A. Lifetime Contractor Ltd. is a GTA based, family run renovation company that has been in business for over 65 years. Lifetime has an extensive background in the intricacies of residential and condominium renovation projects. We are especially adept at designing and renovating the older homes found in many of Toronto's established neighbourhoods.
We deliver high value services at the right price. As a fully licensed and insured construction and renovation firm we are proud to say we provide the best service for our customers no matter the size of the project or the budget. Our objective on every job is to complete the task in a timely, clean and efficient manner while exceeding customer expectations.
We have been rewarded for this by being the recipient of " The Renovator of the Year" Award in 2010 and 2013.
A Lifetime General Contractor Ltd. is a Renomark™ Professional Contractor and has committed to abide by the following Code of Conduct:
- Be a member in good standing of the local Canadian Home Builders’ Association.
- Abide by the Association’s Code of Ethics.
- Provide a detailed, written contract (including scope of work) for all jobs.
- Offer a minimum two year warranty on all work (excludes minor home repair).
- Carry a minimum of $2 million liability insurance.
- Have coverage for workplace safety and employers' liability and/or work only with subcontractors who carry such coverage.
- Carry applicable licenses and permits.
- Have access to information, education, training and professional development through membership in the Association.
- Maintain a safe and organized worksite.
- Return phone calls within two business days.
We believe in maintaining a GREEN work environment that utilizes environmentally friendly construction methods and products for sustainability.
A Lifetime General Contractor was established in 1947 by Nick Giordano, working with his brother Mike. At first, they worked out of a pickup truck and provided exterior services such as brickwork, masonry, waterproofing and roofing.
In 1966, Lifetime was one of the first contractors to become licensed by the City of Toronto. We have the oldest active building renovator license in the city:
Trade number B22. Licence number T85-0000068.
The company was incorporated in 1975 and became A Lifetime General Contractor Ltd.
Nick’s daughter, Sandra Baldwin (nee Giordano) joined Lifetime in 1987. At first she managed the office but quickly became a contractor in her own right, leading the company to take on more interior and renovation work.
A brochure from 1997, celebrating 50 years of service
From Father to Daughter
By the late 90’s, Sandra was the driving force behind Lifetime and she purchased the company from her father in 2002.
Since the change of ownership, Lifetime has taken on more challenging projects, has implemented a health and safety program, has assumed a leadership role in the renovation industry, has become certified as a Green Renovator, and has won awards from industry associations.
Sandra Baldwin - VP Sales
Nick Giordano - Founder
Sandra carries on the family tradition of excellence while putting her own stamp on the company.
Her advocacy work in the industry for improved standards, proper certification and development of young people entering the construction and renovation industry sets her apart as a true industry leader.
Here are a few comments about her involvement and commitment to the renovation & construction industry:
“I have known Sandra Baldwin of A Lifetime Contractor for over 7 years and have had the pleasure of working with her on a number of committees including Renovator Executive Steering Committee of BILD, CHBA National Education and Training Advisory Committee, and the EnerQuality Green Renovator Committee.
Through this work I quickly found out what an excellent spokesperson Sandra is for the construction industry and in particular the renovation sector. Sandra sets the bar high and is able to lead and motivate others in the industry to set their bars high as well, thereby upping the standards of the whole industry.
George Brown College is extremely lucky to have Sandra sit on our program advisory committees and to be acting as a part time faculty member teaching hundreds of students the principles of professionalism, business management and sustainable construction.
The above comments are merely the tip of the iceberg regarding Sandra’s contributions; it is therefore without hesitation that I endorse Sandra Baldwin for the Renovator of the Year award.”
Tom Stephenson, BAS, MBA
Coordinator/Professor Construction Engineering Programs
George Brown College
“ I first realized how much a supporter Sandra was of education when she provided release time for one of her carpenters to participate in the Skills Ontario competition. By releasing staff for training and the competition, businesses 'lose' the time on their projects. However, it shows Sandra’s commitment to lifting the reputation of the trades so that new generations will want to enter these professions. As I spoke to Sandra’s carpenter he sang the praises of his boss and I realized I wanted to meet her in person.
I am pleased to say that since then I have had a lot of contact with Sandra. She sits on our Renovations Program Advisory Committee (PAC). PACs advise us on how programs should evolve to ensure that our graduates will be the graduates of choice for employers. PACs meet 2 – 3 times a year and PAC members often volunteer to move things forward in between these meetings.
Among several things that Sandra has moved forward include: involving George Brown College in discussions related to how we can appropriately introduce new green technologies into our program. In fact, we called upon her to develop the curriculum for a Sustainable Building and Rating course and then we asked her to teach it. This is on top of having asked her to teach business practices in the same program.
Her commitment to students goes above and beyond. She realized that many students may not be able to afford the entrance fees to the recent Home show and she approached BILD to donate complementary tickets.
Although George Brown College is very proud to have Sandra spend so much of her time and energy with us, I know that she is promoting all colleges. As a BILD Board member and Chair of the OHBA Renovator' Council she has encouraged HBA's across the province to embrace students at colleges within their jurisdiction for mutual benefits.
She also walks the talk and has hired graduates from college programs, including George Brown’s.
We highly value the partnership with A. Lifetime Contractor Ltd. and believe that as a company and as its owner, Ms. Baldwin is a fantastic role model for our students. ”
Dean Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies
George Brown College
“ Over the past year and a half I have worked with Lifetime Contractor on six large projects that range from complete basement gutting and refinishing to kitchen and bathroom remodeling. Our residential projects have exposed me to the scope and quality of the services offered by Lifetime.
In each instance, without exception, Lifetime has adhered to the contractual agreement and has never left the customer dissatisfied. As well, the price and timing of the project is always respected while changes to the initial contract are well communicated with the customer.
My clients are consistently pleased with the cleanliness of the job site and the professionalism of Lifetime's staff.
High quality of renovations, exceptional professionalism, and extremely reliable are the reasons I continue to work with Lifetime Contractor. It is for the same reasons, I believe, that a significant portion of Lifetime's projects are directly from return customers and word of mouth referrals.
I look forward to many more renovations with them in the future. ”
Environmental Gerontologist & Interior Design Consultant
Sandra Baldwin (nee Giordano) joined Lifetime in 1987. At first she managed the office but quickly became a contractor in her own right, leading the company to take on more interior and renovation work.
By the late 90’s, Sandra was the driving force behind Lifetime and she purchased the company from her father in 2002.
Since the change of ownership, Sandra has guided Lifetime as it has taken on more challenging projects, implemented a health and safety program, assumed a leadership role in the renovation industry, become certified as a Green Renovator, and won awards from industry associations.
Sandra continues to focus on the future of the renovation industry while maintaining the high standards that A Lifetime General Contractor Ltd. has become known for.
Some of Sandra's many industry activities and achievements
Current member of BILD Board of Directors - 4 Years term representing the interests of Renovator stakeholders.
Member of BILD Board Executive Committee with broader association responsibilities for all stakeholders.
Member of the BILD Search Committee to select and hire our new CEO Bryan Tuckey.
Sandra sits as the current Chair of OHBA Renovator Council provincial representation of Renovators and for the promotion of RenoMark.
Chair of EnerQuality Steering Committee for the "Green Renovator Project" which in 2012 was developed and launched to Pilot a five part training program for which Sandra taught the fifth module on "Marketing Green Renovations".
She accepted the role of Chair for the Green Renovator Projects' second advisory committee phase to provide strategic advice on development and delivery of the curriculum to a wider audience of renovators on a provincial, then national scale.
Timothy Monaghan - CMA - Office Manager
Timothy joined A Lifetime Contractor Ltd. as a labourer in 1995 after spending nearly a decade working in construction and renovation. As a result of taking night courses, he became Lifetime's bookkeeper in 1996.
Timothy left the company for a couple of years, committed to upgrade his education, and returned to Lifetime in 2003. In 2011, Timothy became a Certified Management Accountant (CMA). His experience and expertise serve him well as our Office Manager.
Playing drums in a band and paddling a sea kayak he built himself are among Timothy's many passions.
Hector Grajales - Lead Carpenter
Hector serves the company as our Lead Carpenter but actually has mastered many skills including tiling, drywall and finishing details.
Taking great pride in each job Hector does, whether large or small, has endeared him to so many of our customers over the years he has been with us.
The Lifetime staff are full of respect for his skills and welcome the chance to work alongside him. Hector's leadership and quality workmanship have been a significant cornerstone for the award recognition Lifetime maintains within the industry.
Hector is a devout family man and enjoys fishing and his hobby of photography.
Jonathan Neves Horn - Assistant Carpenter
Jonathan brings over 10 years of experience to the table, most of which he has spent with our team.
He hails from a long line of skilled trades workers. Starting at a young age, John learned a great deal of his valuable skills from his father; this includes his fine expertise on some of the most difficult skill sets, such as masonry, waterproofing, and painting. John also enjoys working on outdoor and landscaping projects, constructing decks, fences, and stonework.
When John isn’t working, he enjoys all sorts of gaming – video game, board games, and table top games!
As Past Chair she remains an active member of the Renovator Council at BILD and sits on the Renovator's Green Sub-Committee and BILD's Green Committee.
In recent months Sandra was invited to become a member of CSAHD Advisory Committee on Accessibility and Aging In Place for course development, web training and certification for Renovators and builders with CHBA and Marianne Rogerson at Mount Royal University.
2012 provided two opportunities for Sandra to represent industry issues at government levels.
The first was a presentation in Ottawa on the Impacts of The Underground Economy.
The second area of work was within the GTA; meeting with our Chief Building Officials to identify and discuss municipal issues shared by renovators and small builders when applying for permits, zoning reviews and follow-up inspections.
Sandra has been a faculty member at George Brown College for four years to teach, encourage and support the future entrepreneurs and trades people in our industry.
Vaughn Stone - Lead Carpenter
Over the 10 years Vaughn has been with the Lifetime team he has worked his way up the ladder to Lead Carpenter status.
Transforming a home from old to new supercharges Vaughn, and through his direction, our company has achieved awards and acclaim for quality.
Safety rep is a title and responsibility that Vaughn has born for several years, as he cares about his fellow workers.
Camping, travelling, hiking, and video games are his favourite pastimes.
Peter Horn - Carpenter
Peter's career in construction started very early while working summers in masonry while still at school.
After graduation he continued in general construction with various employers until he found a "home" at Lifetime in 1998.
Dependable and reliable best describes Peter's style and he goes to the limit to ensure our customers are satisfied.
In addition to his skills in masonry, aluminum, landscaping, carpentry and painting, Peter manages the shop, materials and equipment for Lifetime.
When he is not working, Peter is a great cook and loves to garden.
Alonso Castro - Assistant Carpenter
Alonso is the newest member of the Lifetime team.
He is very proud of his achievements of earning both a diploma from George Brown College for his three years of study in the Building and Renovation Technology Program and becoming "Energy Star for New Homes" certified.
He brings several years of experience working with his father in the framing business.
Alonso's hobbies include a love for the outdoors through camping, canoeing and mountain biking.
Business Management & Development - how to start a new renovation business properly and anticipate the expectations of compliance with law, health and safety, code and sustainable building practices.
Energy Rating & Green Bulding - Residential - Energy Star for New Homes certification at George Brown College and HAAS principles.
Project Management - MS Project, Human Resources, Financial tracking
She remains an active member of PAC- Program Advisory Council at the college to develop industry related curriculum.
Sandra is a certified Green Renovator, holds EnergyStar for New Homes certification and has completed HERS - Home Energy Rating System training program.
Presented IDP- Integrated Design Process - Case Study at the Renovator Forum
Member of CAWIC- Canadian Association of Women in Construction - Key note speaker March 2012.
Alex Clegg - Project Manager
After specializing in a three-year Renovation Technology Program at George Brown College, this young man achieved honours in his chosen field.
In just a few short years working in the field with Lifetime, he has been elevated from Project Coordinator to Project Manager.
His commitment to satisfying our clients and minimizing their inconveniences is his strength. His ability to direct and communicate with staff, trades, suppliers and sub-trades has truly set him apart.
In his spare time he enjoys fine woodworking, collecting and playing old video games and spending time with family and friends.
Denver D'Sa - Carpenter
Denver joined the team at A. Lifetime Contractor in July 2013, a rising star after completing his program in Building Renovations Technology at George Brown College in 2013.
Denver has incredible attention to detail and a great overall understanding of building concepts and procedures that is clear in all of his projects. Denver has a knack for being creative, innovative, resourceful, and meticulousness in all the work he does.
Denver’s fine skills are perfected from years in his passion of fine woodworking and custom renovations. He has created beautiful pieces such as grandfather clocks, and custom indoor and outdoor furniture.
Natalie Sacco - Designer
We are proud to welcome Natalie back to our team. A graduate from the International Academy of Design, Natalie brings over twelve years of design experience to our team.
Her specialty is kitchens and bathroom design having her designs featured in Reno and Decor Magazine.
Natalie brings her style and contemporary designs, as well as an eye for detail to every project she pursues.
Welcome back, Natalie!
Important Renovation Industry Organizations
The following sections will provide a brief overview of the most important industry associations and their focus / mandate. Sandra Baldwin and Lifetime Contractor have chosen to engage with these entities and to abide by their rules of conduct where applicable.
It is important to have strong self regulation in the industry so that home owners are treated fairly and can be confident hiring contractors that adhere to a documented standard of conduct.
If you are considering a renovation, you should make sure that your contractor and trades conduct themselves in accordance with industry best practices, as defined by industry organizations such as these.
Canadian Home Builders Association
The CHBA is the voice of Canada’s residential construction industry. The membership includes new home builders, renovators , developers, trades, manufacturers, suppliers, lenders and other professionals - the companies and people who provide Canadians with quality housing from coast to coast.
Members commit to act with integrity and professionalism in all aspects of their company's operations. Through the voluntary efforts of its members, the CHBA serves both consumers and producers of housing by promoting quality, affordability and choice in housing for all Canadians.
There are two fundamental principles guiding the CHBA’s approach to housing policy in Canada:
- The right of all Canadians to decent, safe and appropriate housing; and
- The right of all Canadians to a reasonable opportunity to own their own homes.
The realization of these fundamental principles requires a partnership between government and the housing industry.
Ontario Home Builders Association
The Ontario Home Builders' Association was formed in 1962 with 10 locals to give residential builders a voice in the provincial government, facilitate changes in the industry and provide networking opportunities for home-building businesses, suppliers and services.
Now, they are comprised of an Executive Committee, Board of Directors and nine different dynamic committees and councils. They have 30 local associations and 4,000 member companies across the province.
The OHBA is a volunteer organization that collects, analyzes and distributes information to its members and the general public; promotes professionalism and innovation within the industry; promotes affordability and choice in housing; and provides group benefit plans and other member services.
OHBA focuses on four key areas:
- government relations
- Ontario New Home Warranty Program
BILD - Building Industry & Land Development Association
The Building Industry and Land Development Association was formed through the merger of the Greater Toronto Home Builders' association (GTHBA) and the Urban Development Institute/Ontario. BILD represents the land development, home building and professional renovation industry in the Greater Toronto Area.
BILD currently represents more than 1,400 member companies including: home builders; land developers; professional RenoMarkTM renovators; land use and environmental planners; sub-contractors; manufacturers; lawyers; surveyors; architects; suppliers; and representatives of service, professional and financial institutions.
EnerQuality - Green Renovator Project
EnerQuality designs and delivers green building programs to the residential construction industry. EnerQuality was founded in 1998 as a partnership between the Canadian Energy Efficiency Alliance (CEEA) and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association (OHBA). Their mission is to transform Ontario’s housing into the most energy efficient and sustainable in the world.
EnerQuality’s programs are voluntary and market-based. They are designed to encourage and support developers, builders and renovators to improve building performance and to reduce the environmental impact of housing.
EnerQuality partners with local homebuilders associations, governments, utilities, manufacturers, and consultants to bring their programs to market.
The Green Renovator Project™ was developed in partnership with the Ontario Power Authority, Reliance Home Comfort, Enbridge, Owens Corning, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), BILD, OHBA, and George Brown College. The project develops training specifically for renovators to help them incorporate best practices in energy efficiency and green building into their projects. Renovators who complete the curriculum become accredited so they can use their training to help their clients make smart choices and differentiate their firms in a market crowded with questionable environmental claims.
Green Renovator Certified
Designed by renovators and building professionals, and vetted over several months by the project’s steering committee, the pilot curriculum consists of a series of five three-hour workshops, including in-class discussions, exercises, and a test at the end of each module.
Participants needed to achieve a minimum passing grade of 80% on each of the modules in order to be granted their certification at the completion of the program.
The curriculum was designed in the spirit of “The House as a System”, recognizing that the house is a complex, interconnected structure rather than a series of rooms or components. The instructors reinforced this throughout the training, with the goal of providing a holistic and comprehensive understanding for renovators looking to include “green” even on the smallest of projects.
Over a series of five weeks in the spring of 2012, 43 individual representatives from some of southern Ontario’s leading and most forward-thinking renovation firms participated in the pilot delivery of the curriculum of the Green Renovator Project. They have now successfully completed the training program and represent the first group of renovators in Ontario to receive the Green Renovator certification.
Sandra Baldwin of Lifetime Contractor was certified as part of this pilot project.
RenoMark™ was founded by the Toronto-based Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD) and has been endorsed by the Canadian Home Builders’ Association and the Ontario Home Builders’ Association.
RenoMark™ has been embraced coast to coast in nine provinces and more than 40 communities. Across Canada renovation is a $66 billion dollar industry.
A Lifetime General Contractor Ltd. is a RenoMark™ member in good standing.
Complete home renovation with second floor addition
November 7, 2012
To Whom it may concern:
The intent of the renovation was to convert a two bedroom bungalow built in 1941 in the Toronto suburb of Leaside. We set out to achieve the additional living space that a second floor in the home would provide and to renovate the existing main floor to alter the use of that level. The house originally had hot water heating and while this was efficient and clean, it did not permit the addition of things such as air – conditioning. The other issue was outdated electrical wiring throughout the house (including original knob and tube wiring) that limited what could be done with the current (i.e. pre – renovation) electric wiring. In short, there were several challenges which faced us, and we came to the conclusion that a full – scale renovation would be required.
After a search of potential alternatives and contractors, we identified Sandra Baldwin’s Lifetime Contractors as a possible choice for the work we contemplated. For one thing we wanted to engage a design/build contractor who strictly did renovations (not someone who is a new house builder that also does renovations). We wanted some level of confidence that our chosen contractor will have ‘seen it all before’ in terms of the things that can arise in a renovation. Also we wanted someone whose passion was in seeing a home transformed from a ‘before’ to an ‘after’ to fit the tastes and needs of its owners. This passion was definitely there, not only in Sandra but with the entire crew’s engagement in the project.
After an initial meeting with Sandra, we were provided with several references to contact and assist us in determining whether Lifetime was a sensible choice for our needs. One reference, in particular, impressed us. When I asked them the question about whether they had received any comments or complaints from their neighbours about the work Lifetime had done on his property, his answer was a definitive ‘no’. This impressed me because I know what it is like to live next to a construction site. Another one that impressed us was one that did not have much time to talk but offered to cut to the chase by saying they were very happy with the work and would not hesitate to work with Sandra and her team again. Enough said, which was great because this allowed us to move on with the job at hand.
As we entered into the design process we were impressed with the attention we were given and the interest that Sandra and her architectural designer took in the helping us through the process. For one thing the house had certain original features which we wished to keep, or at the least keep in essence, and they were very supportive and helpful in this regard. Of course there were a few back and forth attempts to get it the way we envisioned but Sandra guided us well on what could be reasonably accommodated by the budget, our needs, structural requirements and good design principles.
Energy efficiency is a core priority that Lifetime brings to its jobs and given the age of the house there was a lot of room for improvement that we were very interested in achieving. One of the suggestions made by Lifetime was to apply an integrated design process with specialists in the energy field to advise on the use of new technology and methods of construction. Again, we were always offered practical suggestions in terms of meeting both our goals and our budget. We were regularly consulted on our needs and what could be offered. The results surpassed expectations – we expect to use less energy in our new home despite a doubling of its size.
Lifetime took the lead in dealing with the City on our behalf which was a very nice responsibility to have someone else shoulder, especially as it was at a time that a city strike threatened to hold things up. Because of the nature of the project we did not need to obtain planning exemptions. Nevertheless there are many steps to getting a permit approved and Sandra made the process as easy as possible for us and kept us advised at all times as to the status. It obviously pleased her when they were successful in obtaining the required permissions and this was demonstrated by the way she delivered the news.
When it came to creating and managing the actual contract throughout the project Sandra showed the utmost in professionalism. She was open with us about questions and issues that arose of a contractual nature and ensured that our understanding was accurate and our expectations were realistic at all times.
Sandra treated us and everyone involved or close to the project with respect and this was carried through on-site by her crew at all times. At the initiation of the work, Sandra and Vaughn (Project Supervisor) went to the adjoining neighbours and informed them of the project, and made sure that they had the right contact information should a situation arise that they needed to reach someone with a concern. This, for me, reinforced the comments I had solicited when speaking with one of Lifetime’s references (see above). It is worth noting at this point, that, to my knowledge, not one neighbour has raised any issue of concern about the work and its progress. I have spoken directly with my neighbours and none of them has expressed to me that any problems have arisen (other than true curiosity about what was going on inside that house!). In fact, we actually received unsolicited comments from neighbours that all the workers were courteous and that they did a good job of keeping the area clean as possible.
At the commencement of the construction phase, Lifetime gave us a targeted time line as to when we could expect the work to be done. From everything that I have seen, that time line has been strictly adhered to, to the point that workers have been in on the weekends to ensure that the work remained on schedule. We visited the site on a regular basis and have noted two things. First, on each and every day there has been someone on site doing some work. Second, and more importantly, there has been demonstrable progress on almost a day – to – day basis. Every time we have visited the site, progress has been noted.
Sandra gave generously of her time to help with the selection of building finishes. Her advice and her wealth of sources was very much appreciated and there is no doubt that her assistance in these selections helped our decision-making which in turn helped the project keep to its timelines.
During the course of the construction, Lifetime maintained regular communications to keep us up – to – date with respect to what was happening and what was projected to happen the next week. It is important to note that these updates were accurate and adhered to, and if not, full explanations were given for any shortcomings. We never had to question if the dedication was there to get the job done on time, as targeted. This was worth a great deal to us as we were living in temporary quarters that we didn’t want to have to extend.
I can’t complete this letter without mentioning our great satisfaction with the results. In many ways our new home actually surpasses our hopes and expectations and we put this down to the high standards that Lifetime Contractors work by – they would see the things that could be done to produce a better result, even before we saw them. It was just part of the doing the job right. It was also evident in the other tradespeople and suppliers Sandra brought on to the job which is testament to her strong cultivation of trusted working relationships over the years.
In closing I just want to say that without exception, one of the questions that everyone asked when they found out what we were doing was ‘How do you find working with the contractor?’ Answer: We couldn’t be more pleased – with the people and with the work.
just a quick note to say what a pleasure it was working with you on our recent renovations. After so many disappointing experiences with other tradespeople, I am delighted to say you have found a lifetime customer in us.
You and your team are the holy trinity of contractors – on time, on spec and on budget. Your personal attention and the absolute professionalism with which all of your people approach every task are a credit to your profession.
Thank you and we look forward to working with you again.
I am delighted to recommend your work to anyone. Last summer, you took my outdated house frontage and gave it street presence and made it sale-able. And it was a practical, smart and reasonable cosmetic design. It changed the house.
And then there were two emergencies, the broken stone step and the rotten deck boards, all done in a matter of days. You can be counted on--dependable, reliable, nice to do business with.
Veranda and waterproofing repairs
This summer we needed to have the area around our front veranda waterproofed. Lifetime's President, Sandra Baldwin, and Alex Clegg arrived at our house and after checking out the problem area, we agreed to have four stair treads replaced as well. When the work was underway, it was discovered that the leak was the result of the weeping tiles around our house not being reconnected to the city line when the south side of the house was waterproofed by another company several years ago. It was then decided to hook up the new weeping tiles to the surrounding ones and have Lifetime supply and install a sump pump.
All employees, plumbers and electricians who completed the above work are very polite, hard-working individuals. They obviously enjoy and take a great deal of pride in their work. Please pass on our special thanks to Peter and Vaughn for their knowledge/expertise on this project. It was also a pleasant surprise at each day's end to see that all of the debris from the job site was cleaned up.
Sandra and Alex took the time and patience to answer our queries and assist us with the paperwork, etc. and this was very much appreciated. We are impressed with the quality of work performed and, when needed in the future, will definitely call upon the services of Lifetime.
Once again, thanks for a job well done and we have no hesitation in recommending Lifetime Contractor Ltd. for repairs/renovations.
Basement & Landscaping
'Lifetime' says it all,
We had the pleasure of employing the skills of Lifetime Renovation's crew for several projects over the past few years; the first being our basement where they installed a beautiful and functional bathroom - which included a wonderful heated floor. An adjoining family room was re dry walled, painted and new carpet installed. As we own an older home, this was no easy task, but it looks amazing.
After the great work inside, we asked Lifetime back to work their magic on our garden. Not exactly sure what we had in mind for the garden, but with the help of the imaginative design team, we ended up with a fantastic red cedar deck, complete with wrought iron railing, wood and natural stone steps, a unique rock garden completed by a surrounding cobblestone wall.
We had many compliments from friends and neighbours on the great work and we would not hesitate to recommend Lifetime Renovations to anyone who wanted something special. The Lifetime team, including office staff, were courteous, punctual, helpful and very tidy on the job site. Again, they come highly recommended.
I found A. Lifetime Contractor to be very professional, helpful and trustworthy. Hector was able to fix plumbing issues that 3 repairmen from other companies could not. Had I gone with A. Lifetime Contractor to begin with I think I could have saved a lot of time, money and aggravation.
I also had A. Lifetime Contractor several years ago to redo my house's retaining wall. Although the company is not the cheapest, I have always been very satisfied with the work done and the service provided.
Nice personal touch by their employe Vaughn. He took the time to help us pick out a suitable tile explaining the pros and cons of each one. His knowledge and experience were obvious as he quickly educated us on the various products and made our decision easy.
The job was finished on time and he took great pains to communicate to us the steps he took throughout to ensure that we would be happy with the final appearance. We will be using them again and will be sure to ask for Vaughn, as he truly did them proud with a professional effort from start to finish.
We just want to let you know how pleased we are with our new bathroom floor and Lifetime Contractor. We found both yourself and your workmen to be very pleasant and professional.
You provided us with a very competitive quote and also gave us suggestions on how to enhance the look of the bathroom. This was a breath of fresh air, since other contractors just looked at the job and only provided a quote. We welcomed your personal touch.
We would also like to note that your workmen were pleasant and professional throughout the whole renovation work. They treated the job as if they were working on their own home. They always cleaned up at the end of the day and always had quality in mind as they completed the renovations.
We will certainly be calling Lifetime Contractor again for our next project.
I am writing to thank you, and your staff, for the excellent job you did on our recent bathroom renovation. My 90 year old father is not only thrilled with the updated beauty of the bathroom, but also feels much safer because of the stylish grab bars and tiling materials used.
I would also like to thank Natalie Sacco (Design Consultant) for her enthusiastic guidance and direction, and Hector (Contractor) for his patience and meticulous attention to detail.
We couldn't be happier with the result and the speed with which you were able to accomplish this complete makeover. Not only would I not hesitate to use your company's services again, I would highly recommend your firm to anyone who wants a renovation done in a cost effective, professional and time conscious manner.
For three years, Doris and I continue to enjoy working in our kitchen where we greatly appreciate the maximization of space, the attention to detail evident in the cupboard and floor and the variability of the lighting.
Downstairs Powder Room
Last Fall Lifetime Contractor built this for me. They were on time and budget. They were courteous and clean. They discovered knob and tube wiring while doing the job and I chose not to use their electrical sub-contractor for this electrical work. Most impressively they came back on the day promised to complete the original job. I am now talking to them about other work. It was a pleasure to use Sandra and her team.
Our projects with Lifetime Contractor have been a rewarding experience. We have always explained our project goals to Lifetime Contractor and we have seen results almost immediately. They are clean and efficient and each tradesperson has been courteous and polite as they worked in our home.
Lifetime Contractor provides us with clear explanations of costs and schedules prior to project start up and subsequently completed our projects on time and on schedule. They have acted as consultants as well as contractors as we have made improvements to our home, making recommendations and providing experienced advice for the most advantageous outcome. In the event that a sudden repair was needed on our home we trusted Lifetime Contractor to provide immediate service. Their prices were fair and the work was excellent.
Lifetime Contractor has been our contractors of choice for almost 10 years and we will continue to use them and continue to recommend them to our friends and neighbours. The burdens of home ownership have been eased and new projects and improvements are only a phone call away.
Renovate Two Bathrooms & Kitchen
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank you for the excellent work that Lifetime Contractor has done for us over the past few months. Even though it has been a long and complex project, it was completed to a high standard of workmanship in a very reasonable amount of time.
Please give our thanks to Rob and Dave, Peter, Vishnu and the wall crew, Salvatori, and all the trades who were polite, professional, and did a great job renovating our home. It was a pleasure to deal with them.
We still have a fair road ahead of us as we're doing many cosmetic finishing jobs ourselves, but it's good to know that the structural, mechanicals, carpentry, trim and millwork underneath are all top-notch.
Thanks again for a job well done. We would definitely consider Lifetime Contractor for our future projects, and would not hesitate to recommend your company.
Lifetime Contractor has been an important part of our lives since 1990, when we wished to renovate or rather reconstruct our basement. We got three estimates then chose the one which paid the most scrupulous attention to what we wished, which was Sandra Baldwin's Lifetime Contractor. This was a major undertaking which involved lowering the concrete floor by 38" and making an elegant suite out of what had been a storage area so low and cluttered that we once lost a bicycle in it.
Since then we have had many other projects performed by Lifetime Contractor, from putting in skylights and garden windows to repairing the roof and reflooring the bathroom. Throughout we have been enormously impressed by the reliability of may different workmen, the care taken to make sure that the results were just as we wanted them to be, and the accuracy of estimates both of money and of time needed.
On numerous occasions Sandra has spent most of a day with us going round to suppliers looking for materials, marble for the hall floor, doors, and windows. Once she found that a glass shower door installed by Lifetime did not close quite securely, and she insisted on having it rehung, though we were content with it.
The single touch that impresses us most of all, small but surprisingly significant to a householder who thinks that disruptions will never end, is Sandra's insistence that her workmen shall clean up the premises every day - and at the end of the workday she comes round to make sure that they have done so.
We heartily recommend Lifetime Contractor, not only for the quality, efficiency, and economy of its work but for charming Sandra Baldwin, its President.
To Nick & Sandra and all the employees that worked on our landscape job. We are thrilled with the result and we know it was because of your hard labour. Our friends and neighbours are also impressed.
We have and will continue to recommend you. We want to thank you especially for the railing and the tile work. It puts a crowning touch to your work. Thanks again from very satisfied customers.
We appreciate you having all the items attended to on the follow up list. We now feel more comfortable with the year round covers over the 2 external outlets as well as having them caulked and working. Of note, the 2 electricians were very pleasant, accommodating and good to their word in returning to do the caulking. It is reassuring to deal with a company that stands by their word and guarantees.
I realize it's been a while since I've chatted with you and I wanted to let you know how pleased I am (and continue to be) with the work that's being/been done on my new Sunroom.
When I got back from Tennessee (April 22nd), the windows were in and they look GREAT!!! I understand it was quite a job to get the northern most window in as it came as one piece and weighed over 1,000 pounds!!! I'm glad you were able to rally the troops to get it installed! I love the built in venetian blinds and how easy they are to operate. I also love the way they open up for easy cleaning (which I hope I won't have to do too often! :-)).
The yard looks much better with the removal of the tree-protection and related mulch. I encouraged the guys to deliver it to City Hall as my special gift to the City, but I think they showed more restraint and it ended up in it's proper location. With the removal, you really get a good view of the addition from the outside and it looks exactly like we had hoped --- as if it has always been part of the house!
The inside looks great! You did a fantastic job at selecting the proper stain colour and Hector has been doing a wonderful job of applying it --- he's so patient and a perfectionist! I admire your ability to select the right colour as I tried to do that from the paint chips that were left for me to select the colour of the inside walls. It was impossible to get the right match --- but you did it! I hope you heard that I was able to pick up a ceiling fan / light fixture in Knoxville that has 36 inch blades which I think the colour of the blades will match very well with the colour of the ceiling and floor.
I understand that the plan is for the heated floor to go in this coming week --- I can't wait to see how it looks. We're definitely on the homeward stretch of completing the project and it looks even better than I had originally envisioned it. I really am so pleased with the result.
A huge THANK YOU Sandra for all your help and also for the wonderful work of your team - Vaughn, Rob, Tom, Peter, Brian, Hector and Alex (I hope I'm not forgetting anyone --- if I am, my apologies!). I'll be sending a more proper thank you at the end of the work. I can't wait to move-in and enjoy this wonderful addition!