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Trusted Saskatoon team brags about Equinox Home Innovations as Trusted Saskatoon renovation specialists

Trusted Saskatoon directory team are delighted to announce our newest Trusted Saskatoon Renovation contractor, Equinox Home Innovations.

The Trusted Team had a number of meetings with this Saskatoon renovation and new home construction business in the last few months. Because of that we have come to know many of their amazing team,  which includes an engineer, a design team, experienced craftsman and a huge support staff.

Equinox team Saskatoon

The reputation of Equinox was built on quality and customer satisfaction, more often than not that means bending over backwards to accommodate their customers wishes and needs where ever possible.

They provide a dynamic experience, focusing first on building relationships with their clients and second on working closely with them to ensure the process of renovating is a positive experience. They concentrate on big renovations, and that means each is a huge task! 

“Renovating a home is much harder than building a new home as there are many challenges that can arise. This is where we are truly the experts as we have the experience to anticipate many of these unforeseen issues and discuss them before the renovation even begins ”, Curtis Legget , Equinox operations manager.


What did their customers say?

Overall, they rated high when we contacted their past customers to discuss their experience. Debbie Haines of Saskatoon said it best when talking about her renovation experience “When little things would go wrong they would always step up to the plate and make sure that everything was going smoothly and made sure whatever had gone wrong that it was rectified. Curt truly is the face of Equinox with his eye for detail and concern. Also, all of the people that work for Equinox are very high quality. You never feel concerned when Equinox people are in your home”.

Equinox have the craftsmanship and expertise to bring your dreams of your home renovation to life, their dedication to design, detail, and value ensures every home is renovated to the same expectation they would have if renovating their own, and they always commit to finishing a renovation BEFORE starting someone else’s! They are Trusted Saskatoon renovation contractors 

Trusted SK community steps up to help a local Saskatoon woman after her contractor nightmare Part 3 Janice's rebuild

The Trusted teamwork for the public, we do that by finding great local businesses, verifying they are as good as we have heard, and contracting them to uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees. These 5 Trusted guarantees are the cornerstone of our business and the businesses we partner with, and if something does go wrong we hold the businesses to their obligations....that's what the Trusted Saskatoon businesses sign up for. That's why we promote them and why we believe they are the best businesses in the cities we serve. 

The first time you have heard of this?

Read/watch Part 1 here - see where it all began! 

Part 2 

Read the CBC Story Here  



JANICE'S BUILD- the Trusted Rebuild PART 3 

It's been over 6 months since we first brought you Janice's story, and we are getting to the final stages of this huge renovation here in Saskatoon!  CBC covered the story province-wide in December and it has also been featured in a number of National Publications including Canadian Contractor Magazine


Dave Andercheck from JABA Construction and his team have been project-managing the build - this is no mean feat!! Coordinating contractors, multiple companies across Saskatchewan's work schedules, inspectors and a plan to do everything in a logical order! Weather, vacations and material delivery has hampered efforts to get this job finished sooner and in this video you can really see what goes on to get a huge renovation ( estimated materials and labor donated will be $80-$100k) like this completed, and meet some of the amazing Trusted partners who tell us why they have stepped up to the plate!




We have already had so many wonderful Trusted Saskatoon directory partners offer Janice their help and have gone over and above in both free labour and materials ...  Trusted Regina partner Adrenaline Roofing - a new roof!!  

These partners, along with their suppliers ( Loraas ( free Loraas (bin), RONA (trims ),  Roofmart Prairie( all of the shingles!) and Dave at  Heated Roofing Systems, Colorado, USA donated a brand new heated roofing system! Plus RONA for trims and lots of other bits of material and Winroc! 



  1. Perfection Plumbing - All the plumbing
  2. Kitchen & Bath Classics - new bathroom vanity
  3. JABA Construction- Project Management and numerous jobs!  
  4. KTS Custom Cabinets - A NEW CUSTOM KITCHEN
  5. Age Of Electric - ALL the electrics
  6. Sunview Windows & Doors - $250 towards the rebuild
  7. Conexus- donating $250 towards the re-build
  8. Kari Calder- Century 21 - $300 in Home Depot Gift Certs
  9. Hairstyle Inn's  - $300 Gift Certificate to HSI
  10. Made In The Shade Gift Certificate for MIS
  11. Adrenaline Roofing - Trusted Regina Partner- a NEW Roof and heated roof system! 
  12. Fresh Living - shopping help and design 
  13. BOW Home Services - Painting services 
  14. Trusted Directories - $1000 of the project 



So whats next?  We are ever so close to getting done - so watch out for the final blog with the reveal video ....oh yes, then a PARTY!!  

A message from Janice Braden. " Yes, I have been terribly impressed by everyone who is coming in to work. It's almost like everyone feels a responsibility to prove what good workmanship should be - I hear snips of conversations about doing it right, double and triple checking, making sure things will last for years. Everything that is going in, layer by layer, is solid and of excellent quality and I couldn't be happier or more impressed. And yes, the ridiculous potlight is gone (Arlen from Age Of Electric said none of them was actually hooked to a switch anywhere..oh my!). "


J.A.B.A. Construction Trusted Saskatoon Contractor and Renovations expert shares Mike Holmes comment

Planning a renovation in Saskatoon ? J.A.B.A. Construction Ltd. can help! They offer a wide range of General Contracting services for all aspects of both residential and commercial renovations. Their management team will work with you to ensure that you get the services you want, within the timeframe and budget that you determine. J.A.B.A. Construction is professional, reliable and skilled to transform your space into something a little more luxurious, functional or enjoyable.

J.A.B.A are your Trusted SASKATOON CONTRACTORS on the Saskatoon Directory

Here they shares Mike Holmes comment:

“Mike Holmes’ comment about no good contractor needing more than a 10 per cent deposit hurts our industry.”

Dave Anderchek, JABA Construction, Saskatoon, says that, with totally inaccurate comments like this in the national press, it's "time for Mr. Holmes to leave" our industry.

 Last week we made note of a recent article in the National Post by Mike Holmes, who said that no good contractor needs more than a ten per cent deposit when starting a job. We thought that was highly misleading information, even though Holmes DID say, in his piece, that there was an exception when the demolition phase of a job exposes some previously unknown conditions. But he mentioned NO other exceptions to this iron-clad rule. We all know what influence Mike Holmes has among the general public. We asked for your contractor responses. Here’s one from one of the best contractors in Canada, Dave Anderchek, JABA Construction, Saskatoon.

“I usually don’t say too many things in respect to our industry but I feel that an individual like Mr. Holmes should maybe listen to contractors that actually make a living in the renovation industry. He has made money but not from being a contractor.

As we all know good projects and bad projects of any kind start with trust from both sides. After that is when (trouble) happens.

When solidifying a contract, if you are running your company properly, it means that both parties are held accountable with a binding agreement. This is where most contractors fail. The deposit means business and if additional deposits are required for purchase of specialty ordered products it should also be outlined in that section of your contract.

What Mr. Holmes fails to recognize is that comments like “no more than 10 per cent deposit for contractors” hurt the industry as far as the good contractors to perform what they are good at.



The contract is the starting point if any homeowner or contractor is legit and (willing to) abide by the promises they made. All of the problems originate after the signing if they are not.

I have been a business owner in the renovation /construction industry for 25 years in Saskatoon and I think it is time for Mr. Holmes to keep to himself and move on with they money he has made. Because he is damaging to good contractors with his opinions when he has never been a contractor in the real world.

My company contracts are approx. eight pages long and outline everything as far as protection for homeowners. A good contractor will tailor his contracts, as well as deposits, as he sees fit. A good contractor will have standards as to the amount of deposit required based on the size of the project. We would ask for a 10 per cent deposit, as outlined by Mr. Holmes, if the contract is over $350k.
Time for Mr. Holmes to leave.”

Dave Anderchek


As always, the BEST advice is to choose a TRUSTED SASKATOON CONTRACTOR / TRUSTED SASKATOON RENOVATIONS expert like JABA'll be glad you did!



Trusted Saskatoon Roofers and Exterior Experts share a tip on snow removal from roofs

Trusted Saskatoon Roofers  and Saskatoon exterior experts! 

Here they share a tip on snow removal from roofs:

Saskatoon weather can seem a bit unpredictable. One minute it’s sunshine and warm weather. Next thing you know we’re hit with a snowstorm. Don’t let the occasional spring-like day fool you — we are still in the middle of winter. And when you consider that insurance claims for damages related to winter storms can run into the thousands, knowing how to deal with ice and snow on your roof is just smart.


                                  Let’s hope this never happens in Saskatoon!!


Enough snow on the wrong roof could cause it to collapse. The funny thing is that you want your roof to have snow. If the snow doesn’t melt, your attic insulation is doing its job. But if there’s too much snow and ice the roof can collapse.

Roofers can still shingle and install eavestroughs in the winter, we would clean off the snow (hey you get a free snow removal!) and then continue to install a new roof and eavestroughs! This is a great way to avoid any leaks that may occur in the spring.

Part 2 -Trusted Saskatoon community steps up to help a local Saskatoon woman after her contractor nightmare.

The Trusted team work for the public, we do that by finding great local businesses, verifying they are as good as we have heard, and contracting them to uphold the 5 Trusted Guarantees. These businesses are the best and when they found out about Janice, a hard working single Mum in Saskatoon who had been ripped off from a local contractor and left living in a building site with her 10 year old daughter ...they STEPPED UP !

Here is Janices's Story Part 2 ...including the first video of the property so you can see for yourself whats she' dealing with. ( here is a link to Part 1 so you can read the full story


JANICE's BUILD a Trusted Rebuild 


After the initial meeting with Janice last week, the next step was to get a Trusted Contractor in to look at Janices's house.
Dave Andercheck from JABA Construction, is a well recognized business leader and expert in construction , he and his team met with Janice so he could look over Janice's bomb site of a home, he was shocked at the mess and terrible workmanship.  He is now compiling a report so he can lay out just what needs to be done, and from there we can start planning the rebuild, and what we need in regards help & materials from the amazing Trusted partners across Saskatchewan and their suppliers -





Thank you also to Aaron Loraas- from Loraas disposal for donating bins and garbage fees for the project , Rona for their huge donation and Winroc for many of the materials , and of course the new heated roofing system donated by Heated roofing in Colarado! 


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