The name started out as a joke about oxymorons and the dread of having to actually go out and get a job. But over nearly three decades it’s grown to have special meaning for us. We truly love our work. We love helping find the perfect solutions to our customers’ home space challenges, then turning them into reality with our hands. We love working as a team. We’re proud of each other and what we’ve accomplished together. We love the feeling of a bond that forms with each and every client. It’s our craft and our creative outlet. Although it doesn’t really feel like work at all, the name just stuck.
Here are the men & women behind Men At Work Design Build!
Education: B. Architectural Studies with honours, University of Waterloo; LEED Accredited Professional; BCIN.
Work Philosophy: Do it once, do it right!
Why I Love What I Do: I love the final stage of walking into a space that was created by a great collaborative effort.
Influence: Le Corbusier – a beautiful life is a creative life.
Favourite Design Style: Modern, minimal, bright, warm and natural.
Favourite Tool: Pen and a blank sheet of paper.
Education: B. Music, McGill University; M. Architecture, University of Toronto.
Work Philosophy: I try to be thorough in everything to anticipate every eventuality, leaving less to be solved on site.
Why I Love What I Do: It’s a constant challenge transforming an abstract list of requirements into a physical form that is both unique and pleasing, but it’s very rewarding.
Influence: Frank Lloyd Wright.
Favourite Design Style: Modern.
Favourite Tool: It all starts with a pencil, but the processing power of the computer allows me to bring those ideas to life through drawings and renderings.
Education: Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology, George Brown College.
Work Philosophy: There are many ways to reach the same conclusion.
Why I Love What I Do: Knowing what you create will outlive you and bring joy to generations to come.
Influence: Kidosaki Hirotaka, Rudolf Schindler.
Favourite Design Style: Modern Minimalist without fear of experimentation.
Favourite Tool: The French Press.
Education: Architectural Construction Engineering Technology Diploma, Conestoga College.
Work Philosophy: Take pride in anything and everything you do.
Why I Love What I Do: Watching my work come to life!
Influence: Frank Lloyd Wright.
Favourite Design Style: Traditional.
Favourite Tool: Corey’s french press.
Education: Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology, Sheridan College.
Work Philosophy: To design something which will withstand the test of time.
Why I Love What I Do: Being able to transform an idea into reality is not only rewarding, but it’s extremely fulfilling as well!
Influence: Elon Musk.
Favourite Design Style: Modern architecture mixed with traditional.
Favourite Tool: Sketch book and pencil.
Education & Experience: Interior Decorating, Sheridan College; 7 years experience in the industry as a designer and project manager.
Design Philosophy: Creativity is meant to be shared, run with it.
Why I Love What I Do: I love the way a well-designed space makes you feel, inside and out. There’s nothing like it.
Favourite Design Style: Mid-century modern.
Favourite Tool: Powerpoint. It allows my clients to visualize design concepts. It’s amazing to share their excitement when their eyes light up seeing all of the design elements come together.
Education: Advanced Diploma in Architectural Technology, George Brown College.
Work Philosophy: “Whatever the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.” – Napoleon Hill
Why I Love What I Do: The rewarding ability to extract ones needs and dreams to transform a building into a home.
Favourite Design Style: Modern meets traditional to create timeless Architecture.
Favourite Tool: Coffee, Music, and Imagination.
Education: Registered Architect, Council of French Architects; Masters of Architecture, ENSA Paris-Val des Seine.
Design Philosophy: Japanese philosophy of Kaizen改善 which translates to “good change”; it means continuous improvement.
Why I love What I Do: I love being able to add European-inspired designs to projects.
Favourite Design Style: Modern architecture based on the styles of Functionalism and Rationalism.
Favourite Tools: A roll of tracing paper and a set of artistic pens.
Education: B.A. Art History and Studio, University of Toronto; AutoCAD Certificate, Centennial College.
Design Philosophy: Timeless, understated and elegant.
Why I Love What I Do: Every project takes me on a new journey with our clients, and there is great satisfaction gained from turning their house into their dream home.
Favourite Design Style: Transitional.
Favourite Tool: Cell phone.
Education: Bachelor of Design, OCAD University
Work Philosophy: Always give 100% and never stop learning.
Why I Love What I Do: I get to be creative on a daily basis and no two days are alike.
Influence: My parents are my greatest influence because of the sacrifices they have made for me.
Favourite Design Style: Contemporary with a pinch of tradition.
Favourite Tool: Creative imagination.
Design Philosophy: God is in the detail.
Why I Love What I Do: I love building personal relationships. Residential design is the most intimate form of design. Only by touching client’s heart, finding out their dreams, a house becomes the home.
Influence: My mom, who gave me my first furniture lookbook at the age of 10, it’s been my VOGUE ever since.
Favourite Design Style: Mid-century modern, transitional.
Favourite Tool: My laptop and a cup of tea.
Education: Interior Decorating Diploma, Sheridan College. Experience in design & project management.
Design Philosophy: Function first, while mixing in timeless design and unique personality.
Why I Love What I Do: I have always loved to help others see the potential their spaces have to offer. It’s very rewarding to create the feeling of comfort by making a house feel like home!
Influence: My Grandma, for always encouraging my creativity and allowing me to “practice” it in her home.
Favourite Design Style: Mid-century modern and Transitional.
Favourite Tool: Grid paper and a sharpie, for any style of communication.
Education: BCom Digital Business Management, Humber College; Revit Certification, Redcage; Fundamentals of AutoCAD, Sheridan College; Design Basics for Interior Decorating, Sheridan College.
Design Philosophy: Approach every day with the same positivity and determination.
Why I Love What I Do: I love the idea of being part of a team that can give someone their dream space.
Favourite Design Style: Mid-century modern/Contemporary.
Favourite Tool: My cell phone because it keeps me organized and connected.
Experience: 33 years in the home construction industry. Master Carpenter. Licensed home builder. Certified home inspector. 20 years renovating Toronto’s older homes.
Work Philosophy: I’m a workaholic…..
Contract Sale Ritual: Many fist pumps!
Why I Love What I Do: I can talk about renovations 24/7, so the best part of my day is visiting clients in their homes and talking about, you guessed it, renovations.
Influence: My father. I did my carpentry apprenticeship under him and learned a great deal about the industry that way.
Favourite Tool: My DeWalt 12″ Double Compound sliding miter saw is my baby.
Education: Architectural Technology Diploma, Humber College.
Work Philosophy: Dedication, organization, hard work, consistency and patience are key to being successful.
Contract Sale Ritual: I do a happy dance (kidding)! I usually take my wife to dinner that night to celebrate.
Why I Love What I Do: I enjoy getting to meet homeowners that are excited to start their home renovation journey.
Influence: My grandfather. He came to Canada with nothing and became very successful through hard work and sacrifice.
Favourite Tool: My calendar.
Education: B.A. Law and Society, York University; Part 9 Building Course, George Brown College; Police Foundations Diploma, Sheridan College.
Work Philosophy: Always give it 110% and 98% of the time things will workout.
Why I Love What I Do: Client satisfaction is always a great feeling. Knowing that I’ve given it my all, day-in and day-out, is why I love my job.
Influence: Paul Gallop is someone that motivates me more than anyone I know.
Favourite Tool: My phone. It keeps me organized, connected, and is extremely useful for everything.
Education: Construction Engineering Technology Program, George Brown College.
Influence: “Success isn’t owned, it’s leased. And the rent is due every day.” – LeBron James
Work Philosophy: Success will cost you dedication and hard work, but it will always yield the best results.
Why I Love What I Do: I enjoy seeing the overall process of everything coming together. Favourite Tool: Tape measure, it always comes in handy. I also use my phone and email a lot throughout the day.
Education: Design Foundations Certification, Humber College; Graphic Design, Seneca College; Construction Craft Worker, Ontario College of Trades.
Work Philosophy: Have a “work hard and do what ever it takes” attitude, and you will achieve results.
Why I Love What I Do: Being a perfectionist, I take pride in tackling projects from start to finish and exceeding expectations.
Influence: My father. He instilled a hard work ethic in me at a young age. Our family motto: “Life is a renovation”.
Favourite Design Style: Urban/Rustic Living.
Favourite Tool: My Hands!
Education: B.Tech. Construction Management, Advanced Diploma – Architectural Technology, George Brown College.
Work Philosophy: “Quality is not an act, it is a habit” – Aristotle.
Why I Love What I Do: The collaborative pursuit of bringing the vision to life, the final product is a result of many individual successes.
Influence: Leonardo Da Vinci, Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Favourite Tool: Computer/Phone, they keep me organized and connected.
Education: Bachelors in Civil Engineering, Lebanese American University; Masters in Civil Engineering, Western University; Certified Passive House Designer, Passive House Institute; Project Management Professional, PMI.
Philosophy: Stay positive and everything will line up!
Why I Love What I Do: Love implementing best practises on a project and seeing it come together.
Influence: My father. I learned a lot about the industry and life from him.
Favourite Tool: Laptops are the best!
Education: BSc. Civil Engineering, Catholic University of La Paz; P.Eng. of Ontario; BCIN George Brown College.
Why I Love What I Do: Construction has been in my family for generations and it makes me happy to help people achieve their dreams.
Influence: My father, eternally grateful for all of his life lessons.
Favourite Tool: My HP50g Calculator, used it since 2009, still runs like new.
Experience: Three decades of experience in consulting, inspections, business ownership and contracting. Member of OACETT since 1999.
Work Philosophy: Communication, respect of others, teamwork.
Why I Love What I Do: My work gives me the chance to produce something in my life that I can make perfect for someone.
Influence: Frederick Matthew Speed.
Favourite Tool: Laser pointer, it always tells the truth.
Education: B.A.Sc in Civil Engineering, University of Waterloo; Professional Engineer (P.Eng.); Project Management Professional (PMP); LEED Accredited Professional (AP) for Homes.
Work Philosophy: Stay curious and learn empathy.
Why I Love What I Do: I enjoy the strategizing involved in executing a project and providing peace of mind to families wanting to customize their own space.
Influence: I draw a lot of my influences from life experiences, meeting people, and observing the world around me.
Favourite Tool: Lists. I make lots of them.
Education: B.A. Creative Industries (spec. Interior Design), minor in Business Management, Ryerson University; Graphic Design Certificate, Ryerson University.
Work Philosophy: Positivity is power.
Why I Love What I Do: I get to work with every department in one way or another. Every week I’m doing a different set of tasks than the week before, and I am always, always learning.
Influence: Is it cheesey to say Oprah Winfrey? I love that woman.
Favourite Tool: A black pen and a blank sheet of paper, let’s go!
Education: Former Journalism and Business student, plus 20 years of on the job training in the construction industry.
Work Philosophy: Those who are good at making excuses are seldom good at anything else.
Why I Love What I Do: I love when the old can be retained and updated to work in the present.
Influence: Eddie Vedder. Great Music and socially aware. He helped me understand that a person can and should be multidimensional.
Favourite Tool: Laser level, everyone should have one.
Work Philosophy: Do it right, the first time.
Why I Love What I do: There is always something new to learn, and there’s nothing more rewarding than creating something beautiful.
Influence: My mother is my greatest influence because of her work ethic, positivity and discipline.
Favourite Tool: My favourite tool is a Cross Line Laser Level, it always tells the truth.
Education: No formal training but have been doing carpentry work for 15 years. Experience is what I have!
Work Philosophy: Be true to your craft and don’t cut corners.
Why I Love What I Do: There’s a sense of accomplishment that comes at different project stages. I enjoy being part of everything from demo to showing the homeowners the final product.
Work Challenge: Using those darn porty-potty’s in the winter.
Favourite Tool: My Milwaukee drill and 23 g pin nailer.
Experience: I’ve been building all my life – I helped my dad build the first house we lived in.
Why I Love What I Do: It makes me, and others around me, happy. I love to create and see it all come together.
Influence: Everything and everyone. Take the good in life and learn from the rest.
Favourite Tool: Really, any tool that does exactly what you need to do when you need to do it.
Experience: I designed kitchens at Ikea, which lead me to work in the renovation business as a solo installer.
Work Philosophy: I am big on teamwork.
Why I Love What I Do: I love that every day is different. Also, nothing beats the smell of cedar in the morning.
Influence: I really admire creators, especially people who make items that can be touched. It is quite somethings to see someone who has honed their craft so well and are able to maintain a humble attitude.
Favourite Tool: This one is a tough one, I use my impact drill constantly but my Bosch little hammer drill is such a workhorse.
Education: Construction Engineering Technician Diploma, Mohawk College; Essential Hempcrete Construction, Endeavour Centre.
Work Philosophy: Never belittle anyone, always show respect, and always try to put yourself in the shoes that others wear.
Why I Love What I Do: Seeing the before and after process.
Influence: My father.
Favourite Tool: My laser level makes life so much easier!
Education: Refrigeration Certificate, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic Institute.
Work Philosophy: Measure twice, cut once.
Why I Love What I Do: I love how big of a difference a tiled floor or backsplash can make in a space. Seeing people’s happy faces is very gratifying.
Tile Tip 101: Always review the drawings before laying your first tile! Mistakes can be costly.
Influence: Wilfred Ross (my father), who was a great tradesman.
Favourite Tool: My FatMax measuring tape.
Education: Bachelor of Management & Organizational Studies, Specialization in Finance & Administration, Western University.
Work Philosophy: “As much as talent counts, effort counts twice” – Angela Duckworth.
Why I Love What I Do: I get to use my analytical skills in a creative environment where our team helps our clients realize their vision and build their own space of happiness.
Influence: Many sources! I try to be intentional and observant of what goes on in and around my life so I can use it as inspiration to be a better version of myself.
Favourite Tool: Evernote or OneNote – I use these apps both at work and at home.
Education: Honours Bachelor of Commerce Specializing in Accounting, McMaster University. Successful CFE 2019 writer and CPA Candidate.
Work Philosophy: You don’t get what you wish for, you get what you work for.
Why I Love What I Do: Every job is unlike the previous, and it’s inspiring to watch the transformation of someone’s home into their dream home.
Influence: Family, friends, and peers.
Favourite Tool: Cloud-based accounting allows me to stay integrated with the team and my work wherever I am.
Education: 30 year student of design, architecture and the insane world of home renovating – I have yet to graduate!
Work Philosophy: Enjoy the work or don’t do it.
Why I Love What I Do: I genuinely believe that we’re making a positive impact for our customers and our team.
Contract Sale Ritual: I call Sherry and we celebrate!
Best Awards: 2-time BILD Renovator of the Year, Canadian Contractor Magazine Renovator of the Year, Remodelers Advantage Impact Award 2017, Remodeling Magazine Big50.
Favourite Tool: Email. I love writing emails.