Considerations before you renovate in Toronto

A home renovation is something most people only experience a few times in life, if ever. Part of what MGB brings to the table is vast experience in renovation. We’ve helped hundreds of homeowners through the complex but always rewarding process of home renovation. Here are a few items to consider before renovating your home in Toronto.

Safe and healthy demolition

Toronto is rich with beautiful older homes. Our city’s architectural heritage is big part of what makes it so unique and attractive. But older homes often contain materials that are not used in modern construction, including dangerous substances that require proper care in handling. It is illegal to begin a demolition without first obtaining a Designated Substances Survey from a trained environmental company.(Ministry of Labour). Certain substances can only be legally removed by trained specialists. MGB Construction can help you with every aspect of this, from initial assessment to completed removal.

Piecemeal or full renovation ?

One of the most common questions homeowners have at the outset of a renovation is whether it is advantageous to complete the project in stages. Our answer is no, it is not — staging is, in fact, disadvantageous. We undertake a project with a clear goal: to give you a renovation which is seamless, structurally sound, functional, and most importantly, aesthetically pleasing. But when you complete different aspects of a full renovation separately, each part of the renovation’s success is jeopardized.

Imagine your floor has some undulating characteristics (most homes in Toronto do); you have decided not to fix this, initially, yet proceed with the installation of flooring and kitchen cabinetry. Certainly we can hide the unevenness and give you a mediocre finish. But if we completely restructure and level the entire flooring system, not only will you receive a level surface that will allow the installation of truly beautiful finishes, but you are also obtaining a structurally sound base that will last for many years to come. In the long run, completing your renovation all at once results in both cost savings and superior quality.

Building Codes and Standards

We have extensive experience in every aspect of building in Toronto, including adherence to local building codes and today’s standards. We will bring any items we uncover up to date with current codes and construction standards. All such matters need to be addressed by licensed professionals. We will leave nothing unattended so you can rest assured in the knowledge that your home is in full compliance with all of today’s best practices.


Your home’s existing design greatly factors into what renovations are possible. We always strive to provide our clients exactly what they are asking for, yet sometimes preexisting conditions limit our ability to do this. We would all love floor-to-ceiling windows, wall-to-wall. But sometimes your home cannot accommodate everything you might hope for; align your expectations with your home’s current design and the results will better fulfill your wishes.


Will your renovation take longer than planned? The honest answer is almost always yes. MGB recommends building four weeks’ worth of flexibility into your schedule at the start of your project. This way, after demolition is complete, engineers, architects, and our team can make any needed changes to the original plan. This allows us to be more efficient when we begin the actual build process.


The big question: how much will it cost? Your renovation’s goals should match its budget. Renovations done correctly are rarely cheap. Therefore it’s extremely important you develop your budget to truly match your project’s goals. We encourage our clients to be honest with us — and with themselves — so that we can help provide accurate and truthful pricing and budget limitations. If we know your budget and your project goals we can better advise you and achieve better results. It’s also worth keeping in mind that renovations are unpredictable; changes often occur throughout a project. We strongly advise building into your budget a 10 to 15 percent contingency fund.