PHOTO: ALAN COCHRANE/TIMES & TRANSCRIPT Jake Melanson, owner of Precision Custom Homes of Moncton, has become a qualified builder under the Mike Holmes Approved Homes program.

Celebrity contractor Mike Holmes’s Approved Homes Program is expanding into New Brunswick, with two Moncton-based builders approved and a home inspection office in the works, the program’s manager said Wednesday.

“We are actively expanding the program by signing on new builders,” said Scott Piccolo, general manager for Mike Holmes Approved Homes and Mike Holmes Inspections. “We now have more than 50 in Canada and the U.S.”

Piccolo said builders in the program must meet established quality control standards, and work with qualified third-party inspectors who complete several inspections throughout the build.

The aim of the program is to give buyers “a home that’s built right the first time,” the company says on its website.

The first two N.B. builders qualified are Moncton-based Precision Custom Homes and Chris Franklin Signature Homes.

“This is the kind of program that lets customers know that we did everything that we promised in a home,” said Jake Melanson of Precision Custom Homes.

Melanson, 44, grew up in Ste-Marie-de-Kent and followed in the footsteps of his carpenter father by moving to Boston to build custom homes. He returned to Moncton to start his own company and now builds three to four homes each year in the $400,000 and up price range.

Melanson said he acts as a general contractor and works with clients from the basic design to the finished product, using selected subcontractors for the foundation, structure, electrical, plumbing, landscaping and other components. He said energy efficiency is a priority in each home.

Chris Franklin said he has been in the business for 16 years and builds eight to 10 custom homes each year in the $300,000 and up price range. Franklin said he has an in-house interior designer to work with customers, and has built homes in Moncton and surrounding
communities like Shediac, Bouctouche, Alma and Petitcodiac.

Both Melanson and Franklin said the Holmes endorsement will be part of their promotion and marketing campaigns. Melanson’s truck has been customized with the Holmes logo and a picture of the TV star on the side.

Now that two builders in Moncton are part of the Holmes program, the company is in the process of setting up an inspection business. Piccolo said it will use both staff inspectors and contractors, who will inspect new construction and renovations. They will also be available to work with realtors and customers who want a home inspection before a purchase.

Piccolo said inspectors will make several visits during the construction or renovation process. They check everything from the foundation to electrical and plumbing systems, insulation and energy efficiency.

The Holmes Approved Homes Program was launched 10 years ago by Mike Holmes, the Toronto-based contractor whose reality television shows have focused on building homes the right way and fixing other contractors’ or home renovators’ mistakes. CTV announced in June that Holmes is working on a new series called Holmes Family Rescue, with his children, Mike Jr. and Sherry, for broadcast next summer.

PHOTO: ALAN COCHRANE/TIMES & TRANSCRIPT Jake Melanson, owner of Precision Custom Homes of Moncton, has become a qualified builder under the Mike Holmes Approved Homes program.

Celebrity contractor Mike Holmes’s Approved Homes Program is expanding into New Brunswick, with two Moncton-based builders approved and a home inspection office in the works, the program’s manager said Wednesday.

“We are actively expanding the program by signing on new builders,” said Scott Piccolo, general manager for Mike Holmes Approved Homes and Mike Holmes Inspections. “We now have more than 50 in Canada and the U.S.”

Piccolo said builders in the program must meet established quality control standards, and work with qualified third-party inspectors who complete several inspections throughout the build.

The aim of the program is to give buyers “a home that’s built right the first time,” the company says on its website.

The first two N.B. builders qualified are Moncton-based Precision Custom Homes and Chris Franklin Signature Homes.

“This is the kind of program that lets customers know that we did everything that we promised in a home,” said Jake Melanson of Precision Custom Homes.

Melanson, 44, grew up in Ste-Marie-de-Kent and followed in the footsteps of his carpenter father by moving to Boston to build custom homes. He returned to Moncton to start his own company and now builds three to four homes each year in the $400,000 and up price range.

Melanson said he acts as a general contractor and works with clients from the basic design to the finished product, using selected subcontractors for the foundation, structure, electrical, plumbing, landscaping and other components. He said energy efficiency is a priority in each home.

Chris Franklin said he has been in the business for 16 years and builds eight to 10 custom homes each year in the $300,000 and up price range. Franklin said he has an in-house interior designer to work with customers, and has built homes in Moncton and surrounding
communities like Shediac, Bouctouche, Alma and Petitcodiac.

Both Melanson and Franklin said the Holmes endorsement will be part of their promotion and marketing campaigns. Melanson’s truck has been customized with the Holmes logo and a picture of the TV star on the side.

Now that two builders in Moncton are part of the Holmes program, the company is in the process of setting up an inspection business. Piccolo said it will use both staff inspectors and contractors, who will inspect new construction and renovations. They will also be available to work with realtors and customers who want a home inspection before a purchase.

Piccolo said inspectors will make several visits during the construction or renovation process. They check everything from the foundation to electrical and plumbing systems, insulation and energy efficiency.

The Holmes Approved Homes Program was launched 10 years ago by Mike Holmes, the Toronto-based contractor whose reality television shows have focused on building homes the right way and fixing other contractors’ or home renovators’ mistakes. CTV announced in June that Holmes is working on a new series called Holmes Family Rescue, with his children, Mike Jr. and Sherry, for broadcast next summer.

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