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We have just purchased a Victorian rowhouse in west downtown Toronto which we do not take possession of until August 9. Our move date is not until Aug. 23 but we hope to make some interior changes to the basement and main floors in the first two weeks after the possession date so would like to line up a contractor for that period and since we have a limited budget we need to have a rough idea of what these changes might cost. We hope you can supply us with a cost range based on the list that follows. Basement - Remove and take away approximately 400 square feet of ceramic tile on the floor. - Remove and take away approximately 130 square feet of broadloom - Install laminate flooring in above areas (we would supply the material) - Remove acoustic tiles on approximately 700 square foot of ceiling - Install approximately 10 potlights in the ceiling (number will depend on cost per unit) - Drywall ceiling Main Floor - Take down 24 feet of a wall between the living room and dining room and hallway. The living room wall is 9 feet long with one doorway and the dining room is 14.5 feet with one doorway. However the two do not line up as the living room has a 1 foot jog. This length of wall is likely a retaining wall so will need a support beam and/or a support pillar. But to our knowledge the wall does not house any plumbing pipes or stack but does house some wiring. In an ideal world we would prefer not to remove the wall right up to the ceiling to avoid having to repair and match the hallway ceiling with the living and dining room ceilings. - Remove the wall between the living room and dining room. The wall is 10.5 feet long with a 5.5 foot doorway in the middle. However we would like to retain 1 foot of the wall on the left in the diagram as the end wall of a planned bookshelf unit on either side of the fireplace. As with the hallway wall we would prefer the removal not to go all the way up to the ceiling. - Remove approximately 75 square feet of ceramic floor tile in the hallway and install ¾ inch white oak hardwood flooring to match the floor in the living and dining rooms. - Sand, whitewash and urethane the living, dining and kitchen floors (also oak) – approximately 430 square feet.
Type: Residential | Main Concern: Quality | Budget: $5,000 - $20,000
800sq foot house. Three floors. Electrical rewire the whole house. upgrate to 200amp service. Basement: install kitchen, redo bathroom, frame walls, separate rooms with doors, drywall ceiling and walls, put down carpet on the floors. Main Floor: Move two doors, move the kitchen from the main floor to the second floor, move a ceiling beam in the kitchen to open the space, knock out the old exterior window to make a talk through to the current addition. Second Floor: Install kitchen from main floor, finsh a 13x14 flat roof, build a 13x14 deck on the roof, install a new exterior door. Outside: build new wooden stairs, pour concrete under stairs to seal from water. re-pour new concrete stairs to basement apartment.
Type: Residential | Main Concern: Price | Budget: $20,000 - $50,000
Looking for contractor/tradesmen who are priced in agressive - look for medium quality finishes on low-medium budget. Build new bathroom on main floor, 5-6k, medium quality. Build new basement apartment with new walkout door, 25k, low-medium quality. I'm at leslie/shepperd. Thanks. Tom
Type: Residential | Main Concern: Price | Budget: $5,000 - $20,000
When you have laid out your plans and have your wish list completed for a home renovation or building project, you’ll undoubtedly find that the selection of a contractor becomes a top priority. Finding a good contractor in Toronto is made a whole lot easier by following this simple guide.
No matter what your project entails, HandyCanadian has a large list of potential contractor candidates to select from. This includes anything from small, general handy work to general contractors for larger projects, and every profession in between.
Make sure you have carefully thought about your project and what it might require. You can check with the city of Toronto if you are unsure about what permits are required. On their website you’ll find helpful information for all sorts of building trades. Also notice that Toronto is divided into four customer service areas. You’ll find a map on their website.
Once you have a general idea of what you need it is time to secure a few competing bids from Toronto contractors. Usually 3-6 are plenty. Type in the type of project you are looking to have completed on HandyCanadian and begin looking at the contractor descriptions. See that they have the experience for your type of project (residential vs. commercial, for example) and that they have had success with past users of HandyCanadian.
Make sure all contractors receive the same specific requirements you’re calling for on your project. It is hard to compare bids, warranties involved and materials used without concrete details. Handing each contractor the same plans and requirements will make your selection process go much smoother, and it will avoid miscommunication down the road.
When you’ve narrowed down your selection to just a couple of contractors, check their references. A good contractor should be happy to supply you with the phone numbers of a few previous customers. At the same time you can check with the Toronto Municipal Licensing and Standards division to make sure the contractor you are selecting is properly licensed.
Finally, make sure you understand the terms of the contract you are signing with your contractor, and agree on a payment schedule and milestones that must be completed before you write a check. You can also look at the Construction Lien Act for guidance.
Following these steps gives you the best opportunity to complete your project while minimizing time and expenses.