Inverness Design Build Group is a family owned and operated design/build company specializing in residential additions, renovations and custom homes. When you partner with Inverness Design Build, you receive impeccable attention to detail and premium service to turn your dreams into reality. Our commitment to you is based on our core values o read more...
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We met Peter & Debi of Inverness Design & Build Group at the Toronto Home Show in 2018. We were looking for the “right” contractor to redesign, and modestly expand our home that we’d lived in for over a decade. We were inexperienced clients, but sure in our knowledge that we’d only give the job to someone experienced, whom we felt that we could trust to complete it on budget, and who could deliver on what “we” envisioned for the renovated space.
We hired Peter and Debi a few months afterwards and never looked back.
We were in good hands from start to finish. After an initial meeting in our home, and a mutual feeling we could work with one another, we laid out a lengthy wish list, and discussed our vision. We made known that we wished to live thru the project in our basement. Peter and Debi listened to everything we had to say. They genuinely cared about building what we wanted, as opposed to many contractors and architects who, frankly, tuned us out, and either didn’t think the job was big enough for them, or we’re so enamoured in what they felt we needed, our project was lost on them.
Peter and Debi drew up all the designs, incorporating thoroughly what we’d discussed, and presented them professionally as a quote with options to include or exclude certain aspects in the aim of fitting into our budget. They met with us on multiple occasions, and invited us out to see other jobs in the GTA that were featured in their portfolio, and speak to people who’d gone thru what we were on the verge of doing. We knew right then that they were right for us.
Our project consisted of a complete gut of our home’s main level (inside & out) and altering the attached garage into living space. Inside, it featured a new living room, kitchen, dining room, & bathroom. Outside, a new walkway, front porch, stunning Indiana limestone front façade, and enlarged windows and walkout deck. The job required City Permits, Committee of Adjustment Permissions and Inspections along the way from beginning to end. Peter and Debi handled everything admirably. The inside of the home was considerably altered to feature a cathedral vaulted ceiling, and the addition of a new Box Bay window for both interior and exterior aesthetic. The engineering was complicated in light of the fact we were opening up the space on an older 1970’s home. Inverness was undeterred, and sure of the fact not only could it be done, but of the sheer beauty that would result when it was finished. They shared our vision, and they mastered the job!!
One of our wishes was that the job would stand up to the test of time. And I can assure anyone dealing with Inverness, that they over-engineer where necessary. Their trades are all top quality, competent, trustworthy and salt of the earth people. They know their stuff. Never was there any doubt. They do it all, and they get it right!! Peter and Debi orchestrated everything. Their oversight ensured all jobs were done perfectly, and any concerns along the way were addressed. Any issues along the way were dealt with on a timely basis, and Peter and Debi never ignored a phone call – and we made several.
We would not hesitate in recommending Peter and Debi to anyone contemplating construction on their home. The valuable advice they offered along the way, their professionalism and guidance, their years of ingrained knowledge, and their personable nature lead us to vouch for the fact they are a cut above. We’re so so fortunate to have found them. They under promised and over delivered. They built for us the home we always dreamed of. Give them a call – you won’t be disappointed.
Caroline & Patrick – Home Owners
We had been looking for about 2 years for someone we could trust to do major renovations on our 1940's Toronto home when we met Peter & Deborah at the Home Show in the fall of 2015. Peter understood our needs and our budget, and was willing to accommodate our desire to stay in the home during construction. He designed (drafted) several variations based on what we wanted so we had a good level of confidence that our needs would be met.
Peter was responsive during the construction process. Any concerns we had were addressed, and warranty issues were dealt with. Both Peter and Deborah provided advice on finishes, paint choices etc. Deborah also spent many hours with us reviewing the kitchen layout and design. A year later, we couldn't be happier with the results.
Liz and Andrew,
Thank you so much for your wonderful review.
It was such a pleasure working with you from start to finish.
Peter and I appreciate you touching on the points in your review that were an important part of you hiring us and that we met your expectations throughout.
We know it is not always easy living in a home while construction is going on and we appreciate how accommodating you and your family were to both us and our trades.
Peter and I are happy to not only refer to you as our clients but also to now call you our friends.
We look forward to many more hikes together.
Peter and Deborah
When we decided that our house was getting a little cramped for our growing family, we knew a home addition was for us. Visiting the Toronto Home Show we met Peter and Debi Locke of Inverness Design Build. After an initial conversation we knew Inverness was perfect for us.
Inverness helped us decide on the size and scope of our project. Both Peter and Debi offered insights and advise, and were always available for any questions we had. Ultimately, we decided on a 3-story 1200 square foot addition, with a near complete remodel of the existing house. With the pending arrival of our first child, we had to shorten the timeline of the project and Inverness worked tirelessly to adjust to the new schedule and delivered a great quality completed house right on time.
Peter and Debi Locke are professional, courteous, and knowledgeable. They provide great insight and guidance, and have delivered a product that we are very proud of. If you are thinking of doing a renovation project, you need to give Inverness Design Build Group a call, you won’t be disappointed.
Tim and Lily Horbatiuk – Home Owners
We met Peter Locke of Inverness Design Build Group at the fall 2014 home show in Toronto when we were looking into a renovation of our kitchen, dining room and living room. He showed an immediate interest in us and our plans. Over the next several months, we discussed and refined our plans with Peter and he came up with a design for a significant renovation that would completely change the look of our house from inside and out. While a larger project than we had envisioned, we were very impressed with the design. At the same time, we were working with another firm on an alternate design but we decided to go with the larger project that Peter had proposed. We signed a very detailed contract with Inverness in March of 2015, which included several higher end details that we wanted, as well as allowances for some of the major cost items like windows and doors. Construction started in July of 2015 and progressed quickly, although our original goal of being finished before Christmas was not achieved – we moved into our new kitchen, dining and living rooms in February of 2016.
Peter and Debi worked hard to get and keep the trades on the job as needed. As we stayed in the house during the reno we were able to meet all of the trades people and they were very professional and dedicated. Inverness worked with the kitchen company to perfect the design and Debi also was there to oversee every step of the kitchen installation, including when some pieces had to be moved and/or replaced.
There are always some glitches in a large project and this was no exception, but Inverness was always prompt in responding to our concerns. There were some extra costs as a result of choosing higher end products in some places and also making changes to the plan along the way, but I think this is also to be expected for most homeowners as it is difficult to foresee every step of such a large project.
After living in our newly renovated home for several months now we are extremely happy with the job that Peter and Debi did for us and do not hesitate to recommend them to others.
Bill & Sally Wilbur
Inverness Design Build Group Ltd has a TrustScore™ of 4.7. The average TrustScore™ for other businesses providing similar services in Toronto and the surrounding areas is 3. For detailed information on how TrustScore is calculated, click here.
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|Posted License Information||Yes|
|Posted Liability Insurance||Yes|
|Posted Workers Compensation||Business does not require workers compensation|
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|Endorsed by Peers||Yes|
|In Business Since||2012|
|Member of TrustedPros Since||2013|
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Inverness Design Build Group is a family owned and operated design/build company specializing in residential additions, renovations and custom homes. When you partner with Inverness Design Build, you receive impeccable attention to detail and premium service to turn your dreams into reality.
Our commitment to you is based on our core values of honesty, integrity, professionalism and service to our community. Having been involved in residential design/build for more than 30 years in Canada and the Caribbean we have amassed a wealth of experience. Let our experience work for you.
Inverness Design Builds Philosophy is:
Use our best skills and experience to the full benefit of our clients.
Ensure our company provides the best possible service to our clients.
Address all client concerns and/or problems as quickly as possible.
Excel in both design and construction practice.
Maintain the highest level of integrity and professionalism when dealing with our staff, clients, suppliers and subcontractors.
When appropriate, enthusiastically comply with all regulatory bodies having jurisdiction.
When appropriate, act as an advocate for our clients and challenge regulatory bodies having jurisdiction (such as Committee of Adjustment hearings).
Maintain frequent, open and friendly lines of communications with all of our clients.
Treat all of our clients as we would treat our best friends and families.
Manage all of our projects with a clear focus on client comfort, controlling costs and efficiency.
Maintain pristine and safe job sites.
Suggest cost-effective and practical energy-efficient construction and design practice.
Encourage feedback from our clients and suppliers in order to serve them better.
Give back to the community we serve through the support of causes and organizations that reflect our core values and those of the communities we serve.
Inverness Design Build Group Ltd was awarded Best of TrustedPros in 2015 for Design Build in Toronto.
|Main contact(s)||Deborah Gerson-Locke|
|Listed with TrustedPros since:||2013|
|Warranty||5 year structural warranty.|
|Accepts credit cards||No|
|24 Hour emergency service||No|
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