Rawlinson Carpentry

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Toronto ON M5P 2K6
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Fiona in Toronto
Fiona in Toronto
6 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Skilled, professional, reliable, reasonable and very, very, nice!

I feel very fortunate to have found Thomas and his associate Tom of Rawlinson carpentry. I hired them a few years ago to take down and re-build the rotting front porch of my Beaches century home. They did a splendid job, doing even more than I had expected by enlarging and redesigning it and, after a period of time spent curing, painting it. They managed to match perfectly the primary porch colour to the house paint which amazed me as I had not kept record of what that house paint was. Thomas has also been a pro painter for 35 years and his associate is a very careful and capable painter too, which enables them to do jobs from start to finish. My porch continues to look great, having stood the test of time.
This year, I acknowledged that the exterior of my home was in dire need of attention as it had not been painted in many years. As well, there was quite a bit in need of repair before any actual painting could take place.
Without hesitation, I knew whom to call.
Thomas again provided a more than fair quote and soon thereafter, he and Tom came and did this substantial job. It was no easy task as the painting of my house was made all the more difficult due to the entire front being clad in a very uneven stone veneer. They had to paint it entirely BY HAND as no rollers would have gotten into such a deeply textured and uneven surface. Additionally, Tom had to climb to some very difficult to reach places which he did both willingly and adeptly.
Before the real work was begun, they appeared with two sample pots of paint and painted two small sections of my house. This allowed me to see both paint colours actually on the house - and at various times of the day - before I made the final decision as to which colour to paint the entire house. But who am I kidding? Both Thomas and Tom helped me decide which colour to go with and why and they were absolutely right!
At the outset, they carefully prepped previously paint-flaked stone veneer and missing mortar as well as repairing and even replacing sections of rotting and cracked wood sills and trim.
The house was then meticulously painted...but how they painted such straight lines against such contrasting surfaces (and two paint colours, including the trim) I'll never know.
Without any prompting, they made further suggestions as to how they could tidy up the front of the house by removing some old lattice and vines that I had growing there, admittedly rather wildly. They borrowed my loppers, cut down the vine, bundled it up, tied it with string and put it out for collection, too. What a difference this unrelated task alone made to the tidyness of. my house.
My 121-year-old home now looks absolutely beautiful. It's clean, tidy, repaired and refreshed; they use only the best Benjamin Moore primers and finish paints and it shows.
They stick to their stated cost of completing everything contained within their very fair job quotation, they arrive on time each day, they clean up before they leave and they are terrific, kind people who are a delight to have around. Service of this calibre is a rarity these days and while on the job, both Thomas and Tom treat their clients' home as if they was their own.
I would not hesitate to recommend Thomas Rawlinson Carpentry for both their master carpenter skills and their meticulous and knowledgeable painting abilities. Both neighbours and passers-by have commented on the beautiful job that they did and I am looking forward to having them back in the spring to do some more needed work.

I feel so grateful, pleased and relieved to have found Thomas and Tom of Rawlinson Carpentry. Thank you both for looking after my home so beautifully and, by extension, looking after me!

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Fiona thank you so very much for this very kind and detailed review! We really enjoyed our time there, being back to help you again was indeed a pleasure as always and I am so glad you are enjoying the newer fresher look to your beautiful beaches home! Please stay well and stay in touch and again from us both, thank you very much!

Private User
Private User
Private User reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

deck and much more

I recently completed my 5th project with Thomas Rawlinson of Rawlinson Carpentry. The first was a " porch over " built @ 4 years ago. Thomas ( and his talented assistant, Tom ) built a stunning wooden porch over the old crumbling concrete one. To this day, it's still as solid and gorgeous as ever. Fast forward to the Spring/Fall- 2021. My twenty -five year old back deck ( 20 x 13 feet ) had caved/bowed in over the years and most of the wood was rotted. It had to be replaced/restored asap. I didn't think twice about contacting Rawlinson Carpentry . Thomas' fair estimate, honesty and stellar workmanship from the " porch over " ( with even a few freebies thrown in ) made it easy to call on him again. As well , I appreciate the honest views and input from Tom- There is a real team feel to their projects which is nice to see. I also appreciate both of their creative eyes- Thomas is really good at visualizing the best way to utilize a space in the most attractive way possible. (He does this while also trying to save cost throughout- bonus !). So, to make a long story short ,the deck had to be rebuilt. The end result was a solid and stunning structure complete with sturdy privacy lattice and front railings. In fact , it looked so good I booked Thomas and Tom to come back and build a decorative pergola on one side . It is so lovely , people always choose that area to hang out in. Thomas' artistic suggestions and quality workmanship once again paid off. Everything looked so good, that the broken chain link gate beside it became a distraction. So I bit the bullet and booked Thomas to rip out the gate. In its place, he and Tom built a unique gateway complete with decorative arbour for my vines to travel across. ( love the custom vibe, Tom!). As the gateway was underway, I told Thomas I had one more wish- Was there anything that could be done about my massive rotting shed which had been ravaged by coons ? A new shed was pricey, he said. But , for a reasonable price, he could clad it with board and batten.So what I thought would be a repair turned into what looks like a new cabin in the woods - .stunning--.What's most remarkable is that the shed was tilting because the Norway maple roots had been slowly elevating the concrete base over the years. So, when Thomas clad the shed ( after some freebie repairs first , how nice is that ? ), he levelled everything so meticulously that now my shed looks straight.- magic ! So thanks Thomas and Tom for all of your hard work on these projects. You are great people to do business with, for so many reasons.
See you in the spring for a new fence to complete the transformation ...LOL.

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Thanks a ton for this shiny and new review Chris of yes all the projects there we now have completed together! And yes we have a great history now and your home has come a long way! And at each job, you've been a splendid host like all our great clients so we thank for that also! Do enjoy it all and yes we look forward to the final phase item, the back new fence, in Spring of 2022 we're hoping! All the very best until then from us both!

Steve in Toronto
Steve in Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Fence and Deck Project

From the initial engagement through to completion of the job, our experience with the Rawlinson team was outstanding. Thomas was a great communicator, always making himself available to connect to cover any questions or concerns. He was clear with his plan, upfront about possible challenges, and treated our job as if he were working on his own home. It resulted in a beautiful new deck and fence that our family is excited to enjoy for years to come. They even went above and beyond at coordinating job completion with other contractors allowing us to get to the best result possible. I will be reaching out again for future projects.

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Thank you so much Steve for doing this great review of our work. We did very much enjoy our time there and serving you was a very pleasant experience. And thank you for the lunches also for doing some extra bits was really appreciated also! The backyard looks wonderful now and it all finally appears so neat with the turf added and the old shed painted. It looks amazing and I hope it all brings you much joy for you and your family and your pets too for years to come! Please do stay well and do stay in touch! All the very best!

Michael in Toronto
Michael in Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Back Yard Deck

This is the second job we got them to do. They did such a great job with our fence a couple years back they were the first people we reached out to when looking to do our deck. Again they came back with a very competitive price. Thomas did a great job on our backyard deck and side of house pavers. I have been enjoying the deck now for over a month and it is holding up great. Thomas has excellent attention to detail and provided great suggestions to ensure a great build. Very happy. Looking forward to working with them again in the future.

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Michael thank you so much for this wonderful and yes 2nd review of our service to you in now the great new rear deck and the paving stone work to make it all so neat! It was our pleasure to serve you again and yes we do hope you will stay in touch, and enjoy the new backyard and our best wishes to you and the family!

Laurie Arron in Toronto
Laurie Arron in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Cedar Roof Deck

Thomas and Tom did an excellent job on my new cedar roof deck. It looks great! When I first spoke with Thomas, I was impressed by his attention to detail and knowledge, and he quoted a very good price. They faced several challenges in my uneven roof and shortage of wood, and came through with flying colours. They custom cut each joist to match the uneven roof, making sure the deck was perfectly level, and when no floor boards came with the wood delivery they scrambled and found what I needed elsewhere. It was a fixed price contract and they absorbed a rise in wood prices, bought me the finest hardware, and when there was a small change, they only charged for the extra wood, with no increase in labour charges. Thomas reminded me over and over of these things, and of how little he was making. He's quite a character. As he's fond of saying, it's all about heart, and he's got a very big one. I'm glad to know him, and highly recommend Rawlinson Carpentry.

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Laurie, it was an absolute pleasure to meet and work with you on this project. And I am so glad to see that 'my love of building roof decks shows' and yours sir, is a stunner! And although yes we're in season 2 of covid hurdles, we are proud to be serving fine gents like you and shining like diamonds as we always try to do despite the odd challenge, as some things just don't change like good old fashioned service! Enjoy the new rooftop oasis we created for you, and please do stay well and in touch!

Benedict in Toronto
Benedict in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Front Porch

I am not a man of many words, but will say this. Tom Sr and Tom Jr showed great professionalism in talking and estimating the cost of labor for my project. Junior Tom was at the project site right on time and finished on time and quality is top notch. I will trust Tom and Tom with my eyes closed for my future projects, their service is worth every dollar. Trust me I been through a lot of carpenters before I hired Rawlinsons Carpentary, one of best decisions that I made recently.

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Thank you Benedict for the great review of Tom's work he did for you on your new front porch. I'm so glad that your home now finally looks it's best, and we both extend you our warmest wishes for the future! Thanks again!

chris
chris
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Deck , Railing and Privacy Screens

This is my second season with RawlinsonCarpentry- ( porch-over done @4 yrs ago)-I called up Tom Rawlinson ( owner) very early because the boards on my 25 year old 20’ X 13’ deck were bowing badly. I thought a redeck was needed. Tom has many years of experience and his work is always clean, very attractive and rock solid. So, he and his talented assistant Tom , came out for a look. To make a long story short, the deck needed way more than a
“restore”. With great detail, Tom showed me all the issues with the current deck. For example, the previous owner built the deck without beam lines ( thus the sag) and joists and boards were either rotted or too warped to reuse. Tom always tries to think of ways to save money and we discussed the possibility of salvaging what we could along the way eg: lattice etc. So I hired Tom for the job and he kept
in touch via phone/email until start date ( april/2021).
Once started, the deck “ rebuild” quickly evolved
into a stunning , brand new solid structure - I added 2 very tall privacy screens ( with new 4x4 posts) and
as the gale force winds howl outside right now, those
things arent budging. Thanks Tom and Tom
for another stellar job and I cant wait to sit out
there without worrying about falling through the
boards. And thankyou Tom for the little
freebies you threw in along the way- very much
appreciated. I look forward to your return in
June for a new gate and deck pergola.

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Thank you again Chris for this wonderful and detailed review! We enjoy serving you very much and are so glad to now give you that deck and backyard of your dreams, and for less cost. It was again so great to be back to you after doing your front porch as you mentioned, and we're so glad your happy with all of our neat workmanship, it truly is a sweet new rear deck so enjoy it all and thanks again!

Kathryn in Toronto
Kathryn in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Outside wood staircase

Good workmanship! Despite the difficult challenges that Covid has imposed on the building trades, Tom and his crew came through with a beautiful set of stairs and a well-laid patio. He continually kept me informed, arrived when he said he would, kept the site clean, and finished in the time he predicted. And at a reasonable cost, too. I would definitely recommend Rawlinson Carpentry.

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Kathryn Thank you so much for this kind review! Yes its been a real challenge for us in both 2020 and 2021 to perform amidst all the covid situation,but some things never change, like good old fashioned good service and fair pricing, despite the long wait you endured after the 2020 lumber shortage and our return this spring to complete it all, and it looks so wonderful now all completed I am so glad you are most happy.I wish you and family continued good health and please do stay in touch!

Roger in Toronto
Roger in Toronto
0 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

RE-DECK

Our deck was old and falling apart; a safety hazard for our kids. I don't know much about carpentry or home improvement so was looking for good honest advice and bang for my buck. Tom and his guys were excellent. He could have sold me a full new deck (which would have been way more expensive) but instead he was able to use my existing foundation and simply re-deck and make it look like a brand new deck....thus saving me a lot of money and time. He communicated well, providing me with detailed quotes and updates from beginning to end. They were efficient, clean, organized, and very respectful. And they did great work!

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Thank you Roger for this fab review of your re-deck work we performed for you. We are so glad to present the look of an all new deck at about half the cost as you mentioned clearly. Here's wishing you and your family Roger, the very best and do enjoy the new re-deck!

Ron
Ron
4 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Perfect Job!

Thomas and his crew did a really wonderful job on installing a new build fence and gate for our property. His attention to detail, and pride in workmanship set him apart from some of the trades people we have used in the recent past.

He was always on time, kept the work area clean and safe and communication on all job specifics were always forthcoming and detailed in nature. As an example of his effort to please, we had trouble obtaining a certain kind of lock for our gate, with the Covid thing going on, so he took the exact one we needed off his own property to install on ours.

If I could give them higher than 10 I would, a huge thumbs up!

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Thank you so much Ron for this glowing review of our services! And we always enjoy a challenge (the custom lock work)and getting your final result to exactly what you wanted, was a pleasure for both of us to serve you. Hoping that you stay healthy and have a wonderful spring and summer season!

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