Top Asked Renovation & Construction Project Questions

Have a question about your next renovation, remodel or construction project? Have a look through our FAQs here. If you can't find what you're looking for, contact our team, we’d be happy to answer your questions anytime.

Being able to assess the physical space is an asset. As well, any pre-existing plans or property information available is always appreciated, but not required. Any additional details needed will be requested once we have our consultation.

Our projects are typically structured as ‘cost plus’ (the costs are not fixed payments set ahead of time). We bill out on a bi-weekly basis with detailed backup which will provide a cost vs budget spreadsheet for tracking cost. This process is explained in detail during your consultation.

We don’t use an in-house design team, but we work with multiple design and architect firms. We connect you with the best fit for your project and build you a team to make your vision a reality.

Yes. We are experienced in working with multiple designers. We would request a meeting with you and your chosen designer to ensure we are all on the same page.

We operate primarily on a ‘cost plus’ basis, meaning the budget is an ideal—but not a fixed—amount. Our goal is to stay within your budget, but as we all know, any renovation or construction has unexpected challenges that can arise during the project. We keep you informed every step of the way and send detailed budget updates explaining any extraneous costs.

Adhering to timelines is one of the most important aspects of our job. When we estimate a project we always include a timeline that is reasonable and attainable. Any unforeseen delays will be brought to your attention immediately so we are always on the same page.

Keeping all our worksites as clean as possible is something we take great pride in. Disposal bins will ensure that all scrap materials and garbage have a place to go—anything that can be recycled will be kept orderly and consistently delivered to a recycling station. All worksites will be left in a tidy manner at the end of each workday. Once a project is done, our professional cleaning staff will come in and thoroughly clean your new space, including windows.

Absolutely! We will do a thorough inventory of all the fixtures, doors, windows, etc. We will make a list of salvageable materials that could be used in your new home for you to review and decide on.

A Passive Home is the leading standard of energy-efficient design and sustainable construction. Passive Homes require very little energy as compared to standard homes and can reduce heating and cooling costs up to 90%.

Yes. Our Owner-Operator, Andrew Kennedy, is a certified Passive Home tradesperson. Andrew and his team strive to incorporate elements of Passive Home science whenever possible to home renovations, custom homes, and step 3, 4, and 5 builds.

A certified Passive Home is a more rigorous process, but the result is truly exceptional. You will have the most energy-efficient home around (not to mention lower energy bills). Compared to the current Step code requirements (Step 3), which have very similar science behind the build, but less rigorous energy modeling.

Sustainability is at the heart of our building practices. We believe that conscious building not only benefits the environment, but also reduces energy costs and enhances the well-being of the homeowners. By staying up-to-date with the latest in high-performance home building, we ensure that our homes are both comfortable and sustainable for the future.

We prioritize improved air quality and ventilation in our homes, ensuring that residents remain healthy and comfortable. By using the latest building-science techniques, we ensure that our homes offer optimal living conditions.

We are always working towards increased sustainability by recycling and using recycled materials whenever practical. We also practice carbon-conscious construction methods and regularly assess the environmental impact of our operations: minimizing waste, noise, and emissions. Additionally, our focus on home energy retrofits and ‘net-zero’ envelope upgrades further reduces a home’s carbon footprint.

Energy-efficient features not only reduce your energy costs but also increase the overall value of your home. As more homebuyers prioritize sustainability and reduced energy costs, homes with these features become more desirable in the market, leading to a potential increase in resale value

We have long committed ourselves to the high standards required for green homes. Our team continuously studies the latest building-science techniques, ensuring that we always embrace environmentally sound building practices. This commitment ensures that our homes go far beyond the minimum requirements.

Environmental awareness is integral to our operations. We prioritize recycling and the use of recycled materials, practice carbon-conscious construction methods, and consistently assess the environmental impact of our operations. This means we are always looking for ways to minimize waste, noise, and emissions, ensuring that our building practices are as eco-friendly as possible.

Certainly! The BC Step Code is being integrated into the municipalities which is currently at Step code 3. By 2035 all new homes will require to be built to Step code 5. Step code 5 is actually just below the passive house standard. At Kennedy Construction we aim to stay “one step ahead.” We are already familiar with passive home construction and net-zero building, always seeking to build better than current step code.