Testimonials

We have been in our house for over 15 years. We were thinking maybe we needed a change and started looking at houses in our area. We found the location didn’t suit us or the houses were out of our budget, plus we have great neighbors! We decided renovating our kitchen and bathroom would be the better solution so we contacted Make it Home. From the start we knew we made the right decision after meeting Doreen. Doreen’s knowledge and attention to detail from the drawings to the budget to organizing her team made the renovation a wonderful experience.  Her ideas from helping us choose the cabinets to the backsplash and counters really made the process stress free, also the shopping trips made us confident we were making the right purchases for our home. Who could have known taking out a wall would make our teenagers want to be in the same space as their parents!  All the trades’ people working on our home were top notch and the renovation was finished on time.  Our family is so happy with our new renovated home… … we already miss our meetings with Doreen….Thank You Make It Home! Love Grant, Heather, Brandon and Jessica Mills

We had known for years that we needed to expand our small cramped kitchen sometime but the sheer complexity of the renovation required seemed overwhelming. However, Doreen patiently worked with us through several stages of designing a new layout and through the many, many decisions about new cabinets, floors, lighting, and tile, etc. etc. Expansion of the kitchen also meant taking out a small back entrance and moving the back door to provide a more direct entrance to the dining room. Along with Mitch organizing the team, everything was accomplished with a minimum of fuss and delay. We appreciate Warren's careful and accurate yet amazingly fast work. He even found an empty Sprite bottle behind the drywall left by the original builders!

We are left to enjoy a beautiful new kitchen where several people can comfortably work together at the same time, plus a more open and inviting new dining room with all the bright morning sunlight shining in through the new back door window. The transformation has been unbelievable and it is hard to believe how much this living space has changed. In appreciation for all the good work done by you and your team. Neil and Genny Funk-Unrau

Talented, professional, reliable - some words that describe Doreen and her team at Make It Home Ltd. After much research - should we move? should we build? - we decided on renovating the home that we love in the location that is perfect for us. Everyone knows that living through renovations is a pain, but our experience was much better than we could have imagined. From the planning stages, through the design process and onto the final implementation, Doreen made sure that our vision came to being. She was able to tap into the idea of what our dream home was and bring it to life. We are thrilled at the outcome. We are confident that we made the right decision and have to give full credit to Make It Home Ltd for helping us achieve this. We wouldn’t change anything and would do it again in a flash. What a wonderful experience thanks to Doreen and her team. .........Liz & Hugh Price

Dear Make it Home Team: We wanted to Thank You for our beautiful Dream Kitchen. Doreen, you and your team were professional, courteous, friendly and always made us feel like we were part of the project. It was finished in a short 2 month period and everyone worked very hard. Thank you Doreen for the great renovation experience and taking care of every detail from start to finish. A really Big Thank You.........Yvonne & Lloyd Sawatzky

Doing a significant home renovation over Christmas time is not ideal. Throw in a two year old and a pregnant wife 8 months along and contractors go running. Not Doreen and her crew! From the first time we met Doreen she made us feel like the renovation would mean just as much to her as it was going to be for us. Her patience and honesty throughout the process was refreshing and always put us at ease. Mitch and the contractors were professional and thoughtful of our situation every time they stepped foot in our house. This was the biggest cliff our young family has ever jumped off of and Doreen made the fall exciting and incredibly rewarding. Thank you Doreen and crew for every shopping trip and making our home, "our home" for many years to come. Dan, Gisele, Jacob and Abigail Cox

Thanks Doreen for a great renovation experience. You and your crew transformed my kitchen from a total nightmare to an absolute dream - I love cooking and entertaining in it. Everyone was great - always professional, polite and friendly and always left my home remarkably clean and tidy for being in the midst of a construction project - not to mention did great work. Your design and the finished product are the perfect combination of beauty and function. Nancy Edwards

We have received a lot of compliments over the last year and we are not afraid to let these people know about you and your work. We tell them; Doreen and her team were professional, knowledgeable and courteous. Doreen was able to put our vision on paper and she knew exactly what we wanted. Doreen took care of every detail from the beginning to the end of our project. She accompanied us to the stores to choose the materials and took care of the permits and inspections. Doreen kept us updated with the progress and was always available to answer our questions. The project time lines were respected and we stayed within our budget. We could not have done it without Doreen and her team. Even after the renovations are complete, we can contact Doreen if we have questions. Thank you Doreen for giving our kitchen a new look!  Lynne and Bill Crocker

The seat cushions look great. Better than I thought it would look. Everything is out of this world!!! Its a dream kitchen that should be in a magazine. You did an amazing job on this kitchen from the start to the end. You have an amazing eye forhow the end product will look and I trust your opinions and choices. We cannot thank you enough for everything you have done for us. A BIG THANK YOU! Garth and Mira Aird

Ce fut un grand plaisir de travailler avec Doreen.  Nous remercions l`équipe de Make It Home pour le formidable travail qu`ils ont réalisé lors de nos rénovations.  Dès le début, Doreen nous a guidés avec d`excellentes idées, son expertise, son sens de l`organisation,  son calme et son attitude positive envers le projet.  Le déroulement du projet fut très bien planifié et expliqué.  Nous avons beaucoup apprécié son approche professionnelle durant toutes les étapes du projet. Communiquer en français avec Doreen et les membres de son équipe nous a facilité la tâche.   L`attention aux détails était importante pour toute l`équipe.  Nous espérions être émerveillés et avons atteint et dépassé ce but.  Doreen a su exploiter le potentiel de la maison au-delà de nos attentes. Merci Doreen de nous avoir aidés à réaliser notre vision! Robert et Lise Marcoux

Our basement renovation experience done by Make It Home was fantastic! Although the design was done by another firm, Doreen and her crew never hesitated to come up with possible solutions when it became apparent that something may not work or look right. I was consulted and guided along the way every step of the process which I appreciated so much. They were very patient as I contemplated and sometimes changed by mind. Doreen should take pride in her ability to budget and plan the renovation time line up front. We were only 6.5% above the estimate and that was with me adding in additional requirements and making changes along the way. Each change was estimated, communicated and okayed before it was done. The timeline was bang on, with the exception of a couple of fixtures that were delayed by suppliers. Very professional! I really appreciated that all of Doreen's crew were respectful of the fact that this is our home and clean up was done daily. Our previous kitchen renovation experience was good, but I have to say the basement reno experience with Make it Home was exemplary! Thanks Doreen Linda, Peter, Allison, Ryan and Abby

Our renovation project, from start to finish, was a pleasure! How many can say that?!! Thank you Doreen, for taking such care in ensuring that what we wanted for our kitchen renovations, was totally thought out in the designing! Your expertise, not only in the art you have for design, but in seeking to know who we are as a family has so paid off for us in the end result. We are thrilled with our functional kitchen - it's such a joy now working and living in the new space! Our project included removal of a load bearing wall to open our kitchen up into the living room. It has made a real difference for "connecting" with family & friends who come to our home now. The front entrance to our home was changed to include more cabinetry space that is again, so functional. Changes to both the main bathroom and the ensuite bathroom located just off the kitchen have also transformed the look of our home. The time and care Doreen spent in assisting us to choose color schemes, flooring, door handles......well...every detail is unbelievable! Nothing is a problem that can't be worked out! The Make It Home team seemed to be watching with anticipation at our reaction to each stage of the project - thank you to each one for the integrity, kindness and consideration shown to us along the way! Each one of you took such pride in your work! Yes, a company like this does exist in this day and age! We are very grateful! Jim and Judy Coleman

We went to the Kitchen Bath Renovation show at the Convention Centre on January 15. We wanted to let you know that we saw NOTHING there that we liked better than the kitchen you designed for us or that made us wish we had done anything different. We left the show feeling totally happy about our kitchen. So, thank you for a job well done.  Cathy Sherman and Gord Fryfogle

As we enter the New Year, I want to thank you for making my house a beautiful home where I can spend my time creating memories and enjoying it.   Your attention to detail, your commitment to the project and your gorgeous designs have truly made my home such a wonderful place to be in.  It is cozy, yet spacious and has all the elements I wanted.  You took so much time to learn about my tastes, the colours and textures that are truly me and then incorporated it into my home.  Having you coordinate the project, saved me so much time and work.  From paint, to tiles, to carpet, lighting and all the other items needed in a renovation - you took the time to research, find and obtain either samples or take me to a location where you had narrowed down the search and each and every time had picked my style out.  You are truly gifted at what you do and I would recommend you to any person considering a renovation.   I can't thank you enough for the wonderful job you did. Beryl Glenat

Dear Make it Home team, thank you for making our dream kitchen a reality! Doreen and her team of professionals transformed our dated kitchen into a beautiful and functional space, which is now the heart of our home. Doreen provided a plan (actually many revised plans) and presented it in an appealing and understandable way. We spent many hours pouring over the drawings and trying to imagine the finished project. However, we did not fully anticipate the amount of decisions and details involved in an extensive renovation, but Doreen and her team patiently guided us through all the stages. Everyone involved seemed as excited as us to watch the project unfold. Communication was excellent and our input was always respected and welcome. We are most appreciative of their detail orientation, organizational skills and adherence to established timelines. Doreen's "no worries" attitude definitely lessened the stress. Make it Home helped us achieve a balance between function, comfort and the WOW factor we were looking for. We could not be more pleased with the outcome and will highly recommend Make it Home to friends and family. Tamara and Daniel Silvari

We wanted to thank you for the great work you've done for us. We really appreciated the service you provided and the ease of communication with you - email is great. All of the workers we encountered were friendly and professional. Kathleen and Adrian

Doreen, thanks again for everything.  We truly appreciate the work that you did and know that without you our kitchen would have only reached a fraction of its potential. Kendra & Warren Nachtigall

"Appearance IS everything. We at Sentinel realized our storage offices were
not giving the wonderful first impression we wanted. With our brand new
offices, it was easy to get all those great ideas in place. But where do you
start such a large undertaking with 20 year old + properties? Doreen from
Make It Home was referred to us and we can't be happier! From having the
vision to understand what we wanted, to finding the best materials at the
best price point, to recommending contractors, her professionalism shone
through. We are thrilled with the outcome. We highly recommend Ms Gauthier
to make YOUR dream come true." Karen Bodoano, Operations Manager, Sentinel Self-Storage

"Thank you so much!  We are all very happy with the space; the new feel, the details and the way we all can live so much better together.  Please consider us a great reference and your biggest fans.  You were terrific.  Your services were start to end and you handled all the details in every way.  We trusted you!"   Love Cheryl, Don, Thomas and Raegan

Doreen’s calm approach really enabled us to feel relaxed about our project.  She really listened to us and produced designs that were great reflections of our needs.  She addressed our concerns and we were quite impressed with all her follow-up.  We really enjoyed her sensible approach to things”, Alice Arnal, Real Estate Agent, Sutton Group

"Doreen's vision for my condo was fantastic.  She saw through the dated wallpaper and helped me create a great home.   All the work was done before I moved in which was really satisfying.  While I was packing and organizing in my old apartment, Doreen was taking care of the work to the new condo.  C'est un service fantastique!", Bathélemy Bolivar, teacher and published author.

"Our new kitchen layout makes so much sense. Everything is within easy reach...we love the placement of the island across from the fridge.  The whole thing has exceeded our expectations.  We're not sure how we would have done this project on our own!   Thanks Doreen!", Camille Dyck , Public Health Nurse

Doreen's integrity and commitment to excellence can't be overstated. You won't find a more dedicated, motivated individual with a great attention to detail ”, Ken Neill, Project Officer, Public Works Government Services Canada

"We enjoyed working with Doreen.  We appreciated her positive attitude, attention to detail, and problem solving abilities."  Tara and Myron Dyck

The reality would be that we futzed and putzed over trying to do renos for two years but both being so busy, we were never able to commit to doing them because of the time and effort we thought would be involved with doing the whole kit and caboodle on our own. By working with Make It Home, we were able to outsource much of the running around as well as the headache of trying to manage various contractors and trades to ensure things were done right. Getting itemized breakdowns of what things cost made things much easier to move forward", Shane Cluff, owner Score Advertising, Lisa MacKenzie, Manager, Investor’s Group

We knew what we wanted from our house renovation:  more living and storage space, a spacious open-concept kitchen, an area where we could sit and have our morning coffee in the sun.  People usually know what they want, but putting it down on paper is a difficult job.  We went to Doreen to discuss our needs, and she listened well.  We had a great discussion about different options and solutions so that we could get everything we wanted.  She wondered if we had considered moving the kitchen in our 1970 bungalow from the end of the house to the centre – it was amazing – it answered all our needs!  She went to work and drew out an amazing plan that we instantly loved!  We had tried other professionals just to have that money wasted in drawings that were completely unsatisfactory.  The communication with Doreen was so much better.  She brought our ideas to fruition with her practical knowledge and impeccable style.  I’ve highly recommended Make It Home to all our family and friends.  Even if you’re just looking for ideas on how to redesign a small space, or freshen up the look of your home, Doreen can make it happen from start to finish.  Renovations can be incredibly stressful, but with a professional guiding you through all the steps, it can be really enjoyable!  We have completed our renovations, and because of the smart planning and support from Make It Home, our project turned out perfectly.   Without Doreen’s creative, reliable, professional and super enthusiastic input, we never would have moved the kitchen and really that’s the decision that brought us from an ok reno to a super one! Thanks so much!", Michelle & Al Philippot, Manitoba dairy producers.

Dear Doreen, this is a big thank you for your work in regards to our basement renovation!  Overall, we found the experience extremely positive and consider ourselves fortunate to have connected with you and Mona.  Please feel free to use us as reference. Louise Lamb and Norman Mayer

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