Oakville Homes

February 4, 2011

Mike Holmes – not a fan of Mattamy I think.


If you are a fan of HGTV, you probably enjoy the real estate shows like “House Hunters” and “Property Virgins” where you get to watch people in search of a home. Another show is done by Mike Holmes, who does “Holmes Inspection”. I understand he recently did a show on a Milton, Ontario family.

And he was not impressed with their Mattamy built home.

Mentioned on Miltonsearch.com, it was pointed out that this couple first had their home inspected by a house inspector recommended by the real estate company.  This is usually a no-no due to the potential conflicts of interest.  I need not say more.

The article noted that Mike found issues with the duct work in the house.  Seems that, “The range hood vented out to a location above the rear sliding doors of the home, which in itself was bad enough (vented air could easily be allowed to enter the home again through that door) without the fact that it was also covered up by the exterior siding on the home”.

Not stopping there, Mattamy was also able to accomplish another feat of craftsmanship. 

“The dryer caused an even larger issue. The flexible exhaust line travelled through the ceiling of the garage and had become disconnected, blowing a massive amount of lint and moisture into that area over time, coating everything in cobweb-like lint, water and of course, mould. Not good. Even worse, the lint had also built up around a couple of pot lights and could easily have started a fire — not exactly what this, or any family wants to hear.”

And do you think Mattamy stopped at that point.  No, they planned in a real future disaster.  Something that would probably occur after the warranty period was over. 

We all know that water flows downhill and seeks any way to do that.  We also know that pipes fail, especially those rubber fittings we use on our washing machines.  A laundry room is expected to be a little damp and one wonders why anyone would put a laundry room on the second floor without ensuring there was a drain for accidents.  I mean, the person who does the laundry certainly loves that 2nd floor laundry room – beats the first floor or god forbid, a laundry room in the basement.  Yes, back in the day, laundry rooms were usually in the basement, close to the drain.  A pipe bursts and most of the water goes for the drain and only damages that which is between the source and drain. 

Unlike our 2nd floor marvels of modern house design. 

But then, whats a little water damage to the 2nd and 1st floor and maybe the finished basement.  That’s what you have insurance for, isn’t it?

What, you think I’m being an alarmist?

The writer of this story on Mike Holmes and the Mattamy mistake found out the hard way. 

I can’t say it better than she – “Coming from someone who has a second-floor laundry room — and a major flood which stemmed from that laundry room ($75,000 damage — thank you Mattamy and your cheap, faulty laundry sink tap sets), that was a nice touch.”

And a few people think I’m the only one who was shafted by Mattamy.

For the whole story, make sure you visit MILTONSEARCH.COM

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  1. This is very converning, is there anyway you can post a link to the episode?

    Comment by Jim Hedger — February 5, 2011 @ 3:13 pm | Reply

  2. Jim.. not sure if the episode is up for viewing yet via the internet. I just checked and it did not seem available. Information regarding the show at


    My blog info based on this and comments from viewers of the show. All seem to agree that builders do not take serious the potential of a flood in above basement laundry rooms. Properly designed and built, potential problems could be minimized.

    Comment by oakvillehomes — February 5, 2011 @ 3:34 pm | Reply

  3. Thanks for featuring and linking to the story on our website. The ‘Holmes Inspection’ episode isn’t available to view online as of yet after airing this past Thursday (Feb. 3, 2011) on HGTV.

    The issues with this home were eye-opening to say the least — especially the fact that this was a relatively new build. I can’t believe Mattamy’s floorplans would call for the range hood to vent above the sliding doors and for such a long run for the dryer exhaust. And then the fact that their contractors would simply install siding over top of the range hood vent is just icing on the cake. After watching this episode, owners of Mattamy Homes should be VERY concerned.

    As for my personal experience, well, we had a disastrous flood in our Mattamy home which cost our insurance company over $70,000 in repairs THREE MONTHS after our home passed the two-year warranty cut-off (we purchased the house re-sale and had only moved in two months earlier).

    The flood originated in our second floor laundry room, however not from the flexible hose from the washing machine as you might think. No, a thin, flexible line underneath the laundry sink hot water tap burst during the day while we were at work, flooding our house for hours until we came home to find water pouring out of pot lights onto the main floor, our furniture, hardwood floors, etc. etc. etc. destroyed. The water penetrated down from the 2nd storey into the unfinished basement. Not something you want to come home to after a long day at the office and especially not 2 months after moving in to your ‘dream home’ (3 days after our housewarming party).

    Anyhoo, there is much we love about our Mattamy Home, and it certainly doesn’t have any of the issues the Milton home featured earlier this week did, but all new Mattamy homeowners should absolutely have a very thorough home inspection and existing homeowners need to be aware of these issues.

    Comment by Dave — February 5, 2011 @ 9:21 pm | Reply

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