Major Renovation - Foundation Waterproofing, Exterior Drainage, Structural changes, Fully Finished Basement
When we purchased our bungalow in a fabulous neighbourhood we had planned to renovate but 2 boys, 2 dogs and a busy life it didn't happen right away. Fast forward to the flood of August 2014, it was devastating for us but then we met Jake Meal. I had been in corporate sales for 17 years and with that comes being a good judge of people and character and with Jake that was instant. I am a type A personality that along with being a clean freak and the thought of renovations while my family was living in the home terrified me. As Jake and I talked more about the plans, more about the best way to gut and renovate, my comfort level grew and the trust in Jake was key.
We came up with a plan that I was comfortable with and a way to still function in our home with 2 young boys and dogs. Jake was always here on site ensuring all aspects of this renovation were being done properly and on time and coordinating with all the different trades workers. He was always available to discuss any concerns I may of had and work closely with me on the choosing of materials.
There were never any surprise costs and his clean-up at the end of the day ( end of the project) is beyond impressive and that is coming from a clean freak, even our neighbours commented on this as well as friends who had gone through renovations with another contractor. Our family was delighted with our new basement, living space, office/guest bedroom, kitchenette, bathroom, laundry room and storage space, which is the entire length of our home therefore doubling our living space.
We also had Jake come back to refinish our dining room and upstairs bathroom with amazing results. We truly can't say enough good things about Jake and his work ethic and pride in business, I tell everyone how we had the best contractor. I can honestly say (my husband would agree) that I felt I could never live through a renovation while living in our home without going bonkers but I made it and that is a testament to Jake and how he treats his clients.
FYI of all the basements in our area that were affected by the flood ours turned out the best and my stress level was kept in check.Thanks again Jake!
- Lee-Ann and Patrick Lofto, Burlington
Major Renovation - complete gut and redo all three floors, including creating a legal tenant suite on the lower level.
If you are lucky enough to have Jake Meal working on your project, you get a home-builder, not just a general contractor. Jake and his project team work as if they are building a home they are going to be living in and works tirelessly to ensure quality work is done. Worked through technical challenges and would email us ideas and a daily status report. Always on site first thing in the morning and usually the last one to leave at night, Jake Meal manages projects one site at a time. His reliability and our trust in him were key factors for us to completely rebuild our home in a tight timeline. Finally, he is well respected by his team of sub-contractors and suppliers. If we were considering another home or commercial project for that matter, Jake would be the first builder in the GTA whom we would contact.
- David Rankin, P. Eng. and Shelley Worden, Toronto
Full Kitchen Gut and Redo
Jake - Thank you so much for giving us our dream kitchen! We were quite impressed with your professionalism and integrity throughout our summer renovation project. After hearing various stories from friends about their reno projects gone bad we were quite sceptical as we began our search for the right contractor. However, upon meeting with you, we had a gut feeling about your honesty and passion for building. You were honest about the timeline and budget and your subcontractors were the best in the business.You delivered on your promises and your after sales service was second to none. We are now enjoying our fabulous new kitchen and highly recommend The Meal Group to anyone looking for exceptional service and fantastic results!
- Carrol and Richard Verasamy, Oakville
Addition and Exterior Alterations/Upgrades
I am an Architect with a practice in Mississauga. I don’t “do” houses, but I designed an addition to our ranch style bungalow – a garage addition to house a classic car, as well as some other exterior upgrades. Having known Jake when he was a partner in a Civil Engineering firm, I was pleased to see that he was now a full time residential contractor. I contacted him and he provided me with a very professional quote which included a number of practical suggestions. Everything was included and carefully itemized.
Jake and his team enthusiastically carried out the construction, on time, over an 8 week schedule. They were professional, courteous and thorough in their daily construction activities. The site was orderly, safe and properly secured at the end of each day. Jake himself was usually the first there and the last to leave, ensuring that things were tied up for the day and ready for the next. We received many comments from neighbours about the very presentable state of the construction and the intensity of the activity.
The completed construction was beyond even my expectations. Quality of construction, attention to detail and follow-up after completion were all exemplary.
I would strongly recommend The Meal Group for any residential project.
- David Pearce, Mississauga
"Jake is a true professional who exemplifies quality customer service and superior organizational and communication skills."
- Mike and Angela, Toronto
Major Renovation - Structural Changes, HVAC Changes and Fully Finished Basement
We held off on our basement renovation for a number of years, after going thru the stress of a major renovation to the rest of the house. Thanks to Jake and his team the experience was better than we could have ever anticipated. Jake’s hands on approach and attention to detail and innovation through the process is unique to find in a contractor. A high level of communication combined with a budget conscious approach all while producing a superior new living space were are expectations. Jake exceeded all these expectations and more. We thoroughly enjoyed working with him and hope to have him back soon.
- Chris and Pauline Bobyk, Toronto
Fully Finished Basement
Jake, OUTSTANDING job! We’re VERY pleased with the results, and especially for your GREAT attention to detail, which based on my many years of experience as a handyman (electrician, plumber, tile setter, wood work, painter, etc., etc.) with a particular knack for details, is rare. In fact, I hadn’t found the perfect job until you came along, and learned a few new things in the process… ;) Money well invested! Please feel free to use us as references for and witnesses of your good work.
- Claudio and Janneth, Milton
Major Renovation (Full Kitchen Gut, 4 washrooms guts, fully finished basement, all new flooring)
Jake and his team were great to work with. Jake is a true professional who exemplifies quality customer service and superior organizational and communication skills. He has the keen ability to solve problems quickly and effectively and keeps the client in the loop on an ongoing basis so that any issues that may come up can be dealt with in a collaborative manner. He delivered the project on time and on budget. I would recommend Jake and his crew to anyone. They were a pleasure to work with.
- Mike and Angela, Toronto