David R. Smith Design Inc.

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401 Craven Rd. Toronto ON M4L 2Z5
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Jeff in Toronto
Jeff in Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Major Reno, 2nd Floor Addition, 2 Car Garage with 2nd Floor Addition

Our project is rather big and complicating: we are putting a second story over half of an existing bungalow, building a two car garage attached to it, and putting a floor over that. I’m a project manager (not construction) and very interested in the whole process of design and build so I’m a sure I am a bit of a pain to professionals (and place high expectations on them). There are a few general things I look for in professions – quality of work, trust, listening skills/ability to work well together, responsiveness/communication, and price.

David didn’t disappointment on any and even impressed me. While searching for a designer, I found many of them only heard a small percentage of what I was saying and then it became them telling me what they wanted – not what I want. David listens very well. But he also knows that he has more experience than I and does make recommendations and gives me a lot to think about. But if I don’t decide on his idea, there are no hard feelings as he knows I’m building my dream house, not his. In the end, I think we are building a beautiful house – one with both his ideas and ours.

We also had to use David at the Committee of Adjustment (CoA) as we had to break some variances. We had objection from one family but David handled it VERY professionally – not backing down at all but not insulting my neighbors. An easy win at CoA thanks to David.

Throughout the process, he always was well organized and communicated well to me so I knew what to expect ahead. He has always been super responsive and never left me thinking ‘has he forgotten about me’.

We had many issues (not related to David) which made the whole process drag on and poor David’s had to be patient. In the end, I think David was involved for over a year and never complained and even helped out wherever he could (even though it wasn’t his area).

Even though David’s portion of the process is completed, he still answers my questions promptly no matter how small or unusual. He is definitely someone I enjoyed working with and someone I would highly recommend to my family, friends or…you.

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Thank you so much Jeff for taking the time to write such a fantastic review!

I know that with all of the work you have going on right now and your constant travel that this was the last thing you needed to add to your long list. With that in mind it means that much more to me that you made the time to write something so thoughtful.

I hope everything with the house is going smoothly and obviously don't hesitate to continue to ask me questions.

Thanks again!