Creating Another Happy Customer

Home Improvement Rebate Program

Home Improvement Rebates

Fire Ant Contracting Ltd is very proud to announce we are listed as an approved, participating contractor for the Energy Efficiency Alberta Home Improvement Rebates programme.  

 This great initiative was launched to encourage Alberta homeowners to make energy efficient home improvements with a CASH back incentive!

Windows - Upgrade to new, ENERGY STAR® triple pane, low-e, argon windows at valuable savings.  Installed correctly, window upgrades increase home value, increase air-tightness, reduce energy loss, and reduce road noise. Upgrading to ENERGY STAR® triple pane, low-e, argon windows will provide greater energy savings as the area of the home covered by windows increases and based on the current windows you have in your home.

Insulation - Improve the insulation in your attic, on your above-grade walls and in the basement for a more comfortable and energy-efficient home.  Investing in insulation upgrades will increase your family’s comfort, reduce your energy expenses, and increase your home’s value. Best of all there’s typically no maintenance: just energy savings and better comfort for decades.

Energy Efficiency Alberta’s rebates are available for insulation added to a home’s attic, main walls, basement or pony walls. Your rebate will be based on where the insulation is applied, how much insulation is added, and how many square feet receive the upgrade

Tankless Hot Water Heater- An ENERGY STAR®-approved tankless water heater gives your home the incredible advantage of never running out of hot water—and it’s the most cost-effective way to heat water to boot.  Tankless hot water systems take up less space, waste less energy and may even provide hot water faster than conventional systems. Domestic hot water upgrades to ENERGY STAR® tankless systems present a tremendous energy-saving opportunity over older, storage tank systems, especially those equipped with standing pilot lights.

 Please visit the website to find more information.  Please contact us to get a complimentary quote.  (403) 312-5995 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Basement Development with a Hidden Safe!

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We are very pleased to share this new photo with you! 

We recently completed this basement development in NW Calgary, it was an extra special project as it contained an existing built in safe which we incorporated into this beautiful basement development.

Cindy of Purple Turtle Design produced drawings for this lovely, open plan living area with ample storage (I have never seen that many built in cabinets in one basement!), a guest bedroom, full bathroom and safe room.  An oversized custom sliding door was installed on custom wall tracks which slides along the length of the wall to cover the safe door.  Dark stained maple was used throughout for two large built ins, the custom door, the stair railing and the bathroom vanity. A light, neutral wall colour was painted on all walls in the basement to provide a light, airy feel.  

There is lots of room for this young family to play!

A day as a Blacksmith!

Blacksmith Fire Ant Contracting

We work with the best crafts men and women in the Province!

We are lucky enough to work with some specialist craftsmen who sometimes invite us to try out the trade! Mark at Mystic Forge taught Ed some blacksmithing skills at his awesome workshop in rural Alberta.  

Wow, what an experience! 

Mark creates the most amazing custom pieces, from staircases and tables to railings and gates, all custom, all handmade.  

Contact Fire Ant Contracting for a quote on incorporating a custom piece into your next renovation.

Visit the Mystic Forge Website for some inspiration!

Happy Easter!

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Wishing our client families, employees and trade partners a very Happy Easter.



NKBA Industry Event at Porcelanosa

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Thank you so much Porcelanosa Calgary for hosting our NKBA Prairie Provinces Chapter industry event.  These NKBA events are a great way to network amount industry professionals and learn about a subject of interest; as we were at Porcelanosa we had a seminar on the manufacturing of tile.  We were shown fascinating videos taken from their tile factory in Spain, Europe.  We also learnt more about the on-trend extra large format tiles which are currently being installed throughout the City.

Thank you NKBA - looking forward to the next event!


100 Women Who Care Calgary

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Sara was honoured to be invited to join the 100 Women Who Care founders Christy and Alison for the cheque presentation to The Calgary Counselling Centre.  Wow $22,100 to this amazing centre where everyone can reach out for help, even if they don't have the financial means.  We were taken on a tour of the beautiful down town facility and saw directly where our members donations will be used to expand essential services.  

Ladies - Join us at the next 100 Women Who Care meeting on 22nd February 2017 at 7pm, Canyon Meadows Golf and Country Club, Fire Ant will be providing delicious treats!


Happy Christmas & Happy New Year!

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Sending Christmas wishes to our client families, staff and trade partners.

We are very grateful for welcoming us into your homes this past year and allowing us to create beautiful spaces within your homes.

Best wishes from Ed, Sara and the Fire Ant team!

Dedicated to our customers.



The Fire Ant Team

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What a great team!

We are very proud of our group of guys and girls that make up the Fire Ant team.  

We are a diverse team of talented people from a variety of back grounds, many of which who have been with us for many years.  Lots of our return clients love seeing the same faces come back to complete further phases of their home renovations. 

Our team is divided up between the office and various job sites in Calgary and the surrounding areas.

Thank you Team Fire Ant for the great job that you do!

Dedicated to our customers.



Happy Halloween!

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Wishing all of our client families, staff and sub-contractors a safe and happy Halloween.

Light up your lanterns and have a SPOOOOKY Day!





Rocky Ridge Recreational Facility

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As proud members of the Calgary Construction Association we were invited to an exclusive behind the scenes tour of the construction site of the Rocky Ridge Recreation Facility.  The contemporary structure is truly impressive!

The new facility is due to open in 2017 and will house 2 ink rinks, 2 swimming pools, a library, gyms and a theatre.

We are excited to visit again when it opens next year.

Thank you to CCI for organising this informative tour.


Calgary Home and Design Show 2016

Home and Design Show 2016

We had a very successful few days at the 2016 Calgary Home and Design Show at the BMO Centre.

Here are a few photos from the great weekend meeting new clients, chatting with trade partners and talking renovations!

Thank you to our wonderful booth sponsors for making our show so successful.

We featured a contemporary custom walnut and painted kitchen with quartz countertops and a striking stainless steel backsplash.




New website for our Restoration Division!

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Visit our new website!

We are very excited to launch our new website dedicated to our Restoration Division.

Our Restoration Division is proud to offer a variety of renovation, maintenance and emergency response services.




Home and Design Show

Home Show

Visit us at the Home and Design Show!

As part of Family Day on Sunday we will hosting a colouring competition!

 Visit our booth to enter to win a gift basket!

Clink on the link for a discount on tickets.




Kids Cancer Care Camp Kindle Visit

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Ed and Sara were honoured to be invited to a tour, BBQ lunch (with ice cream!) and meet the kids at beautiful Camp Kindle.

We love Camp Kindle!  Fire Ant Contracting have been lucky enough to visit Camp Kindle on many occasions; Ed and Sara were filmed as part of their television advertisement a few years ago and Fire Ant renovated the beautiful music hall. 

The highlight of this particular visit was to meet the amazing kids who are directly affected by childhood cancer and their very enthusiastic camp counsellors!


Camp Kindle is avilable to rent for corporate functions, team building, school groups, weddings etc.

Visit their website Camp Kindle



Fire Ant Contracting 24-7 Emergency Response

Fire Ant emergency response

Fire Ant Contracting is very proud to offer a fantastic 24-7 Emergency Response Service. 

Fire Ant provides an efficient, reliable, professional service that will put your mind at ease in any emergency. 

 Fire Ant responds to floods, sewer back ups, mould remediation, asbestos abatement, wind damage, structural concerns, break in damage and any emergency maintenance. 

 Fire Ant is fully trained in water remediation, asbestos abatement & mould remediation.  Our renovation division can take of any repairs or re-builds as necessary. 

 We provide professional Xactimate invoicing and quoting so fully supported by insurance companies. 

(587) 999-6490

Fire Ant Booth: Calgary Home and Design Show

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Visit us at booth #326 at the Calgary Home and Design Show!

We will have a beautful custom, contmporary walnut kitchen on display and our renovation and designer experts to discuss your project with.

Calgary Home and Design Show

Thursday 22nd September 2016 - Sunday 25th September 2016

BMO Centre Calgary




In Remembrance: Jack Davies

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Jack Davies

1st August 1953 – 17th June 2016

It is with great sadness that we announce the news of the passing of our colleague and friend Jack Davies. Jack died peacefully in his sleep on Friday 17th June 2016. On behalf of us here at Fire Ant we have passed on our heartfelt condolences to his family especially his children and wife of over 40 years, Anne....

Jack will be deeply missed here; leaving behind fond memories of working together as an integral part of the Fire Ant team. Jack worked at the Calgary Herald for 39 years and joined the Fire Ant team in February 2014. Jack always had a smile on his face and was highly regarded by everyone he had the opportunity to meet. Jack was a great role model; he was loyal, hardworking, reliable as well as being very skillful.

This is truly a great loss to our company and to the community as a whole.

The Fire Ant Team




100 Women Who Care

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100 Women Who Care Calgary

Fire Ant Contracting is very proud to be a long standing sponsor of the 100 Women Who Care Calgary Chapter.

A fantastic group of women meet 4 times a year for just one HOUR, each member donates $100 to a nominated charity and that charity gets a lovely cheque for over $10,000!!  Since the Calgary group started we have raised over $200,000 for local charities.  We always welcome new members, contact Sara if you have any questions or would like to join her at the next meeting.

See their Website for more information.


Take a look at our new magazine!


We're very happy to present to you our brand new Fire Ant Contracting Magazine!

Click on the front cover image to take a look.

If you are interested in getting a printed version, contact us today.


Christmas Adventure!

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January 2016

What a fun adventure!

We took our hardworking Fire Ant team to beautiful Golden in British Columbia as a post Christmas celebration.  It was a great opportunity to relax and enjoy each other's company without the usual distractions.  We went snow mobiling, skiing, snow boarding and shared delicious home cooked food.


2015 Alberta Condominium and Real Estate Conference

CCI Conference

Fire Ant Contracting were very proud to be Gold Level sponsor for the 'Building Stronger Relationships' 2015 Alberta Condominium and Real Estate Conference.  Fire Ant were promoting our condominium services division. 

Fire Ant offers a multitude of condominium specific services such as:

  • 24/7 Emergency Services
  • Investigation and Inspection Services
  • Building Envelope Specialists
  • Full service exterior and interior renovations.
  • LED Lighting Specialists
  • Preventative and proactive maintenance.

Please feel free to contact us to discuss your specific condominium needs.

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(403) 312-5995

Varisty Home Renovation with Addition


Fire Ant Contracting are very proud to share our latest whole home renovation with an addition, a home for a beautiful family in Calgary's NW community of Varsity.  We transformed this dated family home into a contemporary living space with luxury finishes.  We vastly increased the square footage of this home by extending the garage to the front of the property and adding two bedrooms above.  Beautiful walnut is featured throughout, stunning against the white tones on the walls and countertops.

Thank you for trusting Fire Ant Contracting with your beautiful home transformation!

It's a Girl!

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We are very proud to introduce the newest Fire Ant Contracting team member Annie Patricia Diana Bushnell.

Annie joined our family on 4th August 2015.  Her big brothers are very happy to have a little sister to play with.

Thank you for all the kind wishes from clients, trades and employees.




Luxury Home Renovation

Haysboro Renovation

We were lucky enough to transform this original 1960s Haysboro, Calgary home into a fresh contemporary dream.  

The original kitchen was dated and the fixtures/appliances needed a drastic upgrade.  The clients selected some beautiful stainless steel, state of the art appliances which our interior designer seamlessly designed the new paint grade custom cabinetry around.  A beautiful white glass backsplash tile in a fishtail design covers all the exposed walls, countertop to ceiling. Clean, off white quartz countertops with a curved eating bar complement the fresh colours throughout.  New oak hardwood with a contemporary stained finish was installed throughout the main floor.

The original black and white floor inspired this beautiful mosaic tile bathroom floor laid in a geometric pattern.  We said goodbye to the pink bath tub, toilet and sink and replaced them with clean WHITE fixtures.  Our designer created this beautiful two tone upper/lower custom bathroom vanity with a lower stained section and a built in upper paint grade upper with an integrated mirror, storage and lighting.  Behind the toilet are three custom stained floating shelves for additional bathroom storage and decorative items.  White subway wainscoting throughout the whole bathroom completes this bathroom beautifully.



Camp Kindle

A beautiful Testimonial from Christine McIver M.S.M. CFRE Founder and Chief Executive Officer at Kids Cancer Care Foundation of Alberta

Please see the 5 Star review below from our Fire Ant Contracting Houzz Page

Relationship: Client

Project Date: January 2015

Project Price: $50,000 - $100,000

Kids Cancer Care Foundation hired Fire Ant Contracting Ltd. to renovate both the interior and exterior of our Music Hall at Camp Kindle (a camp for children with cancer and their families). From start to finish, our team was impressed by the communication (face-to-face meetings, telephone and email) as it was timely and concise. The work was done as described, the quality excellent and the follow up thorough. We were pleased with the price and service and would be happy to contract with them again.

To find out more about Camp Kindle please check out their website: Camp Kindle

Luxury Renovation Seminar

Renovation Seminar

Thinking of renovating...?  You are cordially invited to this exclusive Luxury Renovation Seminar on Saturday 30th May in Varsity at 10:30am.  There will be a panel of experts on hand to impart their industry wisdom.  

Real Estate Professional Cliff Stevenson from Cliff Stevenson Group

Mortgage Specialist Rylan Hahn from Roost Mortgage

Architectural Designer Kathy Yeun from Phase One Design

Renovation Consultant Chris DeVries from Fire Ant Contracting  

Please share this invitation with anyone looking at investing in a home renovation.

Continuing Education

NKBA BA Robinson Event


Fire Ant Contracting are proud members of the National Kitchen and Bathroom Association. Our local chapter, Prairie Provinces puts on engaging and informative events for its members including professional networking and continuing education evenings.

Ed and Sara recently attended a great event held at BA Robinson Lighting and Bath Centre in South East Calgary. The evening started with a delicious selection of drinks and canapes, we were then separated into 6 groups and flowed through talks on the latest trends and technologies in showering, bathing, kitchens, LED lighting and using pendants in design.

Thank you for hosting this great event BA Robinson Lighting and Bath


Kids Cancer Care Gala

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Fire Ant Contracting proudly sponsors Kids Cancer Care Gala 

Fire Ant were fortunate to be sponsors of the incredible Kids Cancer Care Parents Quest for the Cure Gala on Saturday 7th March 2015.  This is the third year that we have partnered with this great event which raises funds for childhood cancer research.  Fire Ant hosted a wonderful tables of Fire Ant clients and suppliers who were wined and dined at the Westin downtown Calgary.  We heard from a brave cancer survivor family who eloquently spoke about their cancer journey with their six year old son.  A specialist research doctor spoke about where the research money is going and the huge effect it is having on families throughout Canada and the rest of the world.  

Fire Ant Contracting sponsored the silent auction which runs through an advanced tablet technology from Daana, we are looking forward to hearing the final fundraising amount.

Fire Ant donated 'The Ultimate Tool Kit' of hand picked tools and Fire Ant merchandise worth over $1000, thank you to the guest who won the item bidding $1,200!  


Bears Paw Ensuite and Walk In Closet

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Luxury Asian Inspired Ensuite and GIANT Walk in Closet

Fire Ant Contracting were fortunate enough to renovate a master bedroom ensuite bathroom and walk in closet.  The master bedroom suite layout was completely re-designed by our talented designer Cindy MacKenzie from Purple Turtle Designs; a badly designed closet was transformed into an open plan, spacious closet room complete with ample hanging space and a HUGE centre island for even more storage.

Our designer was inspired by the client's love of Asian artifacts and bold colours.  The standalone tub becomes a focal point at one end of the oversized bathroom, the symmetrical double vanity welcomes you as you pull apart the contemporary maple barn doors, a very large steam shower with family size bench is located next to a functional make up area.



Camp Kindle Music Hall Renovation

Camp Kindle Renovation

Fire Ant Contracting have been busy working on the Kids Cancer Care Alberta Camp Kindle Music Hall renovation.  Fire Ant has been enjoying the beautiful location of this amazing camp which was specifically designed and built for families with childhood cancer.  The facilities are also open year round for corporate events, weddings, group events etc.  

Thank you Kids Cancer Care Alberta for trusting Fire Ant with your precious Camp Kindle Music Hall - doesn't it look great!

Please visit the Camp Kindle website for more information.


Photo Shoot Sneak Peek

Luxury Photo Shoot

Photo Shoot Sneak Peek

We love photo shoot days!  Cindy from Purple Turtle Design and Sara from Fire Ant Contracting stage the finished projects, our professional photographer Grant Waddell then works his magic to create beautiful photographs.

We are excited to see the finished photos from todays shoot on a stunning Bearspaw acearage.  Photos coming soon!



Fire Ant Christmas Party

Fire Ant Christmas Party

Our Fire Ant Contracting crew took a well earn't day out snowmobiling in beautiful Panorama British Columbia.  Our daredevil crew loved snowmobiling through the spectacular Panorama landscape.



Ann Sacks in Portland

Ann Sacks Portland

Fire Ant visits the Ann Sacks showroom in Portland Oregon

Last week while visiting friends in Portland Oregon we went to see the Ann Sacks showroom in the lovely Pearl district of Portland.  

The tiles are beautiful!  We particularly enjoyed the stone mosaics as pictured. 


Ann Sacks Website



Latest Project: Luxury Spa Ensuite

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Luxury En-Suite Bathroom

What a beautiful bathroom!   We are lucky to have the BEST customers, employees, trades, designers and photographer.  Take a look at this beautiful Master-Ensuite spa retreat, you walk in and feel instantly relaxed, ahhh.... a personal spa like oasis.  

The most beautiful tilework: Floor to ceiling travertine tile, a custom mosaic marble tile floor inlay, a custom mosaic tub surround, shower bench, shower floor and wall inserts.  All of our cabinetry is handcrafted by the best cabinet makers, this vanity and centre, furniture style piece were designed to match the recently completed kitchen also by Fire Ant Contracting.  Leathered Titanium granite on the double vanity, tub ledge, bench top and shower door transition.

....Wow what a bath!  



Latest Project: Luxury En-suite - Walk In Closet

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Luxury En-Suite Bathroom/Walk In Closet Renovation

We transformed a rarely used guest bedroom into a unique ensuite bathroom - walk in closet combination room.  The bathroom area consists of 'His' and 'Hers' custom maple vanities with quartz countertops, under mount sinks and chrome fixtures.  We built a custom tile shower with built in curved corner bench with a matching quartz bench seat.  A separate water closet also has a custom maple cabinet with a beautiful quartz top.  The closet area was designed for maximum storage in mind.  There are ample hanging areas, drawers and shelving.  



Latest Project: Luxury Home Renovation

Willow Park Calgary renovation

Complete home renovation in beautiful Willow Park.

Fire Ant Contracting had the privilege of working with a wonderful family to transform their large but dated family home in the sought after neighbourhood of Willow Park, Calgary.  We completely gutted the main floor of the house, we removed a central wall to create one large kitchen/living area.  The garage to house door was moved to enter into a new custom designed mud room.  This busy young family are now enjoying their bright, contemporary space with custom paint grade cabinetry throughout, granite counter tops and beautiful new hardwood.  Both the master en-suite bathroom and children's main bathroom were also renovated.  We custom built new paint grade double vanities, quartz counters and heated tile throughout.  The master en-suite bathroom has a beautiful custom steam shower.



Aerial Work by Fire Ant Contracting


Specialist Condominium Service Work 

At Fire Ant Contracting we have certified Aerial Work Platform Operators to carry out specialist condominium and residential projects requiring machinery such as boom lifts.  Here is one of our operators driving an 85ft boom lift on a beautiful day in Calgary.  



Fire Ant Contracting - Alberta Lacrosse

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Alberta Lacrosse Sponsorship

Fire Ant Contracting is very proud to sponsor Ms Shydlowski as she plays for the Alberta Lacrosse team.  Her family very kindly framed her game shirt and it proudly sits on our office wall.  Thank you Shydlowski Family and Good Luck for the upcoming season!


Another happy customer

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"Thank you for your excellent work and the courtesy of all the workers"

We just received this lovely hand-written note from one of our happy customers.  We renovated this customer's beautiful river-front home in Bowness after the devastating 2013 flood.  We are so pleased that this customer is now able to enjoy their custom renovation by Fire Ant Contracting.  

We love our happy customers

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We love hearing from our happy customers.  We recently got this 5 STAR review on the design website Houzz. 

 Houzz Review


Relationship: Client

Project Date: December 2012

Project Price Range: more than $100,000

We have been fortunate enough to have worked on three projects with Ed Bushnell of Fire Ant Contracting. This company delivers what it promises and on-time for the price quoted - which is rare in this industry. Ed carefully walked us through our decisions and was honest in his feedback about our expectations for the renovation. His crew were respectful while working in my home and always left our home and property in good shape at the end of the day. Any concerns that arose were dealt with immediately. We couldn't have been happier. Very much looking forward to completing the Master bath next!