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Canada, as a country, is experiencing fast population growth due to immigration. It has a high rate of employment, and many of its major cities—including its most cosmopolitan city, Toronto—have observed a corresponding rise in development projects for single and multifamily markets. To respond to the growing demand in housing, this extremely diverse, sophisticated northern city has relied on a long list of construction professionals when it comes to building high-quality and structurally-enduring spaces.
The article presents the 15 best general contractors in Toronto. These firms are either based in the city or have completed multiple projects in the area, especially for renovations, remodels, and new construction services. The companies were qualified according to the awards, press features, industry affiliations, and client reviews that they have accumulated through the years. Our editorial team also considered the firm’s years of services, the background of its principal, and the value and complexity of its projects.
True to its name, 40-Hour Builds is known for completing many of its residential projects in 40 hours or less. To make this possible, the company assigns veteran builders and designers that know their way around every aspect of home construction. Included in the firm’s fast, efficient services are carpentry, remodeling, interior design, painting and wallpaper installation, landscaping, drywall and taping, budgeting, demolition and removal, flooring, electrical works, and bath and kitchen renovations.
Project owners can avail of the company’s free estimation services by simply filling out a contact form. Through this, clients can schedule a home visit and consultation service. Planning an ideal living space also comes easy with the company’s design services where it makes use of a 3D design software to help customize and plan concepts for almost every project. This can be availed for free, for projects over $30,000.
What does an under 40-hour project look like? A look at the company’s portfolio of modern and contemporary interiors highlights its attention to quality, efficiency, and style.
Alair Homes Rosedale (Toronto)
111 Queen St. East, Suite #450, Toronto, ON M5C 1S2
While Alair Homes is an internationally-recognized home builder with offices that can be found across Canada and the US, its Rosedale branch is locally owned and operated. Its services include home renovations, kitchen and bathroom renovations, and room additions. The firm also takes on custom home projects built in accordance with strict local building codes and standards.
Robert May serves as the regional principal for the brand’s Toronto office. He leads a team of contractors, project managers, and design professionals commended for their on-time, on-budget project delivery. While the firm considers its people its top asset, the firm’s use of technology and innovation has also contributed to its reputation as an efficient, reliable builder—especially for first-time homeowners.
The company is known for its unique management systems. Every project starts with a proprietary project management program that gives clients exclusive access to the company’s software management service. The program allows project owners to monitor everything about their project: accounting updates, construction schedules, project specifications, galleries, and sub-trade communications.
27 Cannon Rd. Unit #2, Etobicoke, ON M8Y 1R8
Since 2005, Albo Renovations has provided comprehensive general contracting services to the Greater Toronto Area’s dynamic residential market. Complete home constructions, renovations, and additions can be found in the firm’s projects list. Custom works for bathroom, kitchen, and basement build-outs highlight the company’s detailed experience in the single-family category. Its daughter company, ALBO Homes, works strictly for custom home construction.
As part of the firm’s customer-focused approach to construction, the firm offers free consultation services for both past clients and first-time project owners. By coordinating with clients and listening closely to their needs, the company operates on an integrated approach that reduces design and structural inconsistencies. That close collaboration also speeds up the construction process. Most importantly, the firm employs a flexible pricing policy that allows homeowners to build the home of their dreams without compromising their budget.
The company’s efforts to meet the structural needs of its customers while ensuring the quality and affordability of the project have earned it multiple customer satisfaction awards. These include the 2019 and 2018 Top Choice Awards, and the 2017 and 2018 Best of HomeStars recognition.
Andon Fine Homes
30 Forest Ridge Dr., Toronto, ON M6B 1H3
Andon Fine Homes is known for its innovative, creative approach to construction, especially when it comes to completing elegant, luxury residential projects. As a full-scale renovator and custom residential construction builder, the firm collaborates with renowned architects, designers, and consultants to deliver exceptional homes.
Alan Newton heads the company’s everyday operations. With over three decades of experience serving the residential, commercial, and industrial markets, Newton has created a unique approach to designing and constructing high-quality homes. Many of the firm’s projects are inspired by modern architecture. Its classical and traditional interiors and exteriors are designed to answer to the ever-evolving functional and stylistic needs of homeowners.
The company was founded in 1996 and since then, it has quickly become a preferred professional for completing timeless, unforgettable living spaces. Many of these projects are found in the city’s high-end neighborhoods such as Forest Hill, Allenby North Toronto, and Lytton Park.
157 Adelaide St. West, Suite #712, Toronto, ON M5H 4E7
BalmBuilt is a small boutique construction company that takes an intimate approach to residential building. While the company is composed of only a few professionals, it is as capable as large firms when it comes to quality, efficiency, and following a strict time frame. Customer reviews speak of the company’s patience and flexibility, especially accommodating highly customized and even last-minute requests from project owners.
The company’s client-focused approach has fueled its steady growth over the years. Since its founding over ten years ago, it has completed a long list of residential projects that include additions, interiors, and exterior renovations, as well as complete design-build services.
As a builder and a project manager, it stands behind its quality of work. This is reflected in the two-year full warranty and a five-year structural warranty that it provides its clients. Many of its previous projects have commended both for design relevance and structural integrity.
25 Sheppard Ave. West, Suite #300, Toronto, ON
The firm’s lifelong relationships with trusted vendors give Contracting Ontario the opportunity to provide high-quality materials at the most affordable price. The company invites project owners to enjoy the building process by taking away the stress of securing the needed documentation and permits for every build.
Owned and operated by Andrew Sherstyuk, the company is a fully licensed and insured professional that provides a detailed scope of services for its residential and commercial clients. Aside from ensuring the structural and aesthetic quality of every build, clients can rely on the firm’s flexibility to accommodate changes and time frames based on the client’s convenience.
The pre-construction process begins with a pre-design meeting where clients can list their ideas and express their hopes and expectations for the project. The consultation allows the firm to lay down the most important aspects of home building: zoning, floor plans, and building requirements.
ICI Construction and Development Inc
7 Donino Avenue, Toronto, ON M4N 2W4
Residential restorations and renovations, housing projects, and land development are the primary focus of ICI Construction and Development. To be able to cover its wide range of services, principal Sencer Erkaya works with the company’s team of builders and project managers to come up with an approach that puts its clients first. Aside from helping project owners find the best design team for the job, the firm also extends its services to process zoning and building permits for the project.
For its projects for the residential market, the company collaborates with the region’s leading architects and interior designers to deliver living spaces that exude luxury and homes that champion energy efficiency. Its project gallery reveals bathrooms, living rooms, kitchens, as well as interior and exterior details that are carefully built to present the lifestyle and individuality of their owners.
Unique homes that range from 2,000 to 10,000 square feet can be found in its portfolio. Most of these homes are scattered across the Greater Toronto Area, many of which are inspired by the elegant details of French and Modern architecture.
1 Romar Crescent, Unit #3, Toronto, ON M6B 1R7
Since 1993, iCon Builders has been delivering residential and commercial spaces for the city’s high-value markets. Across southern Ontario, the firm has completed single and multi-family homes known for its quality and sense of style. Over the years, it has collaborated with commercial developers to complete complex business and office structures that meet the most stringent standards of the brands that they represent.
Many of the company’s testimonials highlight its efficiency and flexibility, especially in taking on the unprecedented demands of solving the most challenging issues in commercial construction. As a home builder, the company is commended for finding efficient ways to stay true to the homeowner’s design and functional preferences without compromising the budget and quality of the build. These stellar reviews helped the firm maintain its membership with the BBB.
The company is also one of the pioneers in Toronto’s housing and condominium market. Aside from being a member of the Greater Toronto Apartment Association, it is also affiliated with the Association of Condominium Managers of Ontario (ACMO).
Ivic Construction Ltd
109 Coe Hill Dr., Toronto, ON M6S 3E3
Project performance, efficient management, and commitment to answering the most complex demands of its clients: these qualities sum up Ivic Construction’s edge as a leading general contractor. The team’s approach to every project, regardless of size or value, has helped the company earn the trust of customers solely from referrals. Its thoughtful recommendations and repeat business from previous clients have continuously expanded its portfolio since its founding in 2006.
The firm currently serves the Greater Toronto Area and offers services that revolve around new construction and renovations for the residential, commercial, and industrial markets. As part of its client-centered approach to construction, the company guarantees an on-time, on-budget development process. Most importantly, the firm offers financing options that will help project owners take on renovations without the worries of overspending.
While the company is known for its efficient, skilled construction processes, the team’s collective eye for building stylish, superior spaces cannot be overlooked. Its portfolio features kitchens, bathrooms, living rooms, and other interior and exterior projects that are aesthetically and timeless and functionally relevant.
M-Squared Contracting Inc.
47 Scarlett Rd., Toronto, ON M6N 4J8
Industry veterans Michael Lawrance and Mark Pelzl’s have been collaborating for over ten years, and they are well-known for their transparency, innovative management style, and on time, on budget services. These qualities, not surprisingly, have solidified M-Squared Contracting’s reputation as a trusted general contractor in the region.
Aside from the firm’s client-focused approach to construction, it’s also known for its unique works in general contracting. Many of the company’s custom home construction, renovations, and remodeling projects have been recognized for their stunning details and the sensitive approach to building that brought them into being. Minimalist, traditional, and contemporary elements are highlighted through careful design and execution, and careful attention to the functional and aesthetic needs of its owners is always a priority.
If there were two words to describe the firm’s projects, it would be “innovation” and “craftsmanship”. Its gallery represents the company’s eye for unforgettable designs. Take a look at the firm’s gallery, and look for an outstanding bathroom project that celebrates the balance between style and ambiance. The project was featured in Designline’s 2018 Spring edition.
Opus One Design-Build
7B Pleasant Blvd. Suite #1125, Toronto, ON M4T 1Y7
Residential and commercial construction projects dominate Opus One Design-Build’s multi-level portfolio. Staying true to its name as a design-build firm, the company is made up of a complete team of in-house professionals that includes architects, engineers, interior designers, landscape architects, project managers, and site supervisors.
The firm has established long-term relationships with institutions and other professionals to deliver a complete and stress-free project on time and within budget. The company’s 2017 Top Choice Awards and 2017 Consumer Choice Award reflect the success of these collaborations.
RJ Nassar heads the company’s everyday operations and works closely with clients to complete every stage of a project. RJ established the firm in 2012 to cater to mid and high-scale projects for the residential and commercial market. In the field of custom home construction, renovations, and additions, the company has executed a number of projects that follow the gold standards of modern, industrial, and contemporary designs.
SalDan Construction Group
3 Navy Wharf Ct. Suite #2901, Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3V1
As a multi-location construction and development company, SalDan Construction Group is one of the oldest and largest general contractors in the city. The firm was incorporated in 1981 by its founder and president, Sam Biasucci. Since then, the firm has become known for an affordable, innovative approach to residential construction.
To date, the company has completed over 6,000 single-family homes across the Greater Toronto Area and in Sault Ste. Marie. As a developer, it led many development projects in high-value residential communities in the region. This impressive portfolio has been recognized by the industry’s biggest institutions.
For instance, in 2003, the firm won Northern Ontario’s Builder of the Year award, under the Large Volume Category. In 2018, it was a finalist for the same title, under the Medium Volume Builder Category. The Sudbury Home Builders Association chose the company for its HBA Residential Awards of Excellence in the New Home over 2,500-square-foot category.
Self Build Canada
3216-11 Rutten St., Toronto, ON M6P 0A1
When it comes to high-quality , cost-effective design and general contracting services, Self Build Canada tops the list of the city’s premier builders. Many of its clients’ testimonials attest to the company’s honest, efficient, and skilled approach to every project, regardless of size, value, or complexity.
The company is also a masonry contractor that houses a dedicated masonry division to take on projects such as custom stonework and brickwork, concrete finishing, foundations, walkouts, chimneys, fireplaces, tuckpointing, landscaping, and interlocking. The firm offers masonry restoration and repair services as well.
Feargus Ahern, the company’s principal, has almost two decades of experience in the industry. Under his leadership, the firm has secured its place as one of the Better Business Bureau’s accredited professionals, recognized for ideal business practices and client-centered approach to construction.
The Renovators of Canada (T-ROC)
100 King St. W, Suite #5700, Toronto, ON M5X 1C7, Canada
Transparency and open communication are two factors that make The Renovators of Canada one of the most preferred general contractors in the city. The firm’s client software allows project owners to get a full view of what happens in every stage of construction. Other details such as job scheduling, daily logs, and pictures of the project can be accessed through this program.
Most of the firm’s projects are for bathroom, kitchen, basement general contracting, and home additions. Aside from being a Baeumler-approved professional, the firm is also a member of the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA). Because of its stellar customer service and business ethics, the firm is a certified member of the BBB.
Perry Curiston founded the company in 2002. Under his leadership, every completed work has received admiration and approval from high-value clients. Many of the firm’s works exhibit its ability to deliver modern and traditional interiors and exteriors.
The Construction Group
32 Braemar Ave., Toronto, ON M5P 2L2
Specializing in renovations, additions, and accessibility modifications, The Construction Group has been serving the region’s residential markets for years. Its successful run as a general contractor can be attributed to its focus on the needs of its clients.
For the company, every successful construction project starts with good customer service. In order to satisfy the most discriminating project owners, the firm relies on the most recommended products from leading manufacturers in the industry. Aside from providing cost-efficient building, remodeling, and renovation services, the company focuses on always refining and improving its construction processes and its project management style.
The company was founded in 1991. Today, Saul Berlin leads the firm as it provides a wide range of services. Berlin’s over three decades of experience have allowed the firm to take on more specific, highly custom projects. Regardless of the project’s size or scope, the firm’s management team and technicians are trained to adhere to every standard and quality that clients expect from a reliable general contractor.