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Home Therapy

We are creatures of habit. Most of us only like change that’s planned and controlled to our specifications. New cars, new furniture, new appliances all come with a degree of trepidation due to the unfamiliarity factor. Not to mention learning what all those new buttons are about. And come to think of it, why is the use and care instruction manual the size of a trilogy novel?
So it’s easy to put off the really big changes, 

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New Year, New Website

Spring is just around the corner!

It’s a brand New Year, time for renewal, introspection and looking forward to the many opportunities that lie ahead. The phone has certainly been ringing as people look to a fresh start by renovating their kitchens, bathrooms, or stretching their existing space with additions out back, or as second storey add-ons.

We’re renovating too, our website that is... 

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Celebrating Our 30 Year Anniversary

At Schnarr Craftsmen, we consider ourselves extremely fortunate to have worked with hundreds of wonderful clients over the years in Waterloo Region, and would like to take this opportunity to extend a heartfelt thanks to all of you for trusting in us and allowing us to serve you.  When Greg Schnarr was young and driving…

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Let's Get Real

Next to the underground construction economy, where a fly-by-night “renovator’ with questionable credentials, almost no overhead or insurance, no accountability to both the government and safety organizations, and often, of no fixed address, the plethora of ‘Reality’ Renovation Shows is doing the residential renovation business no favours.   Any renovation company that has survived the…

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Behind The Scenes

Ever wonder what happens before your renovation begins? Some days we wish it was as simple as organizing the jobs and getting the work done. But a lot has to be in place so we can get there. We all know about overhead such as vehicles, insurance, office staff etc. but here are some of…

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Aging In Place

The first of the Canadian baby boomers turn 65 this year. Canadian ‘Boomies’ born between 1947 and 1966 (we were a little slower to start procreating than the US) make up some 7 million Canadians. According to Statistics Canada, it is projected that there will be more seniors than children by 2017. While seniors only…

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Investing In Your Home

It’s interesting to note that all new car purchases come with a maintenance schedule intended to keep that engine purring throughout its lifetime. And yet, as soon as it’s driven off the lot, that car starts and continues to depreciate with little value left at the end. On the other hand, one of the largest…

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Reinventing The Bathroom

The recent King Tut Exhibit at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto offered astounding artefacts of incredible craftsmanship, intricacy and opulence. Part of the exhibit included a primitive looking stone toilet seat over 3,000 years old.  Fast forward through the Middle Ages when soap production first began. The Renaissance period when water was feared…

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