K H Davis Engineering Consultants Ltd

Structural Engineering
1468 Danforth Ave Toronto ON M4J 1N4
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danforthhomeowner in Toronto
danforthhomeowner in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
1/10

Site evaluation

Ken came over to evaluate our house for future renovations. We found Ken to be a very nice personable guy. He had few comments about the renovations we wanted to do. He seemed more interested if we were going in lower our basement depth. At the end of the consultation he asked for full payment by way of credit card through a software payment system on his phone and promised a detailed report in two weeks. Three weeks went by and we gave him a call and sent him an email when we were going to receive our report. One month goes by and no response. We called him three future times and 5 weeks later he promises to send us a report within 48 hours. Another week goes by and nothing. I send him an email terminating his services and we ask for a refund. Magically we receive the report. For a $600 report I could have written it. It's very light on specifics and probably do to the length of time he had forgotten many of the renovation questions we had asked him. My advice is don't use his services. If you do, do not pay in full until you have received your services in full.

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Company Response

Hi danforthhomeowner:

I sincerely apologize for the long delay in getting to your follow-up report. I suffered a back injury on Nov 1 2015 (several weeks ago) and I am presently behind on several project reports, all of which I hope to have wrapped up before Christmas. I assume your file is among those which i am behind on...I'm sorry but I have not received you request for a refund...we have no problem doing so since obviously you were not satisfied with our service. Please let me know who your are so that I can respond to your directly since i can't identify you by your homestars name danforthhomeowner. I can also come out to provide an additional consultation at no extra cost to resolve your dissatisfaction with our first consultation if you wish.

I don't know what you mean about our being mostly interested in whether or not you plan to lower the basement and from reading between the lines i'm wondering if you felt that we were somehow trying to direct you in a specific way...that is certainly not the case and we try to advise our clients to the very best of our ability. Our sister construction company operates quite independently and it would be unethical for us to advise you in a manner which was not impartial. Whenever any remedial work is recommended, we always advise that, if you are thinking of using our sister construction company, that you obtain quotes from other companies as well. We don't want there to be any perceived conflict of interest between our consulting services and our sister company that provides construction services.

Also know that the site consultation service was completed for you when we did our site visit - that is what you were paying us for. Our follow up report on the consultation itself is to serve as a follow-up for record purposes. Also note that we do not normally provide any specific design services in our reports...site reports are meant to be a summary of our consultation, to document what we said during our visit so as to help you understand the nature of problems that you may be having with the structure of your home, and in general, to describe what you will need to do to solve the problems. The report is not a substitute for a detailed design service which is completely separate thing, and all of this is describe in much detail on our website.

I hope that this helps to some extent and I again apologize for your frustrations in trying to get hold of me over the past few weeks. We are happy to either refund the cost of our site consultation or alternatively, meet with you again to make sure that you are 100% satisfied with our reporting to you.

Ken Davis, P. Eng.
President

Chris/Tim from Toronto
Chris/Tim from Toronto
6 reviews East York, ON

First Review

10/10

Whole house Renovation, Addition and Garage

We engaged K. H. Davis on the advice of a local contractor and met Mike to help us with our renovations. We gutted a 3 story detached house and wanted to open up the main floor, add a 2 story addition to the back and a new 2 car garage, plus the addition of several bathrooms, new staircase openings, dormers, window openings etc.. Mike was easy to deal with from the get go and it is clear the office is set up to advise us in the best ways possible. Mike was willing to make revisions quickly and is clearly informed on the best way to deal with them as to not hold up a timeline.
We have done several large renovations like this in the past and have finally found a team we look forward to working with in the future.

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Company Response

Thanks very much for your kind review. We try our best to meet our client's expectations and it sounds like Mike did just that. I'm sometimes hard to get hold of, but you can speak to any of our 5 Engineers/Technologists in the office if you need immediate help with an existing or new project.
Best regards,
Ken Davis, P. Eng.
President

jim from North York
jim from North York
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

structural wall and main floor reno

we met with Mike for over an hour and reviewed many options which we may not have considered and also lined us up with a designer to review further options . this was all free as an introduction - don't see that very often!! thanks Mike.

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Mark Wilson
Mark Wilson
4 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Drawings for Underpin, Interior Alterations, etc

We engaged Mike @ KH Davis earlier this year to do structural drawings for our upcoming underpin and interior alterations (removing walls to create an open concept). Mike really considered our needs in his designs and offered ways to maximize our space. Kevin also did a site visit and helped find solutions that were within our scope of work and budget. Although our reno has not begun yet, so far it's been a great experience and we would recommend them for this type of work. *And, amazingly, Mike was able to get our permits approved in 1 day!

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Company Response

Wow, permit in 1 day...well, thanks for your kind words. We don't have any control over how fast permits get issued, but we certainly do lots of applications and I suppose the City of Toronto gets quite accustomed to our permit submissions which we try to make as clear and complete as possible - mike always does a great job. Best of luck with construction...

Irene in Brampton
Irene in Brampton
15 reviews Brampton, ON
10/10

Site visit for Basement Renovation

We have been gutting the basement walls to improve insulation and after removing existing drywall we discovered what seemed like potentially serious structural issues. I contacted KH Davis. Ken was extremely prompt in getting back. He was able to make an appointment with my husband very quickly. He did a very thorough inspection including a drawing to help us understand some of the structure. We were so relieved that the issues are either non issues or minor fixes. We feel a lot more confident about insulating and putting up new drywall knowing the structure us sound. As we are having replacement windows put in in a few weeks, it was so helpful to have the inspection done before that to give us time to make any repairs prior to the windows going in. Money well spent.

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

Basement Underpinning and walkout drawings and permits

We had a foundation crack at the front of our house that developed over this past winter. After consulting with a few contractors they all said to repair the leak the washroom and the utility room would need to be gutted to find the leak. Then we would need to dig it out from the outside or the inside and waterproof it. Our basement ceiling is 6ft high and the layout is awkward. After getting rough quotes from the contractors we decided to waterproof internally and transform the interior living space to meet our needs. When I asked for recommendations for this work 3 different contractors recommended KH Davis for our structural drawings and permits. Based on this feedback we decided to use KH Davis and we are very happy that we did. By getting the drawings and permits through our own engineer we would be able to ensure there were no corners cut. We would also be able to send it out to get a quote from whoever we wanted to get accurate apples to apples quotes to compare from all the contractors. Then we could choose the contractor based on reputation and price. We contacted KH Davis on the Friday and were called back on the Monday. Mike Shirzadfar and the team went through everything and I had my permits and drawings within 3 weeks. I have used these drawings to show underpinning contractors that we are serious about the work we want to complete and the contractors are all happy with the drawings, responsive to my inquiries and I am able to quickly eliminate 5 quotes that are 20-50K above a group of quotes all around the same price. This is money very well spent!. The comments we get back from contractors quoting on our underpinning and walkout are "how did you hear about Ken Davis?" "he is really good" "these are very thorough". I am very pleased with service and happy that I used KH Davis for my Engineering drawings and Permits.

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

Porch Renovation

We were referred to KH Davis for plans to our front porch extension. They were thorough and responsive in the design process and were proactive to get us our permits in a timely manner. Mike Shirzadfar and his team were great.

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claire coire in Toronto
claire coire in Toronto
11 reviews Toronto, ON

First Review

10/10

structural engineering plans and permit for lowering of basement

my 100-year-old townhouse still has a crawl space for part of the basement. I was referred to KH Davis Engineering for the structural plans to lower crawl space and basement. Yu Ching Lai and Mike Shirzadfar provided me with an excellent service. They also helped in reassuring the neighbours that the project is safe. They have made the planning of this project easy - now I'm waiting for the actual renovation to start!

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Susan & Paul from Toronto
Susan & Paul from Toronto
5 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Underpinning & walkout inspections, and wall removal

We hired K H Davis for the following:
* Inspection of underpinning
* Specification of load bearing beams in the basement and on the main floor
* Specifications for a wall and walkout, and
* Installation of the beam on the main floor.
Ken and his team were professional, prompt, and answered all of our questions thoroughly. The workmanship was also top notch.
We would highly recommend K H Davis.

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

Building Permit Drawings

The team at K.H. Davis went above and beyond for my project. I am delighted by their genuine interest and support in my initiatives and would use them again in a heart-beat.

I worked with Mike from K.H. Davis to prepare drawings for my building permit submission. Unlike most permit submissions, my project was particularly difficult given the complexity of the property and zoning by-laws. I successfully obtained my permit thanks to Mike's commitment and dedication.

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More about K H Davis Engineering Consultants Ltd

K H Davis Engineering Consultants Ltd are Toronto based Structural Engineers and Home Designers specializing in Houses - Watch for us on HGTV Income Property, Leave it to Bryan, Disaster DIY. We provide structural engineering services to homeowners, architects and builders. KH Davis Engineering Consultants Ltd prepares building permit plans for renovation and additions to all types of houses, removing bearing walls, basement lowering, fixing problems in older homes, expert witness testimony and advocacy for homeowners dealing with construction problems. Members of Professional Engineers of Ontario and BILD.
Structural Related Construction Services also offered through our sister company K H Davis Construction Ltd. If you need a structural engineer, please contact us today!

CATEGORIES
Structural Engineering, Architects, Renovation Advisors, and Design/Project Management
PRODUCTS
Design, Permit Plans, and Construction Services for: - Removing Load Bearing Walls - Basement Underpinning (lowering) Design - Secondary dwelling units - General Structural Engineering for all types of houses and small buildings - Architectural design for additions, renovations, and new houses - Structural Engineering for any type of building project - residential, commercial, industrial, institutional - but we generally don't do structural engineering for very large buildings and condominium projects - we specialize in small projects which involve some sort of structural changes to a building or a building addition. We design many new homes each year for architects and builders.
SERVICES
- Structural Engineering Design - Full Building Permit plans for Part 9 Buildings - Generally having 3 stories or less, and a total square footage of less than about 1800 sq. m. ( 18,000 square feet ) - Site Visits to consult on structural problems with houses - sloping floors, cracked walls, foundation settlement problems. - Advocacy for Homeowners who have run into problems with a construction project.
BRANDS
Joists, Beams, LVL, Basement Apartments (Secondary Dwellings)
SPECIALITIES
Our Construction group specializes in the structural aspect of house construction - this includes removing load-bearing walls and installing wood and steel beams, shear frames, underpinning basements to provide for increased headroom, stabilizing houses which have settlement problems, re-structuring homes which were not correctly designed to ensure proper structural integrity, etc.
WEBSITE
https://www.khdavis.com
YEAR ESTABLISHED
21
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
5
PAYMENT METHOD
Visa, MC, Amex, Cheque, Cash
LICENSES
C. of A. from Professional Engineers of Ontario, Toronto Renovators License
MEMBERSHIPS
Professional Engineers of Ontario
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
DIPLOMAS
B. App. Sc., P. Eng.
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
PROJECT MINIMUM
Varies depending upon the scope of work and travel distances
PROJECT RATE
Varies depending upon scope of work and travel distances
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
WARRANTY TERMS
1 year min.
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