RenoWorks Software Inc.

RenoWorks Software Inc.
Home Hardware Stores Limited

December 07, 2006 08:00 ET

RenoWorks and Home Hardware Launch Innovative New Home Improvement Software

HomeWorks to be sold exclusively at Home Hardware Banner Stores

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(CCNMatthews - Dec. 7, 2006) - RenoWorks (TSX VENTURE:RW) and Home Hardware Stores Limited, Canada's largest independent home improvement retailer, today announced the launch of HomeWorks, a leading edge home improvement software package to be sold exclusively in Home Hardware banner stores.

Developed through a partnership with RenoWorks Software Inc. (TSX VENTURE:RW), a leading provider of digital home imaging software for new home construction and existing home renovations, HomeWorks is the first and only software package on the market that allows homeowners and contractors to digitally visualize their interior and exterior construction and design products before they begin.

"HomeWorks is a fun and innovative tool that will help our customers visualize and plan their renovation projects much more easily while giving them access to Home Hardware's extensive product selection," said Paul Straus, Vice-President and CEO, Home Hardware Stores Limited. "There is a tremendous benefit in being able to show a homeowner what their home can look like before they spend a dime or lift a hammer."

The HomeWorks package allows users to upload interior and exterior photos of their homes and modify them to preview the look of Beauti-Tone Paint colours, as well as actual flooring, siding, roofing, windows, doors and hardware available from Home Dealers. Users will have access to more than 2,500 Home Hardware products from more than 30 major building materials manufacturers.

"Bringing together such a large assortment of manufacturers to participate in the development and ongoing maintenance of a tool like HomeWorks is unprecedented in the industry," continued Straus. "Working with RenoWorks, we've been able to create a product unlike anything the Canadian renovation and construction industry has seen."

HomeWorks is recommended by the Canadian Home Builders Association and also contains links to housing information provided by The Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation.

"Home Hardware is an industry leader in providing innovative products and services for their customers," said Doug Vickerson, the CEO of RenoWorks. "There is no other software package on the market that provides these tools or such a large product selection. The HomeWorks software is a superb tool which gives homeowners the power to see the true potential of their homes."

About Home Hardware

Home Hardware Stores Limited is Canada's largest independent hardware, lumber and building materials and furniture retailer with more than 1,000 stores across Canada, under the Home Hardware, Home Building Centre, Home Hardware Building Centre and Home Furniture banners. Dealers have access to 100,000 quality brand name and private label products and the company has annual retail sales of $4.3 billion. The cooperative was founded on January 1, 1964 by 128 independent hardware Dealers.

About RenoWorks

RenoWorks Software Inc. has developed a visualization sales tool for the new home construction and remodeling industries. RenoWorks "Picture the Difference" software uses digital imaging to showcase interior and exterior building products on a picture of the customer's home. The software enables users to envision a "before and after" digital image of the interior and exterior of the home using a database of manufacturer's products. The software offers homeowners, builders, remodeling professionals, building product manufacturers, suppliers and architects a cost-effective tool to help in project planning.

Contact Information

  • Home Hardware Stores Limited
    Rob Wallace
    (519) 664-4710
    Doug Vickerson
    (403) 296-3880 Ext: 227