Last summer (2014) after interviewing and receiving quotes from a number of contractors, we offered our basement renovation project to Stratas Design Build. Andy was the only contractor that seemed to fully understand the scope of the project and what we were looking to accomplish with the renovation.
Our basement reno was the largest project that we had decided to tackle after eight years in our home. It had been finished poorly some time ago and required a full gut of the main area including the removal of an old set of stairs and a non-supporting wall. Andy alleviated any of our pre-reno concerns by clearly communicating the process for the project. Once the project had begun, Andy provided us with daily updates on the progress and the next steps. The team worked diligently and tried their best to minimally impact our daily lives while maintaining a good level of cleanliness in the work space.
The project turned up only a few ‘surprises’ that needed to be addressed, (a minor plumbing issue, removal of small amount of K&T and rewiring of the dryer). The additional costs were presented to us in advance of the work being completed, with a full explanation as to why they needed to be done. Regardless of the add-ons, the project was completed on time and generally within the budget. With Andy's level of detail, we were confident that the project was being completed safely and to code. In addition, Andy and his team came up with creative and cost-effective solutions to address issues such as the uneven floor (we didn’t dig out the basement prior to starting the work as the extra headroom was not needed).
Andy has carefully selected his team to be in line with his own level of professionalism and work ethic. Everyone who entered our home - from the framers to the electricians to the painters - was punctual, courteous, dedicated and respectful of our home.
Since the renovation has been completed, Andy has checked in a few times to ensure we are happy with the results and has helped out on a few other projects. We are delighted to now have an additional floor of living space thanks to Andy and his team’s excellent renovation.
We look forward to dreaming up new projects for our home with Andy at the helm.