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. 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: 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.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: Registered Architect, Council of French Architects; Masters of Architecture (MArch), ENSA Paris-Val des Seine.
Design Philosophy: The Japanese philosophy of Kaizen改善 which translates to “good change”; it means constant, 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. Architecture & Design, RIBA Part 1, Sligo I.T.
Design Philosophy: Creative planning, critical thinking and active listening.
Why I Love What I Do: I enjoy building relationships with clients and helping them achieve beautiful, functional spaces to be proud of. I also enjoy finding new and exciting materials to integrate into a design.
Favourite Design Style: Contemporary, with a traditional sensibility.
Favourite Tool: My notebook, I have a list for everything.
Education: B. Civil Engineering, IUT, M. Structural Engineering, Concordia University; Construction Management certificate, Concordia University.
Work Philosophy: Harmony, peace, patience.
Why I Love What I Do: The best part of my job is the satisfaction of having the job completed, when all problems are solved and we’ve delivered on what the client wants.
Influence: Anil.K Chopra, Fazlur Rahman Khan, Ashraf Habibullah.
Favourite Tool: Pencils. I wish the digital era had never taken them away from my industry.
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: Carpentry Apprenticeship, Queensland TAFE; Registered Home Building Contractor, Queensland TAFE; Certified Home Inspector, Carson Dunlop College.
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: Project Management Post Graduate Certificate (Honours) – Humber College; Industrial Engineer – UNERJ, Brazil.
Work Philosophy: The love to work with others.
Why I Love What I Do: I enjoy seeing the smile on a client’s face after completing the project.
Favourite Tool: Cloud-based project management website, email and cellphone. It’s important to stay connected.
Education: Ontario Home Building Certificate, George Brown College.
Work Background: Self-employed Carpenter for 20 years; Project Manager for 8 years.
Work Philosophy: Do it right, do it once.
Why I Love What I Do: I genuinely enjoy having a hand in all aspects of the home transformation process. Delivering the completed home to clients is the best feeling!
Favourite Tool: Cell phone. Verbal communication is the most important part of my job.
Education: Renovation Technician, Conestoga College; Ontario Building Code, Humber College.
Work Philosophy: There’s no problem that can’t be solved.
Why I Love What I Do: I enjoy the collaborative experience of working on a house and turning it into the client’s dream home.
Favourite Tool: My cell phone and email because it keeps me connected. Communicating with the trades, clients and different internal departments is my daily responsibility.
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: Electro/Mechanical Engineering, Humber College.
Work Philosophy: Work smarter, not harder.
Why I Love What I Do: I love seeing the transformation process. There is a satisfaction that comes from watching a design concept come to reality and transform a house into a beautiful home.
Favourite Tool: My eyes and ears. It’s important to always trust your senses.
Education: B. Civil & Petroleum Engineering, Southern Alberta Institute of Technology.
Work Philosophy: A happy client is a return client.
Why I Love What I Do: I enjoy being a part of the entire process of the project and seeing the excitement on clients’ faces when their home renovation is complete.
Favourite Tool: My electronic devices. I need to communicate with a number of people on a daily basis to do my job well and ensure everything is in order and the clients are constantly updated.
Experience: Over 20 years of hands-on work in residential renovations.
Work Philosophy: Treat every home as if it were your own, and always remember that there is no such thing as ‘good enough’ when it comes to home renovations.
Why I Love What I Do: I love the constantly changing & evolving world of renovation….the people, the work, the joy the finished product brings. It just never gets old!
Favourite Tool: My power of observation.
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.
Education: B.A. Fine Arts, Ryerson University; Residential Wood Framing, George Brown College.
Influence: Jordan B. Peterson.
Work Philosophy: I view residential renovations as a transmutation of a house into a home. It’s critical to feel at home wherever you live. So many memories are made in the home making it, arguably, the most sacred of spaces.
The Best Part of My Day: I really enjoy driving the truck. It’s my time to regroup between sites.
Favourite Tool: I like my notebook and pen. Circular saw ain’t so bad either.
Experience: 25+ years in custom home builds. Owned a custom furniture business.
Work Philosophy: Be passionate about what you produce and do it with integrity!
Why I Love What I Do: I love working on teams with great people. Completing a project with a good team for clients is a total joy!
Influence: I am a big admirer of the work of architect Frank Lloyd Wright. In the last few years I have taken a few pilgrimages to his works. He was an exceptional visionary, environmentalist and way ahead of his time!
Favourite Tool: I would never admit which one is my favourite. It’s like Nova Scotia and Toronto – both are awesome, but in different ways.
Education: Construction Renovation Technician Diploma, George Brown College.
Work Philosophy: Work like the Boss is always watching.
Why I Love What I Do: I get to work on something new everyday. It never gets boring.
Influence: My father. He is a very handy guy who I admire and have always wanted to take after.
Favourite Tool: My Japanese Topman Pull Saw never fails me.
Education: Oakwood Collegiate Institute
Work Philosophy: I take complete pride in my work, so I do it once and do it right.
Why I Love What I Do: My job allows me to work with and learn from new people all the time, something I enjoy doing. I also love turning an outdated house into a beautiful home for a family!
Influence: My father. He’s a real handyman/carpenter, and always taught me that I can do anything I put my mind to.
Favourite Tool: Hammer. It’s a great multi-tool and you can accomplish almost anything with one.
Education: Construction Engineering Technician Diploma, Mohawk College; Part 9 – The House – Building Envelope, George Brown 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!
Work Philosophy: Show up and always be willing to learn something you don’t know.
Why I Love What I Do: I like being able to see the effect of my work. It’s very rewarding to watch a house transform into something the homeowners can be excited about for a long time!
Influence: My Mom has been a huge influence to how I approach my work; she’s taught me that enthusiasm, honesty and dedication is the best formula for going about your work.
Favourite Tool: Hammers, they’re useful for almost any job.
Work Philosophy: Work hard, don’t cut corners, and enjoy what you do.
Why I Love What I Do: I love getting in-field experience from the other carpenters at Men At Work. It is also really satisfying to work on a project from start to finish and see the end result.
Influence: My father. He is a very hard working man and constantly inspires me to do better.
Favourite Tool: Skill saw. I enjoy cutting object free hand.
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: B. Science in Commerce – Major in Accounting, University de Sta. Isabel; Human Resources & Payroll Courses, George Brown College; ACCPAC, Simply Accounting & Quickbooks, Skills for Change Centre.
Work Philosophy: The only way to be happy and productive is to love your work.
Why I Love What I Do: My job requires an immense amount of organization in order to be productive, luckily I enjoy being organized.
Influence: Alessandro Munge.
Favourite Tool: Desktop computer and printer.
Education: B.A. Interior Design, Ryerson University.
Design Philosophy: The design of your home should reflect your personality, culture and experience.
Why I Love What I Do: I enjoy being able to use technology at a relatively high level within this job. Technology cannot replace much of what we do, but it can definitely help fast-track many processes. My favourite part of the job is working on photoshoots and seeing the final shots of the space.
Favourite Design Style: Mid-Century Modern.
Favourite Tool: The Cloud. It helps me stay ultra-organized.
Education: B.A. Interior Design, Vancouver Island University.
Work Philosophy: Every obstacle is an opportunity, and when in doubt coffee helps.
Why I Love What I Do: I enjoy brainstorming ideas and problem-solving with both the team and clients.
Influence: Frank Lloyd Wright.
Favourite Design Style: Industrial.
Favourite Tool: My sketchbook, sometimes words just aren’t enough.
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 then the week before, and I am always, always learning.
Influence: Paul Gallop’s way of running this company inspires me like no other.
Favourite Tool: A black pen and a blank sheet of paper. Let’s go.
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.