We knew the removal of a major load-bearing wall in our 100-year old Toronto house would be a complicated task because of permits, HVAC and electrical issues, but would require careful attention to finishing as well since we wanted to keep some of the original features of the house intact. The original hardwood would need to be matched where the wall had come out, and we wanted to retain the original curve where the lathe-and-plaster walls met the ceiling. Once the drawings were complete we sought several quotes; DWC was on the high-to-middle end but we don’t regret a penny. From the start, communication and expectations were clear and work was carried out efficiently. We didn’t vacate the premises during this time and the team did everything they could to minimize the impact, even though I’m sure it would have been much simpler for them if we (and our big dog) hadn’t been there. Donavan dealt with inspections, an unhelpful structural engineer, and a significant and unexpected last-minute change on our part with a consistently open and pleasant demeanour. All his employees and sub trades were extremely pleasant and polite to me and my family. When I had to leave town he continued to check in daily to keep me informed. When our original plan was expanded he made what we felt was a reasonable adjustment to the original pricing. The work was completed on time and on budget, and exceeded expectations in terms of maintaining/matching the original features. This company is the complete opposite of all those nightmare renovation experiences you’ve heard about.
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Thank you so much Tammy! I am truly humbled by your thoughtful and kind review! It was such a pleasure working with you and your lovely family, including your big dog! You were very hospitable and so easy to work with! You have a beautiful and charming home so it was important to me that we keep the character intact. It was a fun project and I look forward to working with you in the future.
Donavon and the team