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hether you’re looking to do a renovation project or desire a custom-built home, planning early is the key to success, says Frank Gordon-Cooper, president of Kurmak Builders. As an award-winning renovator and custom home builder, Gordon-Cooper knows it takes significant planning to build a custom home or undertake a whole house renovation or addition. “Great success will come from taking the time to plan properly,” he says. “The time necessary to plan, develop designs, decide on a realistic budget and schedule will ensure quality and value.”

Communication is also a major component and they make it a priority, Gordon-Cooper says. “Involving a homeowner throughout the construction process is absolutely vital – naturally, our clients have a lot of questions about their project. If they know what to expect, their perspective changes. They feel more comfortable with the entire process. “For us, quality is more than just superior craftsmanship; it’s the dedication to communication, maintaining schedules and staying within our client’s budget,” he comments. “If we ensure quality in all these areas then we’re giving our clients value. And, at the end of the day, our clients tell us they are very happy and we met or exceeded their expectations.” Being involved in both renovations and custom homes provides Kurmak with an edge which benefits their clients. “As a renovator we see how materials last, what construction methods worked and which ones didn’t, and as a custom home builder, clients encourage us to use different materials and create unique designs, doing both really pushes us to be better and as a result our clients receive higher quality work and long-lasting value,” GordonCooper explains. Kurmak recently completed a beautiful inner city custom home this summer that turned out “extraordinarily well,” he says. “This is a modern bungalow with a fully developed basement and beautiful details. The nature of the project was unique and the homeowners did an exceptional job with their selections and they were very pleased with the outcome.” You can learn more about Kurmak Builders, which is a member of the BBB, Canadian Home Builders Association – Calgary Region and RenoMark, by visiting:


Calgary Home Decor & Renovations - Dec 2014/Jan 2015  

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