Sonoma Contracting

Basement Renovation
39 Commonwealth Rd Barrie ON L4M OE1
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Michelle
Michelle
10 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Full basement renovation

I contacted Mike based on the recommendation of our basement underpinning contractor and the strength of reviews I read on Homestars.

Our project required a full basement renovation, starting with the coordination of in-floor heating installation with the concrete pouring of the floor. I was very pleased with how seamlessly Mike's team worked with the TrueNorth crew. For example, one of the floor joists had to be reinforced and it had a temporary fix by the TrueNorth crew, and then finished later at a later stage by Mike's guys.

Overall, I am happy with the final results of our basement. Right off the bat, Mike recommended a layout to take advantage of the few windows we have to maximize natural light. He recommended some basic things such as installing a laundry closet instead of a laundry room to save floor space in our small basement. The quality of workmanship was excellent for wood and trim work. The foreman Aldo and the carpenter Tony were both terrific, hardworking men who took obvious pride in their work and taking care of small details. The younger man who did the bathroom tile work was less experienced and I felt that it was a little sloppy i.e. some residual mortar and grout was left around and I have had some trouble cleaning it off. Some of the tiling errors were identified by Aldo and the work had to be redone.

There were definitely some delays and issues encountered during the renovation that could not have been foreseen, mostly to do with permitting issues. While these caused added time to the duration of the overall project, Mike was good a communicating these issues with me.

There were a number of things that Mike guys took care of, or added with little to no additional cost that I have been extremely happy with. For example, he added a stair railing leading down the stairs to the basement for the inspection. He offered to leave that in place for no additonal cost and just painted it to match the stairs. At my request he also sourced some rubber treads for the stairs that have provided durability and safety.

Finally, the specialty tradesmen used by Mike were all top notch. The plumbing, hvac and electrical contractors were all outstanding and took time to explain everything that they were doing, especially if additonal added scope work increased the cost from the original estimate.

I would recommend Mike to anyone contemplating a basement renovation.

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Sandra  from Toronto
Sandra from Toronto
5 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Demolition

Mike, Aldo and his crew were amazing!! We needed to have a fully finished water damaged basement gutted from top to bottom so our architect can draw up plans for an underpin project. Mike showed up a few days ahead of schedule with an amazing crew and had the job done in 8 hours flat! I couldn't believe how quickly they did it!! He left the place spotless. He is also very easy to talk to and very accommodating. I would high recommend Mike....I hope to work with him in the near future to do our basement reno.

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

Full Basement Reno

Our original contractor informed us about 2 weeks before our basement was about to start that he would not be available so we were in a bind. Someone we trusted recommended Mike and Aldo. We were not disappointed. From the very first meeting we were impressed. I naturally ask a lot of questions and never once did I feel like I was bothering anyone. All of my questions (stupid or otherwise) were answered in a way that never made me feel like a big dumb dumb.

We hired Mike to come in immediately after the the underpinning was complete. We required all the framing, a new bathroom, all electrical, all above grade plumbing, including sump pump and sewage ejector, a new set of stairs, a laundry room, flooring, painting and windows.

Everyone who came to the house was amazing , and did their best to give us what we asked for, even when I changed my mind 5 minutes before they started. When things did not go as planned I was never kept in the dark. Mike and I had constant communication through out the whole job.

Most importantly I think, was how any mistakes were handled. In a job the size of ours their is bound to be a few things go not as planned. One time was a broken tile, another was a miscommunication on what trim was to be put around a window, the last was again a miscommunication about the size of one window. I was treated more than fairly on all three incidents and none of them were an issue after they were repaired.

Lastly, we are currently having an issue with one of the doors installed (6 months later) and Mike did not hesitate sending someone to check it out. This is proof that the service before, during, and after was all excellent.

We enjoy our new basement everyday, and would have no issues recommending Sonoma to anyone.

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Sue in Orillia
Sue in Orillia
1 review Orillia, ON
10/10

Flooring installation

We just got our house and were waiting on a few projects before moving in. Thankfully, Sonoma Contracting was able to do our hardwood floors within the week of calling! We couldn't be happier with the work-- the floors look fantastic. Very good attention to detail, and extremely attentive service. Definitely recommended!!

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

Floor and kitchen renovations in a condo

After hunting for a good contractor to work with to complete flooring and kitchen renovations in our new condo within our budget, we we so happy to find Sonoma Contracting who came recommended to us. From the beginning to the end Mike ensured the whole process ran smooth, efficient, on time and on budget. Mike has valuable experience in the field and his input on our project and recommendations of other trades were highly valuable. The finished product looked fantastic and we could't be happier! I appreciate Mike's expertise, responsiveness and prices, which are very reasonable in this market. We would use Sonoma Contracting again and would recommend them to others.

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Private User
Private User
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Renovation with waterproofing

From the beginning Mike and Aldo were incredibly friendly and helpful with our basement renovation. We had a typical East end semi with unfinished basement, with uneven concrete floors and damp walls.

They were efficient from the very beginning. We decided on interior waterproofing because our concrete floor needed to be replaced it was the most cost effective. Aldo was on site managing the teams, the first crew had the concrete out and the basement dug down in three days! The crews were always very courteous and cleaned up after themselves each day. There was very little downtime and Mike and Aldo kept the trades coming back to back to keep the project running on schedule.

It was great watching the basement take shape so quickly. From a damp storage area to now an office, tv area, bathroom and laundry. Aldo and Mike were helpful providing advice and options on what can be done or materials might work along the way. We replaced our basement stairs and widened the opening, as well as had custom made doors for our (6ft clearance). We supplied a number of materials ourselves that were included in the quote, like vanity while others we wanted were more than originally budgeted (like the toilet). Mike amended the bill at the end to balance these changes. Do be aware the materials quoted are generally the low end and if you have specific tastes on things you'll want to budget more. Mike clearly laid out the exclusions/extras in the quote and a few of those did come up in our reno (old houses with surprises) but they ended up being quite reasonable. Mike was honest and trust worthy, a great contractor to work with.

We had a few minor hiccups like the levelness of the concrete floor and dust control during the fixing of the concrete floor. But Mike was quick to remedy the situation and brought people in to fix it without delaying the timeline.

The team finished the basement to concrete floor and drywall and then we installed our own vinyl flooring, painted, and trimmed out the space. Then Aldo and his team returned to install our vanity, toilet and doors. They worked with our timeline wonderfully. We also had Aldo and Tony help us put up a wall of ikea cabinets in our kitchen to help polish off our space upstairs.

Some tips for all basement renos. Take photos of everything during the many stages. It's helpful to know where things are in the walls (studs, wiring, pluming) when you're putting up cabinetry, shelves etc. Think about the final layout before starting the project. We added bracing for a wall mount tv at the framing stage and put an outlet at that level during electrical.

We love our new space and would definitely recommend Sonoma to anyone.

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Carmine   from Vaughan
Carmine from Vaughan
3 reviews Vaughan, ON
10/10

Basement Renovation

Mike, Aldo and all the tradesmen were organized, detailed, polite, accomodating, professional and thorough in the work performed. We got our basement finished and are extremely happy about the work performed by Mike and his team. During the process the timelines were punctual and the work area kept clean throughout. We have retired family members who were in the construction field for decades and they were also impressed by the job done from Mike and his team. We would recommend Sonoma Contracting to anyone looking to do home renovations and would also use them again going forward for upcoming renovation projects.

Thanks Mike, Aldo and the rest of the team.

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Nancy and Barry from BC
Nancy and Barry from BC
3 reviews Pickering, ON
10/10

Mike Flammia and his solid team of trades people did superb job!

Kitchen renos can be a headache. Fortunately, Mike Flammia and his Sonoma team held the cure. An older 50's house was in dire need of a complete kitchen makeover. We pooled our idea with Mike's and the result worked out superbly. We even threw a few curveballs at him during the project; i.e. last-minute changes. He took on and overcame those challenges. And it's not just Mike. Every single one of his trades people (tilesetters, painter, electrical team, and Mike's sidekick Tony) were professional, cooperative and a breeze to work with. From start to finish, Mike was reliable. Always on time. We never felt we had to take a backseat to another project. Before the project began, we were out-of-town and had to communicate via phone. Nothing was lost in the translation. We never felt any resistance or pressure from Mike. Same with the financial side of the deal. We trusted Mike. He trusted us. Some projects may be painful. Not this one. With Mike, it was nothing but a smooth-running, cooperative process. A suddenly beautiful kitchen was the result. We were fortunate to select Mike and his firm and we would heartily recommend him.

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Rick in Markham
Rick in Markham
3 reviews Markham, ON
10/10

Finish basement / whole house renovation

Sonoma (Mike and team) was our contractor for a whole house renovation that included the main floor and upstairs (3,200 sq. ft.) and turning our unfinished basement (1,500 sq. ft.) into a work of art. We will provide details on the renovation and our experience below but to get the point quickly, Mike and his team are fantastic, we highly recommend Sonoma for your renovation project and we cannot imagine anyone better for the job.

Our renovation included finishing the basement to include laundry room (relocated from main floor), bathroom, bedroom, office, storage, playroom, and best of all sound proofing for our loud kids! Main/upstairs renovations included a kitchen remodel, mudroom, all bathrooms, hardwood throughout, all doors changed to solid wood, 100+ pot lights, ceiling fans, electrical work (wall sconces, more switches, dimmers, etc.), painted all rooms, etc.

Mike patiently took notes on our ideas, listened to us, and thankfully contributed his experience that helped us focus our renovation. He created a work schedule that allowed us to live in the house during the renovations. We have two kids under the age of 5 and were worried about noise, disruption, etc. but his team took amazing effort to make the house as comfortable as possible for our kids and his team even scheduled their lunches around our kids nap time. Needless to say we were impressed and appreciative with the amount of consideration from his team!

Sonoma helped to arrange our building drawings and worked with us through the City building permit process. Mike was also there for all City inspections to ensure our project was completed without delay. We were always informed through the process, the renovations were completed on time and on budget, and the workmanship is impressive. Mike and his team were bigger perfectionists than us, for those that know us this is no small feat.

We are 100% comfortable recommending Mike and the Sonoma team.

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Mahwash
Mahwash
1 review Vaughan, ON
10/10

Basement Renovation

It was a pleasure to deal with Mike and his team.

This was my first major renovation, and I interviewed four contractors. Mike stood out immediately because of the advice he gave me (that the others did not).

Each trades person (Aldo, Tony, Paul, Marco, Alex) that Mike works with is an expert in their field, and they were all professional and approachable.

Mike was great at answering my multiple questions in a timely manner (while being very patient). I also added some items to the project which he kindly accommodated, always letting me know if there was an additional charge.

I am very pleased with the quality of the work and would highly recommend Mike and his team.

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More about Sonoma Contracting

Our company is committed in providing quality service with efficiency and cost effectiveness. Upon initial request, our staff will contact you to schedule an appointment to discuss your needs. Meeting you and viewing the job is important to us as it allows us to ensure that we give an accurate assessment and reduces the risk of unforeseen problems or misunderstanding which can affect budget. Once an assessment is performed and all your options are discussed, a quote will be provided within 2 to 5 business days (depending on size of a project).

When you choose Sonama Contracing, we work with you to determine timelines. We understand that you're excited about your project’s completion and that any renovation can disrupt your home or work. For this reason, projects are scheduled and completed as efficiently as possible without compromising quality.

We know that you will be satisfied with our work because we understand that without you and word of mouth…we don’t have a business.

CATEGORIES
Basement Renovation and Demolition
SERVICES
Renovations Basement Finishing Kitchen Remodelling Bathroom Remodelling Trim Work Hardwood Flooring Millwork Crown Moulding Drywall Cabinet Installation Waterproofing
SPECIALITIES
Basement Renovation, Renovations Basement Finishing Kitchen Remodelling Bathroom Remodelling Trim Work Wainscoting Hardwood Flooring Millwork Crown Moulding Drywall Cabinet Installation Waterproofing
WEBSITE
http://www.sonomacontracting.com
YEAR ESTABLISHED
2000
RETURN POLICY
cheques
PAYMENT METHOD
Building Renovator
MEMBERSHIPS
2,000,000
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
BONDED
Yes
PROJECT RATE
Yes
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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