Design-Spec Building Group Ltd

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7-80 Bass Pro Mills Drive Vaughan ON L4K 5W9
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Belinda
Belinda
1 review Vaughan, ON
10/10

Renovation of master bathroom and powder room

This review is long over due. My apologies to Nick and his team. The work was started in July 2016 and completed in August 2016. It required the complete demolition and rebuild of both a master bathroom and a powder room. Plumbing needed to be moved and custom cabinets installed in addition to all new tiles, shower, tub, vanity, paint, etc. Overall it was a incredible experience - from the start (meeting Nick, discussing the project, entering into the contract) - the middle (meeting the crew - Jake and Chris, the various stages of the project - demolition, rebuild, final touches) and the end (final clean up and inspection). Nick was very professional as was his crew. The crew was very careful and tidy - nothing was broken and I came home each day to as clean a home as one could expect during a renovation. Jake was very knowledgeable and provided good options when decisions needed to be make. Throughout the project he informed me of what the next steps would be as well as the approximate length of time to complete each step. He was patient and responded to all of my questions throughout the project. Work that was required, over and above what was in the contract, was discussed before proceeding. This ensured there were no surprise billings at the end of the project. I believe that I have very high standards and Nick and his team met or exceeded them in every way. I will be renovating 2 other bathrooms in the near future and Nick and his crew will be my first choice to do the work . I would strongly recommend anyone who needs this type of renovation work done to consider Nick and his team.

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Belinda, thank you so much for kind review. It was our pleasure and we are looking forward to the next phase.

Lisa from Scarborough in Toronto
Lisa from Scarborough in Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Renovated Entire Main Floor including moving all interior walls

Thank you to Design-Spec Building Group Ltd. for a wonderful renovation and wonderful renovation experience. Design-Spec renovated our entire main floor of our house which involved moving walls and installing complex steel beams in the ceiling. We now have an amazing open kitchen and family room. Our number one fear going into this renovation was that our house would be pulled apart and then the work would slow or stop preventing us from moving back into our home but that was not a worry with Design-Spec. They assigned us a dedicated site supervisor as well as a dedicated project manager. Both were friendly and very responsive to our needs and questions. We really felt like we had not only a team working for us but friends who cared as much as we did about our renovation. Every day they showed up and we're working on our house which was a great comfort to us. The other thing that we love about Design-Spec was their full service approach to renovations. They provided us with an architect and worked with the city to get all our permits. Once they started they were able to take full control of the project. And best of all their workers and craftsmen took a lot of pride in their work and we feel that the construction work on our home is excellent. We are back in our home now and we are loving our new space. But it’s more than just loving the changes. Our home functions better and feels better. Even though we didn’t expand the space it seems to flow and our new kitchen is wonderful for parties and large family get-togethers. This was our first renovation and we were nervous but Design-Spec was a perfect partner. We would recommend them to family and friends and would be excited to have them renovate for us again on future projects.

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Hello Lisa & Matt, thank you so much for the kind words. We are pleased that our commitment and dedication to our customers and our passion for our work shows through. It was a pleasure working with you both and the results are nothing short of beautiful. We wish you a lifetime of happy memories and successes in your new home. Sincerely, The Design-Spec Building Group Team

Liz in Toronto
Liz in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
8/10

Nick and the Design Spec team are consummate professionals

DSBG did a main floor and basement reno for us in the Spring of 2016. Our house is 70 years old, so we had to deal with some left over asbestos, and lots of irregular angles, to change our dated Leaside semi into the modern space we wanted. As with many of you, we struggled with the cost of getting the results we desired, and the sacrifices to the dream to fit what we could afford. Throughout the process, Nick & team provided clear, detailed information, and alternative suggestions where possible. Everything was handled in writing, and all changes were done through approved change orders.
More importantly for us, however, every single one of Nick's direct employees is amazing to deal with. Everyone is professional, friendly and went out of their way to make the project go smoothly. We would definitely recommend DSBG to any of our friends (and have already done so!).

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Liz & Rob,

Thank you again for allowing us the opportunity to design and build your nearly full home renovation. It was a pleasure working for you both and we hope that you will enjoy the space for many many years to come. Thank you for your referrals. Sincerely, The Entire Team at Design-Spec Building Group Ltd.

Sean Hannon in Toronto
Sean Hannon in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Main Floor Renovation - Kitchen, Living Room, Bathroom

My wife and I recently decided to undertake a renovation of the entire main floor of our home, along with the main bathroom on the second level. We live in an older Semi-detached home in the North Leaside area of Toronto, and we hoping to find a contractor that was familiar with the homes in the area, to try and keep any unforeseen conditions to a minimum.

We searched online and asked around, and our search led us to Design-Spec Building Group. We contacted them and met with Nick, the President of the company. I found the initial meeting with Nick to be productive and clear. We articulated our design requirements and landed on a high level scope of work for the project, and also identified order of magnitude numbers for the work. Nick also provided us with an overview of the process that his group follows; from initial design, detailed design, finishes and construction.

We were provided with a detailed agreement which identified all items that were in and out of scope for the project, along with an end date for the work based on the scope identified. We also identified cash allowances for all items that hadn’t been fully costed, so that there weren’t any surprises.

The team that was assigned to us was fantastic. We worked with a designer, Stephanie, who helped us with the design of the space, as well as all of our finishes. She also assisted as a coordinator with the site supervisors to ensure that the finished product reflected the design. The site supervisors, Kyle and Jake that were with us for the duration of the project were also both extremely knowledgeable and communicative. I was even impressed by the quality of the trades that worked on the project.

Overall, our experience with Design-Spec was an excellent one. Nick was extremely responsive throughout the project and always available for any questions. We couldn’t be happier with the work that has been done. We would definitely recommend Design-Spec to others, as we have already done.

Sean & Stephanie

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Sean & Stephanie, it was an absolute pleasure to work with you on the design and build of your major renovation. Our entire team is pleased with the finished product due in large part to your discerning taste and selections. We thank you again for the opportunity to have worked for you and wish you a lifetime of happiness and health in your new home. Sincerely, The Entire Design-Spec Building Group Team.

C&R
C&R
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Second floor renovation

We recently completed a renovation of our second floor which consisted of two new baths, new flooring, new doors and pot lighting as well as installation of built-in cabinetry. The work extended into our main floor and basement since our home has an open foyer - we redid the staircase and removed wall paper throughout impacting all three levels of our home. So what seemingly started out as a cosmetic update actually turned out to be a fairly big project.

We had worked with our own interior designer on the bath and millwork designs and then selected Design Spec as our general contractor to bring the project to life. Nick and his entire team take their business very seriously and are focused on delivering a quality product in a timely manner and to long-term customer satisfaction. We liked their approach to project management – there was structure to the process and timelines to set expectations. We were also impressed with the manner in which they protected areas that were not being touched by the project. Before any of the serious work began, they spent a lot of time preparing the site which speaks to their level of respect for a customer's home.

The entire team always demonstrated the utmost professionalism as well as pride in their employer. We especially liked having an on-site project lead (Adam) here every day to keep the project moving along, supervise trades people and very competently answer or escalate any of our questions. Between Adam, Nick and a number of other contacts, there was always someone available if we needed to talk.

We love our new space, would use Design Spec again and would highly recommend them to others.

Thanks Nick, Adam and the whole Design Spec team!

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Belsize
Belsize
8 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Main floor renovation = awesome results!

DSBG came recommended to us by friends who used their services for a main floor renovation. When it came our time to consider builders, we included DSBG in a shortlist of 3 firms. After a thorough review of firms we felt comfortable DBSG would be able to manage our project well, our main areas of focus were timeline and quality.

A project manager was identified in addition to a site supervisor, work started at a quick pace and kept on moving. The PM ensured materials and key decisions were made in order to maintain the schedule and the site supervisor managed all relationships with the trades and kept me apprised of any on site issues (and decisions) and provided detail into the work being planned in the upcoming week. I was completely astonished by the professionalism! No costs were charged to me without rigorous discussion and MY approval. I always felt there was a high calibre of knowledge and capability when dealing with issues, which inevitably come up when you open walls of an 80 year old house.

Our family lived in the house during this time and we were all treated respectfully and with great care. Everyday before the end of the shift a clean up was done. I cannot say enough how incredible the team is, I essentially had to live with the team for 4 months and would have them in my house for another project again and again.

I have recommended DSBG to my friends and look forward to working with them again.

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Company Response

Maria & Dan, Thank you so much for the kind words. Our entire team enjoyed working on your extensive renovation and we are ecstatic with the results. The space is absolutely beautiful and breathtaking, a testament to your great taste and vision for the space as translated by the project designer. We thank you both for your continued support and referrals and references as they continue to be the foundation of our strong growth. It is such a satisfying accomplishment when you have customers that appreciate the lengths our team goes to to keep a project running smoothly and finishing strong with exceptional quality. Sincerely, The Design-Spec Building Group Ltd. Team

BAS in Newmarket
BAS in Newmarket
4 reviews Newmarket, ON
10/10

Whole Home Renovation

After deciding to undertake a whole home reno, we researched general contractors with design/build capabilities, starting with RenoMark contractors doing work in our area. We also added several non-RenoMark contractors, for a total of 6 contractors, including DSBG. Reviews of DSBG on HomeStars were almost unanimously positive, except for one negative review. After discussing scope of work and other matters in my first call with Nick Malfara of DSBG, I asked him about the negative HomeStars review. Nick was forthright, open and honest in his response, which bode well for the dealings which followed. With so many positive reviews and a reasonable explanation for one negative one, it was very easy to accept that the negative one was an aberration / exception.

At our first meeting / walk-through, Nick gave us honest advice, a realistic minimum budget for our scope of work and desired quality level, as well as a realistic timeframe for our project. He was prompt in his follow-up, including a detailed rough budget and written scope of work.

After interviewing 5 other general contractors, we shortlisted DSBG and 2 others and subsequently narrowed it down further to DSBG and 1 other (also a RenoMark contractor). In a follow-up meeting with Nick and DSBG's project manager Tony, my wife remarked that she felt like she was with "family". They gave us straight answers to all our questions and left us feeling comfortable and confident about the reno. Nick took us to several DSBG client sites / projects and gave us numerous past clients as references to contact. Based on everything we saw and all that we heard, DSBG was an easy choice. We selected them in August 2014 with the condition that they be ready to hit the ground running at the start of January 2015.

After working through the fall of 2014, all the design work was completed and permit approvals submitted for approval. Exactly as planned, DSBG started work on the first business day of January and worked diligently every single day until we re-occupied our house this past summer 2015.

Since we were renting a house, time was of the essence for us throughout the reno. DSBG had told us to expect a 7-month project and they did an amazing job in sticking substantially to that schedule, even with numerous scope additions.

Throughout the project, the entire DSBG crew and the trades they involved were true pros. The DSBG crew is focused on site safety and tidiness (which ultimately comes back to safety). The guys were respectful and courteous at all times when we visited the house (usually unannounced) and, most importantly, they did impeccable work. The finishing of items hidden behind the walls was done to the same high standard as items which are visible. Materials used were high quality and work was done to a higher standard than the minimum Building Code requirements. DSBG recommended (for our approval, as we went with a cost+management fee contract format over fixed price) reputable sub-trades for items that their own crew does not do. Project management was efficient and effective, with Tony really staying a few steps ahead of every issue. Site management for our project was done through a working supervisor (Bernie) who was an absolute professional and a real gentleman.

We have been back in our house for three months now and remain impressed by DSBG's work. Shortly after we reoccupied, we developed a "punch list" of items (all minor) for DSBG to fix and they were diligent in chasing down each and every item on the list to our satisfaction.

In the end, I can say unequivocally that we made the right choice in selecting DSBG. We are delighted by the work they have done in turning our house into our dream home. We have and will continue to recommend DSBG to our friends and have every intention of working with them on any future projects.

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Company Response

Mr. Shakeel, on behalf of our entire team, I would like to thank you again for having given us the opportunity to design and build your whole home renovation and addition. We consistently strive to deliver the highest calibre of workmanship, professionalism and service to our customers and we are exceptionally pleased with the finished result for your entire home. Working with you and your wife on this project was an absolute pleasure and we are pleased that we could meet your expectations. Thank you kindly for the continued referrals and references. On behalf of Tony, Bernie and myself, thank you again and wish you all the very best of everything. Best Regards from the entire Design-Spec Building Group Team. Sincerely, Nick Malfara

Julie from Toronto
Julie from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Main floor / Kitchen rennovation

Design Spec was professional and true to their word every step of the way. From the thoroughness of our contract, to the daily updates and the knowledge and friendliness of the team nothing was left to chance and their were no surprises. We are thrilled with the quality of work and would recommend them.

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Julie & Marc,
Thank you so much for the opportunity to transform your home. We loved working with you both to develop the design and execute the work. Our entire team is proud of the seamless transformation of your home. We also wanted to thank you for the many referrals you have sent our way. It is sincerely appreciated.
With Many Thanks,
Nick & the entire Design-Spec Building Group Team

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Design-Spec Building Group Ltd. came to life based on the aspirations of professionals working in the construction industry that sought to create a truly different kind on construction services firm. We are committed to providing unparalleled customer service, the finest quality workmanship and a management team that attracts the best ...
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