Urban Studio

Home Additions
Toronto ON M4L 3Z6
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Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Bungalow Build Up

We have decided to expand our current bungalow in North York and have interviewed 6 different contractors. Most came within a similar quote, a couple much higher and a couple much lower than expected, some seemed organized and others not so much. Joseph and team seem to be the right balance of a one stop shop between design and contractor as well as pricing right in the middle of the others in terms of quote. More importantly is an emphasis on doing the renovation the right way, detailed, not rushing, while listening to our concerns throughout the design process to help us not only get what we want but guide us to keep us within our budget.

Dena (architect) is creative and provides great solutions to design and keeps the homes design flow top of mind which is important to us. As a Realtor I see A LOT of new and old homes that are poorly designed and this holds back their value and livability. Joseph & Dena are being patient with us as they realize this part of the process is important to us as well as the outcome of the project. Most of the work, the back and forth needs to be done before the build has begun so as to negate any suprises and not all contractors have this type patience.

Joseph is a great problem solver and at times when required suggests alternative, creative ideas to help us achieve what we want. It's obvious he cares about the outcome of the project as he prides his work.

In the first couple months we have worked with Urban Studio to start designing our home we are very happy with our decision and highly recommend working with them for anyone looking to do a home renovation. We will be updating this review when our home is completed. Thank you Joseph, Dena and Urban Studio team

Approximate cost of services:
$100.00
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Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and for your kind words Gus! We are pleased to hear you are happy with your experience thus far. We look forward to the construction phase of your new home!

Jen
Jen
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Workers Cottage Top-Up, Gut and Underpin

We recently completed our renovation with Urban Studio and were very pleased with the end result. We purchased our 1913 workers cottage with the intent of renovating it as it was in dire need of some love and modern conveniences. The one storey structure had beautiful 10-foot ceilings and was on a nice sized lot but we needed more space for our growing family. Urban Studio assisted us through the design, a very iterative process, where I was able to infuse my vision into every square inch of what we wanted for our "new" home. We went from a one-storey 1 bedroom + den and 1.5 bath house to a two-storey 3 bedroom (+1) and 3.5 bath house. We gutted the main floor, underpinned our basement to 8 foot ceilings (previously 6 foot) and added a brand new second storey addition. Throughout the process Joseph was very hands-on and responsive to our needs and concerns. He was also very patient as I was a very hands-on client and was regularly at the house doing site checks and quality control/ contract administration. I had a very specific vision in mind for our home and Joseph and the Urban Design team helped execute exactly what I wanted, bringing my vision to life.

We chose to renovate during COVID and while this brought a set of challenges (material cost increases, etc.) Joseph was very communicative and oftentimes took on any additional costs to see our project through to the finish line. We had anticipated a 36-week construction timeline and he pushed the team to maintain our timelines despite the uncertainties and material challenges throughout the pandemic. At the end of the project, we only had a 4-week delay which is near perfect if you've ever undertaken a construction project of this magnitude.

Joseph kept us up-to-date on all things going on at the house, and took time out of his busy schedule to arrange for face-to-face meetings at the house on a bi-weekly and at times weekly basis. He provided a list of many suppliers which served as a great basis/ starting point for sourcing materials (flooring, tile, vanities, baseboard, moulding, etc.) and we had a great experience with many of his trades (particularly his fine finishing carpenters Rezo and team who were absolutely incredible and very open to building items I had hand sketched).

Joseph's kitchen designers were amazing and very responsive to my vision. They not only delivered exactly what I was looking for but worked with me in their warehouse to design the perfect shaker cabinet fronts, custom cutting a shallow depth front. The cabinetry is very high-end and amazing quality, all soft close and wonderful built-in garbage, recycle and composting solutions. They were also open to my suggestions and accommodated all of my kitchen requests. The kitchen designer also built our living room built-ins and front entryway bench and shaker shelving. They took my hand sketches and turned them into beautiful, high-end pieces that add so much character and charm to our home.

Everything in our home is exactly how we wanted it to be and I was able to flex my passion for design while being supported by knowledgable trades. As with every construction project, there will always be unexpected things you encounter but Joseph was quick to inform us and support us in pivoting our design to accommodate any changes. If you're not comfortable taking the design lead, Joseph is also very knowledgable and can provide his depth of experience to assist in decision making. If there is something that you want and you are clear in your expectations, he will ensure your vision is brought to life.

Following our move in, Joseph has also been very responsive in "fixing" any small details we may have missed, and was quick to send out trades to complete my check-list of items. He also provides a 5-year warranty on his services so we can sleep easy knowing that he will be there to support us down the line if anything comes up.

Things to keep in mind if you plan on signing the dotted line:
- Go check out Joseph's work and follow-up with his references. He provided us with a long list and it helped us make the decision to go with him. See projects in every phase/stage of design so you know what to expect and so you also get to see his workmanship throughout each stage of the project
- Be sure to purchase your fixtures and finishes in advance so you're able to find exactly what you want (lighting, bathroom fixtures). Having these ready to go will avoid any rushed purchases
- Find precedents of what you like (Pinterest, Instagram, etc.) so these can guide your design and decisions throughout the process
- Know that you will hit a point of decision fatigue, make sure you have thought through the details in advance so you're prepared to make decisions promptly

All in all we are so pleased with the outcome of our project. We have received so many compliments from neighbours and passersby and oftentimes look out our window to find people admiring our new home.

Thank you to Joseph and the Urban Design Studio team for being so great to work with, I know I wasn't the easiest client but they were patient, friendly and delivered on everything I dreamed.

Approximate cost of services:
$550,000.00
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Hi Jen, thank you for sharing your entire experience from start to finish. As you mentioned, renovating during COVID came with some obstacles and challenges, but we are pleased that you are now enjoying your brand new home! Happy to hear we could provide the love that your home needed in order to shine!

razinskydavid
razinskydavid
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Addition & Renovation

We hired Urban Studio to design and build a rear addition and a full gut renovation of our home. After visiting two of their projects and speaking to some of their references, we were reassured that they would put in great care and detail into our place. Joseph and his design team proposed an open floor plan which we didn't think could be achieved with a renovation, giving us the extra space we needed, an spacious kitchen, a practical laundry room, a serene master bedroom and bath on the second floor, and an amazing deck. We were happy to rely on their expertise in the design aspect as we didn’t have any prior experience. Our family could not be happier with the overall result of the renovation.
 
Being a large renovation project we were prepared for several months of construction and had to rent a home above standards price which increased our initial cost estimate.  With a whole home renovation, I think it's inevitable that problems are going to arise. Urban Studio kindly dealt with every issue even when the company was not directly at fault.  Joseph was patient throughout and made sure things we done to our expectation. I must add Joseph did everything he could to help with expenses, including helping us choose materials that would fit our budget, letting us use the company’s suppler discount and provide alternatives that might be lower in cost but function just as well.  We were able to move in 7 months after Urban Studio began work.

The company is quick to respond to emails, calls and texts even with multiple projects on the go.  Joseph kept us in the loop with the weekly progress and we did not feel the need to do any daily site check-ins as we had complete faith in Joseph and his great team. Thank you to everyone for all your hard work!  We love our beautiful new home!
 

Approximate cost of services:
$600,000.00
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Grant in Toronto, Ontario
Grant in Toronto, Ontario
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Leslieville Century Home Reno

UPDATE March '22 - We wanted to follow up with our post-reno feedback, which has continued to be very positive. Even though the last payment to Urban Studio was made over 7 months ago, Joseph and his team have been excellent and prompt in addressing anything. We had identified a few minor fixes required, and in one case, a correction to framing around our fireplace - and in every case, Joseph has been just a text or phone call away and ready to schedule his crews in to assess and help fix. I should also add, it's all been done under the 5 year warranty, and we remain confident that Joseph and his team will be there if we need them to stand by their work and promises.

ORIGINAL REVIEW- Fall '21 - We hired Urban Studios at the end of 2020 to complete a full house renovation in the Leslieville area (entire gut job: basement, main floor/kitchen, relocation of interior stairs, newly added windows/doors, new deck, all bedrooms, and 2 bathrooms). We had honestly been putting off this reno of our century home for almost a decade, because we just didn't know where to start and it made us anxious to think about tackling it. We began by interviewing a few local contractors and getting estimates, and were most impressed with Joseph and Urban Studios out of the gate. His estimated project cost was very much in line with others, but he was the most prompt in communication, provided so much more attention to detail in his proposed scope of work (ex: one other company gave us a vague 1 page quote, which to us, was unacceptable for a project of this size, vs Joseph's almost 10 pages for example). He also voluntarily provided us with many recent clients to connect with before we hired him, where others did not even offer. We felt much more comfortable with all this in place before we even started, especially as first time renovators. Throughout the project, we were very pleased with the level of communication we had with Joseph and his colleagues - he was readily available for calls, and very prompt in responding to texts. For us, this was a really important attribute in determining who we were going to work with, and he continued with this level of client service from the original estimate phase right through to completion. Urban Studio's very clear project milestone payment schedule also worked very well for us, and Natasha on the team was very on top of the finance side - also not always typical in the industry from what we've heard.

Joseph's recommended suppliers provided us with great finishes and fixtures, some at preferred rates, and most importantly his trades teams were very skilled; the quality of the work throughout our home is very evident. Now, with a project of this size, a 100-year old city house and an ongoing pandemic... you just have to expect curve balls along the way. Whenever we did though, we were impressed with Joseph's ability to provide solutions to our satisfaction; he was great at hearing any concerns out in a timely manner and also more than fair in suggesting and accommodating changes as we went through the project. This was our first renovation of any size, and while it felt overwhelming at times, we were glad we had Joseph to guide us. Even now in the first few months post-reno, with all our payments complete, if we notice small things that need to be addressed he is prompt in making sure his teams are there to help us. We are very happy with the experience and finished project, and would definitely work with Joseph and his team again. Highly recommend the Urban Studios team.

Approximate cost of services:
$1.00
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Company Response

We appreciate you taking the time to write us this amazing review! It is so rewarding to hear your kind words. It was a pleasure working with you guys on your project and even though the pandemic threw us some curveballs the turnout is indeed amazing. Clear communication is the key to a successful project and we are so happy to hear that Joseph was able to provide that as well as solutions to any of your concerns. We sincerely hope that your lovely family will enjoy your newly renovated home for years to come!

Kerry in Toronto
Kerry in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Full Gut of Our Older Home

We’ve been working with Urban Studio for several months now and we’re currently in the middle of a full-home reno. I had been dreading tackling this renovation but honestly, once we started the process with Urban Studio, things just ticked along so smoothly. Our Project Manager Joseph is amazing - responsive, flexible, detail-oriented and very budget minded. And his crews and tradespeople are all great too - hardworking, reliable and lovely to deal with. My house has progressed steadily and ahead of schedule so far, and we are just so happy that we chose Urban Studio. I would absolutely recommend Joseph and his team!

Approximate cost of services:
$550,000.00
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Thank you for taking the time to write this review Kerry! We are so happy to hear that the process thus far has been a positive experience for you. It's always great receiving positive feedback, especially on larger scale projects such as yours. We will work hard to make sure your project runs smoothly until the end.

arman.hatef
arman.hatef
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Our Leaside home renovation

Joseph and his team at Urban Studio are as professional as you can find a team to be. Joseph has his artistic and creative views which helped us a lot both in the design and construction process. At first we were worried and a bit hesitant to undertake our renovation project during the pandemic, but let me tell you, It was a smooth process throughout. All their trades are professional and friendly. Our full gut renovation included new electrical, plumbing throughout, two bathrooms as well as a new kitchen. Joseph is a perfectionist and pays attention to every detail that we didn’t not even know it existed!! He is very punctual and easy to deal with it. I’ve already recommended him to few friends and 100% recommend them to anyone out there looking for a professional home renovation service.

Approximate cost of services:
$400,000.00
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Hi Arman, thank you for taking the time to leave us this review! We are glad to hear that you took a liking to Josephs artistic eye, that is definitely something many past clients have brought up! We will be sure to pass your review onto Joseph, he will be very happy to hear these kind words. We really appreciate the referrals, thanks again for those introductions. With the amount of time we're all spending at home now, we hope you're making the most of your newly renovated space.

Stefanie
Stefanie
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Second Story Addition

Hello,
We hired Joseph and Urban Studios in January to assist us with our home renovation project. From the beginning stages, the process was explained to us and if we were concerned, the answers provided have always alleviated any stress we may have been facing. To date, we have been pleased with Joseph and Urban Studios. In particular, we are most pleased with how patient Joseph is and how accessible he has been to us from the beginning stages. Every time I email his office, Joseph responds directly or a member of his team reaches out to advise that Joseph will be available to discuss our matters later in the day or at the latest, the following day. This is key for my husband and I and shows us the dedication of this Company to make its clients happy. My husband and I met with several contractors and out of the many we met with, Urban Studios and Joseph was the easy choice given their wealth of knowledge. To find a contractor is difficult. I personally am someone who has extremely high standards and hold everyone I hire accountable, especially when we are dealing with this large of a sum renovation. I can honestly say that I believe Urban Studios and Joseph is genuine and has our best interests at heart for this renovation project and continue to thank him for his patience. I have kept him on the phone, at times, for over an hour to ensure I was comfortable in moving forward to the next step and at no time has Joseph made me feel that I was a bother. This is appreciated ! We are awaiting the City to approve our permits and will provide an update at the next stage of the process.

Approximate cost of services:
$380,000.00
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Hi Stefanie, Thank you for leaving us this review already! We're pleased to hear you've been happy with our service thus far. Our entire team is excited to begin your project once the permits are released.

diana.samuel-deroche in Toronto
diana.samuel-deroche in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Transformation

Let me begin by saying that I’m writing this review during the Covid-19 crisis in Feb 2021. We hired Urban Studio to design and construct a large addition to our home prior to the pandemic. The project included extending an existing a two-story home at the back and adding a 3rd floor.

Knowledgeable and experienced design team which included Engineers and Architects, submitted all the necessary drawings we needed to get the approval from the Committee of Adjustment and the required City Permits. We were able to start our construction after a few short months.

We experienced professionalism throughout the entire process and witnessed pure transparency throughout the project. The trades were all friendly, professional and focused on their craftsmanship.

During the construction we observed Joseph’s skills as the Project Manager. He was punctual, responsive, and easy to work with. He was extremely helpful with his ideas about the design, layout and finishing’s of our home. Joseph’s ability of problem solving was outstanding. He was very flexible with any changes or new ideas that came along during construction. I can’t even imagine doing this without him on board.

The mile stone payment plan was very assuring and also helped me understand the process of construction. As this was over a $600,000 commitment for my husband and I, the entire breakdown of the financial project kept us on track. In addition, I was able use the trades discounts at their recommended suppliers and it was a nice to have the option to upgrade my fixtures and save some money.

Now that I work from home, and my children are doing online learning, I am not sure how it would even be manageable if we were living in our old home.

We are now living in a 5-bedroom, 6-bathroom, three-story home with a fully finished basement. Our house is brand new from the inside out.
We couldn’t be happier with the end results! We are loving our new kitchen and all the extra space! My kids don’t feel cramped and being lockdown in our new home is enjoyable.

The pandemic has taken a toll on all of us and a family of 5 living in a 2-bedroom rental was not easy. Due to the lockdown/pandemic, our project was delayed by a few weeks. My husband and I fully understood the situation and did not complain about the delay. Urban Studio surprised us by offering to cover the cost of our short-term rental. This just shows how understanding the company represented itself during this crisis by placing the homeowners needs at the forefront.

Well done Joseph and thank you to you all at Urban Studio!!

Approximate cost of services:
$600,000.00
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Reading that our team has helped make the lockdown from this pandemic that much easier on you and your family warms our hearts. We hope you and your kids continue enjoying the lockdown in your new space, it's more important now than ever to enjoy where you live. We are glad you saw value in the transparency we offer and that our milestone payment plan was able to provide some background insight into the entire process of your project.

Diana, all of our staff and trades really enjoyed working with you on your project, you were always very kind and positive. Even after a few months of completing the project, our staff still mentions how great it was working with you. We couldn't be happier reading this review right now. From all of us at Urban Studio, we wish you and your family the very best! Continue enjoying your new space!

Jay
Jay
5 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Addition and full gut

After purchasing our house, we knew there was a lot of work we had to do for our growing family. That included adding a significant extension and remodeling the existing house. I searched long and hard for a contractor because even though I had done remodeling on a previous house, I had never done an addition. It was important to get the right team to help us with this transformation. It was also important to complete the job in a reasonable time And budget. I narrowed my list down to 3 companies and ultimately selected Urban Studio after meeting our Exec Project Mgr - Joseph, visiting one of their job sites, and talking to one of their current customers. Taking on a project this big needs a lot of coordination, re-evaluation as you open up walls, some re-adjustment, good workmanship, and trust.

After 3 months of design & permit approval, then 7 months of construction, I’m very glad we selected the team at Urban Studio. Joseph was very responsive, resolving issues and making adjustments we identified in a timely fashion. He also suggested ideas and designs that we may not have thought about, and ultimately was able to deliver the project on-time even with the pandemic hanging over us. Some of the sub-contractors really stood out to us, like the guys who did the kitchen, the carpenters (framing, floor, all woodwork), electricians, tiles and then Payam, who was such a hard worker who did all the little things throughout and especially at the end as everything came to a close. The team at Urban studio gave us a beautiful home which my family is grateful for, and I’ll definitely recommend them.

Approximate cost of services:
$350,000.00
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Thank you for leaving us a review, Jay! We couldn't be happier with your kind words, it's always great receiving positive feedback, especially on larger scale projects such as yours. We will be sure to pass this message onto Joseph, Payam andour trades, they'll really appreciate you having taken the time to mention & thank them. We wish you and your family happy holidays and a healthy 2021.

Nicholas in Toronto, Ontario Canada M4L
Nicholas in Toronto, Ontario Canada M4L
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Entire home renovation

Jospeh and the Urban Studio team have been amazing from start to finish. After many meetings with other reno companies that were stressful and unsatisfying, I am so grateful that we saw the Urban Studio billboard in our neighborhood (Leslieville). They were extremely prompt and able to set up a meeting right away. Joseph listened to our plans and added amazing suggestions and ideas. We knew after that first meeting that they were the company for us. Our home is a 3 story semi, and the scope of our renovations included gutting our first and second floors to create completely new layouts and smaller amounts of work to our basement and 3rd floor. The renovations started on March 10, 2020. Within days of demolishing the interior of our home the shelter in place occurred. We were quite worried that work would not be able to continue and there would be delays, however Joseph was reassuring and the Urban Studio team kept working every day despite the supply chain challenges. What could have been extremely stressful wasn't and I have Urban Studio to thank for that. We have recently moved back into our home and the work is stunning. It has been a joy to show our family and friends our new home and to see their excitement about the transformation. Urban Studio pays attention to the details and provides exceptional customer service from start to finish. This is what separates them. Even after the job is complete, Joseph insists that we scan our home for any imperfections, scuffs etc and has his team come and do touch ups (A big thank you to Payam!). I unequivocally recommend Urban Studio and would not hesitate to tell people doing massive projects (or even small ones) to go with them. Thank you to Joseph and the team for all of your guidance and support throughout the process.

Approximate cost of services:
$175,000.00
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Hi Nicholas, thank you very much for taking the time to leave us a review. Our entire team was very excited to hear that you wrote one, they all really enjoyed working with you! We hope to work with you again in the future, we hope that you and family enjoy the space for years to come, including your golden doodle puppy Cali!

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More about Urban Studio

Urban Studio specializes in Home addition and large-scale renovations in the older neighborhoods of Toronto. Our in-house Architectural designers and experienced team bring together design and construction, providing you with a complete all-in-one experience. This approach allows you to deal with one trusted company that you can hold accountable for your project's success, from start to finish. Each project is personally managed by our senior project manager and master builder, Joseph Alavi. From start to finish, Joseph collaborates closely with each client to achieve outstanding results that surpass industry standards.

CATEGORIES
Home Additions, Builders, General Contractors, Design/Build, and Architects
SERVICES
Home Additions, Full Residential Renovations
SPECIALITIES
Home Additions
WEBSITE
https://urbanstudio.design
YEAR ESTABLISHED
2010
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
10
RETURN POLICY
N/A
PAYMENT METHOD
Cheque, Money order
LICENSES
Licensed contractor
MEMBERSHIPS
BILD, RenoMark, Houzz
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
DIPLOMAS
PhD Urban Planning, MA construction management, BA Arch.
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
PROJECT MINIMUM
$200,000
BONDED
Yes
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
WARRANTY TERMS
5 years Warranty
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