Winding up on Willow

It's almost strange to call this project done, when I first showed up at the Willow property in Brantford the last snowfall of the winter was barely clinging to the ground. I entered a large but dated house complete with a ratty brown couch still in the living room and everything marked to be demo'd with bright orange spray paint. At the time it was harder than usual to see how this would come together, but as always the work began and the things became more clear over time. New wall framing here, floor torn up there , a gutted basement made bare for new rooms. ...

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Preserving the Charm while making it new in Hamilton

Despite the difficult times, and thanks to resilience of our amazing clients and team, we have been busy. The early part of this year had us working mostly in Welland and St.Catharines but in the past few months we've had a surge in renovation projects in Hamilton. Saying we have experience in Hamilton would be an understatement. If you combine all the renovations, electrical jobs and various odd and ends, we have done hundreds of projects in Hamilton over the past decade. As such we are very familiar with working on the older homes in the downtown area like the one ...

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Making our way down on Main St.

We are very excited to say that we are ready to share the final product of our biggest project to date. Back in February we were tasked with turning the basement of a commercial building on Main Street East in Welland into two rental units. This presented many unique challenges , mostly having to do with the fact that it is below a commercial space. First we had to decide how to make best use of the space and this involved working around the utilities for the upper unit so as not to disrupt the commercial space above.For each unit we came up with a one bedroom ...

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Grab some McNab

Welcome back to another project diary from Black Jack. This project was about as ideal a start we could hope for. The house is located right off a main road in Welland. It had lots of street parking for our work vehicles and as you'll see in the video and the before and after pictures, It was a near empty, nigh untouched basement and to sweeten the deal even more it already has it own separate entrance. So basically the place was an investors dream. The super clean start to things was a vast leg up for the renovation. Since there was no initial heavy cleanup ...

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Crossing off Carlton

What we do is basically a game of renovation whack-a-mole, as soon as we knock one out , one or two or even three more pop up. That is to say, things are going good. But we're are also always happy to see another project completed and see happy clients who can use their income properties for just that, income. This project had a couple difficulties, first off the whole project was done through the winter with tenants already in the upper unit which of course creates complications with everything from noise to service shut offs. But as with all things , some ...

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Black Jack goes to Miami – Accelerate Live 2020.

We started off this month on two fronts, first business as usual working our ongoing projects from Hamilton to Niagara. The second was some of the admin team hopping on a plane to Miami to attend the Accelerate Live 2020 conference. This was big conference of contractors from all over the States and a couple from Canada ( I thought we were the only ones but there was another) coming down to Sunny Isles to learn about various topics , all with the end goal of expanding and growing their businesses. It was a dump truck full of information we were given, covering more ...

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The Camrose Job

We completed another one of our basement unit renovations in Welland this past week and we wanted to showcase it. This reno is a great example of a typical job that we do here at Black Jack. This is also a good example of the type of place our clients love. This house is located on Camrose Ave. in Welland ON , just off of a main road that connects to town. This house had an already empty and open basement which is, of course, a great start. However, it did suffer something that many of the houses we work on do: messy electrical. Now this may scare some in the ...

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Flipping Hamilton

Feature of the renovations at our MacDonald Ave, Hamilton
Hello everyone, thanks for stopping by. If you follow us on social media you may have seen that we've been sharing pictures of a recent project in Hamilton that we've completed. This project is on MacDonald Ave in the vicinity of McMaster University. This is an area know for older homes, which means it has been an area ripe for renovations and upgrades for a long time. As a matter of fact, when I worked for the company in it's a fledgling days as a labourer, the very first job I helped with was in this area. Turns out you don't have to approach the speed of light ...

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Two Unit Reno Diffin Drv, Welland Walkthrough.

https://youtu.be/X1QNqRhkBqU Welcome back to Black Jack folks. Join us for another walkthrough video of a property in Welland, ON that we finished up just before the holiday break. Jon takes you through and tells you about the build and some of the challenges we faced along the way but in the end, another beautiful job. To request a quote or just to find out more about us. Follow us on social media to see our work day to day. https://www.facebook.com/blackjackcontractinginc/ https://twitter.com/ContractingJack https://www.instagram.com/blackjackcontractinginc/

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Gaining and Growing.

gaining and growing blog
Hey everybody, welcome to our new site. This new site has been one of our many new initiatives at Black Jack to grow the company and move forward. We stand on the precipice of a new decade which means there is no better time to start getting everything where we want it to be, to plan for the future and begin to act on it.  So let’s start with taking stock of where we are. This past year marked our 3rd in business as general contractors. It has been three years of learning and growing , but mostly learning. We started as electrical contractors and we love to explain ...

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