Indian Road | Toronto

Set on a very unique piece of property, the project at 552 Indian Rd is in itself unique. A 6000+ square foot addition, built into a hill, was added on to a 3700 square foot 100-year-old house. The old structure was totally gutted and re-built while the addition required very complex framing and design details. Hudson-Kruse Design provided the vision for this house and working very closely with them, M-Squared has helped bring new life into an old neighborhood.

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Dunn Avenue | Toronto

This major renovation involves the removal of a two-story brick addition, lowering the basement level by 5ft, replacement of all floor systems, interior walls, mechanical and electrical services replaced, exterior cladding, windows, doors, roof, and adding a two storey rear addition to increase living space.

The transformation of this Toronto house will be truly amazing, taking it from its run down dilapidated state to an ultra modern home, with very open floor plans and cutting edge finish selections.

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How to Find a Good General Contractor in Toronto

How to Find a Good General Contractor in Toronto

Need some work done around the house? The Toronto area is full of general contractors. So how does one narrow the field to find people that will work well for you?

Here are a few things that might be deal-breakers for you:

Reputation

Do your homework to find out what type of name they have in Toronto. General contractors should be in the business of turning customers into spokespeople, at every job they work. So ask your friends and family who they’ve used and who they like/love/ hate.

This is a great way to make sure your job will be done on time and on budget

Price

Get some price quotes and think about how much you can afford to spend. Bigger companies may charge more, but may bring more credibility to the table. At the same time, newer and smaller companies may be willing to do a bit more to get the job and earn your referral when the job is done.

Timeframe

This is a big separator. Decide exactly when you need this done. If there’s no big rush, a company that can’t start for another 2 weeks is fine. However, if you need this done before you have guests over the long weekend, make sure your crew can be in and out by then.

If you have any questions about your next renovation project, please don’t be afraid to contact us at any time.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Any Renovation

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Any Renovation

Renovating your home is fun and will help you love your home again — or at least it should. Occasionally a renovation will leave a homeowner feeling unsatisfied.

You can avoid this by asking yourself a few simple questions, BEFORE you gut your kitchen.

1. What’s wrong with this picture?

Make sure you’re addressing the issues that made you want to renovate in the first place. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of picking out new colours and fixtures. So easy, you may forget that you’re renovating to make rooms more functional. Now you’re stuck with a new home that looks amazing, but still has the same practical problems you had before.

2. Why am I renovating?

Chances are you’re renovating to a) create something for yourself so you can love it, or b) create something other people will love so you can sell it.

There is a big difference here. If you’re trying to flip/sell a home, try not to let your personal taste weigh too much into what you do. Do what will make your home easier to sell — even if it’s not your taste.

3. Who do I want to work with?

The contractors you hire will make or break a renovation experience—both in the quality of their work, and in how they interact with you.

When looking for contractors, do a good amount of research. Ask your friends and family who they know, and who they like. Word-of-mouth is your best friend in screening out unreliable companies.

Also go by your gut-feeling, and how you interact with them. Things are going to get stressful when sledgehammers start flying and your walls are coming down. Pick someone you can get along with, even when the chaos of renovation starts.

Forsythia Festival

Forsythia Festival

Every May, Cabbagetown residents gather at Wellesley Park to celebrate the official welcoming of Spring. Now in its 42nd year, the Forsythia Festival is organized by a committee of volunteer Cabbagetown residents and is made possible by the generous support of local businesses.

M-Squared Contracting is pleased to support the Forsythia Festival.

Renovation and Custom Home Awards Finalist – 2013

Building Industry and Land Development Association’s (BILD) annual awards recognize the very best of the GTA’s new home construction industry. These awards are important to our members because of the peer recognition, and recognition for suite design, community excellence and green building is given as well.

The projects that win in each category have set the bar even higher for creativity and innovation in the industry. We are proud to have been nominated in the following category:

Best Condominium Renovation M Squared Contracting Inc.

Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award

Houzz’s 2013 ‘Best Of Remodeling’ Award

Toronto, Canada  —  January 22, 2013 – M Squared Contracting Inc. of Toronto has been awarded  “Best Of Remodeling” 2013 by Houzz, the leading online platform for residential remodeling and design. M-Squared Contracting provides superior project management and general contracting services to a diverse client base in Toronto was chosen by the more than 11 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community. Continue reading →

BILD’S Race for Humanity Team Spirit Award

On July 19, 2012, the boys from M2 Contracting and 13 other teams got together to participate in the BILD Race for Humanity. The fundraising event, organized by the Toronto Star and In2ition Realty, sent teams racing through the streets of downtown Toronto, raising over $25,000 for Habitat for Humanity Toronto. While we didn’t win, the M2 Contracting team was recognized for their outstanding team spirit, and we were thrilled to participate in and contribute to this very important cause.

Renovation and Custom Home Awards Finalist – 2012

Every year, BILD celebrates its members at the Renovation and Custom Building Awards, which kick-off the annual National Home Show. The awards help to underscore the importance of the symbiotic relationship between the builder and his partners in building and renovating homes and communities across the GTA. Last year, we were finalists in three categories (below). While we didn’t win, we were proud to represent the industry and grateful for the recognition of our hard work.

Best Renovation $150,000 to $300,000

M Squared Contracting Inc.

Best Renovation more than $500,000

M Squared Contracting Inc.

Renovator of the Year

M Squared Contracting Inc.