About Us

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Who we are

Curtis Ketner, owner

Haliburton County Home Improvement & Repair is owned and operated by myself, Curtis Ketner.

I have been serving home and cottage owners as well as businesses in Haliburton County for over 30 years. My staff and I take great pride in our work and are dedicated to the friendly, outstanding level of service we provide to our customers.

Whether you’re looking to add on to your existing home or cottage, thinking about a large or small renovation, or have an outdoor project needed such as a deck, shed, or garage, we will build and complete your project or repairs to perfection.

Past experience, present experience, and education

  • Present building manager for the Heritage Plaza in Minden, Ontario.
  • Past member of Ontario Home Builders Association, the Canadian Home builders Association and the
  • Past member of the North American Timber Framers Guild
  • Sat on the board of directors for the Ontario Log Home Association.
  • Spent over 40 years in the construction field working and gaining experience on different projects
  • Worked with Task Engineers, a consulting firm in South Florida as a field inspector, lab technician, instrument man and part-time party chief for their survey crews.
  • Worked with J.M. Montgomery, a large roofing contractor in South Florida, as a crew leader, foreman and estimator.
  • Worked with Morgan Steel and Erection as an iron worker, laying and installing steel rebar, beams and columns and as crew leader on post tensioning crew.
  • Worked as foreman and have sub-contracted for custom home builders of stick frame, hand crafted round log and timber frames
  • Attended Dade County Community College in Miami, Florida for architectural drawing and drafting.

Honesty, integrity and fair prices

Although our projects and services vary, the traditions of quality, craftsmanship and hard work have always held true and continue today to be the hallmarks of our work. With years of experience built upon the principles of honesty, integrity and fair prices, you can be confident in selecting Haliburton County Home Improvement & Repair.

Thank you for taking the time to visit our website. We look forward to serving you.

What our clients say about us

Interview with the Owner

with Curtis Ketner

Q: What brought you to Haliburton over 30 years ago and why did you decide to settle here?
I spent over 12 years working construction in a big city, but my roots are in the country. When I came to Haliburton for a log building program at Blairhampton Alternative in 1981, I fell in love with Haliburton and the rest is history!

Q: In your opinion, what is the most common misconception that people have when planning an addition or work on their cottage?
Most customers would like to have the work done right away, but planning and good work takes time and the weather here can affect our productivity greatly.

Q: Tell us about a particularly challenging project that you have done recently and what obstacles it involved.
We recently raised a Scandinavian round log cottage that was built in the 30’s. We raised it,excavated it, put in a foundation, replaced all the main floor support logs, repaired the existing logs and chinking and added a 900 sq. foot addition to it.

Q: How has the construction business in Haliburton changed since you started working here 28 years ago?
It’s not seasonal cottage ownership anymore. Now a days, its year round usage people want because the cost of materials and labour has increased so much that they want to use their investment as much as possible.

Q: What is your number one priority in HCHI?
To make sure that we do quality work and succeed in giving our customers exactly what they want.