Ecolux Contracting

Basement Renovation
Toronto ON M3M
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Iolanda in Oshawa
Iolanda in Oshawa
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

New Front Door

Ecolux is an amazing professional company. The work was done quickly and superseded my expectations! It makes our older home look great. The owner and crew are well mannered and clean. Great company I will definitely use Ecolux again.

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Thank you Iolanda,
It is always our pleasure to work with such amazing people!

Private User
Private User
0 reviews Mississauga, ON
10/10

Basement drywall repair & paint job

I’m so grateful that I found, Ecolux. I had some very noticeable water damage on my basement ceiling which I thought would be a nightmare to fix. After speaking to Jiyan, he quoted me a very fair price and assured me this would be a stress free repair. When he was here he put in new dry wall and repainted the entire ceiling all in the same day. He was very friendly and so tidy and mindful during the whole process. Thank you so so much for doing an amazing job, I will happily use this company again in the future!

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Thank you Lisa,
We appreciate your feedback!

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Pickering, ON
10/10

Basement renovation

Beautiful finish and great communication. They were very punctual and did their best to accomodate and pick up as much material as possible during
Covid.

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Thank you Roxana

Justin in Hamilton
Justin in Hamilton
0 reviews Hamilton, ON
10/10

Washroom finishing and corrections

Jian did a terrific job of correcting what a previous contractor had done incorrectly. His crew showed up when most of the renovation was complete, and made sure to keep the space as clean as possible. His pricing was fair, his work was impeccable and it was a pleasure to deal with him.

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Justin,
It was our pleasure to come to your rescue to address some of the work that was done incorrectly/half done by the previous contractor to provide you with a piece of mind.
We wish both yourself and your partner Tina a happy life ahead in your newly finished home.

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
8/10

Kitchen renovation, basement renovation, new windows, structural wall removal, new flooring, pot lights

Jiyan’s work overall is quite excellent and looks beautiful! Him and his team work quite quickly and met the predicted timelines for the most part. Some delays and miscommunications occurred, but it was quickly resolved.
I think the only downside is that every little thing comes with a price tag, and those variable costs end up adding up quite quickly. Jiyan does great work, and it does come with a cost. I would say the costs were worth it overall, but it would largely depend on your budget.

The initial quote we received for this job was about $60,000 + $12,000 for windows + a kitchen cost that was tbd (but estimated to be $10,000). However, after getting the final kitchen cabinet cost for about $20,000, and additional costs as the projects went on, the total cost came up to $100,000.

The overall renovations I got were:
1. Kitchen renovation
2. Basement renovation + kitchen
3. Structural wall removal for open space living/dining/kitchen area with new pot lights
4. All new flooring
5. All windows replaced
6. Piping changes
7. Many ad hoc additions
Note: for any of the downsides mentioned, they were considered a bit more minor compared to the great work that was done. However, they were the bumps I experienced along the way and I believe it’s important to keep them in mind so you can manage your expectations on the job.

1. Kitchen renovation
The kitchen turned out really beautiful from the cabinet maker Jiyan works with. I was able to go to their showroom to see their selection in person and he was quite helpful! The countertops we had done separately from Jiyan though.
The cost of the wiring and lighting for the kitchen was supposedly a separate cost from all the cabinetry and original quote that mentioned the kitchen, but Jiyan threw it in for “free”. I honestly think it should have and would have been covered by the cost included in the quote though.
The hole/louve for the wall mounted hood was not included in the quote, which I thought was sort of strange because when we say “we want to do the kitchen” and you don’t include the WHOLE kitchen, it’s a bit frustrating because a lot of these costs tend to add up. As a first time renovator, it’s not really like I know every single item that needs to be put into the kitchen/house to be included in the quote, I would have expected my contractor to have all those aspect addressed from the beginning, rather than adding every light switch and vent as an additional cost while building. The louve that was cut the first time was also too low to accommodate the hood that Jiyan recommended I get because he uses it so often. They needed to cut a second hole through the roof instead, and I had to pay for both costs of the holes in my wall and quartz, even though the first one was just plain wrong with the hood that he should be quite familiar with.
Luckily it all sort of worked out so I’m not mad, but it’s a bit frustrating when these things happen and you need to pay the cost for it anyways.

2. Basement renovation + kitchen
A smaller kitchen was installed in the basement that worked quite nicely. Jiyan kindly redid some of the very old wall and ceiling portions with drywall at just the cost of the drywall! The old portions were really ugly and I’m glad it was done.

3. Structural wall removal for open space living/dining/kitchen area with new pot lights
The carpenters that Jiyan invited were very professional and got a huge beam into the ceiling to hold up the structural wall. It’s supposedly strong enough to support a second floor being built on top as well.
The pot lights were measured out and walked through with the electrician and he explained their thought processes in where the lights would be placed. However, the actual placement did differ from what we had discussed. It may have been some miscommunication, and would have helped if we had sketched it out. The pot lights were placed in spots that misaligned with the existing hole for a the chandelier, which is what we wanted to avoid. If we wanted to move the chandelier hole, it would have cost us an additional price, which we didn’t want to do (especially if this could be avoided by placing the pot lights where we planned initially). In the end, it’s not terribly noticeable that the chandelier is misaligned, so it’s okay I guess.

4. All new flooring
We go new flooring for the whole main floor and basement. Jiyan’s team worked quickly and very extensively to get the floors in, and it all looks beautiful! Very expertly installed and finished with trim. However, none of the nails and gaps were caulked, as it was apparently not part of the job (considered part of the “painting job” we didn’t do).
The flooring we chose for the basement was actually the incorrect colour, but it was a similar colour. The flooring was already almost completely installed when I realized the colour name on the box (which was a similar name to what I had chosen) and the look wasn’t quite right. However, because it was the basement, I didn’t actually particularly mind the colour that wasn’t the one I chose (it would be my second choice). So I didn’t mind this, and I didn’t mention it to Jiyan because of that, but it’s something to keep in mind when you are choosing your flooring—double check the colour name!

5. All windows replaced
The window guy that Jiyan put us in touch with was super professional! Eric walked us through all the window types, how the windows would be installed, finishes, etc. and made sure we understood every aspect. He went through the sizes and positions of all the windows and made sure the final plans were completely accurate and we understood them. Eric was an absolute delight to work with, and was very easily reachable when we needed him. Could not be happier with his team’s work and the price!

6. Piping changes
We got our pipes expanded from 1” to 1.5” sizes to accommodate a better water flow. There were some additions and issues we found when we opened up the ground to the pipes, which Jiyan was able to address for a reasonable cost.
The plumbing workers were all very kind and explained all the changes they were making and the changes they’ve already made.
Overall, I’m very happy with having a good water pressure compared to the “only one faucet on at a time” before.

7. Many ad hoc additions
There were many additional costs that crept up with this project, which really was outside of our expectations. Some items were material costs only for things that I wanted to add, others were additional work that was done.

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Hello Joy,
While we tried our absolute best not to reflect the costs associated with some of the additional work requested/needed to be done, the others were unavoidable.
That being said, we are delighted to know that you are absolutely happy with the final work, as that is our main priority.
As Ecolux, we wish you many years of happiness in your new home.

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Upgrades in finished basement

Jiyan and his crew installed a laundry box, moved a washer and dryer and installed them, and put in a new door in our basement. It was not a huge job but there were multiple steps over the course of three different days.

They were quick and responsive - it was a short stretch of time from the quote to the job being complete. They were careful and respectful of the fact that we were all here working from home (in a very small house), and they followed Covid safety protocols - we felt comfortable having them here. We are very happy with the quality of the work - and Jiyan took extra care to match the paint colour and door hardware.

We would definitely hire them again and we have already recommended them to one of our neighbours!

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It was nothing but pleasure to have worked with you on your project.

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Bathroom Reno

We had a finished bathroom that didn’t have a fan, which was causing the mould build up on the ceiling. Jiyan came to asses the area and showed up with his crew in a few days to install a fan, ran the ducting necessary, taped and painted the ceiling entirely. We are amazed at the quick turn around. The work is also handled very professionally. We are really pleased with everything.

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Thank you so much for review

burhan_insel in Toronto
burhan_insel in Toronto
1 review Richmond Hill, ON
10/10

Kitchen Tiles Installation

- Chosen based on good reviews
- Very professional results
- Low cost
- Quick turnaround
- We can't wait for hiring him on our next project

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Thank you very much, we are looking forward to working with you again as well

Paolo
Paolo
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement Renovation

I met Jiyan at a job site he was working on.We had also been wanting to finish our basement. He came down to take measurements the same day, in a couple of weeks his crew finished all framing, insulation, drywall and taping.
When the tiling was done, they came back to do all the flooring, trim, doors.
We are really happy with his communication, he is always available in case we had a question.
Nothing but good things to say about Jiy and his crew at Ecolux.

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Thank you, the pleasure was ours!

Jonathan M.
Jonathan M.
0 reviews Burlington, ON
10/10

Wall removal

We had Ecolux recommended to us via the tradesman that was already working on a project at our home. We wanted to shift some walls around. Jiyan came to our home the next day, gave us a reasonable price and started the following day. Wall removal, drywall, taping & painting of the room was done in 4 days. We were amazed by how they took their work seriously, were on time every day and left the job site spotless. We are already looking into getting more work done by them. We would highly recommend them to all the home owners.

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Thank you Jonathan, it was a pleasure to work with you as well.

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More about Ecolux Contracting

Ecolux Contracting is your basement finishing experts!

We only use the most professional techniques and beyond industry standard materials to deliver the quality to your living space, at an affordable cost.

With our free estimate guarantee, we will come to you and walk through your project and discuss the best options for your needs.

Your absolute satisfaction is our priority. Please do not hesitate to reach us to book an appointment.

CATEGORIES
Basement Renovation
SERVICES
Framing, Drywalling, Taping Painting, All types of flooring, Finish carpentry, Electrical, plumbing, gas, Complete basement projects, Custom basement walk-outs, Deck & fencing, Concrete & masonry
SPECIALITIES
Basement finishing
WEBSITE
https://www.ecoluxcontracting.com/
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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