4) Burnaby – Whole Home Renovation

I am writing this letter of reference to tell you about My House Design Build Team, the firm that did a wonderful job of renovating my home. We first met Graeme in 2010 while we were on the tour of renovated homes which takes place in the lower mainland in June of each year. We began our discussions as to what was feasible, and possible. We first of all only wanted a new kitchen, but after talking with the Team, Graeme showed us how we could go a little further.

We decided to go ahead with a complete renovation, also adding 1,500 square feet on to the back of the house. John Kits (who I consider a genius) put together an architectural design for our house with everything we wanted including a brand new kitchen, a master bedroom suite, as well as a laundry room on the main floor.

My wife got her new kitchen; I ended up with a beautiful theatre down stairs that features a projector, with a ten foot screen, and a nine speaker sound system. The whole house has the Control 4 system in it that runs the speakers throughout the house as well as the theatre and controls the lights in and out of the house, and our security/ cameras system.

Colin Peters was the construction manager on the job, who along with Clem Binette, Arnie White, Darryl Thiessen, Dan Carnahan, Piers Wylie, and a crew of hard working men took over and started tearing the old place apart. This was a big job and took about nine months to complete. We moved out of course while this was being done.

I must say that all the people that My House Design/Build Team had were first class, including Linda Jones, who was the interior designer and had lots of suggestions about wall colors, carpeting, light fixtures, door handles, etc. Bruce Mac Donald looked after the kitchen design and did a masterful job in making sure everything was in the right place and practical.

Steve Banai looked after the business end of the job and project management, making sure that the supplies were being purchased and delivered on time. George Foster did all the running around getting the proper permits and such.

Graeme guaranteed the” Wow ” factor about the house, meaning that when people come in to the house they will say” Wow” and I have to say without a doubt everybody that has come into the house has said ” Wow”.

The house, which Linda Jones named Monet’s Garden as both her and my wife enjoyed Monet’s Garden when they were in France at separate times, is indeed a piece of Art in its self.

Colin, Clem and Mary Ann also did a beautiful job of landscaping and only had about two and a half weeks to complete the job as now My House was going to be on the Parade of Renovated Homes. They did all the brick work, built two beautiful beams, and put down the lawn, working late in to the evening.

The house won an award from the Greater Vancouver House Builders for best renovation addition last April, and was also up for two awards for the BuiltGreen BC awards put on by Fortis (came in second in both, should have won) but My House Design Team Ltd won the award for best renovator of the year, and next year the house will be entered for the Georgie Awards.

I cannot be more proud of my new home, it looks spectacular from the street, but you just cannot believe the house until you get inside, I have been in a number of homes, but I have to say the workmanship in my home is second to none, thanks to My House Design Build Team.

Thank you!

Roy C
Burnaby, BC