Choosing to work with MPB Construction for your strata needs is choosing a headache free process.
As a project manager you have been given the daunting task of navigating strata bylaws, regulations and procedures. Choosing to work with Bryk Construction is choosing a headache free process. We respect your position, and understand your responsibilities to the strata council and property owners.
Open communication is key to a successful strata renovation. Strata requirements are stringent and maintaining effective contact allows for an accurate and timely exchange of information. This is important as even minor oversights can cause weeks of setbacks.
Observing strata recommendations, obtaining permits, proposed work documentation, engineering letters of assurance, and stamped mechanical drawings are strata 101. We endeavour to act with urgency and efficiency to provide specifications, plans, and other strata requests made by project managers.
Our trades are licensed, insured, and in good standing with WCB and Bryk Construction Ltd. will submit any required paperwork to that effect. All work must be done to code, and pass appropriate inspections throughout the course of the project. Not only is this mandatory, but it is critical for the protection of residents against dangerous or inferior workmanship.
We anticipate requiring consent from neighbours, noise ordinances, noise reduction practices, parking and accessibility for trades, elevator access/rental, disposal bins (renting parking for bin), restroom facilities, and common space considerations. This means important operational necessities will not be overlooked.
As a property owner in a strata regulated building your first point of contact should be the building manager. Usually they are your de facto project manager and your first and best point of contact for strata council negotiations. Their job is not limited to simply getting your application through the strata council but also managing paperwork, engineers, and liaising with your general contractor. They will work with you, the strata council, designers and your general contractor to navigate renovation applications, easement arrangements, considerations for common spaces, neighbours, entrances and exits, waste disposal, civic bylaws, inspectors, and trades.Your building manager is an invaluable partner in your renovation and will help you through the process.
It is important to remember that you are not the only person(s) affected by your renovation. The challenge of living in proximity to a worksite is not isolated to the neighbors above, below and beside your unit. It is necessary for trades to have access to common spaces within and around the building which means there is a real possibility that the inconvenience will extend to your entire building.
Although a good general contractor will anticipate and mitigate any foreseeable issues it is always a good idea to inform your neighbours of your proposed remodel. For some buildings this would be a voluntary initiative on your part, and for other buildings it is a mandatory step in the renovation process. Either way your neighbours will appreciate the consideration.
When your home becomes a work site it’s time to relocate HQs. If possible it is always best to make temporary alternative living arrangements while a renovation is underway (depending on project size). Renovations can be exciting and children and animals often get curious about the power tools, building materials, and debris left on site from time to time. Exploring an active construction environment is not only unsafe and hazardous it jeopardizes expensive equipment and materials. If other living arrangements are simply impossible you must address this with your general contractor before the project begins. A good general contractor will take precautions for the health and safety of your family by locking up their tools, storing materials safely, clearly marking hazards and discussing safety issues with you.