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In 2016 we hired Inverness Design Build to do a major renovation to our home, replacing an existing 1940’s small galley kitchen and adjacent single-storey granny flat with a two-storey addition and new kitchen. Inverness Design Build handled all aspects of the project, from concept, and several iterations of rough drawings, through execution and warranty. Peter and Deborah listened to what we wanted and understood our budget. They provided valuable advice and insight at every stage, including kitchen design advice and finishing touches like paint and flooring selection. They didn’t try to up-sell us, and accommodated our desire to stay in the house during construction. Almost a year later and we are thrilled with the results. I would definitely recommend them for peace of mind. Liz and Andrew Tomlinson GBP_3861A
Andrew and Liz Tomlinson,
We hired Inverness Design Build Group in the spring of 2016 to do a major renovation on our 1950’s bungalow. We had vetted several companies and we immediately took to Peter and Debi’s personable professionalism. The renovation consisted of an 1100 square foot second storey addition which included a master bedroom and ensuite, 2 bedrooms, main washroom, and a large sitting area. On the existing main floor walls were removed to enlarge the kitchen and created an open space. The renovation also included a new front porch. Construction started mid June 2016 and Peter and Debi worked hard to keep the trades on track. We were able to stay in the home during construction, living in the basement. Our goal from the start was to have the renovation completed before Christmas, however that didn’t happen and the rest of my family moved back into the home February 2017. As with any major renovation or construction project there were some hiccups, but Peter and Debi were alway available and quick to respond to any issues that arose. Inverness listened to my needs, understood the vision I had for this project and worked well to accomplish this as well as keeping on track with the budget. We have been living in our new space for almost a year and we are very happy with the beautiful job that Inverness has done. Connie F.
Connie Forsyth,
When we were “ready” for our renovation project, we called a few construction/renovation companies and were underwhelmed. Some had a patronizing attitude and others were all talk and no action. Yes and some came out to look at our project and never got back to us. We were tempted to give up but decided to go to the Home Show and see what we could find
We talked to the people at several booths and we were impressed with one company and invited them to come out and give us a quote and although we were optimistic, we decided to look around some more.
When we came across the Inverness Group’s booth it was not manned but we looked anyway and were impressed with the photos of their work. But it looked too “high end” for us — very nice work but bigger houses than ours. While we were looking and dreaming, a lady appeared and she introduced herself as Debi from Inverness and could she help us. We talked a bit and she assured us that they worked on normal people’s projects too. We were impressed with Debi and asked her to follow up with us
The other company from the Home Show called and made an appointment. They arrived and looked at the project and proceeded to tell us what they would do even though we had quite specific ideas of what we wanted. As many other companies had done in the past, they did not seem to want to listen to us and came back with an estimate that was way over our budget and not really giving us what we wanted.
Then Debi from Inverness called and said that she and Peter would like to come and talk about our project. It was immediately apparent that Inverness was different. It was a good thing that we were not on a tight schedule because when Peter arrived he didn’t jump right in and ask what we wanted but rather took some time to get to know us as people a bit. It was very refreshing. He listened to us and looked at our sketches and seemed to get what we wanted.
When Peter came back with his ideas and quote we were both pleased and shocked. The price was too high but the ideas were great. We talked some more and had a realignment of views and at the end felt comfortable in moving ahead
The project was quite extensive made more complex because we decided to live in our previously renovated basement. But living with the renovation allowed us to meet the masons, the carpenters etc and wow — what a nice bunch of people. And knowing that we were living in the mayhem they showed great respect and consideration. We really appreciated that. And as you know nothing ever goes without problems or missteps but with Peter and Debi there was never any finger pointing or excuses. They simply made adjustments and righted things. This was huge and made dealing with them easy and a real pleasure. We absolutely love the outcome. Our new house is beautiful — almost exactly what we were hoping and planning for. ‘Almost’, because even months after completion there have been little glitches like sticking doors and small cracks but you know what, just a quick text and Inverness sends someone to fix the problem. It really has been a wonderful execution of our renovation project. We cannot recommend Debi and Peter more highly. Inverness is the best.
David and Sally Rice,
November 6th 2015 To Whom It May Concern Re: Peter and Deborah Locke Inverness Design Group Build Our 1985 builder kitchen was in desperate need of an update into the current era. We struggled to find a contractor that we could trust to bring our ideas to life and deliver on a schedule. We really lucked in with Peter and Deborah Locke of the Inverness Design Build Group. They were exactly what we were looking for. We agreed upon a design which included complete renovation of the kitchen powder room, flooring throughout the main floor, lighting, painting, etc. Peter and Deborah were very receptive to fitting our ideas into their design. They provided a pretty accurate estimate and time line. The standards of workmanship shown by Peter and Deborah and their entire crew were both incredible. Both Peter and Deborah showed incredible people skills and were amazing in alleviating all the normal stress of a renovation. They were always available and handled any unpredictable issues with every consideration to us. The spectacular kitchen and powder room that they created for us beyond our expectations. We highly recommend Peter and Deborah. Sincerely, Chreis and Anne Czerwinski Home Owners
Chris and Anne Czerwinski,