Oakville Homes

September 13, 2011

Is there a good builder out there? Yes, there are some.


Sorry for the length of time between posts but I have been busy doing further research in answer to the Mattamy lawyer.  I’m glad they have questioned the truth of the facts as I have now uncovered some other material – some actually very disturbing.  I am in the process of checking with the appropriate authorities before I make mention to ensure all the facts are true. (lawyers, police, town officials, and other authorities)

In the Saturday Toronto Star they had an article on “The Daniels Corporation”.  You’ll remember the name of Cadillac Fairview Development who built the Eaton Centre and Toronto Dominion Centre.  Well, John Daniels was past chairman of Cadillac but had a passion for building structures the small guy can enjoy and have pride in.  For this, he founded “The Daniels Corporation” and has realized his passion with the motivating help of Mitchell Cohen, President of Daniels.

What I found interesting was the philosophy these men are following.  Their success is due to the “persona of inventiveness and innovation” and having a different slant on things.  According to the article, in 1988 they were the first builder to bring front verandas back to new houses (hmm, I’ve seen ads from someone else that seem to make it their idea) and, in 1990 “devised a ‘healthy village’ master plan” – New Urbanism (hmm, sounds like another companies ad).

But what I like is that they want to pursue affordable housing and are helping to revitalize Regent Park with a housing mix to accommodate a wide variety of income and lifestyles.

Back in 1986 they recognized the “decreasing quality and the lack of care about purchasers” and did something about it.  Other builders seem to be in the old rut of cut corners and make the money.

Don’t get me wrong, Daniels is not going poor helping people out but it seems they give a good product for the value and believe in “values based on the belief that shelter is a basic human need and the right of all Canadians”.  Read the article for a full sense of the scope of this company.

I used the Google litmus test that I have performed on other builders and only found one complaint.

I’m not endorsing “The Daniels Corporation” but it is nice to see this type of attitude, something I know is missing from other builders.  If you have any negatives, let me know. And remember, no matter what the advertised quality of a builder, a house inspector is a good investment.  No one is perfect and sometimes we need someone to double check for us.  We all make mistakes – its just that some people will correct the mistake while others just move on.

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* The above is intended to show the reader examples of how to obtain a house inspector, no matter which builder you buy from. Remember, awards and advertising are designed to make you buy, not ensure you quality. We’ve shown that awards are not the standard on which to base your decision on. My use of my experiences are not made to embarass Mattamy Homes or Peter Gilgan but, are used because they are based on fact and show the larger picture that a house inspector is a requirement when buying a house, new or old from any builder. My experience only shows that in fact it can happen and is a fact of life. Your experiences with Mattamy may have differed.


1 Comment »

  1. Unfortunately I have a pleasure of living in one of Daniel’s building. I can’t wait to sell my unit and move. Don’t take me wrong…….I don’t think that they are the worst condo builders in Toronto but they are no different from any ABC builder. All condo builders in Toronto have been using the least expensive building materials and hire cheap labour with no supervision to achieve the MOST profit for themselves. But again, I don’t completely blame them for these issues. Buyer beware……..As long as the building code is asking for minimum expectation ……builders can get away with murder. Most condo owners just quietely sell their units and move.

    Comment by Judy — July 25, 2012 @ 10:54 am | Reply

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