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09-13-2018, 07:37 AM   #1
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I hope to see more of the work he's done.

Unfortunately, as with a lot of government housing, construction was sub-standard and unable to stand up to the element of time. Today's construction industry and practices have made it more affordable and easier to demolish and re-build a community rather than do extensive repairs. (Not to mention the lack of skilled labor for said repairs)
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Unfortunately, as with a lot of government housing, construction was sub-standard and unable to stand up to the element of time.
The biggest problem I see with restoration is the inability to have accurate estimates. having worked on a number of restorations in the Ottawa area, you make your estimate, when taking down the interior wall covering you find un-expected problems. The cost doubles, everyone starts screaming about cost overruns. With a tear down and new construction your costs are pretty much known.

That being said one of my buddies used to the the trouble shooter for Minto homes in Ottawa. Even in high end construction, there were things where no one would have bought the house if they knew what he had to do to get things looking good before the houses were listed.
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The biggest problem I see with restoration is the inability to have accurate estimates. having worked on a number of restorations in the Ottawa area, you make your estimate, when taking down the interior wall covering you find un-expected problems. The cost doubles, everyone starts screaming about cost overruns. With a tear down and new construction your costs are pretty much known.
In addition to uncovering unknown conditions, there are the requirements to bring older buildings up to current building codes which can be very costly.

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