Spring 2011 Newsletter
Feature Renovation

This home was our client Eric’s original family home. He and his wife Barb considered purchasing it from his dad. The snag was the small, dark kitchen. A renovation was a necessity; however it became a two year struggle to find the right solution. Barb and Eric had almost given up when they contacted Pioneer Craftsmen. After meeting with our designer, Jennifer Dainard, they became excited again about the possibility of making this a reality.


The initial plan was to utilize the existing kitchen footprint, but Jennifer saw untapped potential beyond this space. The dinette had become more of a passage way and the natural light from the large living room window was being blocked from the kitchen by a wall. Bit by bit the new design came together as Jennifer worked closely with our clients and their budget.



Congratulations Illona and Nic!

Illona Breedon has completed her first work term in the General Carpenter Apprenticeship Program at Conestoga College. Way to go Illona!


Nic Odd completed his final work term in the same program. The program takes dedication and determination to complete. There are many who do not. Congratulations on your hard work Nic and good luck on your final exam!

Events To Watch For

Tour of Note:


We are proud to be one of the sponsors again this year of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony “Tour of Note” taking place June 11, 2011 from 10:00 am to 4:00 pm. Get set for an enjoyable day touring exceptional homes and outstanding gardens in Waterloo, Conestogo and St. Agatha.


Sealed Bid Auction items appealing to a wide variety of tastes will tempt visitors at one of the sites and KWS musicians and Youth Orchestra members will perform at one or two homes to make this truly a "Tour of Note". Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony musicians and members of the KWS Youth Orchestra will perform at two of the homes to make this truly a "Tour of Note". For more information visit their website at KW Symphony


Family Fun Weekend:


Check out Family Fun Weekend Once again we are sponsoring the Family Fun Weekend with proceeds going to the Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region. This year there is a Grand River Amazing Race to add to the excitement. The event is open to everyone so check out the website, mark your calendar and get ready for some great fun while supporting a worthwhile cause.

It’s great. It’s green. It can clean the house

It’s Vinegar


We’re all looking for ways to contribute to a greener planet. Here are a few ways a simple bottle of vinegar can help.


Vinegar makes a wonderful cleanser. Plain distilled vinegar added to a cloth can clean faucets, cutting boards, bathtub rings, shower doors, stainless steel, counter tops (but not granite or marble please), soap dishes, soap residue anywhere, and most kitchen appliances to name a few. Equal parts vinegar & water will clean most carpets.


  1. Once a month, add vinegar to your dishwasher to clean the inner workings of the appliance It can neutralize pet odor
  2. To remove clogs from showerheads, mix ½ cup vinegar & 1 quart water & soak for 15 min. For plastic showerheads soak for 1 hour in a mixture 1 pint vinegar & 1 pint hot water
  3. Unclog drains by mixing equal parts baking soda & vinegar
  4. Vinegar & baking soda can also un-stink your garage disposal
  5. Remove those annoying price tags
  6. Clean linoleum with baking soda & vinegar. Pour vinegar on stain, let it soak for 10 min, add baking soda, scrub. This also works to remove urine stains & smells from a mattress
  7. Remove paint from windows



Provincial and National In our Fall 2010 Newsletter we mentioned we were finalists for two awards in the Ontario Awards of Distinction. We are proud to say we won – both categories: Most Outstanding Home Renovation and Most Outstanding Bathroom. It gets even better! These same two projects were finalists in the National competition held in Banff this past February. It takes many people to complete an award winning renovation and we thank everyone involved. We would like to send a special thanks to Valerie Dippel and Brendan Soye and Cindy and Steven Hartman for allowing us to enter your projects. Also thank you and Congratulations to Paul Meier, Jennifer Dainard, & our very talented production team for your hard work, creativity and dedication!


Jamie Adam, President named Builder Member of the Year 2010 by the WRHBA The Waterloo Region Home Builders Association announced that Jamie Adam is the 2010 Builder Member of the Year. Jamie was recognized for his hard work and dedication to the Association and the industry. Way to go Jamie!





1 untreated cedar plank 14 x 7 x 7/8 or any size you have (I usually use a cut off from a client’s deck)
2 lb Pork Loin
¼ cup Teriyaki Sauce
½ cu BBQ Sauce
Grated peel of one orange
½ tbsp Vegetable Oil



Soak plank in water 4 hours minimum or overnight (weigh down with something like a soup can) Mix Teriyaki Sauce, BBQ Sauce, Orange Peel. Save ½ for serving.


Preheat BBQ to medium heat. Brush plank with Vegetable Oil. BBQ one hour to 150 degree internal temperature. Brush loin last 20 minutes with half of the sauce. Remove from heat and tent with foil for ten minutes until temperature is 160 degrees. Slice and serve with remaining sauce.


Open cold beer or wine now


Even my mother in law likes it when I make this for her.





Real Man’s Recipe


Thanks Mark for providing the Spring Recipe. Mark was a cook at a recent Real Men Can Cook competition and has quite a reputation of cooking up some amazing dishes! Try this one out, we’re sure you’ll love it.

From the Corner Office

Welcome to Spring! For me it’s an inspiring time, when everything is preparing for another season of growth and renewal. This past winter I attended the Canadian Home Builders Association annual conference in Banff, Alberta where the theme was “Inspire”. The stimulating sessions reminded me of the many generations before us who worked so hard to make this country such a great place to call Home. We are blessed to live in this incredible, naturally beautiful country.


Every week I hear from a homeowner planning a renovation that has been referred to us by someone. These conversations are inspiring to all of us here at Pioneer Craftsmen. They keep us enthusiastically marching down the road of continuous improvement as we really do hope that each project we complete adds to the betterment of a family’s life. Thank you to all for your referrals.


This will be an exciting year for me. May 2011 will mark the start of my term as President of the Waterloo Region Home Builders Association. I’m looking forward to a year of both personal and professional growth while helping our entire industry to prosper, grow and hopefully inspire many new and great ideas.


Enjoy the spring and all it has to offer. I’ll close with a favourite saying of mine, “The future depends on what we do in the present” (Mahatma Gandhi)


Jamie Adam, President


Kimberly White took over the Administrator position in October. She is the friendly voice you hear on the phone. Kim and her husband have two beautiful daughters and spend their spare time either the arena or soccer field.


Mona joined our team in January as bookkeeper. Her many years of experience will be a great asset to us. Mona always has a story to share about her husband and two sons.


Changes at Pioneer Craftsmen Ltd


It was sad to say Good-bye to a valuable and long term employee last fall. Lisa Crossey and her husband decided it was time to move to the beautiful town of Goderich. Lisa kept us all organized and on track. There was no slacking off with Lisa around. We miss her pranks and sense of humour, but we wish her and Barry much happiness. You survived the first winter Lisa, things are looking up!

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