With two decades of experience, Case Design/Remodeling is a design-build renovation, remodeling, project and construction management team serving the Halifax, Bedford, Dartmouth and surrounding areas of Nova Scotia.
Maurice Meagher is the owner of two multi-award-winning companies, Case Design/Remodeling Halifax and Archadeck of Nova Scotia, which are committed to transforming the way homes function both indoors and outdoors with their design and build expertise. In addition to building dream outdoor and indoor experiences for homeowners, Mr Meagher is passionate about sports and coaches hockey in his spare time. He graduated from St. Francis Xavier University in 1998 and was recently announced as the Renovator of the Year 2022 by the Canadian Home Builders Association in Nova Scotia for his work in the industry and contributions to the community. Mr Meagher spoke with us recently about the two businesses he owns, some of the current trends that are leading the industry, and the commitment to effective communication that keeps Case Design/Remodeling at the forefront of Halifax’s design-build space.
20 years of experience
“With Case Design/Remodeling we focus primarily on residential projects,” Mr Meagher says. “The highest percentage of our work would be design-build, so most of our projects are kitchens, bathrooms, additions, whole house, remodel, and renovation.”
With nearly 70 employees on board, the company has been offering remodeling services in the Halifax metro area for almost 20 years, with the city growing and providing lots of great projects to work on.
“There are two separate companies, and we do have a little bit of a crossover, where some employees will contribute to both. We have the Case business and then we have Archadeck of Nova Scotia, which focuses on anything under the umbrella of outdoor living.”
Currently, Archadeck is focused on a lot of wooden decks, with lots of projects using pressure treated wood and western red cedar, as well as railings made from wood, glass, metal and composite PVC.
“We do a lot of patios, retaining walls, exterior lighting, outdoor kitchens, shade structures, which would be roof structures, awnings, pergolas, things like that. Every year we do a lot of roof structures, whether they be screen porch, three season room, or rooms that are insulated, heated, for people trying to maximize the amount of light that comes in.”
The company’s processes and experience are a key differentiator in the design-build space, with a franchise model that allows it to leverage knowledge throughout the system, and a turnkey solution.
“With design-build that means gathering requirements, understanding what people are hoping to do functionally, aesthetically, their timeline, their budget, their priorities, and we can put together multiple solutions for them and propose those by showing a photo real, 3D color rendering that allows them to see exactly what they’re going to get.”
Once a path has been decided by the customer, the company’s designers come in to help work through all their material selections, as well as coordination, drawings, building plans, permitting, and project management. The company also handles supply and install, as well as offering a full, industry-leading warranty and a roster of experienced employee tradespeople and trade partners throughout the city.
“We’re also really embracing technology. We’re using mobile and cloud-based technology so that information moves through our company, with trade partners and customers, so information can be readily available. Communication is getting very important, and people are used to getting information on their devices and smartphones, and expectations are high. We’re trying to meet those communication demands to get information out as quickly as we can.”
The company has been involved in many well-known projects around the city of Halifax, with several of them very visible throughout the city. It is also active on social media, posting pictures and details of completed projects for potential customers to see.
“There seems to be lots of demand for remodeling and renovation and even new home construction in our area,” Mr Meagher says. “There have been some unique things happening over the last number of years. During the pandemic there were some challenges getting material, especially when we were shipping things from outside of the area.”
There has been a similar demand on skilled tradespeople, which has been apparent for some years. Case is committed to recruiting heavily and consistently to make sure it has the best people on the team, from architects to designers, project managers, and tradespeople.
“People really seem to be committing to the home. Outdoor living space and kitchens, bathrooms, and good functional spaces are always important to people. People seem to be taking pride and investing in their homes. So the industry is busy. There have been some challenges, but lots of great opportunities also.”
With a positive outlook for its work in the local area, and a continued focus on improving client experience with good quality, timely projects, and good communication, Case is certain to build impressively on its 20 years of service. Find out more about Case Design/Remodeling Halifax by visiting www.casehalifax.com.