The Houzz Community recently voted Toronto’s M-Squared Contracting Inc. “Best of Houzz 2016” in the Customer Service category. Customer Service honors are based on several factors, including the number and quality of recent client reviews.
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I recently hired M-Squared to undertake an extensive renovation on my 110 year old house in Toronto and I highly recommend their services.
From start to finish, the renovation was flawlessly executed. Mike estimated and managed the budget and timeline professionally, offering multiple solutions at different price points as I increased the scope of the project.
Dave did an exceptional job of coordinating all the work and trades. Honest, professional and hard-working I had no reservations leaving my house in his care!
The team of M-Squared carpenters and the trades they engaged, delivered superior quality craftsmanship. They pulled out all the stops to make good on a promised move-in date before the Christmas holiday.
I highly recommend M-Squared and hope to work with them again on a future project.
— Ann P.
We had a fantastic experience with Mike, Mark and Beth-Anne. A truly outstanding team, and we are more than happy with the results and the process. Mike is so well organized and from the get go made us feel comfortable that things were going to get done correctly, on time and within our budget range. Mark is a pleasure to work with and always going out of his way to make things as smooth as possible. Beth-Anne's energy and keen eye for design helped ensure my wife and I ended up with a cohesive well thought through design. Tremendous team. Of the contractors we received bids, M-Squared was not the cheapest, but they gave us the most confidence during the selection process, and they did not let us down during the entire build process. I have no regrets and would highly recommend M-Squared Contracting to any of my friends (in fact I have :))
— Martin C.
We had the absolute pleasure and fortune to work with Mike and his fantastic team. If I could give more than 5 stars, I most certainly would!
We were renovating our bungalow after waiting a few years to transform our home. Mike and his team quickly understood our vision and produced an end result that was beyond what we had ever envisioned. Mike and his team are incredibly thorough and anticipated much of what was discovered in the home prior to commencing the project. Our home is now not just stunning but incredibly functional and most importantly, safe. Thank you to Mike and his team for giving our family the gift of such a beautiful home and in the timeline promised!! You are amazing and have such a gift and talented eye. This has been the most wonderful experience!!
I have had the pleasure of working with Mike and his team over the past half year. We are now in the middle of construction.
— Melanie P.
I sought out Mike for one of my clients, while still in the early design stages, because I had heard about his company, M2, from several sources who raved about how they were on time and on budget.
It was clear to me within a few minutes of showing Mike the design, that he was a contractor that was incredibly knowledgeable and more importantly, I could see that he completely understood the subtleties of what we were trying to achieve with our design (aesthetically and functionally). As an architect who meets a lot of builders, meeting someone like Mike was a breath of fresh air.
He quickly put together a project budget, at no cost to the client, and has worked collaboratively with me and my team ever since.
He has great advice while at the same time respecting the role of the designer.
I am very pleased with how all the coordination and management is going and am positive that we will be working together regularly in the future.
I would definitely recommend M2 to homeowners as well as to other architects and designers of high end, modern homes.
— Wanda E.
Mike and his team at M-Squared are the top-notch. They executed and delivered 3 incredible transformations for the HGTV hit show Property Brothers: Buying + Selling while we've been filming in the GTA. Working closely with Jonathan Scott - Mike, Danny and Nat took care of every detail to ensure the spaces were not only camera ready but also above standard so that homeowners could sell their homes for top dollar. If you're looking for a build firm that will deliver impeccable results on time and on budget - M-Squared is 2nd to none.
— Laura R.
Words are not enough to describe how fortunate we feel to have worked with Mike, Beth-Ann, Mark and the entire M-Squared Team.
We hired Mike and his team to build our dream house. We absolutely love our new house and the vision Mike and Beth-Anne helped us achieve.
M-Squared team did an amazing job. We couldn’t have asked for a more trustworthy, committed and responsive team than M-Squared. The house was built in a record of 7 months. The M-Squared workmanship was superb and their dedication and timing of completion were fantastic.
What made this project very successful was also the cohesiveness of the M-Squared team: Mike, Builder; Beth-Anne, Designer and Marc, Project Manager, their competence, creativity and passion undiluted by competing voices. What impressed me the most was Mike’s passion as if he was building his own house. Mike and Beth-Anne also guided us throughout the life of the project and went over and beyond to enable us to make the right decisions.
We would work again with Mike, Beth-Anne, Mark and M-Squared team in a heart-beat. We cannot recommend them highly enough.
— Lumi T.
The team at M Squared did an incredible job. Our greatest fear in undertaking such a large renovation was finding someone we could trust. The M-Squared team always had our interests at heart & – whether it was budget, design options or something as key as communicating to let our neighbours know what was happening. We love the completed project – the attention to detail is beyond anything we could have expected. We love coming home now.
Thanks Mike, Beth Anne, Danny and the M-Squared Gang.
We recently renovated our north Toronto home and Mike, Beth Anne, Dave and the M-Squared team did a fantastic job. We couldn't have asked for a more dedicated and responsive team.
M-Squared made the process easy for us and any issues or challenges encountered came with solutions already planned and thought out. This work ethic extends to any trades or vendors that were used as part of the project.
Overall, we had a great experience and we highly recommend M-Squared!
We have spent the last year working with Mike, Mark, Beth-Anne and the M-Squared Team to renovate our 120+ year-old house in High Park. Choosing M-Squared as our contractor was the best decision we ever made. They transformed our house into our dream home and in the process taught us the true meaning of building a home.
We did a complete gut of the original home back to the studs (and then some!). It involved a complete redesign of our 2.5 story house increasing the square footage from 1600 to 3000, to include 6 bedrooms, 6 bathrooms, walk-in pantry, butlers pantry, wine cellar and roof top terrace. We also underpinned the basement 4 feet, re-bricked the exterior, designed a custom roof to maximize the height and square footage of the 3rd story, replaced all the existing floor joists to adjust the floor levels and increase ceiling height. M-Squared went above and beyond to transform our house and everything exceeded our expectations!
Months before construction began, Mike came and viewed several properties with us before purchasing to ensure we could build what we wanted.
During the renovation, we experienced many challenges that come from gutting a 120+ year old home. Mike and Mark were always upfront about issues, provided us with multiple solutions and gave us their honest advice for how to handle them.
M-Squared are extremely meticulous and detail oriented in their work and their craftsmanship is second to none.
Mike, Mark and Beth-Anne are in this business because they LOVE what they do - and it shows! They genuinely care about their clients and work tirelessly to ensure each project is completed to the highest standard.
They listened to our needs, understood our vision, were transparent and collaborative in the planning and decision making process and executed it flawlessly.
They were available to us 24/7, no issue was too small to be discussed and we valued their regular updates and ongoing communication. Mike was always budget conscious - a rarity in the contractor business - and project timeliness were always met or exceeded.
Their crew are exceptional carpenters, the utmost professionals and all around great guys! In the final month, they worked evenings and weekends to ensure our house was finished before the birth of our daughter, even going as far as helping us move into our home on the final weekend! In addition, M-Squared has fantastic relationships with suppliers and a terrific team of sub-contractors that are as equally professional and skilled.
When making the biggest investment of your life, you need to work with someone you can trust. We HIGHLY recommend M-Squared Contracting and would be happy to discuss our experience further with anyone considering working with them. Personally, we can't wait to work with them again on another project!
— Matt and Lenore
We undertook a major renovation of our old and outdated High Park home with M-squared contracting. From the initial consultation to the final handing over of the keys, I have nothing but the highest praises, gratitude, and satisfaction for the how the project was handled, and of-course the finished product!
After seeing a few signs around the neighbourhood and then seeing his work and reviews on Houzz, I gave M-squared a call. We first met Mike, one of the two founding directors of M-squared, after meeting with about 4 other companies. Within the first few minutes of meeting with Mike at our house, I knew he was the man for the job. He was extremely knowledgeable, professional, and punctual, and I could immediately see he was a perfectionist! His rough quote for the job was in line with others. Our goal was to take our 3-bed 1-bath, relatively non-existent kitchen, 102-yr old house, into a 4 bed 3-bath house, with 2 story addition, and finished (and deeper basement). I thought this was a relatively big job, but for Mike et al., this is considered ‘standard.’ I was further reassured when I saw that most of the work by M-squared has been relatively modern/contemporary in design, including Mike’s own house, which was the esthetic we were striving for in our renovation (although they do traditional/transitional just as well). So we took the plunge and hired them!
My wife and I, in retrospect, often talk about how lucky we were to have stumbled upon those initial signs around the neighbourhood. Our renovation story was relatively quite easy. In fact, dare I say it, enjoyable. With M-Squared/Mike’s experience, the process of moving from concepts to drawings to actual buildings, with the all-important aspect of budget incorporated into these steps, was all organized. Mike gave us numerous, (very detailed) financial and time budgets along the project that kept us on track. His initial budget was bang-on to the final cost, except for the frivolous changes in design/products that I made along the way. I was most impressed with Mike’s commitment to timelines. He promised a move-in date of ‘labour-day’ which was quite important for us for schooling reasons. He stuck to this, and handed over the keys on August 30th, even though him and his team pulled ‘all-nighters’ the last two weeks of the project to make this deadline happen! Truly impressive! I also have to commend Mike and team on handling the minor, and major stresses, of the project without putting any undue stress on me. At the beginning of the project, Mike explained that his job was to “handle everything” and I was not to be bothered by city permits, project setbacks, faulty product, etc; he would do this all. And he certainly did plus more, including the extremely professional and dedicated manner of handling a notoriously difficult/sociopath neighbour in the neighbourhood. I can go on positively about Mike, but I’ll turn now to the rest of the team. If I did write anything more about Mike it would be biased by the fact that we have now become friends even after the project is done. But this too is important to highlight as it speaks to the ease and enjoyment of how this 5-month project unfolded. I dare you to find another home-owner and contractor who aren’t more than ready to divorce after 5 months of home building!
We met Beth Ann, the in-house designer, a couple of times. She too was bang on in her assessment of the look and esthetic that we were going for, and on her first consultation nailed it down to the point that no changes needed to be made. Amazing! She does modern/contemporary proficiently, and looking at her pics of traditional/transitional, they look great too.
The crew that did the work (about 2-7 guys varying throughout the project), and in particular Rob, were also incredible. Their workmanship and attention to detail was phenomenal. In talking with neighbours, I was told they were courteous, clean, and quiet (as much as possible). Neighbours were very impressed with the work, and as I understand it, have already called M-Squared for projects of their own. I was most impressed that little things like an off-centred light switch or plug outlet would be corrected without me having to say anything. And if something did need to be changed, it was always answered with “no problem, we will make that happen.” At the beginning of the project, Mike told me they take each project as if they are building their own dream house, and want to make it perfect. In seeing how they completed the project, and refusing to take short-cuts, I can see that this statement was true to the word. Probably the most deserving of a compliment is John, the project supervisor and crew-lead, who without even once showing frustration, worry, or doubt, made this project go off without a hitch. He too understood the look and finished project desired, and I could trust him to make decisions on my behalf and alter plans on his own. Amazing work!
As for negatives, I really don’t have any say. As you can see, I more than recommend M-Squared for a building project. In fact, I have told Mike he can’t retire until I build my next dream house in 10-20 years. So if you are thinking of building, do yourself a favour and give them a call. They have a >1year wait list (which only speaks further to their work).!!!!
We hired M-Squared to transform our narrow North Toronto house into a beautiful modern home and we are absolutely thrilled with the results. By choosing M-Squared you are choosing to work with a professional, highly skilled group of people.
Mike was at the table from the start of the design process and connected us with our designer and architect. He was critical to the pre-construction design and approval process allowing us to go from a vague idea to plans, committee approval and demolition in just under 5 months.
Our site supervisor John was absolutely exceptional. He is smart, skilled and a pleasure to work with. His calm demeanor and problem solving skills were a huge asset since construction always involves changes and challenges.
Mark M and Rob the carpenters on the project were excellent. The site was always clean and John worked extremely hard to maintain a good relationship with neighbours.
We moved in 4 months ago and they have not disappeared. Small issues are to be expected post construction and Mike and John have been very good following up on everything. We would highly recommend M-Squared.
Our family had been planning a home renovation for a few years. We met with several reputable contractors but Mike Lawrance was clearly the most organized. Mike provided a few pivotal structural design suggestions that made a huge impact on the overall feel of our home. We were fortunate to have Danny as our site Supervisor. He is clearly very passionate about his work. Beth-Anne was a pleasure to work with and guided us with our design choices. The talented team at M2 delivered high end results. In hindsight, we were very lucky to have worked with M2 and we would definitely recommend them.
— Lisa S
We hired M-Squared to renovate our master suite - bedroom, bathroom, and closet. The project included a complete gut of the third floor down to the studs, new roof, windows, electrical, plumbing, flooring, and adapting the HVAC system to meet our needs. They were extremely professional, completed the project early, and overall great to work with. I would highly recommend them!
— Jessica P.
So, we are sitting on the rug in the living room enjoying some quiet time and a beverage and just loving our home!! Besides the fabulous updates, attention to detail and fine craftsmanship, we are both overwhelmed with gratitude for above and beyond touches. Where to begin? Everything from the stocked fridge to the new TV and movies, finished bath (even with towels and cute soap!!), to the landscaping and new bushes out front!! Not to mention, the clean up and reorg is more than we could have hoped for.
It truly has been a pleasure working with you both!
When our contractor bailed out on us last minute, I went into panic mode to say the least. Little did I know that it was a blessing in disguise. I contacted my interior designer Alexandra Naranjo asking her who she would recommend (as she is a perfectionist), she would only recommend M-Squared Contracting.
We had purchased a new home in Unionville and had only 6 weeks to renovate the entire house before moving in. Our friends had warned us that contractors never meet their deadline and with all the work that had to get done to our place 6 weeks would not be enough! They were right, six weeks was tight, but to our delight the project was completed on time and on budget. Mike promised that he would meet the deadline and he was true to his words.
Mike and his team did a beautiful job at our house. The attention to detail is second to none and is evident in every room that was completed. Nothing was missed by him or Danny (our site manager). The quality of their work is absolutely brilliant! We are delighted with our new home! Could not have found a better team for this job.
If you're looking to hire a professional and trustworthy team of contractors that can deliver superior workmanship, M-Squared Contracting is the company to call. It will be the best experience you will ever have with a contractor. Renovating a house should not be a painful experience and Mike and his team ensured that it would be a great experience for us! They certainly exceeded our expectations!
"Consider yourself lucky to have found M-Squared ! These guys are the real deal. They do things the way they should be done: Professionally, thoroughly and with a positive and creative attitude. Our whole job from beginning to end was a perfectly pleasant experience:
- From our initial meeting where they understood and agreed to a timeline that had us finished on time.
- Through watching Mark approach our project as if he were working on his own home. When any snag presented itself his attitude was "hmmm… lets get creative and see how we can address this?" Whether it was figuring out how to provide uniform ceiling heights, or moving a pipe stack to the most logical spot, or coming up with a creative banister design in a tricky spot. All were examples of his commitment to a great outcome and to the highest quality work.
- Through every single tradesman being respectful, friendly and skilled.
- To the final stages where M-Squared took the initiative to stay with every minor detail until the job was completed perfectly!
Both our architect and designer have remarked on how impressed they were with M-Squared . Both intend to recommend them on future jobs. These guys are likely to get very busy … so I would recommend that you don’t hesitate. Select these guys. I am confident that you will be relieved that you did!"
You guys went beyond the call of duty with all your extra special touches and the phenomenal job you did on our house. You guys are all truly a class act and we want to say a huge THANK YOU for it all!!!! We still can't believe we live here- it is beyond anything we could have imagined. Please just know, we could never have hoped for anyone better..... to make our house.... our home.
Thank, thank you.
— Mitty, Miggs, Tyler and Peter
M-Squared contracting is the best construction company I have ever worked with to do home renovations. Mike (co-owner) of the company was amazing from the first call right through to completion. He even went with us with our real estate agent to look at houses before we had even signed a contract with him. We had the whole house gutted and custom built for us. He took care of the architect, interior designer and all permits. We had to worry about nothing. He was very involved in every step of the process. Mark was the front man in charge of the work on site and he was so courteous to our new neighbours and kept the whole project on time. Our whole house was redone in just 4 and a half months. Amazing!
M-Squared recently completed a 2nd-storey renovation on our Etobicoke home, including stairs, hallway, 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms.
They started exactly on time, they finished exactly on time. They had a detailed project management plan. They came in on budget (except for enhancements that we chose) with fully itemized invoices.
That's the big picture.
The small picture is even better. We got discriminating design input and guidance throughout the project. We got attention to the smallest detail at every stage, along with terrific workmanship by professional and competent tradespeople and sub-contractors. We got personable and capable on-site supervision. We got quick and responsive communication.
We give M-Squared the highest possible recommendation and would be happy to speak in person with any potential clients.
— Sue and Peter
We were very impressed with M-Squared from the first day we met with them to tour our new home right through to the completion day. They are very knowledgeable about all facets of home renovation and have a great network of subcontractors to assist with anything specialized. They don't simply perform a list of tasks that you ask them to do; they do it right, taking all steps necessary to make your home perfect.
Following our recent garage conversion, we just wanted to drop you a quick note to say how pleased we are with the end results. Prior to finding M-Squared Contracting, we spent several months meeting different building contractors to give us advice and quotes on having our garage converted into a bedroom with en-suite bathroom. We were looking for a trustworthy, reliable, punctual and friendly contractor. The team from M-Squared Contracting was all of the above, and the quality of the work was outstanding!
The task wasn't easy; we have an older house that came with a few foundational challenges, but Mike and his team were undaunted; we now have a fantastic new bedroom and bathroom space perfect for guests and we're completely thrilled and impressed.
My wife and I would just like to say a great big thank you to Mike and the team from M-Squared Contracting for doing such a fantastic job. We will certainly contact them again, and recommend them wholeheartedly and without hesitation.
— Joe & Ana
Just to tell you how very pleased we are in our renovated condo. The work and the team were all first class and Roy and Beth Anne were “the best”. It was a pleasure dealing with you and I have no hesitation recommending you.
I recently hired M-Squared to construct an over-sized garage on a complicated site. As an Architect I have worked with many general contractors over the years. I found M-Squared to be among the best in the industry. They were accurate with their initial assessment of the scale and cost of the project. They chose and managed the sub-contractors well. Their attention to our design details on this project was remarkable. Their craftsmanship was outstanding and completed with expert precision. The quality of the work is superior to most of the contractors I have worked with in the past. Along the way I found them to be courteous, attentive to our needs, and well organized. They are true professionals at every stage of the project. Their transparent approach with regards to costing, time logs, and record-keeping is rare in this industry. This speaks to their honesty and integrity which in turn leads to client satisfaction. We are one of those satisfied clients and we are thrilled with the end result. Thank you M-Squared Contracting for your efforts. We look forward to working with you in the future.
We recently renovated a three unit apartment back to a single family home in downtown Toronto with M-Squared Contracting and we are thrilled with the results.
M-Squared was able to execute on our vision of transforming this 100 year old shell into a modern single family home and we couldn’t be happier.
The work was done on time and M-Squared was extremely conscious of our budget. They assisted in prioritizing our needs versus our wants so that we could have the modern, safe and updated house we wanted within our budget.
Their staff and on site crew were extremely professional and a pleasure to deal with. Often we would go by the site in the evening to check on the progress and one thing that really impressed us was how clean the site was at the end of each day. There was never any litter or garbage lying around on the floor and the bins were always emptied. Many of our neighbours commented on how professional and organized the crew were and this definitely gave us peace of mind everyday knowing that the house was in good hands.
Now we live in our ideal downtown neighborhood in our ideal house!
— Jenn and Brad
I strongly recommend M-squared to anyone looking for superior quality contracting services. I recently renovated my kitchen and master bathroom and I was so impressed with the quality craftsmanship and professional way they conducted all aspects of the project. Mike was precise with his monitoring of the budget and followed up with all my questions promptly and accurately. Mark's excellent execution of the project has amazing focus on both aesthetics and functionality and he delivered with attention to detail that I value. He worked well with my designer and with the management at my condominium and was always attentive to my questions and requests. Mark was a master at resolving any issue that came up (including my scope changes - thanks for making it all work). It's been great working with a company that cares about client service, sees things through to completion, and never compromises quality. Mike and Mark, thank you for the care you've taken to make my home everything I hoped for - it's beautiful.
I recently had the opportunity to work with M-Squared Contracting on a complete home renovation. From the moment I met the team for the initial quote, I knew that M-Squared was right for the job. They demonstrated a professionalism and organization I had not experienced with other contractors on previous renovations. The crew that I had working on my home was amazing. I can’t say enough good things about the team, including all of the subcontractors that worked on the job. They were able to handle anything that came up during the renovation, which involved turning a very small dilapidated heritage cottage, in an extremely challenging site, into a stunning five bedroom family home. They also always took the time to show my three young kids around and did small but meaningful things for them like writing their names on the walls of their rooms or allowing them to “help” dig out the basement.
The attention to detail that M-Squared shows is certainly evident in the final product. Nothing escaped the watchful eye of the crew. The weekly detailed invoices allowed us to see where every penny was spent and made the whole process very transparent.
This is long overdue ... Waldek and I wanted to let you know how thrilled we are with the renovation you did for our new condominium. We love being in it and from start to finish you have made our home more than we could have hoped.
We have been more than impressed with your prompt and professional approach through out the renovation and even afterwards. You have always been there, and your staff and companies you work with, have been outstanding.
It has been a pleasure working with you and hearing your praises sung by all who work for you!
If ever asked... M-Squared is the best!!!
Thank you from us both,
Lily and Waldek
M-Squared managed my entire renovation and construction project which consisted of basement underpinning, interior gut and remodel, and a modern rear addition to 120+ year old home.
I am so happy that I found Mike and Mark and their team. I can't imagine another contractor who would be so capable of handling our microscopic attention to detail, limited budget and tight timeline in such an exacting, professional and courteous manner.
Mike and Mark seemed to genuinely enjoy figuring out creative ways to solve nitty-gritty practical problems to achieve the type of look we were going for. Their crew were highly skilled and respectful of the job site. The trades that M-squared tended to work with similar integrity and discipline as the core team themselves. They have a keen design sensibility and clearly they have pride in their craft. Also to note, they have good relationships with a number of high quality vendors for construction and finishing materials.
I truly feel lucky that I found them and it all worked out that we were able to complete this big project together.
Thanks to Mike and Mark and the M-Squared team!
Obviously, very highly recommended!!
— Paul Rise