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Custom Home and Renovation FAQ

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How Do You Ensure That Projects Don’t Go Over Budget?

A crucial aspect of our mission at SevernWoods is maintaining rigorous control over construction budgets. Our refined budgeting process starts with fixed price quotes from suppliers and trade partners, relying on architectural drawings and specifications. As we progress in detailing, our budget becomes increasingly accurate.

With the assistance of Buildertrend, our trusted project management platform, we monitor each line item of the budget closely during construction. Your Project Manager and Project Coordinator guarantee the accuracy of bids from suppliers, tailoring them to fit your unique needs. As you make changes, we revise the budget accordingly, ensuring complete transparency and control over your financial commitment.

How Do You Manage My Project to Stay on Schedule?

SevernWoods employs a meticulously crafted 100+ point scheduling system in Buildertrend. This includes start dates, durations, and finish dates for each project segment, ensuring everything stays on track. We strive to balance efficiency with uncompromised quality, even when factoring in outdoor work in Toronto's climate. With our app, you can view real-time project details, helping you understand where we stand in terms of budget and schedule at all times.

What is Your Quality Control Process for the Project?

Quality control is the bedrock of our operations at SevernWoods. Our skilled in-house carpenters undertake most of the carpentry, from rough framing to interior trim and finishing details. Our Project Manager and onsite Lead Carpenter provide direct oversight to ensure we produce only the highest quality work. We collaborate exclusively with trades that have a proven track record of exceptional workmanship and collaborative spirit.

Do You Offer a Warranty on Your Work?

Absolutely. At SevernWoods, we stand behind our work with a comprehensive two-year warranty against faulty materials and workmanship, and we offer a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Our commitment to your satisfaction extends long after the completion of your project.

Which Tasks Do You Execute Internally, and Which Utilize Subcontractors?

Our team of carpenters, supervised by our Site Supervisor and Lead Carpenter, carries out most tasks internally, including all framing, rough carpentry, and finishing carpentry. For larger custom home construction projects, we may collaborate with trusted framing partners under our careful supervision. We enlist the help of rigorously vetted trade partners for all other work, ensuring both the quality of work and professionalism align with our high standards.

How Long Does it Take to Build a New Home or Complete a Full Home Renovation?

Residential construction duration depends on the complexity and size of the project. Typically, a modest 2,500 sq ft home can be built in 9 to 10 months, while a larger, more intricate home up to 10,000 sq ft may require up to 24 months. Additionally, we first need a period of 6 to 18 months for design, municipal approvals, construction drawing preparation, budget development, and other pre-construction activities.

How Can One View SevernWoods’ Completed Projects and Communicate with Past Clients?

We take pride in all our completed projects at SevernWoods and maintain lasting relationships with our clients. Most are more than happy to showcase their SevernWoods home or renovation and share their experiences with prospective clients. We can provide a list of clients for verification and arrange tours of our ongoing projects, giving you an insider's view of our construction quality. We are also happy to arrange a tour of a project under construction where you can glean a “behind the walls” glimpse at what your home and property may look like during construction.

How Do You Manage Communication During the Project?

Clear, timely, and accurate communication is a fundamental part of our construction process at SevernWoods. We utilise the Buildertrend App to provide you with easy access to all pertinent information, including budget, schedule, daily logs, project photographs, and communication. We issue invoices at the end of each month, alongside a detailed schedule and budget cost, to complete the summary. We hold regular site meetings to facilitate effective collaboration and decision-making and share the minutes afterward to keep everyone updated on the project's progress.

Asking the right questions to your prospective builder for your Toronto custom home or renovation can make a significant difference to your custom home-building experience. Seek clarity on their construction process, timeline, budget, and quality control mechanisms. Make sure to enquire about their warranty policies and client testimonials as well. We’d be pleased to meet with you about your Toronto luxury home project to answer your questions and demonstrate our expertise.


Discover Where We Renovate & Build

SevernWoods Fine Homes Serves the Following Fine Neighbourhoods of Old Toronto:

  • High Park
  • Lytton Park
  • Leaside
  • Playter Estates
  • Leslieville
  • Little Italy
  • The Beach
  • The Annex
  • Mississauga
  • Moore Park
  • Rosedale
  • & Surrounding Areas!

Don't see your neighbourhood on our list? Contact us to see if we work in your area!

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