BEYOND THE AVERAGE BUILDER
When my wife and I made the decision to tear down our old home and build a new one, we set out to find a builder we could trust to manage the process for us. We had no experience building a home, we led a busy life with 4 kids and didn’t have time to attempt to manage the process either. We researched a number of different approaches and talked to many different home owners who had recently been through the process. We were introduced to Alan by a neighbourhood handyman who had seen many homes that Andon had built over the years and was always impressed with their quality and durability. We talked to a variety of references and spent time with Alan reviewing his process. We found Alan’s approach the most financially transparent and “above board” and he promised to own managing the process from start to finish as well as standing behind it long after the keys were handed over. One of things that really impressed us were their trade references. Many of the trades we spoke to had been working with Alan for a decade or more and only had good things to say about their relationship. We assumed that happy trades make for good construction. We were not disappointed. When issues popped up – and they will – David and Alan dealt with them. My wife had designed some pretty interesting elements and Andon did a wonderful job overseeing all of the unique features my wife wanted. Alan’s reputation is he stands behind his homes for years beyond the average builder. He continues to surprise us when little issues pop up he gets his trades back in to take a look. In the end we got the home we imagined, it was completed on time and believe it or not, Alan wrote us a significant cheque at the very end as he and David came in UNDER budget. The whole process was transparent and for us the trust factor is invaluable. We have recommended Andon to close friends who have chosen them as well – so yes we HAVE recommended them and will continue to do so.
Bill and Barb Di Nardo
ANDON SAVED OUR HOME
My wife Cara and I were one week into construction of our “New Build” and found we had unethical issues with the builder we had contracted and had to seek out another builder to help SAVE US. We were stuck picking up the pieces with a half demolished house. We immediately called Alan from Andon Fine Homes who had been highly recommended by our designer. We met with Alan and contracted Andon and their team to SAVE US from the mess we found ourselves in. Not only did Alan assess the situation in a calming and calculated manner, he managed to take control of existing trades with ease, implement and transition them within his trades seamlessly, and manage to do this without losing any time. Moreover, Alan and his team at Andon provided insight on how to improve the structure, make additions to the facade, change and innovate the floor plan design, etc. The list goes on; we even added a second furnace and managed to carve it from existing laundry room space, reducing the amount of duct work, and improving the overall air quality!! We can easily say that our experience is one we share, with sincere adoration, for how Andon SAVED our house, improved on the existing design and gave us full confidence in them each and every step of the way. We would strongly recommend their services to anyone looking for a trustworthy builder – They’ll build your dream FOREVER home just like they did for us! Thanks again, Alan, and everyone at Andon for being a part of this journey.
Elliot & Cara Falovitch
WHAT A GORGEOUS HOUSE
When we decided to build a house we interviewed six builders. We met with Alan Newton from Andon several times during this process of due diligence. In the end we felt Alan had an edge (beyond the quality of the work he showed us and the references he had) over the others in how personable and easy he was to deal with – as we later found out, this extends to his whole team. Early on we conveyed to him that our key requirement – beyond quality workmanship, reliability, and controlling the budget – was that our builder would always make sure to defend our interests, not that of the sub trades (we had a poor previous experience with this issue with a different builder). We give Andon, and all their staff top marks on all these metrics. The quality of Andon’s work is very high – we have had uniformly positive comments from friends, neighbours (everybody on the street has admired and complimented us on the house), family, and real estate Agents about the luxury quality of our new house and the attention to detail. Alan’s team makes the construction process, which can be daunting, seamless, trouble free, and even enjoyable. They were always there to support us. The follow-up (after construction) related to any minor “deficiencies” (which are normal for a new built house) has been nothing but heroic – special mention goes to David and Cody for their patience and tireless attention to detail in following all issues, during and after construction, to their conclusion. We have happily answered questions from, and even hosted prospective Andon clients in our house, because we are very confident in promoting Alan, his team, and Andon’s services. The Andon team lived up to their promises and produced a beautiful home for us. We are happy to strongly endorse Andon Fine Homes and his team. Sincere thanks to Alan, David and Cody.
Glen & Cindy Ollers
ANDON WOULD BE OUR FIRST CHOICE
Our experience with Andon has been overwhelmingly positive. It started with our first meeting with Alan. He brought
creative solutions to some difficult parts of our project and demonstrated a vision and commitment to excellence we had
not encountered before. With Alan’s help and experience we developed a realistic budget which included items we had
not considered but that we had to address. Every project has unexpected challenges, but Andon handled ours calmly and
professionally. It was that professional and businesslike approach that we found most impressive. The detailed monthly
statements prepared by Andon allowed us to track our budgeted expenditures and all extras. Andon delivered our project
on time and under budget. There were no surprises. It is one thing to have great ideas, quite another to turn those ideas
into a beautiful home. If we were to renovate again, Andon would be our first choice.
ON TIME AND ON BUDGET… YES!
Most people want to know two things about our building process; was it on time and on budget. We can answer “yes” to both. The budget prepared by Alan at Andon Fine Homes, and the review process with us, was thorough, detailed and accurate. The time and effort that Alan and his team invested in our specific project before construction began was critical in contributing to its success. There were no budgetary surprises during our build.The construction of our home went smoothly and was on schedule because of the team at Andon and their commitment, knowledge and ability to engage quality trades. During construction, the availability and communication with our onsite manager David was excellent. He also made sure that we were prepared with our decisions to keep the project on track. We are extremely happy with our new home and wouldn’t change a thing. Our confidence in Andon – their experience and professionalism – allowed us to enjoy the exciting and rewarding experience of building our own home. We highly recommend Andon as a builder and would happily work with them again.
Andrew and Ingrid Callum
After months and months of looking for a new home we came to the conclusion that the only way we would get what
we wanted would be to custom build our house. After contacting most of the custom builders the only one that left any
impression was Andon Fine Homes. The other builders either did not reply to our request and questions or gave some
generic response with no thought. When we contacted Andon we immediately received a response from Alan Newton
the owner. He took us through the quality, the process, his philosophy on design and it completely matched our own.
Alan helped us in all aspects of the process, including finding an amazing lot. His site supervisor, David, was always there
during the construction. If something was not to our satisfaction David and Alan would address immediately. Even post
construction David and Alan would immediately address all concerns. Alan also linked us with the designer he works with.
Heather was an absolute joy to work with and really helped put the personal touch on our home. We were very worried
about was how realistic the quote would be from a budget perspective. We were very impressed and happy to see
that what Andon quoted matched reality, and any price variations were due to enhancements we specifically requested.
Unfortunately work is taking us away from Toronto and we have just sold our house. The comments from the top agents
coming through the house have been incredible, they included:
“So tasteful.” “Exquisite Finishes.” “Most Beautiful House.” “This is something else.” “The Sellers’ taste is extraordinary.”
“The Workmanship Unbelievable.” “Nicely Done.” “You can tell the Sellers built it for themselves.” “A Showpiece.”
We would highly recommend Andon Fine Homes to everyone who was looking to custom build their own home.
Tim and Guylaine Cantin-Vincent
AN AMAZING HOUSE
We choose Andon as a partner in building our home because they had already worked with family members who had a fantastic experience. When it came to building our new home we didn’t know what to expect except that there would be surprises so choosing the right builder was a critical decision. With Andon we had a partner that helped us along the way giving us an amazing house and peace of mind. David and Alan were amazing for the entire process, including well after we had moved in. Their organization and experienced trades gave us confidence that the end product would be great and they definitely delivered. The quality of finishing throughout the house is amazing and we feel so lucky to have worked with them every time a guest compliments our home. They were able to get us into the house ahead of our hard deadline (two weeks before our baby was born!) and under budget. I would not hesitate to recommend them to family and friends and would definitely work with them again.
Mike and Emma
ANDON FINE HOMES IS FIRST CLASS!!
We purchased an already completed Andon home a little over 2 years ago. The home was built for another family and
luckily for us, they put it up for sale after its completion. As soon as we saw the property we knew it was the home that we
were looking for. We loved the open concept floor plan as well as the finishings. Andon Fine Homes builds a beautifully
detailed home from top to bottom. Their service department is top notch as well.
Sherry and Jeff
AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!
Sadly, when we purchased our home, we were not aware of many issues that came with our property. After several years of living in the house we began our plans for a complete gut, renovation and addition. We interviewed several builders and were quite shocked how long it took them to respond to a simple request, or provide information. We decided to meet with the Andon team. We are so happy we did! We had several conversations with the Andon team about our expectations, and how important it was for us to stay within our budget. David was great to work with. He would respond to our emails in a timely and efficient manner. If something was not right, David would speak to the trades and have it rectified. He was available to us and made us feel that our job was important and our expectations were met. He kept us within our budget, and got us back into our house ahead of schedule. Not everything always runs smoothly, but David, and his team were able to manage the situations and they were always professional and respectful with everyone from their trades, suppliers and clients. Andon was also able to supply us with a detailed budget so we knew exactly what our costs would be. We highly recommend Andon and we are VERY happy with the home they created for our family.
Amanda and Simon Miller
OUR DREAM HOME
When we decided to build our dream home, we chose Andon as our builder after meeting with other builders. Andon
had built quality homes on almost every street in our mid town neighbourhood and we were very impressed with the
quality, workmanship and close attention to detail in their homes. Our home was designed and built by Andon specifically
to our needs and wishes. Alan was wonderful to collaborate with, even with last minute changes and overhaul. Andon
delivered our dream home within our budgeted price and on time with no delays. It is now 9 years later and the house still
looks & feels like it’s brand new and its quality is definitely a testament of time. We would definitely recommend Andon as
a wonderful custom home builder & renovator.
After following the housing market for several months, and being unimpressed with what we were seeing, we decided
to build our home. Given Andon’s history and long standing reputation, they were our first choice. The Andon team was
professional, easy to work with, and honest with us from day one. Alan and David always made themselves available
to address any and all questions and concerns turning a potentially frustrating experience into an enjoyable project.
Andon delivered the finished project as promised and on time. Our expectations were exceeded and we would definitely
recommend Andon without hesitation!
Bam and Milan Perak
COULDN’T BE HAPPIER
Choosing a builder was one of the most important decisions that we have made. After meeting with several builders, we
chose Andon Fine Homes. From the initial interview through to the completion of the construction, we had a wonderful
experience with Andon Fine Homes. From start to finish, the process was very smooth. Alan Newton worked very closely
with us to help customize our home and his experience, recommendations and input was priceless. We could not be
happier with the end results. Our house is outstanding. Each phase of the building process was done professionally, on
time and within our budget. We were very impressed with the professionalism and analytical abilities of Andon’s staff.
They always promoted a team effort which included all of their sub-contractors and trades. They were always proactive
when any minor issues arose and were never defensive. In conclusion, we would say the quality of service offered was
excellent and we would certainly use their professional construction services again.
Duygu & Gokhan
GREAT IDEA TO BUILD
Our search for a home in the Mid-Town Toronto area went on for about a year without seeing anything that suited us.
The quality of workmanship and attractiveness of the homes available in our price range was certainly a disappointment.
During our search, we came across a number of homes built, or under construction, by Andon Fine Homes but
unfortunately for us they were already sold. Through friends in the area we learned of Andon’s reputation for quality. It
was not our intention to build but we called Alan anyway. After viewing a newly completed Andon home, we came to the
decision that it was worth the wait to build. Alan found an ideal property, negotiated on our behalf and led us through
the steps of planning, acquiring permits and building our home. Alan has an eye for design that suited our tastes very
well, with plenty of attention to detail and quality finishing’s. It has been three years since we completed construction and
moved into our home and we are very happy. We recommend Andon to anyone who, like us, is particular about quality
and aesthetics (inside and out).
Dave and Marsha
HIGHLY RECOMMEND ANDON FINE HOMES
Alan & the Andon Fine Homes team have been just terrific! Alan helped us locate a property and guided us through
the permitting process. If there was a question or issue, Alan was able to provide options and realistic alternatives for us
to consider. Once we received all the permits, the Andon team built our dream house ON TIME and ON BUDGET! What
more can we say? We chose Andon Fine Homes because of the quality and warmth of the homes as well as the attention
to details. Alan, David and the rest of the Andon team were helpful, patient and upfront with every aspect of the construction.
We were very happy with the service and the end product. We would recommend Andon Fine Homes to any one
looking to do a renovation or build a new home.
Susan and Henry
GUIDED ME THROUGH THE CONSTRUCTION PROCESS
When I was ready to build on my property, I asked many of my friends and relatives to recommend a builder. I already
had plans designed by an architect and was ready to go. I saw an Andon Fine Homes sign on another property down the
street from me. The home they were building was very impressive and I knew I had to speak with them. I have always
loved the charm and quaintness of an older home and Andon was very accommodating in making my home feel that way.
They guided me through the construction process and quality was never compromised. My house was built on time and
within budget. I constantly receive compliments from passers by. I would highly recommend Alan and the Andon Fine
Homes team to anyone wishing to build their next home.
Name withheld by request
GREAT ATTENTION TO DETAIL
We had been looking for a number of years for just the right house in the neighborhood. We wanted a modern,
loft-style main floor layout to expand our living space for ourselves and for entertaining. Having spent countless days
and months trekking through many new and older homes, it became clear that our preference was for the fine quality
finishings and warm, family feeling we encountered in an Andon Home. We had all but given up our search, convinced
only by our patient realtor to ‘just see this house’. We were hesitant even walking up the front stairs, despite the beautiful
exterior of the building. Walking in changed everything. We knew within minutes of entering we had found our house! We
have owned our Andon Home for over 2 years now and enjoy it with our family and friends. Andon’s attention to detail
and quality continue to impress us, and bring us many compliments.
HAPPY WITH THE ANDON HOME THEY BUILT…
We first became acquainted with Andon Fine Homes when they built a home beside our old home on Joicey Blvd. We
were impressed with the quality of the house they built and also of Andon’s concern for us as neighbors of a new build.
As a result when it came time for us to build a new home we thought of Andon. It turned out it was an excellent choice.
We have been very happy with the home Andon built for us. The home is very well built. We bought the home after the
actual construction had started, yet Andon was very flexible in changing the plans to customize it to our own personal
taste. The home was completed when promised (on budget) and since completion the service has been excellent. Andon
has taken care of any issues we had with the house and in my opinion gone beyond what other builders provide to ensure
our complete satisfaction. We are very happy with our new Andon home and would have no hesitation recommending
Andon Fine Homes to anyone else considering a new custom built home.
Scott & Jean
EXCELLENT CUSTOMER SERVICE
We have owned an Andon house for the past five years. We bought our house after looking at many new homes over
the space of nine months. At the time that we were making our decision as to which house to purchase, our real estate
agent spoke very highly of Alan’s attention to detail and after-sale service. Our agent’s recommendation has proven to
be very accurate. Andon understands the Cricket Club area and the features that potential purchasers are looking for in a
home. They also understand the importance of customer service and work hard to maintain their reputation as builders of
good homes. We have recommended Andon to several friends over the years and will continue to do so.
Names withheld on request
SMOOTH AND STRESS FREE BUILD
Buying and building a new house can be a daunting task but everyone at Andon made the process a smooth and
stress-free one. Choosing Andon was an easy decision for us because they focus on an area of the city that we love and
we were very impressed with the other Andon homes that have been built in the neighbourhood. During each phase of
building the house, we were able to get as involved as we wanted but also took great comfort knowing that with Andon’s
attention to detail, the house would turn out beautifully even if we were less hands on. We tended to take an active role
and were able to customize significant aspects of the project from building a smaller house than was previously planned
for the site to tweaking the new design and finishings to our specific requirements. The house fits in beautifully with the
neighbourhood and is a source of constant compliments from everyone that sees it.
Ken and Tracy
ON TIME AND ON BUDGET
I had known Alan in a professional capacity for over five years prior to purchasing our home (and he was instrumental in
assisting us to obtain our ideal location). I had personally witnessed the very high level of detail and quality of workmanship
of an Andon Fine Home at various stages of their projects and was always extremely impressed! Andon was always
our first choice in luxury home builders. When we made our purchase, we needed to determine whether we would build
a completely new home or embark on a full, wall-to-wall, custom renovation of the existing structure. Having decided to
renovate, the Andon team lead us through the entire planning project. As first time home buyers completing a full home
renovation, they truly guided us through the process. From the initial design process and obtaining all of the necessary
permits, to the various stages of the renovation work and all the final finishing decisions, we were always involved (as
much or as little as we desired). Alan and his Andon team made what some people warned may be a stressful process, a
very relaxed and smooth experience. Our home was finished on time and within budget. Our custom renovation allowed
us to maintain the existing warm exterior nature of our home that characterizes our neighborhood, while allowing us to
have all the items of our desired interior layout. We love our home and regularly get compliments from our family, friends
and new neighbours. I highly recommend Alan and his Andon team to anyone that is considering building or renovating
their family home.
Craig and Victoria
OUR SECOND ANDON HOME
We are pleased to have recently taken possession of our new Andon home and want to thank you for doing such a
great job on our second Andon home. The process that led us back to Andon involved a great deal of research and
consideration. In evaluating alternatives we spoke with an architect, various design build contractors, we searched for resale
homes and in the end we decided on a second home from you for several reasons. Firstly, we were very pleased with
the space, finishings and quality of our previous Andon home. We knew from experience you stand behind your work and
look after the inevitable problems that arise following possession. Your designs offer something extra that others don’t
seem to match. We knew from experience that the resale value would be good. Since we moved in, we are pleased with
our decision. It is a great home for entertaining friends and is comfortable for everyday living.
Gord and Mary Ann
OUR FOREVER HOME
When it became clear Andon Fine Homes was going to build a house on our street, we immediately knew we wanted
it. Having visited several newly completed Andon built homes over the years, we knew that when we were ready to build
our dream home, Andon would be the one to build it. We have only ever lived in new builds and we appreciate the fine
detail and superior craftsmanship of an Andon Fine Home. Most importantly, it was the warm comfortable feeling we
experienced when walking through Andon houses that convinced us they should build our forever home. Alan and the
Andon team assisted us in bringing our vision to fruition. They guided us through the design process, Committee of
Adjustments and were amenable to all of our requirements. We now enjoy that warm comfortable feeling every day.
Anne Grittani and David Livingston
AHEAD OF SCHEDULE!
When we decided to take the leap of building our own custom home, we were both excited and scared. We knew
nothing about the process and what to expect. When we met with Alan, we were given a breakdown of what to expect
and the process going forward. It was then that we knew we were in good hands as everything was communicated
and explained thoroughly. Throughout the build process they were with us at every stage and guided us through until
completion. The build process had even finished ahead of schedule which shows just how precise and how well executed
the process was. Alan and David were excellent at answering my questions, this level of service put us at ease during the
whole process. Our home turned out beautiful and has everything we imagined. We would like to thank the whole Andon
team for a smooth and flawless build from start to finish.
THE PERFECT DESIGN
We had been impressed by many of the homes that Andon Fines Homes had built in our midtown Toronto
neighbourhood and when we decided to build our own home we looked to Andon for assistance. Alan and his team
helped us create the perfect design, assisted in the Committee of Adjustment rezoning process and obtained all necessary
permits. We found the management team to be very organized, helpful and honest and their attention to detail was
second to none. Our home was completed on time and on budget. We have now been living in our home for about 3
years and Andon has always been available for after sales service. We are very pleased with our home and would highly
recommend Andon Fine Homes to anyone considering a new build.
Jeff and Lynn
SO EASY TO WORK WITH
We found our dream home already constructed by Andon Fine Homes. We wanted to make some slight adjustments to
make this home our own, and Andon was so easy to work with. The lines of communication were always open and things
got done in a timely manner. They accommodated all of our requests and went beyond the call of duty, offering additional
service long after we purchased our home. They provided us with contacts so we could move ahead and do some
additional things to our home after Andon’s job was complete. We have been in our home since June 2000. We have been
so thrilled with the design, layout and beautiful finishings. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Andon to anyone looking
for a new home.
We were out of the country when we purchased a property to build on. Searching on the Internet, we found Andon
Fine Homes. Alan Newton of Andon replied promptly and satisfied all our queries. Alan is meticulous in his work and he
gave us all the appropriate information regarding cost and the process. The builder has to co-ordinate with the Surveyor,
Architect and a large number of trades and to wait for the Building Permit to be issued. Alan with the daily assistance of
David followed the process step by step. With a large number of specialized trades working on the house, it is laudable
that the process was completed to our satisfaction, in a timely manner and on budget. We are quite sure that we found
the BEST BUILDER for our house.
Andy and Grace Marshall
GREAT CUSTOMER SERVICE
Our friends and family compliment us on the look and flow of our house all the time. Customer service is something that
Andon takes great pride in. Alan was always available to make sure the job is complete and to our personal satisfaction.
Our home was ready on time and I feel an Andon home has only added value to our friendly neighbourhood. For those of
you who are looking to build your own custom home, I would put your trust in Andon.
HIGHLY RECOMMEND ANDON
I had been looking for a new home in Toronto for about two months when I happened upon an ad in the paper for an
Andon model home viewing. I had not heard any specifics about the company but added the house to my list for that day.
When I first saw the home, I was struck by the exterior of the home. It was impressive and quite commanding. Everything
from the stone exterior and front entrance to the copper rain gutters bespoke quality. The quality theme continued
when I entered – everything from the fireplaces, crown molding, bathrooms, kitchen finishes, pot lighting, hardwood
flooring, doors, drawers and associated hardware, the list goes on – all were of excellent quality and finish. What was
more impressive was the layout and sight lines throughout the home. To me, the place had “good air” – a term I use to
characterize the feeling one gets when entering a space that feels good due to the synergy of all design elements. Soon
thereafter I took possession of the home and am pleased to say that the pleasant experience continues. Andon is a builder
that clearly takes pride in its work. They are attentive to detail and bend over backwards to satisfy their customers. It’s
rare to find a company that not only builds a quality product but pays attention to customers after the sale. I would not
hesitate to buy another Andon home and would highly recommend them to any home purchaser.
GREAT FOR ENTERTAINING
We discovered Alan Newton of Andon Fine Homes when we were in the process of finding a new home. Andon was in the later stages of building the house that we purchased during construction. We were easily able to work with Andon to complete the finishings and their high service level even conveniently included touches such as receipt and installation of our appliances. Most importantly, the house was completed when they promised and we were able to move in on time. Andon created a layout that we are very happy with. The house flows beautifully and lends itself very well to entertaining. Quality is very important to us and Andon provides nothing but the finest quality finishings. The excellent layout, luxurious finishes and exquisite craftsmanship continue to elicit high compliments from family and friends; it truly evokes everything we embody in terms of fine lifestyle, comfort, and practicality. We wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Andon Fine Homes to anyone looking to build their new dream home.