Achieving an East York Main Floor Gut Renovation in 8 Weeks

Achieving an East York Main Floor Gut Renovation in 8 Weeks

Renovating a home, particularly in the Toronto neighbourhoods of East York, Riverdale, Danforth, or Leslieville can vary greatly in duration. We know every home renovation comes with its unique set of challenges and variables, resulting in each project being set to its own schedule. Depending on the existing structure, unexpected discoveries like structural deficiencies, termite damage, asbestos, or changes in plans,  most contractors will build extra margins into their time estimate to account for these events. The result could be a renovation project that lasts between 4 – 6 months. With D2 Build, however, our expertise in these Toronto communities can assess the scope of your project and provide a reliable timeline of half the industry estimate, about 8 weeks for a full main floor gut renovation. We can do this because we have extensive experience working with homes in East York and the core of  Toronto, and have developed  efficient systems for doing the work, while  maintaining high quality throughout the process.

The Preparation Process

Initial Consultation

The renovation process begins with an initial consultation by phone,  where we engage in a conversation  to thoroughly envision your needs, desires, and budget for the project. This critical step ensures that we fully understand your  vision and financial situation. At the end of this initial phone meeting, you  will know what is possible within your budget. Next step is to arrange a site visit appointment to have an on-site consultation to observe and discuss your project more thoroughly.

Site Consultation – 3D Design

Our estimator will visit your home to discuss your renovation plans and desired features, such as wall removal, kitchen island placement, and additional closet space. During this meeting, they will utlize advanced design software to accurately measure your space and generate an existing floor plan in both 2D and 3D formats. Furthermore, we can create a proposed floor plan that incorporates your envisioned changes, providing you with a clear visualization of the final outcome.

This process also helps us identify any necessary additional work, such as structural support, plumbing adjustments, and HVAC relocation, ensuring a comprehensive and efficient renovation plan. With this consultation, we will inform you of the exact course of action that will be needed to complete your home renovation, decreasing the event of unexpected rework at extra costs.

Detailed Estimate & Accepted Agreement

After gathering all the necessary information from the site visit, we will compile a detailed estimate for your renovation project. We will then schedule a time to review this estimate with you, ensuring that all your questions and concerns are thoroughly addressed.

When you decide to proceed with the project, we will require a signed agreement and a deposit. This will allow us to formally enter your project into our scheduling system, ensuring that everything is set up for a smooth and timely start to your renovation.

Permits & Design

Most projects will require a building permit. There are some exceptions, and depending on the workload involved, may not be required. Some instances would be if you are not removing any load bearing walls, enlarging window or door openings, relocating plumbing, and installing a new staircase or railings. 

Assuming a Building Permit is necessary,  we enter the design phase, collaborating closely with our network of skilled architectural designers and engineers to develop detailed plans that reflect the client’s aesthetic preferences and functional requirements. Once the design is finalized, we look into all aspects of the renovation to ensure it complies with East York building codes (or other community regulations of Riverdale, Danforth, Leslieville, or Toronto in general) and standards, preventing potential legal issues and project delays down the line.

The building permit process can take 60 – 90 days depending on any changes you make

Project Commencement

Week 1 – Preparation & Main Interior Gutting 

Before the rough work phase begins, thorough preparation is essential to ensure the safety and efficiency of the project. This preparation involves securing the site to prevent unauthorized access and potential hazards, disconnecting utilities such as water, gas, and electricity as required to ensure a safe working environment, and setting up comprehensive safety measures to protect both workers and the surrounding area. Once the site is fully prepped, we proceed with executing the gutting of the main floor interior. This involves the careful and systematic removal of existing structures, fixtures, and finishes, ensuring that the process is both safe and efficient. 

Proper waste disposal is also a critical component. We manage the debris meticulously, adhering to Toronto’s regulations for waste disposal. This commitment to regulatory compliance and environmental responsibility helps maintain a clean and safe site, setting the stage for the next phase of the renovation.


Framing & Structural Finishing – Week 2

Following the interior gutting, we call for an inspection by a structural engineer to ensure the existing framing is sufficient. Sometimes existing floor joists are broken and need to be sisted,  existing stair openings can be inadequately supported etc Once confirmed we  move on framing and structural work. This stage involves making necessary changes to the layout, such as removing or adding walls to achieve the desired open floor plan or room reconfigurations as outlined in the design plan. During this process, we focus on ensuring that all structural modifications are robust and secure. Attention to detail in the foundation and support structures is paramount to prevent any future issues. Once again, any structural adjustments that need to be inspected will occur this week. 

Electrical / Plumbing / HVAC – Week 3

The next phase in the renovation process involves upgrading the home’s essential systems to modern standards. This includes installing new electrical wiring, outlets, and fixtures to ensure the home meets current safety standards and accommodates contemporary technology needs. Any updates to the plumbing systems, including replacing old pipes and fixtures with new, more efficient ones to improve water flow and reduce the risk of leaks or other issues will have our full attention. Removal of a wall may require relocating ducting. The integration of these systems will match the design plan to ensure that the placement and functionality of electrical and plumbing elements enhance the aesthetic and practical aspects of the renovation. Once the installation of these systems is complete, we conduct thorough testing to verify that everything operates correctly and safely. This includes checking electrical circuits for proper function and ensuring that plumbing systems are leak-free and maintain proper pressure. 

Insulation / Vapor Barrier – Week 4

Enhancing the home’s climate control and energy efficiency starts with ensuring the space is adequately sealed and insulated. . This step is crucial for ensuring that the home maintains a comfortable temperature year-round . Particularly for homes in the East York, Riverdale, Leslieville, and Danforth communities, the older style of these is very often solid masonry (double brick) with ¾” strapping on the inside and no insulation, Semi detached homes usually have a 2×4 framed 2nd floor that can be insulated.  Proper insulation not only helps in maintaining the desired indoor temperature but also plays a significant role in reducing energy consumption and lowering utility bills. We also seal openings around windows , doors, vents etc to cut down the drafts, Optionally, we can iimplement soundproofing measures to minimize noise transfer within the home. This involves using specialized materials and techniques to create a quieter, more peaceful living environment, enhancing overall comfort. By focusing on these key areas, we ensure that the renovated main floor is not only aesthetically pleasing but also functional, energy-efficient, and comfortable for you.

Drywall Boarding  – Week 5

We begin with drywall installation, which could involve putting up new drywall panels and preparing them for painting or finishing. This step requires careful attention to detail to ensure that the walls are smooth, seamless, and ready for the final touches. Following the drywall installation, we install metal corner beads to ensure smooth clean edges . When tha is completed, we proceed with taping and plaster. 


Taping and Plaster –  Week 6

With the drywall now in place, you will be able to get a sense of your new space. To finish this transformation, our skilled tapers and plasterers will meticulously apply three coats of plaster material, ensuring each layer is perfectly smooth. After the final coat, they will sand the surface to achieve an impeccable finish, making it ready for painting. This thorough process ensures that your walls are not only structurally sound but also visually flawless, setting the stage for the flooring and cabinet installation.

Flooring / Cabinets/Trim – Week 7 

The installation of flooring typically takes 1-2 days. Once the flooring is laid, it will be protected to prevent any damage during subsequent work. Next, we bring in and install the cabinets. Following the cabinet installation, precise measurements for the countertops can be taken and completed. 

Afterward, the finished trim will add a polished touch to the space. The walls and trim are then painted, ensuring a seamless and cohesive look. Finally, we attend to the cabinet finishes, such as handles and other hardware, to complete the aesthetic and functional aspects of your cabinetry. This sequence of steps ensures a smooth and efficient progression toward the completion of your renovation project.

Final Touches and Inspection – Week 8

As the renovation project nears completion, minor cabinet details like handles will be completed. Once the counter is installed, we will complete the backsplash so your kitchen is ready for electrical and plumbing finishes. Outlets, lighting, and switches will then be added by our electricians to give your kitchen that finished look. 

We then provide a detailed clean-up of the renovated area to prepare it for the final reveal.This involves thoroughly cleaning every surface, removing all dust, debris, and any remaining construction materials to ensure the space is ready for the client’s use. Following the clean-up, we conduct a final inspection, which includes a comprehensive walk-through with the client. During this walk-through, we review all aspects of the renovation, addressing any concerns and making sure that every detail meets the client’s expectations. Our high standards also extend beyond the renovation. D2 Build offers all our clients, not just limited to the Toronto communities we serve. We remain available to address any issues or concerns that might arise once the client begins to use their newly renovated space. This commitment to post-renovation support ensures that any potential problems are swiftly and efficiently resolved, providing the client with peace of mind and ensuring their long-term satisfaction with the renovation.

Achieving a main floor gut renovation in just 8 weeks with D2 Build demonstrates our commitment to efficiency, quality, and client satisfaction. While home renovations in Toronto neighbourhoods like East York, Riverdale, Danforth, or Leslieville often come with their unique challenges and variables, our expertise allows us to streamline the process and deliver exceptional results within a reasonable timeframe. Keep in mind that project timelines can be influenced by multiple factors, including change orders, damaged materials, city inspections, and custom work requests. We will leverage our experience, efficiency, and strong vendor relationships to ensure a smooth and seamless experience for all our clients. With planning, attention to details, and dedication to efficiency without sacrificing excellent quality, D2 Build is your ideal choice to transform your Toronto home into a beautiful, functional space that can be enjoyed for years to come. 


Renovate or Relocate – What Makes More Sense?

So, you’ve reached a crossroads with your Toronto home. It’s served you well, but now you find yourself in need of more space. This dilemma results in two choices: to stay and renovate your existing home, or leave and relocate to a new home that meets your new requirements. Many homeowners face this decision at some point in time, and there’s no true one-size-fits-all answer. It often comes down to a variety of factors including costs, zoning, and the dynamics of your neighbourhood. There are pros to planning a home renovation, but there are also pros to re-entering the real estate market as a prospective home buyer.  The question of whether renovating or relocating is more sound often comes down to specific factors that you, as a resident of Toronto’s multicultural and bustling metropolitan social fabric, experience on a daily basis. There are, however, aspects that can be taken into consideration to help you make a more confident decision.

RENOVATE OR RELOCATE: What Makes More Sense?


Assessing Your Needs:

The first step in determining whether to renovate or relocate is to assess your needs. Where do you need additional space? Is it in the bedrooms, living area, or basement? Each area may present unique challenges and requirements for expansion. Bedrooms, for example, may lack closet space, while the living area may feel cramped due to partition walls. Meanwhile, the basement, a potentially valuable space, might suffer from low ceilings and insufficient lighting.

In Toronto, housing prices are notoriously high. For homeowners finding themselves needing additional space due to growing families or lifestyle changes, the high cost of real estate could make relocating more desirable. Communities near Toronto, like Markham or Pickering, have larger single family dwellings that could be similarly priced to a smaller property in the city proper. Many older homes in Toronto, particularly in neighbourhoods like High Park or Leslieville, were built in an era where closet space was seen as less a priority. These places could also suffer from partition walls, making spaces feel cramped and limited, particularly if these homes were constructed in the 70s or 80s. Modern-built homes being developed in Toronto’s surrounding communities, even in the city boroughs of North York, Etobicoke, or Scarborough, will most likely take into account the space needed for a larger family or generally larger living space.

Yet renovating is still a very desirable solution. D2 Build has a wealth of experience in maximizing Toronto living space for home renovations. Built-in closets can be added or expanded in a wide variety of homes throughout the city, creating the functionality required for more storage or wardrobe space. We have removed partition walls to create an open-concept layout that not only allows for more movement flow but natural light to brighten up the room. Basements in Toronto homes are often underutilized but hold great potential. In neighbourhoods like the Annex or Trinity Bellwoods, renovating a basement can be a cost-effective solution to increase space by raising a ceiling height or adding lightning to transform the basement into a recreational area or home office. 

By carefully assessing where additional space is needed and understanding the unique challenges and opportunities of each area, homeowners in Toronto can make informed decisions about whether to renovate their current property or seek out a new one.


Understanding What Matters Most:

Before diving into the logistics of renovating or relocating, it’s essential to identify what matters most to you and your family. The intricacies of this process requires a thorough examination of various factors that could significantly impact your quality of life. For instance, in a city like Toronto, where neighbourhoods vary greatly in character and amenities, your preferences could lead you in different directions. 

Consider the vibrant and diverse neighbourhood of Kensington Market, known for its eclectic mix of shops, restaurants, and cultural events. For families drawn to a lively urban atmosphere with easy access to local markets and artistic communities, Kensington Market might be an ideal fit. On the other hand, if you prioritize tranquillity and green spaces, areas like High Park or the Beaches might hold greater appeal. High Park boasts extensive walking trails, sports facilities, and even a zoo, making it a haven for outdoor enthusiasts. Meanwhile, the Beaches neighbourhood offers a serene waterfront setting along Lake Ontario, perfect for those seeking a peaceful retreat from the hustle and bustle of city life.

For families with children, the quality of schools can be a deciding factor. Neighbourhoods renowned for their schools and family-friendly amenities could be something that you want to have available and nearby, making the environment more desirable to stay than to sacrifice the community at large for larger personal space.

Ultimately, understanding your priorities, whether it’s proximity to cultural hubs, access to nature, community resources, or quality schooling, will serve as a compass in navigating the complex landscape of renovating or relocating in Toronto’s diverse neighbourhoods.


Exploring Renovation Options:

If you decide to stay and renovate, you’ll need to explore your options thoroughly. Redesigning existing space, adding an addition, or optimizing the basement are all viable solutions. It is also viable to simply look for a new place that can meet your needs right away and relocate without having to go through a home renovation. However, there are elements to relocating that can become costly, stressful, and time consuming if not understood properly. 

For instance, paying commission to a realtor or real estate agent to show your current property. Land transfer taxes, legal fees, and moving costs will add up, bearing both a financial strain and an emotional strain. That’s not to say the choice to renovate is stress-free. Designing to meet your needs and compromising on the existing design can affect both a renovation or a relocation plan. But renovating can lead to a more customizable approach. You can have the freedom to incorporate a studio or a 1-2 storey addition, or even a top-up. Just make sure you are aware of your zoning by-laws.

Understanding Toronto’s zoning by-laws is crucial for real estate and development endeavours. These regulations, governed by municipal and provincial laws, classify areas into zones like residential and commercial, each with specific rules on land use and building parameters. Non-compliance can lead to fines or legal action. Key legislation includes the Ontario Planning Act and the City of Toronto Act. Property owners can find zoning information through the city’s interactive map. Violations incur penalties, stressing the importance of adherence. D2 Build has experts in zoning regulations, and incorporating us in the planning phase of your renovation will give you that much-needed assistance to ensure any renovation you plan will comply with the zoning by-laws in your area. 


The Emotional and Financial Costs:

Renovating your existing home entails both financial and emotional costs. On the financial side, you’ll need to budget for construction expenses, permits, and potential unforeseen costs. Additionally, there are the costs associated with selling your home, including real estate commissions, legal fees, and land transfer taxes. It’s essential to weigh these expenses against the potential benefits of renovating versus relocating.

Beyond the financial aspects, there are emotional considerations to take into account. Moving can be a stressful and emotionally taxing experience, particularly if you have strong ties to your current home and neighbourhood. Conversely, staying and renovating allows you to maintain the familiarity and comfort of your existing surroundings. Consider how each option aligns with your long-term goals and lifestyle preferences.

One of the most significant advantages of renovating your current home is the ability to customize it to meet your exact needs and preferences. Whether you’re adding extra bedrooms, expanding the living area, or creating a home entertainment space in the basement, you have full control over the design and layout. This level of customization is hard to replicate when purchasing a new home, where you may need to compromise on certain features.

Ultimately, the decision to renovate or relocate boils down to weighing the pros and cons of each option. Renovating allows you to stay in your current home, avoid the hassle of moving, and create a space tailored to your needs. However, it requires careful planning, significant investment, and a tolerance for disruption. On the other hand, relocating offers a fresh start in a new environment but comes with its own set of challenges, including the financial costs and the uncertainty of finding the perfect home. By assessing your needs, understanding your priorities, and weighing the pros and cons of each option, you can make an informed choice that aligns with your goals and aspirations. Whether you choose to stay and renovate or embark on a new chapter elsewhere, the key is to prioritize what matters most to you and your family.

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Tailoring Your Enclosed Porch with D2 Build

The quest for innovative solutions to expand living areas while enhancing functionality becomes imperative. Among the myriad of opportunities for home improvement, your porch stands out as a prime candidate for transformation. Through enclosure, not only do you gain valuable living space, but you also elevate the allure and adaptability of your home.Join us as we explore the benefits, considerations, and possibilities of enclosing your porch in Toronto.


Use of Extra Space : 

With the decision to enclose your porch comes the exciting opportunity to transform this space into something truly functional and personalized. The possibilities are virtually endless, catering to a diverse range of needs and preferences. One popular option is the creation of a mudroom, providing a practical and unheated area for storing boots, coats, and other outdoor essentials. This straightforward and cost-effective solution involves enclosing the porch space and potentially making modifications to the floor structure to support new walls, windows, and doors. The addition of a closet further enhances the functionality of the mudroom, providing a dedicated space for organizing belongings.

For those seeking heightened comfort and functionality, a heated mudroom presents an attractive solution. This option involves a comprehensive renovation process, from installing a new floor structure and subfloor to framing in the enclosure, adding insulation, and incorporating electrical supply for outlets and lighting. Finishing touches such as flooring, trim, paint, and closet options elevate the space, creating a cozy and welcoming environment that can be enjoyed year-round.

Alternatively, integrating the porch area as part of the existing living space offers a seamless transition and expanded functionality. Known as an integrated space, this design approach involves matching floor and wall finishes to incorporate the porch area as part of the living room. Popular options include converting the front window space into a walk-through opening, enhancing connectivity and flow between indoor and outdoor spaces. Additionally, heated floors can be installed for added comfort, creating a harmonious and versatile living environment tailored to your specific needs and preferences.

Selecting the Perfect Finishes:

Selecting the right finishes is paramount to achieving both aesthetic appeal and practicality. Here are some key considerations:

– Exterior Finishes: Choose between matching the exterior siding/brick with your existing house or opting for a contrasting accent finish to make a bold statement.

– Windows/Doors: It’s advisable to match existing window exterior colors with the new porch windows and doors for visual harmony and coherence.

– Interior Finishes: Select water-impermeable flooring options such as tile or vinyl plank, especially for high-traffic areas where people will be entering with boots or wet shoes. Additionally, consider incorporating storage solutions to maximize space without sacrificing living areas.

Tailoring Your Enclosed Porch with D2 Build

Time Variance of the Project:

Determining the utilization of the newfound space is crucial in planning your porch enclosure project. Additionally, understanding the time frame involved is essential for effective project management. Typically, the process from the initial consultation with a designer to obtaining the necessary building permits takes approximately 60 to 90 days. However, this timeline may vary depending on factors such as finalizing the design and ensuring compliance with zoning bylaws. 

If the additional space exceeds zoning bylaw limits, obtaining approval from the City of Toronto Committee of Adjustments may be required, potentially extending the timeline. For construction completion, expect a timeframe of 4 to 8 weeks, influenced by the complexity of the design and the scope of work involved. 


Why Choose Us:

At D2 Build, our passion for excellence drives everything we do. With over 30 years of experience specializing in older structures in the city of Toronto, we possess the knowledge and expertise required to transform your property into a modern, functional, and enjoyable home. From initial consultation to construction completion, we prioritize communication, transparency, and professionalism, ensuring that your enclosed porch project exceeds your expectations in every way.

Trust D2 Build to bring your vision to life and enhance the functionality and comfort of your home with a meticulously crafted enclosed porch tailored to your unique needs.



The decision to enclose your porch in Toronto is a transformative step towards maximizing space and enhancing the overall functionality and appeal of your home. From providing insulation against harsh winters to offering additional living space adaptable for various uses, the benefits of porch enclosure are abundant. 

At D2 Build, we understand the intricacies of porch enclosure projects in Toronto’s urban environment. With our expertise, dedication, and commitment to excellence, we’re here to guide you through every step of the journey, from initial consultation to construction completion. Trust us to help you unlock the full potential of your home with a meticulously crafted porch enclosure tailored to your unique needs and preferences. Contact us today to embark on this exciting transformation and elevate your Toronto home to new heights of comfort and functionality.

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Maximizing Space: The Ultimate Guide to Enclosing Your Porch in Toronto

Living in a bustling metropolis like Toronto often means utilizing every square foot of space in your home for a purpose. Whether you’re craving extra storage or dreaming of expanding your living area, finding innovative solutions to maximize space is key. One often overlooked area ripe for transformation is your porch. By enclosing it, you can unlock valuable living space while enhancing the functionality and appeal of your home. Here’s everything you need to know about enclosing your porch in Toronto:

Why Enclose Your Porch?

Toronto’s real estate landscape often leaves residents looking to modernize their homes. As smaller, older properties become desired living spaces for Canadians settling into a vast and diverse urban city, homeowners can find a unique opportunity to expand their living area without the hassle and expense of a full-scale renovation by simply enclosing their porch. There are many options to envision, from a cozy mudroom for storing outerwear to seamlessly blending your porch with their existing living space. Both form and function can be utilized to create an instant improvement to the house exterior.

The Benefits of Having a Porch Enclosure

Enclosing your porch offers a multitude of benefits that extend far beyond mere aesthetics. First of all, it provides invaluable insulation, particularly during the harsh winter months prevalent in Canada. Acting as a buffer against the elements, whether it’s a three-season or four-season room, the enclosure ensures a calming transition space. Picture returning home on a snowy day; instead of rushing indoors to avoid the cold, you and your guests can comfortably remove snow from your boots and gear before entering, preventing it from seeping into your interior space.

Furthermore, with an enclosed porch, your home’s windows are shielded from direct elemental strain, reducing maintenance requirements and prolonging their lifespan. This added protection also contributes to enhanced privacy and security, serving as a barrier between the outside world and your home, deterring potential intruders and providing peace of mind. 

An enclosed porch offers an additional multipurpose living space, adaptable for various uses throughout the year, from relaxing and entertaining to storage and hobby areas. Beyond functionality, it also adds value to your home, with an average return on investment of around 80%, making it a worthwhile long-term investment.

Navigating Permits and Zoning Bylaws 

Before embarking on your porch enclosure project, it’s essential to understand the regulatory landscape governing such endeavors in Toronto. In most cases, obtaining the necessary permits is a non-negotiable step. Zoning bylaws typically require approval for any additions to existing living space.

For instance, zoning bylaws allow a certain amount of living space as a percentage of your total lot size. Bylaws allow 60% to 69% coverage (there are exceptions). On a 20 x 100 ft lot, it would equate to 1,200 to 1,389 square feet of living space, including 1st and 2nd floor. An average porch size is slightly larger than 100 sq ft on a smaller semi-detached home, and less than 200 square feet on a larger detached home.

Familiarizing yourself with these regulations and securing the required permits ensures that your project remains compliant with local laws and regulations.


Let D2 Build Help You with Our Exclusive 3D Rendering Software

The most important aspect of the journey towards enhancing your living space is by exploring our website or engaging in virtual consultations. If you are interested in adding a porch enclosure to your home, it’s important to get it right from the planning stage. D2 Build is ready and available to answer any and all questions no matter where you feel you might be in the renovation process. One advantage D2 Build has to help you is our 3D rendering software that can assist you in imagining what a porch enclosure will look like on your home.

Through collaborative sessions with our expert design team, we will help you craft a tailored plan, accompanied by a precise quotation, ensuring transparency and confidence prior to project commencement. Our dedicated team of proficient artisans will handle your project with the utmost care, maintaining open lines of communication to provide regular updates on its progress. Committed to excellence, we strive to deliver on schedule, within budget, and surpass your envisioned outcome. Rest assured, your residence will be treated with the reverence it warrants throughout every stage of the endeavor, reflecting our unwavering dedication to your satisfaction.


Enclosing your porch in Toronto is not just about adding extra square footage; it’s about maximizing the potential of your home in a bustling metropolis where space is at a premium. By converting your porch into a functional and inviting space, you unlock numerous benefits beyond mere aesthetics.

From providing essential insulation during harsh Canadian winters to enhancing privacy, security, and adding value to your home, the advantages of porch enclosure are undeniable. Moreover, the flexibility of usage, whether as a cozy mudroom, an integrated living space, or a versatile extension, caters to diverse needs and preferences, ensuring that your enclosed porch becomes a seamless extension of your lifestyle.

However, before embarking on this transformational journey, it’s crucial to navigate the maze of permits and zoning bylaws governing such projects in Toronto. Understanding these regulations and securing the necessary approvals is essential to ensure a smooth and compliant process.

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Why D2 Build Is the Right Fit for You

Are you considering a renovation project for your home? With numerous contractors offering their services, it can be challenging to determine which one will deliver the quality and reliability you need. At D2 Build, we understand the importance of technical expertise, superior products, and a meticulous renovation process to ensure your project’s success. With 30 years of on-hand experience, D2 Build stands out as the ideal choice for your interior and exterior remodeling needs.


Technical Support and Factory Training: Ensuring Unmatched Quality

One of the hallmarks of D2 Build is our commitment to using premium products and employing highly trained technicians. While some competitors might opt for cheaper offshore alternatives, we exclusively work with Schluter Systems, a renowned German-origin company known for its superior waterproofing solutions. Our technicians undergo rigorous factory training and certification, equipping them with the expertise needed to execute installations of any size or complexity.


Experienced Technicians for Precise Installations

At D2 Build, we understand that even the smallest installation error can have significant repercussions, leading to leaks and compromising the integrity of your renovation over time. Our technicians have experience and training to not only identify areas where future leaks could occur, but to build in preventative measures in the planning phase to ensure that your project is executed flawlessly. Whether it’s applying the correct membrane or sealing around perforations, our team goes above and beyond to deliver unparalleled results.


Schluter Systems: The Epitome of Reliability

Schluter Systems stands apart from other waterproofing solutions. With factories across North America and a dedicated Training Center in Toronto, Schluter Systems embodies German precision and reliability. From KERDI boards to KERDI base and drain systems, every product is designed to create a perfect watertight seal, safeguarding your renovation for years to come.


KERDI and DITRA: Functionality That Speaks for Itself

When it comes to waterproofing and uncoupling membranes, KERDI and DITRA are industry leaders for a reason. KERDI provides superior waterproofing for shower enclosures, while DITRA offers unmatched flex absorption, minimizing cracking on grout lines. With D2 Build, you can trust that your renovation is fortified with the best-in-class solutions for lasting durability and reliability.


The D2 Renovation Process: From Start to Finish

At D2 Build, we make sure that any home renovation that we undertake is a mark of quality and expertise. We also aim to have complete transparency with our clientele. From site preparation to final cleanup, we leave no stone unturned to ensure a seamless and stress-free experience for our clients. Here is an overview of our renovation process:

  1. Site Preparation: We understand that renovations can be messy, which is why we take measures to protect your home and minimize disruption during the construction process.
  2. Demolition: From gutting the space to uncovering any hidden issues, our team ensures a clean slate for your renovation project.
  3. Framing and Structural Work: If your project requires structural changes, rest assured that our skilled craftsmen will handle every aspect with precision and care.
  4. HVAC, Plumbing, and Electrical: From rough ins to final installations, our licensed professionals ensure that every system in your renovated space functions flawlessly.
  5. Insulation and Drywall: We prioritize insulation and proper drywall installation to enhance energy efficiency and create a solid foundation for your renovation.
  6. Schluter Waterproof Membrane: With Schluter Systems, we guarantee a watertight seal that protects your investment and prevents future issues.
  7. Tile Installation: Our expert craftsmen meticulously install tiles according to your specifications, ensuring a stunning and durable finish.
  8. Vanity, Quartz, and Glass Installation: From custom vanities to quartz countertops and glass enclosures, every detail is carefully executed to elevate your space.
  9. Painting and Finishing Touches: With premium Benjamin Moore paint and meticulous attention to detail, we bring your vision to life with a flawless finish.
  10. Final Cleanup: Our team takes care of all debris removal and ensures that your renovated space is left spotless and ready for enjoyment.


Whether you’re embarking on an interior remodel or transforming your outdoor space, D2 Build is your trusted partner for quality craftsmanship and exceptional service. With our commitment to technical expertise, premium products, and a meticulous renovation process, we ensure that your project exceeds expectations every time. Don’t settle for anything less than the best—choose D2 Build for your next renovation endeavor. You can trust that your renovation project is in capable hands every step of the way. Contact us today to schedule a consultation and experience the difference firsthand.

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Finding the Right Interior Designer

Any interior renovation for your home should begin with the right team to help you achieve a remarkable outcome. This home renovator can include any general contractor near you, but one of the most important positions is that of the interior designer. A skilled interior designer will be able to identify your style preference and do what they can to help you achieve it in your space. At the end of the day, it is important that you are able to collaborate and cooperate with them to achieve the most potential for your home renovation. 

At D2 Build, we understand the transformative power of collaboration with interior designers. We have had great results on projects where we have worked with interior designers, and we do recommend engaging a designer to get the utmost out of your home renovation. A typical interior design arrangement will include an initial site visit, consultation about your preferences, presentation of visual “mood boards” to show various finish options; decisions on what materials to purchase, and when they are needed. Designers understand how to maximize your space and offer creative solutions for maximizing storage. A designer can assist in choosing and ordering finish materials so that they are on site in a timely manner.

Understanding What An Interior Designer Does

There is a bit of confusion when it comes to understanding the scope and description of an interior designer. Most people think it’s the same thing as an interior decorator. While both are general contractors and can play an important part in helping you achieve the results you are looking for in your home renovation, they are actually different job titles that have quite distinct responsibilities.

Interior decorators enhance the interior space of a room, home, or building to meet the needs of the people living in or using it. This includes arranging or displaying furniture and types of lighting. When it comes to floors, windows, walls, and ceilings, an interior decorator’s contribution adheres to colour palette and paint style. Most of the time, interior decorators are not required to have specific formal education. 

Interior designers on the other hand need to have completed a recognized degree in the industry, which usually takes about four years. If the province or state requires additional education, this must be completed in order to practice in said province or state. Interior designers work closely with other general contractors like architects or structural engineers during the design process. They are also onsite during the construction phase. Many interior designers may have the skills to interior decorate, but this does not work the other way around. Interior designers offer a more complete home renovation service.


Choosing The Right Interior Designer For You

Like any interior renovation company, finding the right interior designer to provide your desired home renovation service can be challenging. Here are some essential tips to consider:

  1. Define Your Style: Before embarking on your search for an interior designer, take some time to define your personal style and preferences. Whether you lean towards modern minimalism or cozy rustic charm, having a clear vision will help you find a designer who aligns with your aesthetic sensibilities.
  2. Identify The Needs Of Your Project: Understanding what is required of your home renovation can help you identify the right general contractor to bring it to life. Think about if you need assistance in selecting types of furnishings and fixtures, or if you need someone to help you select colours that compliment each other as well as the mood you are aiming to create. Ask yourself if you feel a floor plan will be required, or if your home renovation is going to require remodelling, additions, or building from scratch.
  3. Research and Referrals: Start by researching interior designers in your area and gathering recommendations from friends, family, and trusted professionals. Look for designers with a strong portfolio of past projects that resonate with your style and vision.
  4. Evaluate Experience and Expertise: When selecting an interior designer, experience matters. Look for designers who have a proven track record of success in handling interior renovation projects. Consider their expertise in space planning and sourcing materials.


  1. Communication and Collaboration: A successful renovation project hinges on effective communication and collaboration between the homeowner and the interior designer. Seek out designers who are attentive listeners, capable of understanding your needs and translating them into design solutions that exceed your expectations.
  2. On-Site Inspection: One of the key roles of an interior designer is to conduct on-site inspections to assess the home renovation space and discuss your preferences in detail. They’ll often present mood boards showcasing various finish options, allowing you to visualize the potential outcomes of the renovation. This collaborative process ensures that every aspect of the design is tailored to your taste and lifestyle.
  3. Timely Execution and Material Selection: Interior designers possess the expertise to select and order materials for your renovation project in a timely fashion. They’ll coordinate with suppliers and contractors to ensure that the materials are delivered to the site when needed, streamlining the construction process, and minimizing delays. You may not be able to notice this at the beginning of your home renovation, but it’s something to keep an eye out for as it goes along. 

By following these tips and partnering with the right interior designer, you can unlock the full potential of your home renovation project. From conceptualization to execution, a skilled interior designer will guide you through every step of the process, creating a space that reflects your personality and enhances your quality of life.

At D2 Build, we believe in the power of collaboration with interior designers to deliver exceptional results for our clients. Contact us today to learn more about how we can turn your renovation dreams into reality.


Planning the Layout of Your Bathroom

Few home spaces hold as much potential for transformation as the bathroom. Whether you’re looking to create a spa-like oasis or simply update outdated fixtures, careful planning is essential to ensure both functionality and affordability of your bathroom renovation. In this second installment of our bathroom renovation series, we delve deeper into the planning phase, shedding light on the correlation between plumbing complexity and renovation costs.

Measuring Your Bathroom:

Before diving into any design, you should know the size of your work space. Blueprints can be helpful, but obtaining the measurements on your own is a simple process. All you will need is a pencil, paper, and measuring tape; you can do it on your own or with the help of another person. 

Select a starting point and measure along each wall corner to corner. After measuring each wall, use the pencil and paper to make a sketch, including the wall’s measurements. Continue clockwise around the room, measuring and adding each wall to your drawing. If the room is irregular, divide it into rectangles and measure each section separately. 

Don’t forget to measure the height of all walls from floor to ceiling. Include windows, shelves, and any fixtures in your measurements, noting them on your sketch. Measure doorways, indicating their opening direction and required clearance. Lastly, if sharing measurements with a design service or tradesperson, take photos from various angles on your smartphone or tablet and send them via email for reference.  

While a typical bathroom in older homes measures around 5’ x 8’, variations exist, and understanding your specific layout is paramount. Armed with this knowledge, you can make informed decisions about how to maximize every inch.

Options for Optimization:

For a bathroom renovation of the standard 5’ x 8’ size, two primary options stand out: tub replacement with a new vanity and toilet, or a tub to shower conversion. Each option offers unique advantages, and your choice will depend on your specific needs and preferences.

  • Tub Replacement: This approach involves swapping out the existing bathtub for a new one, along with installing a new vanity and toilet. It’s a relatively straightforward renovation that can yield significant aesthetic and functional improvements. With strategic placement of fixtures and storage solutions, even a compact bathroom can feel spacious and inviting.
  • Tub to Shower Conversion: Alternatively, opting for a tub to shower conversion can open new possibilities for your space. By removing the old tub and replacing it with a sleek, modern shower complete with a glass enclosure, you can achieve a more streamlined look while also enhancing accessibility. This option is particularly popular for homeowners seeking to future-proof their bathrooms or accommodate mobility challenges.

Exploring Additional Options: 

In addition to the primary bathroom renovation options mentioned above, there are several other upgrades and enhancements worth considering:

  • Space-saving fixtures: Choose compact fixtures such as corner sinks or wall-mounted toilets to maximize floor space without sacrificing functionality.
  • Storage solutions: Incorporate built-in shelving, recessed cabinets, or over-the-toilet storage units to keep toiletries and linens organized and accessible.
  • Lighting and ventilation: Install adequate lighting fixtures and ventilation systems to create a bright, airy atmosphere and prevent moisture-related issues.
  • Tile and flooring: opt for durable, water-resistant materials such as ceramic tile or luxury vinyl flooring to withstand the rigors of daily use while adding visual appeal to your bathroom. 


Navigating Plumbing Complexity:

One factor that can significantly impact the cost of your renovation is the complexity of relocating plumbing fixtures. As a rule, the more extensive the changes to your plumbing layout, the higher the associated costs. 

Any renovation to plumbing will require a delicate balance between cost efficiency within your budget, but also quality. Cost saving, while important, should not come at the expense of functionality or strength of the plumbing system. The larger and more complex your move from your existing plumbing, the more important it would be to bring in a plumbing estimator. This way, you can be informed about the project specifications, the plumbing codes that would have to be taken into consideration, material or labour costs, as well as how it will affect other bathroom contractors working on the renovation, such as engineers, bathroom remodellers, construction crew, or interior designers. Understanding this correlation can help you make informed decisions about which design elements are worth prioritizing and where you can potentially save money.

Visualizing the Possibilities:

To assist in the planning process, visual aids can be invaluable. When you speak with a bathroom contractor, relate your idea to them and they will use their expertise to mock up a design plan or blueprint for you. It is also helpful to incorporate technology as a tool to draw up your space. Many bathroom renovation contractors in Toronto offer 3D renderings, sketches, or mood boards to help give you a clear representation of your desired layout. If you are starting on your own, there are a variety of modelling programs that you can access to start your bathroom renovation design, including those provided by Adobe, Sketchup, and SmartDraw to name a few. AI tools are also becoming a trendy part of the bathroom renovation planning phase as they can offer an additional resource in helping you sketch, model, and plan. 

Case Study : –  

How D2 Build Turned a Toronto Bathroom Renovation into a Modern Oasis

Client Background:

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, a young couple living in the luxurious King West neighbourhood, reached out to find a reliable bathroom renovation company in Toronto. They contacted D2 Build with a vision to transform their outdated bathroom into a sleek and functional space that reflected their modern lifestyle. Their compact condo boasted stunning city views but lacked the aesthetic appeal and functionality they desired for their bathroom.

Bathroom Renovation Challenges:

Limited Space: With a typical Toronto condo bathroom measuring around 5’ x 8’, maximizing space was paramount to ensure functionality without sacrificing style.

Plumbing Complexity: Relocating plumbing fixtures in a condo setting can be challenging. Any bathroom contractor must adhere to building regulations and existing infrastructure. 

Urban Aesthetics: The Smiths wanted their bathroom design to reflect the vibrant energy and contemporary style of downtown Toronto.


Optimized Layout: As Mr. & Smith’s preferred bathroom contractor, we carefully measured and analyzed the bathroom renovation space. After, we proposed a tub to shower conversion to maximize space and enhance accessibility. By removing the bulky bathtub and installing a sleek glass-enclosed shower, we were able to create a more open and visually spacious bathroom layout.

Space-Saving Fixtures: We recommended compact fixtures such as a wall-mounted toilet and a corner sink to maximize floor space without compromising functionality. Custom-built shelving and recessed cabinets provided ample storage for toiletries and linens, further optimizing the limited space.

Modern Aesthetics: To capture the urban vibe of Toronto, we incorporated contemporary design elements such as matte black fixtures, subway tile accents, and industrial-inspired lighting. Luxury vinyl flooring was chosen for its durability and water resistance, perfect for withstanding the demands of urban living.

Through strategic planning, innovative design solutions, and meticulous execution, we were able to overcome the challenges of a bathroom renovation in a compact Toronto condo. The result was a modern oasis that not only met the functional needs of the clients but also reflected the vibrant energy and contemporary style of Toronto city living.

Planning the layout of your space is a critical step in achieving a successful bathroom renovation. By understanding the dimensions of your space, exploring optimization options, considering the implications of plumbing complexity, and finding the right bathroom renovation contractor, you can create a design that meets your needs and budget. With careful planning and strategic execution, your dream bathroom renovation  is well within reach.


How to Choose a Bathroom Contractor

Deciding on a bathroom renovation is as exciting as it is challenging. Among the most important choices you’ll make is selecting the right contractor to bring your vision to life. With numerous options available, finding a reliable and skilled bathroom contractor can seem daunting. However, armed with the right knowledge and guidance, you can navigate this process with confidence. 


There are some essential steps involved to choosing a bathroom contractor who not only meets your needs but exceeds expectations. From conducting thorough research to asking the right questions, readers will be equipped with the tools and insights to embark on a bathroom renovation journey with clarity and peace of mind. Whether you are envisioning a sleek modern makeover or a timeless traditional design, the key to a successful bathroom renovation starts with selecting the right contractor, and this crucial decision can be made with confidence and ease.


Trust Your Gut:

Intuition isn’t something that can be objectively measured, but it nevertheless plays a significant role when it comes to entrusting someone with your bathroom design. Your initial interactions with a bathroom contractor should instill trust. Pay attention to how they communicate and whether they genuinely listen to your needs and preferences. Look for signs of professionalism, such as prompt responses, clear explanations, and a willingness to address your concerns. A strong connection during these initial stages is often indicative of a positive collaboration throughout the project. How the contractor understands your vision and offers expertise based on your parameters will increase your confidence in their work. 


For example, at D2 Build, one of the leading bathroom contractors in Toronto, we prioritize open communication and transparency from the initial consultation to project completion. Our team values client input and strives to build a collaborative partnership based on trust and mutual respect. When you feel heard, understood, and respected during the initial discussions, it sets a promising tone for the rest of the project. Trust your gut instincts and choose a contractor who not only demonstrates expertise but also values your input and priorities. Ergo, trusting your instincts can lead you to the right contractor who aligns with your vision and values.



Do Your Research:

Thorough research is essential to ensure you’re choosing a reputable and experienced bathroom contractor. The easiest place to start is online. Detailed positive reviews and lots of testimonials from previous clients indicates consistent positive feedback regarding the quality of workmanship, adherence to timelines, and overall satisfaction. A reputable contractor will be transparent about their work, showcasing it on their website or providing images upon request. You can also ask for references to reach out for firsthand insights into their experience with the contractor. Request to see examples of completed projects, either through a portfolio on the contractor’s website or during an in-person consultation. By examining past work, you can gauge the contractor’s skill level and attention to detail.


D2 Build encourages clients to delve into our portfolio, where they can see the craftsmanship and attention to detail we bring to each project. From modern minimalist designs to timeless classics, our craftsmanship speaks for itself. We encourage prospective clients to explore our gallery and witness the transformative power of our work.


Ask Questions:

Communication is key to a successful partnership between you and your contractor. Don’t be afraid to ask questions to clarify any doubts or uncertainties you may have. Inquire about the contractor’s team composition, subcontractors involved, and their level of specialization. 


Understanding who will be responsible for each aspect of the project ensures accountability and clarity throughout the renovation process. An idea about the workflow and expertise of team members can instantiate confidence in the contractor’s ability to deliver quality results.


At D2 Build, we operate with a multi-skilled crew, with each member bringing expertise in their respective trades. From demolition to tile-setting and plumbing, our team collaborates seamlessly to deliver exceptional results. We prioritize client satisfaction by providing comprehensive answers to all inquiries and keeping you informed every step of the way.





Establishing realistic timelines is crucial for planning and executing a successful bathroom remodel. When discussing timelines with potential contractors, inquire about the projected start date and estimated completion timeframe. A reliable bathroom contractor will provide a detailed schedule of milestones, allowing you to track progress and anticipate any potential delays.


During the consultation phase, discuss any scheduling constraints you may have and ensure that the contractor can accommodate them. Clarify the sequence of tasks involved in the renovation and inquire about the availability of materials and subcontractors. A well-defined timeline not only keeps the project on track but also allows for better coordination of resources and smoother progress. With a reliable contractor who respects your time and adheres to agreed-upon timelines, you can confidently embark on your bathroom renovation journey, knowing that every step is carefully planned and executed.


D2 Build is committed to deliver on time and as promised, starting with a mutually agreed-upon start date and a comprehensive schedule of completion. We understand the importance of minimizing disruptions to your daily routine, which is why we strive to adhere to timelines diligently. By setting clear expectations from the outset, we ensure a streamlined bathroom renovation process that meets your timeline requirements.


Choosing the right bathroom contractor is a critical decision that can make or break your renovation experience. By trusting your instincts, conducting thorough research, asking the right questions, and establishing clear timelines, you pave the way for a successful project. In accordance with clear communication, transparency, and professionalism when selecting a contractor, these qualities are indicative of a reliable partner who will bring your vision to life.


Trust in the expertise of a reputable contractor who shares your vision and values. With the right contractor by your side, your dream bathroom renovation is closer than ever. 


D2 Build pledges to surpass your expectations throughout every phase of your renovation journey. Our skilled team, transparent methods, and commitment to top-notch craftsmanship guarantee a seamless and gratifying experience as we transform your bathroom. With meticulous attention to detail, strict adherence to schedules, and a relentless focus on your satisfaction, we endeavor to deliver outcomes that exceed even your wildest aspirations. 

Contact D2 Build today to turn your renovation dreams into reality.