Home Renovation Classes

Whatever the architectural style, age or location of your home, our experts will shed some light on how to successfully renovate or maintain your property.

Do you own a home, or are you thinking of buying? Are you excited and full of renovation ideas? Or are you rather overwhelmed by the extent of the work to be done and don’t know where to begin? One way or another, our Home Renovation Courses are tailored for all! Even long-time homeowners can take advantage of these courses in order to better maintain and understand the inner workings of their home.

To date, Héritage Montréal has helped more than 8,500 participants, in Montréal and surrounding areas, to acquire the knowledge they need to carry out home renovations with a view to conserving and enhancing the architectural character of their buildings. The courses are given by experts, such as architects, engineers and other skilled professionals. They will teach you how to recognize the most common problems based on your home’s type of structure, how to analyze and solve problems, and, last but not least, how to prioritize various measures and projects to be undertaken.

This series of courses is offered every spring, one evening a week for eight weeks.

Themes of the lectures:

MONTREAL’S RESIDENTIAL ARCHITECTURE THROUGH HISTORY
How to evaluate the heritage value of a house and its impact on decisions about maintenance and modifications.
By David B. Hanna

GENERAL HOME INSPECTION
How to look at a house and understand its problems.
By Peter Bishin

RENOVATION PLANNING AND ADMINISTRATION
How to plan your own renovation projects and find the proper resources. Oversee all stages of work and manage stress.
By Jan Kubanek

FOUNDATIONS AND STRUCTURE
Frequently encountered problems: understanding their causes and identifying solutions.
By Fernando Pellicer

EXTERIOR WALLS, ROOFS AND INSULATION
How to look after the maintenance and renovation of exterior walls and roofs. The main dynamics of insulation and the solutions to common problems.
By Fernando Pellicer

MECHANICAL AND ELECTRICAL SYSTEMS OF THE HOME
Discover how heating, ventilation, plumbing and electrical systems work.
By Jon Eakes

DOORS, WINDOWS AND EXTERIOR WOODWORK
How to maintain and renovate these key architectural elements to enhance their heritage value.
By John Diodati

SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT
Learn all about renovation and restoration practices that respect the environment and the principles of sustainable development.
By Emmanuel B. Cosgrove

Publications, too!
Learn what you need to know with Heritage Montreal courses for houses of all ages and architectural styles.

Heritage Montreal, in collaboration with the ministère de la Culture, des Communications has been publishing technical guides of interest to owners of historic buildings, managers to income properties, architects, construction contractors and specialized manufacturers. They are: Traditional Windows, Traditional Roofs, Traditional Facings.

For more information, please contact Andréanne Jalbert-Laramée, Educational Activities Coordinator by phone at:
514-286-2662, ext. 21 or by email at contact@heritagemontreal.org

For 40 years, Heritage Montreal has worked to promote and protect the architectural, historic, natural and cultural heritage of Montreal, its neighbourhoods and communities. This private non-profit organization is at the heart of an extensive network of partners, working through education and representation to celebrate, develop and preserve Montreal’s identity and uniqueness.