As first time homebuyers it was quite a whirlwind to find a perfect home in this crazy GTA market just a few months before our wedding last spring/summer. We found a home on the lake in the Beaches that had a beautiful view, great location, amazing "bones" but needed to be opened up and refreshed aesthetically. Before we bought the house we wanted to get a few contractors in to get some opinions and estimates to help solidify our vision. Our realtor recommended Ivan from Log Depot.
Right from our initial meeting, Ivan has been friendly, professional, courteous, quick to return phone calls, etc. He promptly prepared a quote and was very flexible with his schedule to meet us at the house, or local coffee shop, etc. His estimates were very reasonable and extremely competitive compared to the other 1 or 2 comparable quotes. We knew we were saving a lot of money going with Ivan and Log Depot - but at no sparing of work ethic, detail, professionalism, etc. He's an honest man, a hard worker and has a very friendly, courteous, hard working crew.
We knocked out bathrooms, created a new bathroom, knocked down walls, tore up floors, installed all new flooring, moved electrical & plumbing, renovated all of the staircases, resurfaced ceilings and installed all new ceiling lighting and also installed some custom built-ins such as beautiful custom wardrobes, wall shelving/fireplace/marble/mantle combo, a wet bar, vanity for a bathroom, etc.
Mostly they were on time and on budget - no huge surprises and very honest about any issues that did come up. I added in some additional costs and we chose some very expensive materials. Nothing was forced on us and he found some great solutions to some plumbing issues, electrical issues, etc. at honest pricing. The project was mostly completed on time but a few delays on orders, the July 1st weekend, unforeseen work, etc. which added extra time on to the project. We lived at our condo for as long as we could but eventually had to move into the construction zone. We couldn't have had a friendly crew working in our house. It felt more like family than a construction/renovation company. They often brought me coffee or extra lunch and were very thoughtful and considerate of us and the parts of the home that weren't under renovation.
Ivan helped us with some extra projects that we decided to incorporate into the renovation such as a new AC unit and his team helped with the extras such as hanging curtains, paintings, mirrors, etc.
Thankfully I had taken some time off of work so I was heavily involved in the design process including picking out tile, marble, flooring, lighting, paint colours, small things like doorknobs, etc. I also designed (Pinterest, home decor magazines, Houzz.com, etc) and picked out all of the materials for all of the built in furniture. Unfortunately, Ivan's suggested places to go were faaaaar away from my downtown/Beaches area so it would take most of the day to get there and back. If I hadn't had the time I'm not sure who would have filled this gap. If you don't have a vision, any design concepts or time to be going to a million different stores to look at the million options for all of the décor essentials I would highly suggest getting some sort of decorator or designer - someone who can work with Ivan and his team. It was very time consuming and I was new to home reno/home ownership so it was certainly challenging and I have a few regrets about how we could have designed our 1st floor better. I think an expert opinion/design would have been useful and interesting. But I'm sure we saved a lot of money! And everything turned out beautifully - like out of a magazine or my favorites on Houzz.com or Pinterest!
Ivan has become more like a friend and we've been so thankful to have him available to phone, or stop by when we've had a concern or question regarding our heating, water, etc. He came this winter to install a humidifier into our heating system and most recently this spring he came to cut open our wall to retrieve some pesky mice. Today one of his crew members was painting some touch ups and repairing the hole in the wall. Talk about long term service/commitment/guarantee!!!
I would definitely recommend Ivan from Log Depot and his crew to anyone who wants an honest, reliable, friendly, hard working contractor/team. I have recommended them to a few others and they've felt the exact same way. I have no doubt you'll be hiring them for future jobs.
Thank you for making our first home into our dream home Ivan and crew! You know we'll be calling you again soon! We really appreciate all that you've done for us.
Erica & Eddy in the Beaches