This site compares average cost for 29 popular remodeling projects with the value those projects retain at resale in 99 U.S. markets.
Throughout the nation it rated Manufactured Stone Veneer as one of the best upgrades you can choose for the cost vs the value you’re able to recoup in a sale. In fact, the recouped cost in the Pacific Region and East South Central Regions were as high as 106.7% and 106.4% respectively.
If you are looking to renovate or remodel your home, manufactured stone veneer is an excellent choice to include in the project.
If you’re in the planning stages of your project, make sure to check out the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer to help with all your remodeling ideas. Also check out some of our inspirational videos. Seeing what other people have done on their projects is often all you need to come up with the best ideas for your own project.
Kodiak Mountain Stone is once again a proud sponsor of the Cardston High School athletics program. This weekend the boys and girls Cougar Classic basketball tournament is under way with some great basketball!
If you can’t make it to the games, check out their live stream HERE
The Kodiak Mountain Stone store in Calgary has been closed. We continue to deliver product to the Calgary area from our Lethbridge store. For assistance or questions please contact us at 1-877-563-4252.
A special thanks goes to Wes Dewsbery that managed our store in Calgary. His commitment and dedication to his job was incredible.
BuildDirect is a technology company headquartered in Vancouver, British Columbia. It is an online marketplace for heavyweight home improvement products. The company was founded in 1999 and connects buyers (consumers and contractors) with sellers (suppliers and manufacturers). Categories include manufactured stone veneer, flooring, tile, decking, building materials, outdoor, kitchen & bath, molding & accessories, doors and much more.
At Kodiak Mountain Stone we are excited to be able to offer our manufactured stone veneer to customers throughout North America by partnering with BuildDirect. You can order your stone and have it shipped directly to your project site.
You can find our stone online at BuildDirect HERE.
Until November 27, check out their Black Friday specials on various building materials by clicking the link below!
The recent changes that have been made to the mortgage rules in Canada are going to have a big impact on many jobs and lives.
Stephen Amonson, Managing Director HAC Housing Group, has written an excellent open letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau. By sharing this we are hoping that many people will read this letter and it will eventually be read by Mr. Morneau.
October 11th, 2016
Dear Finance Minister Bill Morneau,
I hope that through the channels of social media and its relative power that you have an opportunity to read this and reconsider some of the sweeping changes you made to Mortgage rules on October 3rd. Why is this so important to me? Jobs, that’s why. Plain and simple it’s about jobs. You see my little group of building companies are small but they provide full time employment with excellent salaries and benefits for hundreds of people in both Alberta and Saskatchewan. We have fought hard for the past 2 years in difficult economic times to ensure that these jobs remain intact and that the families they support stay strong. Recently I woke up to news that you were introducing changes to mortgage lending rules that would affect our “National Housing Market”, which I would like to state does not exist. I respectfully repeat and submit that there is no “National Housing Market” just like there is no “National Weather Forecast”. Each region of this immense country has different paradigms, economic conditions, and housing challenges that need to be addressed with thoughtful and respectful consideration. I can only speak for my region of the country when I say that your recent announcement has placed families and jobs at risk in a marketplace that arguably did not need your interference. In addition to this you have placed unnecessary restrictions around Canadian’s fundamental right to not only provide shelter for their families but provide security through a time proven method of building wealth. Please understand that I would acknowledge that you have challenges but maybe, had you consulted with Builders, Lenders and Realtors across this country you might have come to different conclusions. I respectfully submit the following questions:
My first of many questions to you would be why?
Why would you interfere with a Canadian citizen’s ability to purchase a home?
Is not buying and owning a home one of the fundamental cornerstones of our “Canadian Philosophy”?
Has this not historically been one of the chief components for Canadians to build wealth and secure their retirement?
Is Canada not a free market economy?
If two out of the 100 plus markets have issues, why would you not address them specifically, although I return to question number 3 as a preference.
Although certain markets get overheated do they not tend to correct themselves over time? Do they not provide thousands of well paying construction jobs as demand rises?
If you are concerned about Canadians taking on debt and payments they cannot afford then:
Why have you only attacked the mortgage segment of lending?
Why would you not address the second and third largest segments of lending: Automobiles and Credit cards?
Why have you not addressed predatory lending? Why have you ignored a segment of lending that prevents many Canadians from ever escaping poverty?
Why have you not changed the rules around credit card lending and their interest rates? Are you aware that although general interest rates have dropped by roughly 400% in the past 10 years Credit card rates have remained the same?
Why do Canadians have to insure a loan to protect the banks? Why does this insurance not provide protection to them as well?
Why are you limiting a person’s ability to take advantage of some of the lowest rates in Canadian history? This is really important, so I will repeat the question in a different way. My son or daughter now has the opportunity to own a home and build wealth at some of the lowest rates in our history. They can borrow more for less and now you want to put a stop to that! Why?
Are you not comfortable with the prescribed debt ratios when it comes to underwriting these mortgages? Do we not already have a system that prevents Canadians from exceeding certain debt thresholds? Is it not true that mortgage lending is the only place where you have legislated debt levels?
Are you not comfortable with insurance fees that already wipeout almost all of the equity that a first time buyer has with 5% down?
Are you not satisfied with the fact that we have one of the most competitive mortgage markets in the world?
Why have you not honoured the agreement to index the GST rebate as prices have risen over the past 25 years. Why is there no GST rebate for homes over 450,000 if this is well below the median price in many markets? This could impact affordability immediately!
Are you concerned that the first-time buyer might not be able to renew their mortgage if rates were to climb?
Then why not force them to sign a 7 year or a 10 year mortgage instead? This would allow them more time to build equity before renewal and in the event that they cannot afford to renew then at least they may have equity to make a different move. The rate is only slightly higher than the five year and would affect far fewer Canadians.
Why not introduce a program that addresses the possible rate jump at renewal?
Why not address the rules around prepayment penalties. Why do mortgages have such large prepayment penalties? These fees are excessive and can prevent many people from relief in the case of default. In the auto industry as an example almost all loans can be paid off at any time with almost no penalty. Why is this not the same with mortgages?
Why not ban transfer taxes? This is a tax on mobility and an even greater tax on equity with no added benefit to the consumer.
Why did you not consult or consider the homebuilders across Canada when you made this move? Are you not aware that this industry has a tremendous effect on our national GDP. Are you not concerned with the effect this could have on tens of thousands of jobs?
The average single family home takes 5-8 months to build and the average multi-family project can take upwards of three years to complete (if not more). With these changes to the rules the homebuilding industry will have to adjust in order to meet new demands. Unmistakably,, this is what is going to happen: Consumers will be forced to buy smaller homes with fewer features and they will not be able to realize their full purchasing power. Yes you can afford a bigger home but no we will not let you? Sound a little bizarre?
What about the 8 months of inventory already in the ground with only two weeks to sell it? How will this affect current homeowners if builders are forced to discount this product in order to move it?
Why did you only give two weeks to allow for these changes? In the past you have allowed much more time and this is not an unreasonable request based on production cycles and the changes this will have on demand.
The Foreign Purchaser
As stated earlier this is not a big issue for me in my marketplace and I may have limited understanding on this topic but something doesn’t seem quite right here. If a municipality collects property tax from an absent owner, they are doing so without the full burden of that owners cost to the system. No kids in schools, no cars on streets, no garbage collection etc. Seems like a profitable scenario to me. I understand the complexities of affordability and existing residents and would only suggest that this policy does not address either one appropriately.
The right to live in a specific area
Do you believe canadians have a right to live in specific communities?
If so, then could you please do something about the prices in Rockcliffe Park and The Glebe in Ottawa as it would appear that these foreign buyers (you may call them Embassies and MPs) have driven the prices up so high that I find it impossible to find something in my price range.
Do we not create mass transit systems and infrastructure to move people in and out of the core in large centers? Infrastructure that in some cases is heavily subsidized through fees and levies on new units inside these cores?
Are you worried about large scale default in the case of interest rate rise?This is really the issue isn’t it? Then let’s really do something effective:
Repeal this legislation
Agree to meet with Home builders, Realtors, Lenders and Insurers all together under one roof
Have transparent discussions regarding these issues and work on solutions that have positive outcomes with broad-based acceptance
Introduce changes with timelines that allow for business model changes , consumer adjustment and minimal market interruption
This is the time of year we have a lot of people coming to talk to us about their fireplace or other interior projects they are going to start to work on. Whether it’s a new build or a renovation we will be able to help you chose the right stone for your project.
Many clients come into the show room because they are still searching for ideas to help them out on their project.
We want to help out with ideas and inspiration by sharing a couple of videos showing what other clients have done.
The “Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer” will give you the opportunity to view your project with some of our most popular stone profiles and colors. Simply upload a picture of your home, follow the tutorial and let us help you Visualize Your Dream.
We’ve also created a video tutorial to assist you in using the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer.
Please visit us at one of our show rooms if you have any questions or would like to see samples of our stone.
You can also find a dealer near you to purchase your Kodiak Mountain Stone products HERE or purchase online at BuildDirect
As the popularity of our Kodiak Mountain Stone products continue to increase, we get many inquiries as to where our customers can purchase our products from. Fortunately we have a number of options that allow anyone to have access to our products.
We currently have three company owned locations that we can be found:
Our Kodiak Mountain Stone manufactured stone veneer is also available through our dealer network. You can locate a dealer near you on our Dealer Map HERE
We are also proud to be on the BuildDirect.com Marketplace. Through BuildDirect.com we are able to ship product all throughout North America. View all the products we have on the Build Direct Marketplace HERE
Sales of newly built, single-family homes fell 7.6 percent in August from an upwardly revised July reading to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 609,000 units, according to newly released data by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and the U.S. Census Bureau. This marks the second consecutive month that sales have topped a 600,000 annual pace since the Great Recession.
“Given the huge jump in sales in July, the August reading remains robust,” said Ed Brady, chairman of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and a home builder and developer from Bloomington, Ill. “Sales are up 21 percent from August last year and year-to-date they are running 13 percent higher, indicating that the housing recovery remains firmly on track.”
“A low supply of homes, a broadening of the market with additional sales growth in lower price points and rising household formation all point to a growing demand for housing as we move into 2017,” said NAHB Chief Economist Robert Dietz.
The inventory of new homes for sale was 235,000 in August, which is a 4.6-month supply at the current sales pace. The median sales price of new houses sold was $284,000.
Regionally, new home sales fell by 34.3 percent in the Northeast, 12.3 percent in the South and 2.4 percent in the Midwest. Sales rose 8 percent in the West.
Kodiak Mountain Stone is proud to continue our support of the Kodiak’s Athletics programs at Lethbridge College for the 2016/2017 year. We have been sponsors of Kodiak Athletics for a number of years now and have enjoyed the relationship we have with Lethbridge College.
It has been exciting to see the success the different teams have had over the years and we are sure we will see more success with the talent, hard work and dedication we see from the coaches and players alike.
The teams represent Lethbridge College in the ACAC and CCAA competitions. The Kodiaks have competed at the highest level of athletics both on the court or field and in the classroom, earning provincial and national titles and academic awards since their founding in 1966.
Good luck to all the teams in the 2016/2017 season!
Kodiak Mountain Stone is once again proud to support Jeff Heggie at the CRA and FCA finals in the steer wrestling. Jeff has had another great season and we are proud be be on his team headed into the finals.
The Foothills Cowboy Association finals will be held in Red Deer AB at the Westerner Park from October 7-9, 2016.
The Chinook Rodeo Association Finals will be held in Brooks AB at the Silver Sage Community Corral from October 28-30, 2016
Good luck to Jeff and all the contestants!
2016 marks the 5oth year of the CHBA-Lethbridge Region Parade of Homes and it’s as big and good as ever with 40 beautiful show homes available to visit. Kodiak Mountain Stone is grateful to be able to work with a number of the builders involved in the Parade of Homes including this years College Home which was built by Empire Homes.
The 2016 Parade of Homes runs from September 10 through September 25
Monday to Friday: 4-8pm
Saturday – Sunday: 1-5pm
Below is a list of the 2016 builders along with the addresses of their show homes:
Western Ledge by Kodiak Mountain Stone is a beautiful ledge stone that comes in varying lengths and widths. The majority of the stone in this profile will range from 3″x5″ to 7″x16″. With the proper installation of the Western Ledge you are able to create a beautiful project inside or out. We have assembled a video of Western Ledge projects to help you with your own ideas and inspirations.
We love that our clients share pictures with us and we hope that they can help inspire you for your next project.
Enjoy our latest video of projects to help give you ideas and inspiration for your next interior or exterior project. Kodiak Mountain Stone can ship our manufactured stone anywhere. So check us out at www.KodiakMountain.com or call us at 877-563-4252.
Kodiak Mountain Stone is once again proud to support Tia Heggie as she represents Alberta on the U17 Team Alberta Woman’s basketball team.
Team Alberta will be playing at the NIKE End of the Trail basketball tournament in Oregon City OR from July 5-8. From there they will head to Langley BC for some exhibition games. They will cap off the year at the Canadian National Championships in Regina SK from July 24-31.
Stacked Ledge Stone is the newest profile offered by Kodiak Mountain Stone. The Stacked Ledge Stone is a narrow ledge stone with lengths averaging 5” to 18” long. Available in all of our colors, including our new gray tones, the Stacked Ledge Stone is perfect for a tight, dry-stacked look or a completely different look with grout lines.
The contemporary look of our Stacked Ledge Stone is perfect for a wide variety of applications. Whether it’s the exterior of a home or an interior feature wall or fireplace the end result will be great.
Stop by one of our showrooms in Lethbridge or Calgary AB, or Springville UT to see samples of all our manufactured stone veneer products.
Stop in at your Kodiak Mountain Stone show room in Lethbridge or Calgary AB to ask about our SPEC MIX Polymer Modified Stone Veneer Mortar.
Ultimate Bond. Non Sagging.
SPEC MIX® Polymer Modified Stone Veneer Mortar (PMSVM) is a technologically advanced adhered veneer mortar for use in bonding adhered manufactured stone veneer, natural thin cut stone and thin brick to a cementitious substrate. PMSVM is designed to provide excellent workability, cohesion, high bond strength, sag resistance, water resistance, efflorescence minimization, and durability. SPEC MIX PMSVM is the ideal solution for architects and contractors with projects where an immediate and ongoing need for mortar delivering high bond strength and sag resistance during installation is required. In applications where mortar joints are not utilized,such as dry stack applications, SPEC MIX PMSVM should be used to gain additional bond strength and “pop-off” protection. Installing natural thin cut stone veneer is aided by the unique anti-sag and high bond properties of SPEC MIX PMSVM.
In addition to custom mix designs that are available for specific applications or properties, the SPEC MIX Polymer Modified Stone Veneer Mortar is designed to be compatible with the characteristics of most all specified adhered masonry veneer units. It is acceptable for all types of construction: concrete, masonry, wood frame or steel studs, with submittals available upon request.
HIGH BOND STRENGTH
NON-SAG PERFORMANCE & REDUCED CRACKING
REDUCES POP-OFFS, CALL BACKS & REPAIRS
RESISTANCE TO WATER PENETRATION & EFFLORESCENCE
PRE BLENDED WITH SAND TO MINIMIZE LABOR & WASTE
CONSISTENT QUALITY CONTROL WITH EVERY BAG
GREAT WORKABILITY AND BOARD LIFE
Approximate Coverage Rates 80 LB. (36.3 KG) Bag:
Scratch Coat: 20-23 Square Feet
Bonding Coat: 24-26 Square Feet
Joint Grout (1/2″ Joints): 38-40 Square Feet
Full Installation (scratch, bond & joint): 13-15 Square Feet
*NOTE: coverage is approximate and will vary depending on workmanship, method of installation, substrate, style of stone, waste and regional variation.
Click HERE to go to the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer
Share your best work on Facebook for a chance to win one of 3 Amazon Giftcards!
We’re giving away some Amazon shopping sprees for our very first ‘Render to Win’ contest! From April 15th (hey, that’s today!) to April 29th, share your #RenoworksPro talent on Facebook, and you’ll be entered into a draw to win one of three Amazon giftcards. Grand Prize- $300 at Amazon | Second Prize- $200 at Amazon
Third Prize- $100 at Amazon
Here’s how to participate (scroll down for pictures):
In a Facebook post, share a ‘Before’ picture and a ‘Renoworks Pro Rendering’ of your remodeling project.
Include the hashtag #RenoworksPro.
Tag us @Renoworks and @KodiakMtnStone to make sure we see your entry!
You can enter more than once: you’ll get one entry for each set of pictures.
You’ll get a bonus entry if you include the real-life ‘After’ photo of your remodeling project.
The winner will be chosen by random selection, so be sure to enter as many times as you can to increase your chances of snagging a gift card!
Contest ends April 29th. Winner announced May 2nd.
A deficit of more than $10 Billion as previously announced by the Minister
A return to budget balance forecast for 2024
$9 billion in municipal infrastructure support over five years, including $6.1 billion under the Municipal Sustainability Initiative
Starting January 1, 2017, a carbon levy will be applied to fuels at a rate of $20/tonne. One year later, the levy will increase to $30/tonne. This translates to approximately 4.5 cents/L and 6.75 cents/L when it comes to gasoline.
Budget 2016 will reduce Alberta’s small business corporate income tax rate by one third, from 3% to 2% as of January 1, 2017.
The amount of funding for affordable housing will nearly double.
$645 million for Energy Efficiency Alberta, a new provincial agency that will support increasing energy efficiency for homes and businesses
$165 million for two new tax credits that encourage investors to support small and medium-sized companies and encourage business capital investment
The secret to a successful home renovation lies in the careful planning and understanding of what you are wanting to achieve. In many cases, your final specifications will be figured out with the help of your contractor, designer or architect. But the more information that you can provide to them about your vision of the renovation, the better they are able to help you bring that vision to life.
Here are a few things to consider before meeting with your renovation contractor:
Do you have a clear vision of the changes you want to make in your home? What is the purpose of your renovation?
What are the specific goals of your renovation project?
Do you anticipate future changes in your life that could affect what you need in your home?
What are the must-haves and what are the nice-to-haves in the vision you have for your renovation?
Once you have spent the time planning through the vision of your renovation you will be in a better position to describe and discuss your ideas with your contractor, designer or architect. What you put into the planning before the renovation begins will make a real difference in the success of your project and your ability to keep within your budget.
For more ideas and tips to help you plan your renovation refer to the resources available through Renomark HERE
In the planning stages of your renovation the Kodiak Mountain Stone Visualizer is a powerful tool to help you see what your project will look like. The Visualizer allows you to upload photos of your project and see what it will look like with different changes made.
We believe quality stone demands quality installation. Mortar has changed. We ask that you all stress the importance of using Polymer Modified Mortar for tight-figt/dry stacked stone veneer installation. These new Polymer Modified Mortars are more workable, and they bond better.
Type N or Type S mortar should not be used for installing tight-fit/drystacked installations. Polymer Modified Mortar should be used for these tight-fit/drystacked installations. Conventional Type N and Type S mortars are designed for laying up block and brick, and are not required to have high bond strength. Polymer Modified Mortars on the other hand are made specifically for bonding and provide very high bond strength. Type N and Type S mortar are adequate for installing stone applications having grouted joints because the grouted joints provide additional bond to the sides of the stones; and also because the grouted joints act as a secondary attachment. In addition, the grouted joints also seal the stone walls from water accumulation behind the stones which can cause debonding when frozen. But tight-fit/drystacked stone installations don’t have these grout joint “safety valves”.
Guests to the show can find a variety of exhibitors, ranging from flooring and cabinets, to hot tubs and fireplaces, to landscapers and greenhouses, and much more. It’s the largest Home and Garden show in Southern Alberta, and the variety of products is almost endless!
2016 Dates NEW HOURS!
March 16 – Wednesday – 1 to 8 pm
March 17 – Thursday – 1 to 8 pm
March 18 – Friday – 1 to 8 pm
March 19 – Saturday – 10 to 5 pm
$7 per person
Under 10 Free Courtesy of Park Place Shopping Center
$5 per vehicle
Find out more about the Lethbridge Home and Garden show HERE
The 2016 Calgary Home + Garden Show starts this Thursday and Kodiak Mountain Stone is looking forward to seeing you there! Once again we will be located at Booth #885.
We will have our samples of manufactured stone veneer, natural stone and acrylic stucco for you to see. These products are great for both your interior and exterior projects. Whether you are building a new home or renovating your existing one, we will be able to help.
Adults (13+) $16.00
Adults (13 +) Online $13.00
Seniors (60+) $13.00
Seniors (60+) Online $10.00
Seniors (60+) FRIDAY Before 5pm $7.00
Children 12 & Under FREE
BMO Centre, Stampede Park
20 Roundup Way SE
If arriving from the North, take 11th avenue SE to Olympic Way and proceed through the gates. When coming from the South via Macleod Trail turn east into Stampede Park off of 25th Avenue S.E, or follow the street signs indicating the route to Stampede Park on all major roads in the city.
Every year the Canadian Home Builders Association – Lethbridge Region hosts the Building the Best Awards to recognize the best in the industry. It is a great event to be able to look back and celebrate all the successes from throughout the year.
We would like to congratulate and recognize all those who were honoured this year:
Builder of the Year
Winner: Galko Homes
All Weather Windows & Lealta Building Supplies
Single Family – Up to 1100 sq ft
Winner: Avonlea Homes – The Edison
Challenger Building Supplies Ltd
Single Family – 1101-1250 sq ft Split-Level/Two Storey
Winner: Galko Homes – The Willowdale
Timber Tech Truss Inc
Single Family – 1251 – 1550 sq ft Bungalow/Bi-Level
Winner: Avonlea Homes – The Bayview
Omega Flooring Ltd
Single Family – 1251 – 1400 sq ft Split-level/Two-Storey
Winner: Stranville Living – The Hamilton
Durabuilt Windows & Doors
Single Family – 1401 – 1550 sq ft Split Level/Two-Storey
Winner: Avonlea Homes – The Bristol
Kitchen & Bath Classics, A Wolseley Company
Single Family – 1551 – 1700 sq ft Split-level/Two-storey
Winner: Stranville Living – The Stonehaven
2R Inc/Lethbridge Living
Single Family – 1701 – 1850 sq ft Bungalow/Bi-Level
Winner: Avonlea homes – The Sawyer
Single Family – 1701 – 1850 sq ft Split-Level/Two Storey
Winner: Bezooyen Contracting Inc – Stock
The Ensuite Bath & Kitchen Showroom
Single Family – 1851 – 2000 sq ft Bungalow/Bi-Level
Winner: Empire Homes – The Hadrian
Stringam Denecky LLP
Single Family – 1851 – 2000 sq ft Split-level/Two-storey
Winner: Avonlea homes – The Augusta
New Home Design 2001 to 2600 sq. ft.
Winner: Ashcroft Master Builder – Emmett II
Shaw & Associates Chartered Accountants
New Home Design 2601 – 4000 sq. ft.
Winner: Galko Homes – The Benson
Melcor Developments Ltd
Best Multi-family – 3 or More Units
Winner: Avonlea Homes – Skye Explore
Alberta New Home Warranty
Best Multi-Family Complex
Winner: Avonlea Homes – Skye
Canadian Home Builders’ Association
Winner: Galko Homes – The Benson
Winner: Galko Homes – The Benson
Western Financial Group
Energy Efficient Award
Winner: Greener Homes – Solara
Servus Credit Union
Winner: Premiere Custom Homes – Konynenbelt
Kitchen & Bath Classics, A Wolseley Company
Best New Home Sales Person
Winner: Shauna Gruninger – Avonlea Homes
1st Choice Savings & Credit Union
Builder Safety Award
Winner: Avonlea Homes
City of Lethbridge
Trade/Supplier Safety Award
Winner: Maverick Concrete
Teamworks Training Institute and Select People Solutions
Winner: KB Heating & Air Conditioning Ltd
Kodiak Mountain Stone is once again proud to be a major sponsor of the Cardston High School athletic program. We are thankful for the support we have received from the people of Cardston since we started Kodiak Mountain Stone in 2005 and we are happy that we can give something back to the community. Good luck to all the teams, athletes and coaches in 2015-2016!
As it gets colder outside many people start to think about the fireplace they wish they had. Whether you are dreaming of a new fireplace or planning on renovating an existing one, this video will give you some ideas and inspiration for your project.
We’ve had a number of our clients design and build some beautiful fireplaces in 2015 with Kodiak Mountain Stone products and we wanted to share them with you here!