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. 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: 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: 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: 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.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: 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: Bachelor of Interior Design, Humber College.
Design Philosophy: Experiencing conceptual ideation while highlighting a space’s primary function; creating a unified balance of both beauty and use.
Why I Love What I Do: I am excited to work with the clients step by step, applying a hands on approach to create their dream home!
Influence: Ludwig Mies van der Rohe.
Favourite Design Style: Modern.
Favourite Tool: Computer; for communication and bringing designs to life.
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.
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!
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: 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: 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.
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: 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: 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.
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.
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.
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.
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: Plumbing Techniques Program, George Brown College; Industrial Electrical Apprenticeship, George Brown College.
Work Philosophy: Learn by mistakes by choosing to learn upon them for next time.
Why I Love What I Do: I love the challenges we face on a daily basis, it certainly makes everyday different and exciting.
Influence: My parents are my biggest influencers, both are successful in their own way.
Favourite Tool: Nail gun. Gets the job done fast.
Experience: I went into carpentry straight out of high school and have been doing it for 17 years.
Work Philosophy: The only corners you should cut are with a paint brush.
Why I Love What I Do: Everyday is another day of learning, whether it be a new way to do something, or something completely new.
Favourite Tool: My hands. They are a huge part of how I do my job everyday.
Work Philosophy: Time and effort are fundamental to doing things right, the first time.
Why I Love What I Do: Everyday I am confronted with a new challenge to conquer in the construction world, and, everyday, I can look back and see a new lesson learned or accomplishment I’ve achieved.
Influence: I try to emulate my father, as he is the hardest worker I know.
Favourite Tool: That’s a hard one. Let me say the tool belt, as it keeps all my favourite tools close to reach.
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: 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.