Unique Designz Inc. is a Home Renovation and landscape design company that provides home owners, real estate investors and businesses a multitude of services like: - Demolition - Home Renovation - Kitchen Renovations - Washroom Renovations - Fences - Decks - Outdoor Spaces ...... and much more!! We stand by our Quality workmans read more...
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I hired Joey Bernard to remove a deck, modify a fence, install a set of stairs and replace a sill plate and rim joist that had rotted due to an improper installation of the deck. I was assured that the job would take at most a week to complete and sure enough he arrived on the first day he said he would (though well into the afternoon) and completely removed the deck by the end of the day. It took us weeks of calling and texting to get him to actually come back to finish the job all while the siding was still off my house. I received a myriad excuses ranging from reasonable to straining the imagination as to why he hadn't come back to finish. That in and of itself wouldn't have been so bad but rarely did he actually contact us to say that he wouldn't be arriving. He did eventually come and complete the job and frankly I wouldn't have bothered writing this review but I keep finding things about the job that were done lazily and carelessly.
I've already had to rebuild the stairs he built because he used smooth shank brite nails in pressure treated lumber outdoors so they almost immediately rusted and came loose making the stairs a hazard. Furthermore, inspection of the repair to the rim joist and sill plate revealed that the new sill plate wasn't installed fully flush to the still good remains of the old one (as much as a 2" gap in some places) and of the 6 floor joists the rim joist was attached to, only 2 actually had nails into them. The remaining joists just have free-floating nails next to the joists...this is just more work I'll have to redo.
Frankly it's a lesson learned for me on contracts and when not to pay significant deposits but hopefully this can serve as a cautionary tale for others.
We hired Joey Bernard and his colleague, Paul for our home renovations. During the initial stage, they were both persistent and promised us to finish our project within weeks. We signed off and paid the first instalment in March. This is July and our home has been completely abandoned. First off, there have been so many excuses from accidents to personal matters and this has completely held off our project. After months of abscondment, Joey was meant to resume yesterday and said he was at the hospital for X-rays again. He mentioned that there are unforeseen expense- we asked him to come for conversation and he hasn’t still showed up. As to his colleague, Paul, he never showed once since this project started. He has been completely MIA. I sent a message letting him know that we are expecting and needed to complete the project before baby arrives- but no remorse or response at all. At this point, I think we fell into the hands of a bad contractor. We are at a juncture where we are speaking to our lawyer and reporting this business and also having us contract another person. Also, we have been told to report him to BBB and Consumer Protection Bureau/ and our city center. We are on that!
Had my deck done. Left a seam down the Centre. Never offset the seams. Most of the posts were split and he never removed any of the tags that were stapled on the end. The railing was also spot in. He must have got a good deal on second hand lumber. Had to call home back to replace some of the posts but they weren’t any good either.
Would certainly not recommend this builder to anyone. Very poor job.
Joey was the first to respond to my posting and though not the first to return a quote, he had spent a lot of time discussing our needs, offering suggestions and came in much lower than two other quotes we received.
Once we confirmed with him, he was in good contact, there when he said he would be, and did his best to keep the area clean and the work moving along as planned.
The final walls, drywall, electrical and trim work were done well. Unfortunately the floor had challenges due to a poor base that he did his best to work with while staying in our budget.
Not one of the contractors we had review the space (including Joey) noted that our floor had many humps and dips that made flooring very tricky and we did not have the budget to level it fully, but it looks great, just some soft spots.
We would hire him again.
Joey provided excellent service for the basement bathroom upgrades and repairs we requested. He is knowledgeable and skilled craftsman. Arrived on time, finished within the agreed timeline and left the site neat and tidy.
I discovered a leaking toilet in my main floor bathroom and duration of time leaking was unknown. I then had a copper pipe break under my vanity. Following this; I then made the decision it was time to demo the bathroom!
I had five different contractors come in and quote. Prices varied as did availability. Joey’s quote was not on the low end or the high end, rather in the middle..
After receiving the quotes, I removed the toilet, vanity, medicine cabinet, etc., myself and brought in contractor #1.
The first contractor we agreed to work with, arrived a half hour late on day #1, worked for approximately 30 minutes and then decided the job was too big for him. He decided to leave and abandon the project and notified me by txt after starting to rip up my floor. Please see my attached before picture. This is what I came home to. I could share his name here, but won’t, for his own sake. I will however provide that name when asked directly.
After a disastrous start to a reno, we then reviewed the quotes again and decided to go with Joey from Unique Designz. Before Joey started with the project, I cleaned up contractor #1’s mess and finished the removal of the floor myself down to the sub floor.
With Joey, I was extremely pleased with both his workmanship and craftsmanship and how he generally handled himself and carried his business. I knew I was in good hands and was not going to be disappointed in the end. We were extremely pleased with the finished product. Joey slicked to the plan and delivered on time and on budget. He was upfront and honest. His price was fair. (“If it seems too good to be true…”). He offered a number of great suggestions and was more than willing to answer any question including products used and answering how to type questions. I really appreciated that, especially when demonstrating why to use one product over another. He did a great job and I will be bringing him back in for more work in the coming months.
Feel free to browse the attached before and after pictures. Only item not completed at this time are my new GFIs. My electrician is scheduled to arrive tomorrow to finish that job. I had a new 15 AMP service run to the bathroom for two new GFIs above the vanity.
Joey is the most laid back contractor I have ever had the pleasure dealing with. Initially he answered all of my questions satisfactorily, in a manner that put me immediately at ease. He is a good communicator and listener. We explored together the landscaping to be installed, he repaired work done by the previous contractor with respect to draining and irrigation, prepped my shed base and replaced dead/dying sod also the work of another contractor. He spoke openly and honestly, appeared when he said he would, timely, orderly and paid great attention to detail and cleanliness. I applaud his level of care, courteousness while working at my property. A technically very competent contractor with an easy going, patient approach. He attended nurseries with me to select all plants and ensure that I was completely satisfied. Great experience - very happy with the final product!
Unique Designz Inc has a TrustScore™ of 4.1. The average TrustScore™ for other businesses providing similar services in Barrie and the surrounding areas is 3.1. For detailed information on how TrustScore is calculated, click here to learn more.
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|Posted License Information||N/A|
|Posted Liability Insurance||Available upon request|
|Posted Workers Compensation||Yes|
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|Endorsed by Peers||Not yet endorsed|
|In Business Since||2013|
|Member of TrustedPros Since||2018|
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Architectural Design, Basement Lowering, Basement Renovations, Carpentry, Decks, Demolition Work, Drywalling, Excavation Services, Fencing, Flooring, Foundation Repairs, General Contracting, Handyman Services, Home Restoration, Insulation, Landscaping, Mold Removal, Plastering, Structural Engineering, Waterproofing, Windows and Doors
Unique Designz Inc. is a Home Renovation and landscape design company that provides home owners, real estate investors and businesses a multitude of services like:
- Home Renovation
- Kitchen Renovations
- Washroom Renovations
- Outdoor Spaces
...... and much more!!
We stand by our Quality workmanship and design. Taking the time to explain the different phases and making the customer understand the type of work needing to be done. This is necessary to understand the scope of work, and most importantly were your hard earned dollars go!
Contact us today to see how we can help assist in your project!!
|Main contact(s)||Joey Bernard|
|Alternate Phone Numbers||905-716-3366, 647-463-2385|
|Listed with TrustedPros since:||2018|
|Warranty||We warranty all workmanship for a minimum of 4 Years.|
|Accepts credit cards||Yes|
|24 Hour emergency service||Yes|
|Licensing information||Business does not require a trade license|
|Insurance information||Insurance information available upon request|
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