Oakville Homes

December 19, 2011

Some work for the community, others work to name stuff after themselves.

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They say, “the apple never falls far from the tree” but it seems in this case, they might be wrong.  It is nice to see someone go and try different techniques in the building trades – techniques that not only might save the environment but, put a few bucks in your pocket.  And, it seems he has past experiences that are shaping his view of the future in construction.

“I guess having worked in construction for a long time and seeing the materials that go into homes, I’ve had a real interest in seeing some healthier materials used….. I’m interested in seeing homes built better.”

Nice to see someone in the industry putting some effort into their construction.  I know some who prefer not to build better but use shortcuts to make more money.  No pride in the final product.

And who is this that wants better built homes?  Matt Gilgan.

An article in InsideHalton.com showcases his efforts to renovate (Yes, renovate – others seem to let them burn) a historical house on Chisholm Street, Oakville.  Working with the Oakville Historical Society he is using time-honoured techniques (straw insulation) to put an addition on this place and save the owner some money in terms of utilities.  Straw for insulation??  Yes, it works.  I lived in a house that had sawdust for insulation and it was always cool in the summer and toasty in the winter.

So, it is nice to see he’s not a “chip off the old block” and puts an effort into pleasing the customer while doing something for the environment.  Some builders do shortcuts and sell homes without electricity and get to donate and put their names on buildings while others see the big picture and try to help the community with better construction methods.  Shame Matt didn’t get into politics.  Would be different to see a politician with that viewpoint instead of those accepting the donations and not passing legislation that would help potential homebuyers.

Thanks Matt for the effort.  A nice Christmas story.

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirement when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed.

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