building brands since 2008.
For over a decade, we’ve collaborated with some of the biggest brands and newest innovators to create spaces that draw people in. BUILD IT has completed over 600 projects since our inception in 2008, but our mission has always stayed the same: to build iconic spaces that inspire success from the inside out — smarter, honestly, and to a higher standard than anyone else.
what we do.
We create environments that authentically express your brand’s attitude and story. The most important point of contact you’ll ever have with your customer comes the moment they step inside your doors – and we know what it takes to set a world class standard in hospitality, retail, and commercial spaces.
Our BUILD IT team works on a broad range of construction projects, including new builds, retrofits and repurposed spaces. We source locations, collaborate with engineers, designers and architects; we assemble trustworthy construction teams and provide on-site management services. From start to finish, we bring your brand to life.
a passion for the craft.
We take great pride in having one of the country’s most talented collection of tradespeople and construction experts. Other companies bring in hired guns — we hire them full-time instead. And over the last decade, we’ve established a culture of accountability and dedication, where everyone is encouraged to think like entrepreneurs.
the first thing we build is trust.
Our ability to communicate open and honestly sets us apart. Our real-time project tracker streamlines the process, allowing clients to monitor their project in real time from any location. With tablets on every job site, our project managers are constantly providing progress reports, uploading photos and keeping clients informed of major milestones.
technology in our toolbox.
Emerging technologies are transforming the way we approach builds. Whether it’s integrating VR into site drawings, using drones to complete inspections, or creating interactive environments to improve customer experience — our BUILD IT team is always exploring newer, smarter ways of doing things.
great projects require constructive thinkers.
We’re in the construction business. But more than anything else, we’re just really good problem solvers. Our team of in-house specialists is always finding new ways to tackle challenges, emphasizing collaboration between stakeholders, architects, designers, engineers and trades.
What our clients say about us.
“On time, on budget, great team all around.”
EARL'S KITCHEN + BAR RESTAURANTS
“Worked as a true partner.”
“Driving the project forward with solutions based construction management. Good management and site supervision is an asset”
“How accessible everyone was and how personal the build felt!”
“BUILD IT By Design is the general contractor of choice for Basil Box. Not only is their quality of work top notch, but everyone on their team is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Would highly recommend and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”
“Working with BUILD IT By Design has allowed myself and my team to focus on the growth of our brand while their one stop solution handles our complete construction need’s start to finish.”
Paramount Fine Foods
“Excellent team to work with! Build it by Design almost made it too easy for us during construction because of how efficient they were on site and how much initiative they took. We would totally work with them again if the opportunity arises!”
Jason Chiu Architect Inc
“From start to finish, BUILD IT was engaged and took every aspect of our project seriously. We were very encouraged with the high level of professionalism from the entire team (from project management to the site crew), and we felt like we were their first priority the whole way through. A special thanks to Jay for his and all of his crew's efforts - you've made our vision come to life. Look forward to working with BUILD IT for many years to come.”
Harbour Eats by Mercatino
“Covering all bases. Doing what it takes to make end-client happy.”
“Build It By Design gets it done. They are professional. There team not only has your best interests but they are wonderful to work with. They got the job done sooner than they forecasted and most importantly, they did not cut corners. I highly recommend their contract services.”
Chef On Call
“Great experience overall. Always punctual and responsive. You can count on the whole team and their contractors to work through obstacles and to get the job done. Great work guys.”
Jump Photo Studio
“BUILD IT By Design recently completed a complete restaurant build-out for us on time and on budget. Everybody on the team was a real professional and their sub-trades were top-notch and as dedicated to the project as BUILD IT were. Despite being one of the smaller projects they'll likely tackle this year I felt as if all the resources of the organization were being dedicated to my project. The amount of attention paid to the project by their senior people was as impressive as their responsiveness.”
Salt & Tobacco
“Communication was excellent and workmanship impeccable”
The Macaron Boutique - Food District
“Working with Build It By Design was a huge help in getting my business started. From personal advice to professional recommendations, this company helped us set our retail atmosphere which has wow'ed almost every client we've had through our doors. Special shout out to Alburt who worked around our demanding schedule and went above and beyond for us. I would highly recommend working with them; they'll make it a breeze to get your work done in a timely and professional manner.”
Glass Monocle Eyecare
“Feedback & expert advice in design phase, great service, high quality build, amazing end result!”
Arvinda's Spices & Chai
“Build It By Design was a pleasant surprise in the world of contracting. From the beginning to end of the project they were clear about their delivery dates in which they met or exceeded them. Their pricing structure was clearly laid out, was fair, and didn't increase at any point of the project. I am satisfied with the finished product and would certainly recommend and use them again for our future restaurants.”
Eva's Original Chimneys
“Build it By Design were fantastic from Day 1. They helped us deal with the City which was not an easy task, built our store in record timing, and supported us even after our store was finally open. We have received so many compliments about the store's professional appearance to the point that most customers mistake us for a franchise chain. Thank you BIBD for hand-holding us through this typically challenging journey. We look forward to working with you on our next project!”
“I have now used Build it by Design for several projects, they very professional and deliver an outstanding product. You can count on them to be on time and on budget. They will follow up with you 7 days a week. I think that Alburt who will co-ordinate the whole project with you but the trades are great, their office staff and they millwork shop is very good. Please use them you will be happy.”
“BUILD IT By Design has provided us with exceptional service while managing timelines and budgets. Their on-site supervision and Project Management is professional and thorough. Always on spec, the word "deficiency" is NOT in their vocabulary.”
“We recently used Build It By Design for our restaurant, Bombay Street Food. From the very beginning, Simon and Alburt were attentive and diligent about our project. When construction started, the whole Build It team continued to impress on every level: their work was impeccable, they were punctual and friendly, open to addressing our questions and concerns, and extremely organized. Our project was executed brilliantly and we couldn't be more thrilled with the results. We would absolutely recommend Build It By Design to any one looking for a contractor and would definitely use them again if the opportunity arose!”
Bombay Street Food
International Council of Shopping Centers
Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 63,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.
The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association
The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) represents foodservice operators, including restaurants, bars, cafeterias and social and contract caterers.
Canada Green Building Council
The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada.
Toronto Construction Association
One of the country’s largest and longest-running industry associations. TCA has helped shape Toronto’s construction landscape since its inception 150+ years ago, furthering education and development while creating opportunities for its 1,800+ member companies across the GTA.
Canadian Franchise Association
The Canadian Franchise Association (CFA) is a national, not-for-profit association of more than 700 corporate members representing over 40,000 franchise business owners. They are the voice of the franchise community and the recognized authority on franchising in Canada. They speak for a business sector that represents every industry and touches the lives of every Canadian, in every community across the country.