House Calls Renovation Advisors

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25 Palm Drive Toronto ON M3H 2B5
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Jordan in Toronto
Jordan in Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Full Basement Reno a complete success! On budget and on time!

We were planning to renovate the basement but not this fast! Sewer backed up with roots in the pipes, and our 25 year old furnace died. So we called Jay at HCRA and needed a plan fast. Jay helped us create a plan, did drawings and helped organize contractors to quote the job. We did a full basement reno - down to the studs, new plumbing and electrical. Everything went smoothly. All the contractors were great! All the work was done professionally and on time. It was a pleasure working with Jay! Now we're doing our kitchen with him!

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Thanks for the great review Jordan. It was a pleasure working with you too. I'm very pleased with the final outcome and glad that we were able to identify serious problems with two very important, but less visible systems.
Amongst the obvious improvements to the space planning and the improved finishes throughout, the project included removing and replacing the old drainlines and installing a new high efficiency boiler (with integrated hot water). You will now get many years of enjoyment from your improved basement family room, laundry, gym and upgraded bathroom. Thanks again, Jay

Linda in Toronto
Linda in Toronto
1 review Mississauga, ON
10/10

Top Notch Job

Jay Charendoff of Housecalls Renovation Advisors was recommended to us when we were looking for help in renovating our three bedroom condo. We wanted to update our kitchen and guest bathroom and replace our master bathroom tub/shower with a walk-in shower.
We met with Jay to discuss our needs . He drew up plans of our condo as is and then a set of plans with the proposed changes. The final plans allowed us to widen the master bathroom and put in the walk-in shower we wanted. In addition space was arranged to give us a larger reach-in closet and another small storage closet. We were also able to update our guest bathroom, and renovate our kitchen, removing a half wall to open things up.
Jay had us complete a “Finishes Schedule” which was so handy when construction began and I needed to buy fittings and fixtures.
Because he works in the commercial and residential fields, Jay was also able to recommend contractors for us to consider.
We chose to have Jay visit the condo during construction. His reports assured us that the work was progressing on schedule.
We have now been home in our renovated condo for about six weeks and we love it! We are so pleased with how everything turned out. Jay and Housecalls did a “top notch” job!!

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Thanks so much Linda. Naturally, I'm pleased that you are so happy with this project. I find myself saying more often that a truly successful project also needs a great client too, and that was definitely you. Again, all the best, and enjoy your "new" home.

Olga in Toronto
Olga in Toronto
4 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Main floor renovation

We are planning a full main floor renovation which includes removal of several walls, installing a structural beam, re-working the kitchen, and other odds and ends.

We hired Jay to help us get our project off the ground. We had never done any major renos before, so short of having a so-so proposed layout (done by someone else) we didn't have a clue of how to get going.

Jay immediately took our project as though it was his own house. At our first meeting he really took the time to get to know us and our needs, he reviewed the design that we had come up with and helped us identify the problems with it. He then helped us come up with an awesome layout that we feel is really going to work well for our family.

Once we were happy with the layout, he helped us put together a scope of work. He brought in a structural engineer (Amir) who drafted all the blueprints and got a permit for us. We are now in the process of interviewing potential contractors, and Jay's feedback and support have been invaluable.

Thanks Jay, we are looking forward to our continued working relationship.

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Thanks Olga. It was my sincere pleasure to have met and worked with you and your husband on this exciting re-visioning of a 1960's dwelling. When completed it will be beautiful, I'm sure. Feel free to call anytime with any questions or concerns. Best regards.

Gary in Woodfield
Gary in Woodfield
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Retaining wall & front walk renovation consultation

Due to poor drainage in the pre-existing retaining wall it had become necessary to replace it entirely, and took the opportunity to fix up our front walk as well. Jay provided not only suggestions about where we could look for the pre-fabricated materials we needed, but also advice on how to save money by doing things like moving the excess soil onto other parts of our property rather than paying for it to be disposed of. This is the second time we've used his services, and look forward to working with him on future renovation projects. Definitely recommend!

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Thanks Gary. I know you have been dealing with a number of important and necessary improvements to your home, and I'm pleased to have been of assistance to you. Feel free to call again anytime. Best, Jay

Liam from Toronto
Liam from Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Rebuild of Rear Addition and Opening up Main Floor

Jay was great to work with. He was fun, experienced, and we ended up with a design which we absolutely loved. When we started the process, we were pretty set on what we thought we wanted, which was demo'ing a small existing addition, and building interior stairs. Jay made us think about the cons of that design (namely giving up square footage) and asked us to trust him as he thought could re-envision the small addition into something usable, attractive, and which didn't eat into the backyard too much.

We decided to trust him and let him run with the design, which ended up paying off. What Jay come up with was something we could never have envisioned on our own, and we're glad we allowed him to pursue his idea. The final design is simple, functional, elegant, and not cost prohibitive.

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Thanks Liam. It was a pleasure to work with your family and I look forward to seeing this project during construction and of course, the final product. I know we'll keep in touch.

Jesse in Old Toronto
Jesse in Old Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Flood fix

Our basement had already experienced one serious flood a few years ago.

The insurance company grudgingly provided assistance, but we knew they would be very difficult if we tried to claim damages from another basement flood.

Last Summer, after another period of severe rainfall, our basement was once again flooded, as surface water from our backyard poured over the edge of the window well, and into my son’s bedroom.

At this point, we felt we needed professional advice, so we called Jay at House Calls for his opinion.

Jay helped us understand the problem and suggested a solution. He also recommended Victor Raschilla Drain Cleaning to do the work.

We are very pleased with both Jay’s help and Victor’s work in rectifying the window well, and connecting the drain line to the sump pump.

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Thanks Jesse. My pleasure to have been of assistance.

Barb  in Toronto
Barb in Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Second Floor Renovation

I was about to embark on a house renovation recently when I was called away for an emergency literally 2 days before the work was to begin.
As anyone knows who has ever hired a home renovation contractor, once you have everything in place the job needs to proceed as rescheduling is not an option.
Not having anyone to help oversee the work, a friend recommended I called Jay at House Calls. He agreed to take on the management of my project on very short notice. He made sure that all the contractors showed up as they were supposed to, and that the work was done properly.
The reno turned out great. Thanks Jay!

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Thanks Barb. I know this was a very stressful situation, so I was more than happy to help out. I'm glad to hear that you are now back in your home, and that you were pleased with the improvements.

Shawna
Shawna
1 review Markham, ON
10/10

Kitchen, bathroom, living/dining room renovations

This is my first large home renovation and I really had no idea where to start, so when I came across House Calls Renovation Advisors, I thought that this would be a great way to obtain some guidance and ideas. Jay was absolutely amazing! He is kind, patient, knowledgeable, and really took the time to understand what I was looking for in my project. He helped answer many of my questions, provided drawings to help re-design my spaces, provided many helpful suggestions, and connected me with helpful resources. I would definitely use him again and I highly recommend him.

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Thanks Shawna. It was a real pleasure working with you. I'm glad that I was able to help steer you in the right direction and make some wise, cost effective decisions. I look forward to seeing the completed project. Please keep in touch!

Paul in Toronto
Paul in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Renovation

My wife and I are very happy with Jay's support in renovating our basement. We just finished.

He worked with us to determine the best layout and helped in getting a good contractor and good pricing. The work has been well done and well within our pricing and time line expectations. Jay and the contractor were both helpful, and they were full of common sense and good guidance on the decisions we needed to make. Professionals.

We would do it this way again for sure!

Thank you.

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Thanks Paul -- much appreciated.
My personal goal is to make each and every project as enjoyable an experience as possible for my client.

Christopher
Christopher
1 review Etobicoke, ON
10/10

Front porch renovation

I recently purchased a house that was in dire need of repairs and renovations. I was able to project manage most of the renovations myself, but my front porch required a complete demolition and replacement, as well as a brand new design. I reached out to Jay to help me with the design work, as well as in getting a few quotes. Jay surpassed my expectations in almost every regard. He took the time to listen to my needs, and then completed some excellent designs. He also connected me with a few quality contractors. Overall, I have nothing but positive things to say about Jay. He’s attentive and professional, and I look forward to working with him again as I continue to improve my house in the future.

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Thanks Christopher. Always a pleasure to speak and work with you.

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More about House Calls Renovation Advisors

Can a home renovation ever be "enjoyable"?
The short answer is yes, and we have clients who will be happy to tell you it's possible.

However, we also know that each project, regardless of size, is a complex challenge.
A successful project requires considerable thought, time, money, and decision-making energy. And construction in one's home can be disruptive and cause varying degrees of stress.

House Calls Renovation Advisors provides professional advice, design guidance and practical experience all through the process. Our goal is simple: Provide the necessary expertise to ensure that your renovation runs properly and smoothly until it is completed.

Working with an experienced construction professional helps protect your financial investment by avoiding costly renovation pitfalls, and helps maintain your sanity.

House Calls Renovation Advisors has successfully completed hundreds of projects. We offer years of practical professional industry experience to our clients. We help make the right decisions to suit your budget. And, we firmly believe that renovating one's home can actually be a pleasant, enjoyable experience, we work very hard to achieve that goal, no matter how complex.

Highly rated by HomeStars clients, and as seen in the Globe and Mail Business Section, House Calls guides you through the most critical stages of your project.

Connect with us at www.housecallsprojectmanagement.com
Watch a video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-2_JTz47jRA
Read the Globe and Mail article: https://tgam.ca/2iu0dJp

CATEGORIES
Renovation Advisors and Design/Project Management
SERVICES
Excellence in space planning, design, and project management to achieve both an enjoyable and high quality renovation experience.
SPECIALITIES
Space planning, design, cost assessment, budgeting, contractor due diligence and selection, construction contract review, contract administration, quality monitoring, project management.
WEBSITE
http://www.housecallsprojectmanagement.com
YEAR ESTABLISHED
2007
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
2
PAYMENT METHOD
Electronic transfer, cheque or cash
MEMBERSHIPS
LEED AP, Canadian Green Building Council, 2008
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
DIPLOMAS
B. Architecture, UBC; B. Science, York University;LEED Accredited Professional
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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