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Large home or building renovation or remodel projects can be daunting to plan. Fortunately, the city now has a lot of options for contractors who can take over most of the work in such projects.
For today’s article, we reviewed the best general contractors in Winnipeg. You’ll learn what they offer, what sets them apart from the rest, and what we like/dislike about them.
How Much General Contractors Cost in Winnipeg
General contractors will usually charge 10-20% of the total cost of your project. Some general contractors also have a flat rate that depends on the scope of your project.
The cost for a general contractor will cover things like these, usually:
- Labor compensation
- General liability and other insurance needs
- Staff, office, and operations overhead expenses
We’ve also compiled a list of specific project types, the project cost, as well as the additional cost for the general contractor. These are just averages, so keep that in mind – what you actually get quoted for your project will naturally vary.
|Project Type||Average Project Cost||General Contractor Cost|
|Building a house||$290,000||$29,000-$58,000|
|Building additional structures||$46,500||$4,650-$9,300|
|Remodeling a house||$47,000||$4,700-$9,400|
|Remodeling a bathroom||$11,000||$1,100-$2,200|
|Remodeling a kitchen||$26,000||$2,600-$5,200|
|Building brick or stone walls||$4,900||$490-$980|
|Building a deck||$7,700||$770-$1,540|
|Building a garage||$28,000||$2,800-$5,600|
|Installing a concrete driveway||$4,500||$450-$900|
|Installing a fence||$2,900||$290-$580|
The Best General Contractors in Winnipeg
Now that we have an estimation of the cost for a general contractor, let’s take a look at the best and most sought-after general contractors available in the Winnipeg market today.
1. Stand Tall Contracting
|PRODUCTS||General Contracting for Residential and Commercial|
|ADDRESS||1205 Manahan Ave Unit DWinnipeg, MBR3T 5S8|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: 204-615-3969|
Email: [email protected]
Winnipeg-based Stand Tall Contracting claims to be one of the most trusted general contractors among locals. We checked and its reputation does seem to be pretty good, based on our survey.
Part of the reason for this is that they have a pretty robust warranty program that spans 2 years and covers full workers’ compensation and liability insurance.
Its 30+ years in the field can also attest to the company’s degree of experience and expertise. You only need to browse their website to see photos that show the visual quality of their projects.
Another plus we gathered from our research is the plethora of customer reviews vouching for the firm’s efficiency and promptness from the delivery of quotes to the service itself. However, some customers have also expressed that there were times when the full inclusions of the agreement weren’t made thoroughly clear to them, which led to some unmet expectations.
Professional and responsive – Hayat M.
“We are happy to work with Stand Tall Contracting for the past 2 years. They are professional and responsive. We highly recommend them to anyone.”
Widely recommended in Winnipeg – Farah H.
“Stand Tall Contracting was referred to us by one of our clients. We requested our office to be renovated and had them come in to provide a quote. They did a great job with recommendations and foreseeing possible issues with the initial layout. We had a tight deadline to avoid extended downtime and they came in, worked extended days to get this done on schedule. The crew was a pleasure to deal with, as well as their sub trades. I have passed their name to a friend as I am very happy with the quality and overall experience.”
Unclear scope of project – Sarah B.
“Hired to paint our suite. Was supposed to do 1 coat of our living space. Somehow living space does not include the main entrance in our home. They did not paint everything.”
2. Rempel Builders
|PRODUCTS||General Contracting, Basement Remodeling, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, Kitchen Remodeling, New Home Construction, Project Management, Custom Homes|
|ADDRESS||1386 Loudoun RdWinnipeg, MBR3S 1A4|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: 204-227-4662|
Email: [email protected]
Rempel Builders is widely known in the home renovation industry, with 32 Gold Renovation Of The Year awards under its belt. This and their gleaming portfolio of beautiful home renovations are the main pros we found upon research.
They have 40+ years of experience in the renovation industry. This can also be seen in the variety of home projects they have worked on, from small to very large scale renovations.
If you’re planning to renovate or remodel a commercial building, though, Rempel Builders may not be the one for you. Their experience and expertise mostly revolves around home renovation.
That being said, their reputation in home restoration is very strong indeed. Notes that we heard repeatedly from their past clients included strong communication, easy collaboration between the various tradesmen involved in projects, and quick problem resolution.
Throughout our survey, it was clear that a big part of these strengths was due to the company’s skilled management and leadership. Collaboration, communication, organization – all of these work best when in the hands of good project managers, which is what Rempel seems to have.
Highly recommended, good attention to detail – Douglas T.
“Friends had recommended Rempel Builders after using them to finish their basement, and we signed up for a whole home renovation with them. Their attention to detail was apparent from day one, when Ivan and his team of contractors descended en masse to do a complete walk through of the plans. We were very impressed by the collaboration between the various trades involved, right from day one.”
Able to efficiently work on large projects – Walter M.
“Our experience with Rempel Builders and their quality of work at 30 Dvoras Cove during 2018 was outstanding. It was a pleasure communicating with Ivan Plett, the project manager, during the entire scope of work. He made sure we knew what was going on every step of the way. That alone was awesome because of the sheer magnitude of the project.”
3. Ican Construction & Renovation
|PRODUCTS||General Contracting, Bathroom Remodeling, Custom Homes, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Home Restoration, Kitchen Remodeling, New Home Construction, Project Management, Sustainable Design, Workshop Design & Construction|
|ADDRESS||Box #14Rosser, MBR0H 1E0|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: 204-799-5029|
Email: [email protected]
ICAN is part of the Manitoba Home Builders’ Association (MHBA), Renomark, and TrustedPros associations. This can vouch for the company’s reputation and experience.
It specializes in building and renovating residential homes that can vary in size, type, and complexity. This can be a double-edged sword, though, for those looking to renovate non-residential buildings.
We found that they have some additional services attached to the basics including technical documentation explaining the engineering and architectural perspectives of the project, which can be handy in forecasting the integrity and other important details.
Part of their package is full Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) coverage, by the way. They have a 2-year warranty on renovations and a $2M liability insurance, too.
One possible hitch here, though, is the fact that it is not Winnipeg-based (though it can service Winnipeg homes). This may affect your access to them, but they’re responsive enough (and actually, close enough to Winnipeg) that we think it’s a minor issue.
Professional, easy to work with – Amill Stucco & Renovations
“I have worked with Ryan and Ican construction on several projects, including renovations, and exterior work. As the owner of a stucco company, I work with many contractors, but Ryan stands out as an above-average communicator and a professional. The work that I have seen done by Ican’s team is always top quality. I would recommend this company for renovations projects in Manitoba.”
Attentive to concerns, punctual – Vegard N.
“Ryan (owner of ICAN Construction) is a great communicator. He was attentive to our many concerns, willing to go the extra mile, always on time and particular to details. His work crew showed good attention to details, they were always on time, and showed great respect to our property and our family.”
4. Alair Homes Winnipeg
|PRODUCTS||General Contracting, Bathroom Remodeling, Garage Building, Home Additions, Home Extensions, Home Remodeling, Kitchen Remodeling, Multigenerational Homes, New Home Construction, Project Management, Sustainable Design, Workshop Design & Construction, Custom Homes|
|ADDRESS||4-525 Academy Rd|
Winnipeg, MBR3N 1A1
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: 204-813-7919|
If you’re looking to give a modern feel to your home, Alair Homes may be the one for you. They are critically acclaimed for their signature modern aesthetic, earning back-to-back awards for customer satisfaction from Houzz.
They provide each custom home with a 2-year national home warranty as part of their package, which isn’t half-bad.
They also conduct complimentary 3, 6, and 12-month inspections after completion of the project – again, another thing we like.
If you’re one keen on checking up on your renovation project, they have an online portal that is online 24/7 to present to you all project details, schedules, sub-trade quotes, and pricing information. No need to go to the site itself to check on your project.
The catch with Alair Homes is that they deal mostly with small residential projects. So, if you’re looking to renovate or remodel bigger homes, this may not be the best choice for you.
Prompt and efficient handling of unforeseen problems – Elizabeth
“I am very satisfied with the work done on my home by Warren of Alair Homes. The roof needed to be reshingled and an unused, leaky chimney demolished. I received a work estimate in a timely fashion, an unforeseen problem (the leaky chimney) was dealt with quickly and efficiently, my calls were returned promptly and I knew what was happening, the work was done on time, when scheduled and on budget, and the work crews were pleasant and respectful of my property. Although the job was small, Warren attended to all details so it was stress free for me. I am very happy with my new roof.”
5. Davian Construction
|PRODUCTS||General Contracting, Commercial Building, Renovation, New Residential|
|ADDRESS||740 Logan AvenueWinnipeg, MBR3E 1M9|
|CONTACT DETAILS||Phone: 204-783-7251|
Email: [email protected]
|OPERATING HOURS||Weekdays only, 7:30AM to 4:00PM|
Davian Construction has been in the construction and renovation business since 1974. They’ve been able to widen their service offerings from construction and repair/restoration after damage to business, commercial, and residential properties.
If you check out their website (although somewhat old-fashioned), you can immediately see the wide array of services they are able to offer and the scale of the projects.
It is also rated A- by the Better Business Bureau (BBB), ensuring the legitimacy of the firm.
One downside to this one is the fact that they do not exactly have any specialization, unlike some entries on the list. If you’re looking for a firm that has a very specific niche, say, for home remodeling, you might want to reconsider going with this one.
How to Choose the Best General Contractor in Winnipeg
Now that we’ve laid down the best general contractors in Winnipeg, let’s run through some important and helpful guidelines that’ll ensure you pick the right one for your project.
1. Clearly state and identify the objectives and needs of your project
When choosing a general contractor, make sure you ask about specialization and prior experience and assess that in line with your needs (e.g. kitchen remodeling, outdoor/indoor construction.
2. Pay attention to their communication style
By the very first meeting, you should be mindful of how attentive and prompt they are in terms of communication. Doing a construction or renovation project will definitely require a transparent, quick, and hands-on communication style.
So if you think they’re not up to par with the communication style that you think is best for your arrangement, they might not be the best for you.
3. Take note of their availability and overall schedule
How in-demand the general contractor is will heavily affect their pricing and, of course, your access to them. This should be one of the main things you need to note since the project can take months to years and you will need someone to whom you have access as often as possible until the project is completed.
This may also be a major consideration if the project is meant to be finished as soon as possible.
4. Verify licenses and insurance
This probably goes without saying. Without proper insurance, you could be held liable if a worker gets injured while working on the project.
These are crucial things to double-check and verify to ensure that the project runs smoothly.
FAQs about General Contractors in Winnipeg
Still with us? If we’ve missed something or you think anything on the list needs improvement, don’t hesitate to reach out!
We have a ton of related articles you can try for more services in this area, by the way. For example, this list of the best home inspection agencies in Winnipeg may come in handy if you also need a home inspected.