Norseman Construction & Development Ltd

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1304 Woodbine Ave Toronto ON M4C 4E7
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Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Project Basement

10 out of 10 We hired Norseman to finish my basement, Dave was a fantastic manager the job went very smooth, although we finished a little over the time line because there were a few extras, and the end result was exactly what we were looking for. The group was great from point of sale (working with Bryan to put the concept together) to the final walk through and close out with Kevin. Communication was key and the team work with this group was great. We intend to use them again in the spring as we make more room for me to work at home.

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Hello,

Thank you for taking the time to review Norseman. Our clients feedback is very important to us! All of your comments will be shared with the team!

Looking forward to working again with you in the spring!

Norseman team

Louise from Toronto
Louise from Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON
9/10

Bathroom and Basement Renos

We have completed 3 projects with Norseman and the results have been excellent. The quality of work in the bathroom, especially the floor and wall tiles, was impressive, thanks to Yuri's talents. The basement required the floor to be levelled before installation of new flooring, lighting and painting. Greg was a great project manager for both renos, bringing in quality tradespeople at every stage. As typically happens in projects in old homes, there were a few surprises but they were readily addressed and Greg communicated in advance when any work was out of scope. It was great working with all of them.

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Hello Louise,

Thank you very much for taking the time to review us! We will pass on your lovely comments to Yuri and Greg. We hope you enjoy your new space!

Have a wonderful day,

Norseman team

NBarnes in Scarborough
NBarnes in Scarborough
2 reviews Toronto, ON
2/10

New Home Build & Purchase

Purchased the home in August 2019.
Obvious rush by builder to finish house. Shortcuts everywhere.
Little to no follow-up on warranty claims. I have very detailed text and email trails to validate. Had gas turned off twice during the winter due to safety violations (not revealed as part of the close and or subsequent warranty requests) which were ignored. Seek specific protections & penalties if buying from this builder. Happy to provide additional detail.

08/30/2020 - While I appreciate the response from Norseman, the details are factually incorrect. The developer and the owner of Norseman are the same person. We have emails between the lawyers at time of sale that confirm that detail. Happy to post if you would like? I also did email this person with no response. It was directed through the COO of Norseman at the time.

As for the gas, again, not true. The bill was moved in to our name on the date of sale. I have the red tags from Enbridge from pre-sale, post-sale and 2nd follow-up. I have three months of written correspondence between myself and Norseman asking for solutions that were promised and not delivered. Happy to post if requested.

"This person wanted more for free, we denied to work for them."
That is a slanderous claim which I'd appreciate further confirmation on. Please share those details.

I'm also aware that this review was flagged by Norseman to HomeStars.
This post was removed and then reinstated by Homestars based on the detail I provided. Again, we tried to resolve this directly and were rebuffed. I'll let the facts speak for themselves here but if I was able to show Homestars the detail to have the post reinstated, stands to reason that the information I'm providing is correct.

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You have given the wrong company your review. Norseman construction did not build and/or sell the home to you. Norseman Construction is a renovation company and does not sell houses. Norseman’s client, a development company, who hired Norseman to build the home, did so and sold it to you as is.(the corperation which this property was papered, was aquired as payment for work which the development company could not cover, due to the thier financial situation, the building was sold in an as is state, controled by the owner of Norseman, not as a Norseman Home, the fact that the name on the corperation is in a different name is incosiquential) If you had reached out to anyone in our firm instead of doing things this way I am sure you could have been informed.

You had 4 items that were on the houses warranty from Norseman which were attended to and completed.
The fact that you wanted more from Norseman without paying for the service is the reason why you are upset. The developer of whom sold you the property is the contact you should be discussing your situation with. We are happy to post the emails of confirmation of completion.

Regarding the gas, upon purchase, the gas of your new location should have been put into your name. The unpaid bill and the final inspection letter, which was delivered to your property as notice, was not relayed to anyone. Therefore, your gas was shut off. If you had called anyone, I am sure it would have been taken care of.

As far as your direction to Norseman COO, this person was no longer in employ with our firm at some point after the sale of this property. However any of our staff would have been happy to help if any of your concerns were valid, or you tried to contact our office which is open 9-5pm Monday to Friday. We are sorry you feel the way you do, however you are living in a very nice house which you I am sure got a good deal for, it was sold for solely to cover the value owed to our firm for work completed to the developer. You were offered a strict warranty (for this reason) under only the items that you asked for and they were repaired and covered. If this was a Norseman home you would have had a full 2 year warranty with us, as this is standard that we offer this for every renovation.

I reiterate this, for all who are reading this, we did not get hired by this person. We did not get contracted to do any work for this person. The items were completed from the contract with the Developer and for the sale from the developer. This person wanted more for free, we denied to work for them.

This property was completed with such a good design that it has won awards and is on our website and can be found on multiple sites showcasing this home.

SRR in York
SRR in York
1 review Toronto, ON
6/10

Main floor reno and 2nd floor addition

These pictures speak out for a job done on door and window frames. I have to admit, these went unnoticed during the final handover inspection. I should have been careful in identifying these. They delivered on time which was good as we spent our Christmas that year in our new renovated home.

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We're sorry to hear that you were unhappy with your frames. Since you didn't use your real name to write this review, we couldn't reach out to you directly. We want to resolve this for you, as best we can. Please reach out to our office at your earliest convenience.

Miranda in Toronto
Miranda in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
9/10

Basement & Ground Floor Reno

Our project started with JB (Sales) who is fantastic at his job! He was very patient, knowledgeable and accommodating. Even after the project started, he continued to be available for advice and support. Once the project started, we were in the good hands of MoH, our project manager. We really enjoyed working with MoH. His engineering background made him a very logical and practical project manager which is a skill you want your main contact to have so that he provides sounds advice and manages his team well. MoH's very professional and polite demeanour made it easy to work with him and his responsiveness gave us great comfort to know he cared about our project and helped keep us very up to date with what was going on. What also made our project successful were the sub-trades that Norseman uses. The tile, drywall, flooring, electrical, kitchen, and painting teams were amazing and we would want them again on any future project we may have. We were quite satisfied with Norsemen. Would have given a 10/10 if the completion schedule was tightened up so that we were back in our space a few weeks earlier as per plan. Thank you Norseman and especially MoH!

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Hello Miranda,

Thank you for taking the time and reviewing us! We really appreciate it. Also, very happy that you are happy! We hope you enjoy your new space!

Norseman Team

Dean in Thornhill
Dean in Thornhill
0 reviews Vaughan, ON
9/10

Bathroom Reno

Norseman Construction did a great job on our bathroom renovation. They followed our plan while also making some helpful suggestions. They were flexible and able to accommodate changes that we wanted to make as the project progressed. Greg and Yury both did very good work, consulting with us as necessary to make sure that everything met our expectations.

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Hello Dean,

Thank you for taking the time to review Norseman. We appreciate hearing back from our clients as we can give recognition to our amazing staff for a job well done and to see how we can improve.

If you are in need of anything in the future, please don't hesitate to reach out.

Norseman Team

Southwood in Mississauga
Southwood in Mississauga
3 reviews Toronto, ON
9/10

Main floor reno and exterior work

Our project manager, Robert, was terrific. He was responsive and the work was done in a timely fashion. He was always polite and worked with us to get the results we wanted. We could reach out to him and get a prompt reply, no matter what the time of day. We always knew that if we had any concerns we could reach out to him and he'd follow up. Big renos are complicated, with lots of moving parts, and Robert was able to keep all the balls in the air.

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Hello,

Thank you for such a lovely review. Robert cares and works hard and we are happy you were able to see these qualities. Enjoy your newly renovated space!

Norseman Team

Colin
Colin
12 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Gut Job

Working with Josh (sales manager) and Dave (project manager) was a great pleasure during our large renovation project which was a complete gut-job on an old house. Things went off without a hitch. We had done our research on several companies, settled on Norseman Construction and were extremely pleased with their process and beautiful results.

They were patient, detailed oriented and did fantastic quality work, going the extra mile and delivering creative solutions in times where and when needed.

Communication was excellent throughout the process. Things were explained in detail and we could sleep well at nights, knowing where things were at, at all times through their updates.

They had great tasteful ideas in places where choices could be made and executed on budget, on time and with excellent results. I would highly recommend Norseman Construction going forward.

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Hello Colin,

Thank you very much for such a lovely review! I will pass this onto our team. Josh and Dave had a great time working with you! If you are ever in need of anything in the future, please don't hesitate to contact us!

Norseman Team

LBirnie in East York
LBirnie in East York
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Main floor home renovation

We were impressed by Norseman's professional, reliable and quality services. Every member of the company we encountered contributed to a positive renovation experience, making an otherwise stressful situation manageable and successful from start to finish. Their team is efficient, knowledgeable and respectful. Our project lead exceeded every expectation and made us feel secure through the transformative and high stress time. We will absolutely recommend Norseman to anyone looking to renovate their space.

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Hello Mrs Birnie,

Thank you very much for this lovely review! We strive to provide excellent customer service throughout your entire project. It is nice to hear that you had such a great experience with the Norseman team! Your review will be shared with Robert, your project lead.

Have a great day and if you are in need of anything, please let us know.

Norseman team

Paul & Melanie from Toronto
Paul & Melanie from Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON
9/10

Basement Renovation - legal basement apartment

We hired Norseman to do our basement renovation after doing thorough research, reading reviews on Home Stars and obtaining four other quotes.

The exercise of getting an accurate quote from Norseman was challenging as the first quote we received was far below what the "actual" job was going to cost, and we went back and forth with the Sales Manager (SM) to finally reach a number that accurately reflected the scope of the job and captured all the details of what we could expect from them. We had some concerns and almost didn't choose them to do the work. When we finally did, we were assigned a very enthusiastic and passionate Project Manager in Robert Hansen. Robert genuinely cares about pleasing the home owner and is very pleasant. He really went out of his way in the beginning to ensure that we understood each step of the project. There were some hiccups along the way that delayed the project and quite a bit of frustration at how long it took to complete the project, but we do feel that the work done in our home was quality work and our neighbours, relatives and friends are impressed with the apartment.

I now want to talk about the issues that came up along the way that we addressed with Norseman during a sit-down meeting after the project ended. First, getting an accurate contract for the job was incredibly frustrating. We had to continually go back and forth with the SM to make sure the contract was correct. Second, communication was a big downfall in almost every step of the project, e.g. trying to reach the SM, only to find out that he was on vacation more than once during the contract negotiation stage - no 'out of office' auto reply on his email alerting clients of same! Further, Norseman has software which is used to update the customer on the progress of the job and a log update was promised three times a week but was not always delivered and it was difficult for us to figure out what had actually been done on some nights when we arrived home. Third, there were mistakes that happened along the way, e.g. the wrong paint colour on the walls that had to be changed and confusion over what was included in the contract versus not. Fourth, Norseman states that they pride themselves with cleaning up your home each and every night before leaving - we found that this was lacking. There were occasions where we came home to debris around the house and also discovered that an item that they mistakenly thought was our vanity, but was in fact our laundry tub, was unpacked and then being used for storage in the construction area. It subsequently became dirty and required cleaning after they left. At other times, workers used our living room as their workshop without putting any protective covering on the newly installed floor. I mention this b/c a professional company should have higher standards and I expected more from them.

On to the positive - I can honestly say that each and every time we had a concern, our Project Manager (PM) did his very best to rectify the situation. He also admitted when he was wrong and apologized. We cut him slack b/c of this. We do believe that he will make an exceptional PM once he has more experience - right now he is good, but his potential is enormous. We also very much appreciated the fact that Kevin and Simon came to our home, met with us and discussed our concerns. They acknowledged that they were some changes that needed to be made, particularly around communication, which we feel is paramount when dealing with clients, particularly when one is investing so much money in a renovation. This to me showed integrity. They also brought a bottle of wine and a card to thank us for our business.

In closing, I would like to say that Norseman is in the process of expanding. The endorsement from Mike Holmes (of course) has brought new business their way. That said, it is important that they never lose sight of their core customer. We chose them b/c we truly felt they understood our needs. We want them to succeed, but we also want them to improve. We know it's a tough business and we are honest in our feedback. In good conscience, we cannot give them a perfect rating. They did a very good job, but they are capable of better.

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Hello Paul and Melanie,

Thank you very much for taking the time and giving us a thorough review. We at Norseman really appreciate it!

We are happy you feel we did a really good job in the end and we are working hard and striving to be the best we can be.

Enjoy your Norseman custom wine!

Norseman Team

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More about Norseman Construction & Development Ltd

Based in Toronto, Norseman Construction & Development Ltd. has been a leader in residential renovations and custom home construction since 2005. From concept to completion, we take a client’s vision and make it a reality through a comprehensive process to ensure the finished product exceeds expectations.
Our wealth of experience, skilled expertise and attention to detail enables us to offer you innovative solutions, competitive pricing and the ability to meet milestones. We appreciate how much your project means to you. That’s why we approach each project with professionalism, integrity and adaptability while maintaining open communication with you every step of the way.
We pride ourselves in Home additions, renovations, custom home building and design.
Let us partner with you to create the home of your dreams.

CATEGORIES
Builders, General Contractors, and Home Additions
SERVICES
Home additions, renovations, custom home building, architectural design
SPECIALITIES
Home Additions, Custom Home build, Architectural Design, Renovations, Engineer Reports
WEBSITE
https://www.norsemanconstruction.ca
YEAR ESTABLISHED
2005
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
26
PAYMENT METHOD
We accept Visa, MasterCard, Cash, Cheque, Money Order
MEMBERSHIPS
Covered by Workplace Safety Insurance Board (WSIB)Member of Toronto Construction AssociationMember
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
BONDED
Yes
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
WARRANTY TERMS
2 years
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