Total Basement Finishing of Ontario (TBF of Ontario) recently completed a basement renovation for us. The project plan and design was put into place by Ivan Whitaker. We began with a 'wish list' for Ivan and he proposed a design for the basement that used our space very efficiently and was able to deliver all the items on our list, including a few extra creative ideas, and kept exactly within our initial budget. The crew that worked on our basement was led by Keith Loveless and Efrain Jacome. We made it clear from the start that we had high expectations for quality and the crew exceeded those expectations. Both Keith and Efrain are highly skilled professionals and worked with great attention to detail. It was great to see they always showed personal pride in their work. At the end of each day the work area would be cleaned up (tools put away, floor swept, etc.) to make it easier for us to inspect the progress each night when we got home from work. They were also friendly and helpful if we had any questions.
The complete project was multi-stage and quite involved. The first task was to completely water proof the basement before putting any walls up. Ivan coordinated the installation of a complete waterguard system by Clarke Basement Systems (TBF of Ontario affiliated company). The waterguard install included protecting all exterior walls from moisture and they also replaced and relocated our sump pump. Once the waterguard system was in, the basement finishing began. The finished project included a new bathroom, a laundry room, a wet bar, gas fireplace, storage closet under the stairs, in-wall media shelves (home theatre components), sound proofing ceiling and walls, a play area for our kids, and a closed off workshop/storage area at the back of the basement. The design layout, finishing products (flooring, tiles, etc.), and colour scheme was conceptualized by Ivan and we just had to make a few decisions for it to suit our personal taste.
This was a big project for us and its one that you only want to do once, so naturally we were nervous at the beginning about what the finished product will be like and how much over budget the final cost will add up to. We are very happy with the finished product, it really is very high quality work and our final bill matched exactly with the original quote we were given. Our finished basement has transformed our home and we'd like to thank Ivan, Keith, and Efrain for all their hard work.