From The Andrews

We cannot say enough positive things about our experience working with Joel Friesen Homes. We chose to live in the house while doing our major renovation and all the workers were very considerate of our space, us and our pets. They kept the work site as clean as possible and kept our requirements top of mind.

As with most major renovations there were up expected "surprises" that popped up and Joel and his team came up with creative solutions that were clearly focused on respecting our budget. They were interested in working with us to stay within our timeline and there was great communication throughout the project.

Even the fellow that dropped off the bin for demolition indicated that he had never heard anyone say anything negative about Joel Friesen Homes. High praise and we concur.

- George and Gay Andrews

Steve Dixon : House Addition

"We added an addition on our house to expand our kitchen and dining area. Joel Friesen Homes was referred to me by a colleague and after getting estimates from several other contractors, we soon realized that they were knowledgeable and a good fit for us. Everything was done on time and on budget. Their crews and subcontractors were efficient, courteous and well prepared. Living in a house that is being renovated is challenging but the crews kept the site clean and livable for the entire time. Workmanship is top notch and I would recommend Joel Friesen Homes for any size project!"

- Steve Dixon

The Edwards' Kitchen Renovation Success

Joel Friesen Homes recently completed our kitchen renovation. At the beginning we were given a detailed quote and schedule for all aspects of the job. Having a clear written quote, plan, and schedule was most helpful. Each component of the job was separated in our quote so we knew the range we were working with when we made our choices, e.g. flooring, tiles, cupboards, counter tops, The job was done on time with no major problems. Small problems were dealt with immediately and professionally. The work done by all of the employees and sub trades was excellent. Each worker had a strong work ethic, good people skills, and was a pleasure to have in our home. The suppliers we visited to choose our finishes were skilled and patient. Joel, Lauren, and Leighton, the team from Joel Friesen couldn't have been easier to work with. Lauren was remarkable for her continual communication and reassurance. We received frequent updates regarding what was done, what would be done next, what the expectations were for us. Leighton worked in our home almost every day, communicated frequently with Joel and Lauren, as well as checked on the other workers. His own work was excellent - especially the wooden desktop and the finishing details of crown moldings etc.. When a solid door and small window were replaced with French doors, he matched our out-of-date siding and paint colour perfectly.

We chose to remain in our home for the nine weeks of renovations which caused little inconvenience. Dust was kept to a minimum, tools and materials were tidied up at the end of every day. My husband, a retired electrical engineer, a perfectionist in his own home improvements, was able to follow progress, share his knowledge of the infrastructure of the house, and occasionally help work out one of the problems that arise when renovating an older home. He also learned newer methods and codes which will help him in his next life! Our many decisions regarding finishes, lighting fixtures, etc. were guided but not pushed. The end result is a mix of our joint decisions that we love. Good job Joel Friesen Homes!

- The Edwards

Les and Elizabeth Steem: Custom Design and Build of Acreage Home, 2014

"Joel built us a dream home beyond our expectations. Joel's wealth of knowledge and attention to detail is priceless when planning and building and his finishing design is simply unsurpassed. It is always a pleasure working with Joel with his friendly professional manner."

- Les Steem

Tammy and Brian Leibel: Kitchen Renovation

"We worked with Joel and his team to create our dream kitchen. We loved having Lauren's help with the decisions that I couldn't make on my own. Without her help and advice, I wouldn't have the kitchen I have today. We appreciated that Joel always took in stride my adding or changing things throughout the renovation. Working with Joel, Lauren and Leighton was awesome! If we do another big renovation we know who we'll be calling. Thanks for making our dream kitchen become a reality!!"

- Tammy and Brian Leibel

Stepney - Second Story Addition

"I loved getting weekly updates every Friday!! It was a bit of a crazy week so I forgot that there might even be a progress update!! How awesome to see what was lined up for next week, complete!

We have really loved working with all of you! Seriously, I cannot emphasize that enough. You guys are all so lovely. And we love our house so much. It feels more like home than before.

Friday night was our first night at the house and the expression on the kids' faces to see their rooms with some of their things in them was priceless. It's what I've been waiting for since we decided we needed a bigger home.

We absolutely love the house. We are so grateful to have had all the amazing people of JFH in our lives! Thank you again!"

- Nancy Stepney

The Klarenbachs

"The building process can be an overwhelming one but Joel Friesen Homes helped us break it down step by step. They would let us know what stages were coming up and when decisions were going to be needed from us. Joel personally sat down with us to design our custom floor plan with the draftsman. The best part of working with Joel Friesen Homes is that you can be involved in deciding every detail of your future home so the product is easy to love! Both Joel and Lauren provided excellent ideas at various stages. Joel is very creative and Lauren has an impressive eye for design and style. I personally asked Lauren's opinion countless times and she never made me feel like I was being a hassle. They encouraged us to send pictures or explain concepts we liked so that they could get a feel for the style we were going for. Every Joel Friesen Home is unique and we feel lucky to be in a home that is made truly custom for our family!"

- The Klarenbachs

Character Home Renovation

Joel, Lauren and Leighton have worked extensively both inside and outside my home. Upon deciding to undertake major renovations on my basement there was only one contractor I wanted for this onerous task, Joel Friesen Homes. Having seen the dedication, passion, quality of workmanship, and professionalism put into constructing my pergola and garden fence, I knew I was in safe hands. Joel is extremely personable, a wealth of information on all aspects of renovation / construction and very conscientious. When Joel and Lauren, his design consultant, first inspected my basement I could sense their excitement at taking on this challenging project. My home is almost 100 years old. To say that the basement wasn't finished would be an understatement. Where I could only see cracked and leaking walls and floors, rusty pipes and cobwebs, Joel and Lauren could envisage what it would look like when finished. I had my doubts about the size of the task but the reassurances I received from both Joel and Lauren, the detailed and professional itinerary they put in place and not least their animation helped make up my mind. Needless to say, the work went according to plan. And when I say this I mean that Lauren's itinerary (provided well in advance) is extraordinarily accurate. When everything goes like clockwork you realize how unique this team is. Lauren's true talent lies in design. She is a treasure trove of inspiring ideas and she thoughtfully incorporates your considerations and needs into the overall plan. Leighton is on site most if not all days making sure everything goes smoothly. He is a wonderful craftsman and built some exquisite pieces of furniture. He is truly a perfectionist. Now a year later I still marvel at how well everything turned out. The best compliment I can pay Joel Friesen Homes is that they take as much pleasure in both the process and the finished product as you do. We are fortunate to have such knowledgeable, talented and honest artisans in our city. I will definitely be working with Joel, Lauren and Leighton again.

- D.D.

Kathy Henderson : Main Floor Renovation

"Joel Friesen Homes recently completed a renovation for me. The project involved everything from installing hardwood to completely refinishing 2 bathrooms, painting, drywalling, moving doorways, and designing and building an entertainment centre. I am 100% happy with the outcome and the entire experience was very positive. I have absolutely no complaints. Everything ran on schedule and on budget. The project was priced fairly. I received a spreadsheet with the proposed schedule before the work began. From that point on, I received regular verbal updates, as well as, updates to the spreadsheet informing me of progress. Work on the project never stalled...there was always someone at the house working. Communication within the organization is outstanding...quarterbacked by Lauren! Joel and Lauren do regular site checks. The workmanship was excellent, from top to bottom. Attention to detail was simply unsurpassed and everyone working on the project was trustworthy and great to work with. I would highly recommend Joel Friesen Homes...they won't disappoint you."

- Kathy Henderson