Manager is responsible to ensure that gross profit targets stipulated by the contract’s supervising signing authority are achieved.
  • The project schedule is managed by the Project Manager according to stipulations laid out in the construction contract. Note: The schedule must include details on payment dates, order of construction, resource allocation, procurement, critical decision dates, updated project progress, and key project meetings.
  • Project Schedule may be initiated by the sales associate, but final acceptance, coordination of sub contractor dates, and launching of the schedule is the responsibility of the Project Manager.
  • The project scope is managed through the change order and RFI (Request For Information) process to avoid scope creep.
  • MTO (Material take off) and procurement is managed by the Project Manager according to targets laid out in the project schedule.
  • Project resources, such as in-house labour and sub-contractors, are managed to ensure that contractual obligations related to the schedule and budget are met.
  • Change order management is the responsibility of the Project Manager
  • RFI management is the responsibility of the Project Manager
  • Communication management through the CRM (Client Relationship Management) and document control is the responsibility of the Project Manager.

Deliverable 2 – Customer Service

  • It is the responsibility of the Project Manager, in conjunction with the sales associate, to ensure that the client is fully aware of the items listed in the client expectation guideline.
  • It is the responsibility of the Project Manager to ensure that client meetings are to take place as per the schedule agreed upon in the construction agreement. Note: Client meetings are to be formatted as per the company guidelines.
  • Project Manager to ensure that the CRM data and project progress reports are updated every week and issued to project stakeholders.
  • Ensure that all subcontractors and staff communicate with customers in a professional and polite manner.
  • The Project Manager is responsible to ensure that final punch list items are all dealt with prior to final sign off by client after witness and hold points in the project. —— We don’t want the client finding errors and we definitely don’t want the client feeling entitled to walk around the site picking things apart when construction isn’t complete.
  • The Project Manager is responsible to aggressively pursue an efficient, timely and final project closure to ensure client referrals and positive reviews with our community.

Deliverable 3 – Training and Professional Development

  • Supports positive employee relations and company culture, accountable for employee adherence to company policies and procedures
  • Supports staff through coaching, professional development, team meetings and one on ones
  • Fosters an environment where company values are held paramount
  • Fosters an environment where project goals are broken down and made clear to staff and subcontractors through team meetings and one on ones
  • Professional development of project management career must always be pursued through GSRs with company owner, membership(s) in professional organizations, and enrolment in technical courses related to the industry

Deliverable 4 – Updates to Administrative Tracking Systems

  • Participate in process development
  • Ensure electronic acceptance of change orders. Note: change order development procedures must be followed as per company policy
  • GSR with supervising signing authority
  • CRM updates weekly
  • Manage communication plan
  • Stakeholder management and communication is the responsibility of the Project Manager.
  • RFI management is the responsibility of the Project Manager
  • Safety (toolbox meetings and team meetings)
  • Work in progress adjustments to be completed every month for each project as specified by Operations Manager
  • Ensure that project audit questions are completed and resolved within 48 hours.
  • Vehicle mileage sheets and time-sheets must be submitted to the office by Monday morning 9 am each week.

Required Experience / Skills:

  • 3+ years in construction, residential remodelling or high-end new construction preferred
  • 5+ years in a PM role
  • Demonstrated experience in effectively managing construction projects and contract administration to close out
  • Fiscally responsible, able to monitor and control project budgets and and any changes
  • Familiar with reading construction plans, and keeping drawings up to date
  • 1+ years supervisory experience is an asset
  • Knowledge & broad range of construction methods & techniques experience
  • Proficient verbal and written communication skills
  • Ability to use situational leadership to work with municipal staff, consultants, contractors and clients
  • Excellent client service skills, with the ability to work in a diverse workforce
  • Ability to deal with strong personalities, with a pleasant personality and a sense of humour, yet holding professional boundaries
  • High level of detail-oriented, time management and organizational skills
  • Proven planning and scheduling experience
  • Competency with high-volume workload, and the ability to stay focused and make sound decisions
  • Ability to multitask while managing priorities in a calm manner
  • Proficiency with computer/technology
  • Experience with the following software is an asset
  • Sage 100
  • Builder Trend
  • Google docs/sheets

MAC Renovations offers competitive wage & benefits and really great perks!

  • Competitive salaries
  • Eligible for health spending account (after 6 months)
  • Professional development funds
  • We like to get out of the office and have fun! Annual family BBQ with staff, their families and subs, on-site staff barbecues, luncheons, Annual holiday party at really great venues and more!
  • We uphold our promises

We look forward to meeting you!

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Benefits:

  • On-site parking
  • Wellness program

Schedule:

  • 8 hour shift
  • No weekends

Education:

  • Bachelor’s Degree (preferred)

Experience:

  • project management: 4 years (preferred)

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? Apply via our posting on Indeed.com and we’ll see you soon!

Join our team of professionals in Victoria, BC

We are looking for talented professionals who want to build quality, not quantity.

If you want to be proud of the projects you work on, send us your information so we can set up a chat.

MAC Renovations Ltd. is an award-winning design/build residential renovation firm based in Victoria, BC. Our business is primarily renovations but we have recently expanded into the Custom Built home market.

We are expanding again and are looking for conscientious, reliable, and multi-talented renovation apprentices for long-term employment. We currently have 2 openings for apprentices to join our top-notch team. We are seeking 2nd, 3rd- 4th-year carpenter apprentices.

The preferred candidate will have skills in the following areas:

  • Experience in the field is an asset
  • Strong work ethic, including initiative and team spirit
  • Punctuality
  • Excellent problem solving and the ability to think on your feet
  • Are able to communicate well with Mac team, clients, and public
  • Is able to take instructions and work efficiently
  • Understands the value of a family-based, home-grown company
  • Drivers Licence (Clean abstract)
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1

We Offer Our Team:

  • Full competitive compensation plan
  • Health benefits
  • Carpentry schooling tuition paid
  • $1,000.00 per year for other professional development
  • Brand new office with production yard
  • Annual halibut fishing trip, summer family party, annual holiday party and awesome BBQ’s
  • Safety: We value and uphold safety protocols
  • Mentoring and training
  • Promotions

*No Recruiters* Job Types: Full-time, Apprenticeship Benefits:

  • Dental care
  • Extended health care

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Victoria, BC (preferred)

Experience:

  • Apprenticeship: 2 years (preferred)
  • residential carpentry: 2 years (preferred)

Licence/Certification:

  • Drivers License and clean abstract (preferred)
  • ITA Certification (preferred)
  • Occupational First Aid Level 1 (preferred)

Work remotely:

  • No

Please apply via Indeed.com (no calls/emails, thanks)

We are looking for another construction manager to help us deliver an outstanding experience for homeowners in Victoria.

The posting is available on indeed, so please apply there, but here are the details.

 

Construction Manager for MAC Renovations

Construction Manager PHILOSOPHY:

The Construction Manager is the key to fulfilling the promises we make to our customer(s). The company’s brand and financial performance relies on the proper execution of the responsibilities of this role. The Construction Manager works closely with the Operations Manager, supports the production field team through all construction phases, establishes the production calendar, and manages resources to achieve success across all renovation projects. The Construction Manager is responsible for ensuring projects are completed safely and within scope and schedule requirements.

Our Company Values (We live by these and are true to them):

  • Collaboration
  • Continuing Education
  • Integrity
  • Care

Deliverables (include and are not limited to):

Training and Professional Development of Field Production Team

  • Foster an environment where MAC Renovations Ltd. (MAC) values are held paramount
  • Support positive employee relations, morale and company culture
  • Ensure production goals are clear to the Field Production Team. (Give the team the WHY).
  • Support the development of the Field Production Team core competencies through coaching, professional development, team meetings, and quarterly/yearly reviews
  • Develop and administer the apprenticeship program

Production Schedules and Quality Management

  • Manage and optimize the production calendar
  • Work with Lead Carpenters and Project Managers (PM’s) to identify any delays and advising of any corrective actions required
  • Communicate with the Operations Manager regularly to ensure work is being completed as required and notify of any issues or, job-related concerns that would impact schedule, financial performance, or quality of work.
  • Oversee Material Take Off
  • Perform site audits
  • Maintain an updated inventory of tools and equipment
  • Review and approve project cost sheet
  • Review and provide guidance on change order development

Updates to Administrative Tracking Systems

  • Quarterly/yearly reviews Field Production Team
  • Update BuilderTrend, as needed
  • Actively participate in management meetings
  • Oversee MAC’s COR Certified Safety Program
  • Review expense reports

Customer service (Maintain above 4.5 Star Google Reviews)

  • Coach the Production Field Team to be aware of the items in the client expectation guideline
  • Ensure the Field Production Team is communicating with customers in a professional and polite manner

Skill Set & Experience Needed:

  • Minimum 10 years experience in residential construction
  • Minimum 5 years’ experience as a Lead hand/Supervisor supporting a construction crew in the field
  • Proficiency in all aspects of residential framing, carpentry, interior and exterior finishing
  • Strong background in safety culture and implementation
  • Detailed knowledge of municipal building codes
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills, strong emotional intelligence, interpersonal and leadership skills
  • Ability to learn to be proficient in Google Docs and the construction management CRM systems (i.e., BuilderTrend)

To be considered for this opportunity please apply through this posting on Indeed.com. We ask for no phone calls and no recruiters.

Job Types: Full-time, Permanent Benefits:

  1. Dental care
  2. Extended health care
  3. RRSP match

Schedule:

  • Monday to Friday

Ability to commute/relocate:

  • Victoria, BC (preferred)

Education:

  • AEC / DEP or Skilled Trade Certificate (preferred)

Experience:

  • site supervising: 5 years (preferred)
  • residential carpentry, interior and exterior finishing: 10 years (preferred)
  • detailed knowledge of municipal building codes: 10 years (preferred)
  • Google Docs: 4 years (preferred)
  • Google Sheets: 4 years (preferred)
  • Google Drive: 4 years (preferred)
  • BuilderTrend software: 1 year (preferred)
  • learning new software: 3 years (preferred)
  • similar role: 10 years (preferred)
  • residential construction: 10 years (preferred)

Licence/Certification:

  • Drivers License (preferred)

Work remotely:

  • No

This opportunity is only available via Indeed.com. Please submit your information through their portal so we can schedule a conversation with you.

Are you a superbly skilled, high-energy, detailed-focused payroll professional? Would you like to work with a team that delivers excellence every day?

Do you have a high degree of EQ and fantastic at communicating?

We’d love to hear from you!

Check out our posting on Indeed for a new Payroll Clerk. Apply if you’ve got what we’re looking for, and if we agree, we’ll set up an interview so we can show you what life at MAC is like, and you can show us how you’ll help make us better.

Read the full posting at Indeed.com

 

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. 

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.