Your Custom Home Project Needs a Team of Professionals


A home under construction collapsed this week in Toronto.  Thankfully, no one was hurt, including the workers that were inside the home or the neighbour that was next door at the time. There are currently few facts available, but some questions that come to mind are:  was there a building permit?  Was the home designed by a reputable architect or architectural designer?  Was a structural engineer consulted? Was a builder hired or was it a homeowner-build? If there was a builder, what were their credentials?  Were they a Tarion-licensed builder or RenoMark renovator?  Was the builder active in reviewing the site daily or were they spread too thin with an unmanageable amount of sites?  Or does the builder run their jobs from the office and rarely on-site?  Was the framing contractor qualified?  Did the structural engineer review the framing?

This shocking event highlights some of the realities of building a custom home: the risks related to construction.  The risks are as numerous as they are serious, and include significant project delays, costly errors, poor service, poor quality, warranty issues, worker injury, legal and insurance risks, and even an uninhabitable home.  This is why there is significant regulation in the new home construction industry, and rightfully so.  It is also why your custom home project deserves a responsible and dedicated team of professionals to manage these risks, including a Tarion-licensed builder, architect or architectural designer, structural and geotechnical engineers, HVAC designer, an interior designer and other professionals.  When Avvio Fine Homes is involved with your project from the initial project planning stage, we can add the most value.  We ensure that a reputable architect or architectural designer and structural engineer are selected, that the construction drawings include the necessary construction details and that the structure is well above code-minimum in order to ensure maximum quality of construction.  Once construction begins, Avvio Fine Homes oversees all construction meticulously, with our ownership and site employees diligently looking for issues and maintaining quality.  We source excellent trades and suppliers, and have invested into an industry-leading occupational health and safety management system, which protects all workers, visitors and neighbours from injury or worse.  We ensure that all parties have sufficient liability insurance, and we provide a Tarion warranty for our work.

Price should not be the driver for any decision of your custom home build; it should be value.  Great architecture, solid construction, sustainability, smart features, finely crafted finishes, extraordinary interiors, and yes – risk management – providing everyone with peace of mind during the build and satisfaction for you and your family for decades to come.  After all, houses don’t collapse from less expensive hardwood or tile; they collapse from not selecting a team of qualified professionals that can properly plan and execute the project.  The risks are manageable; it is done properly all the time, with the right team.

Paul & Vincent Gambino, Avvio Fine Homes


At Avvio Fine Homes, we’re dedicated to turning your dream home into a reality, without the headaches and hassles often associated with custom builds. Our obsessive design-build process prioritizes your vision, ensuring a seamless experience that culminates in the home of your dreams – on time, on budget, and without compromise. From initial consultation to final walkthrough, we’re with you every step of the way, providing expert guidance and unwavering support.

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Paul’s Business, Financial, and System skills ensure every aspect of your home’s construction runs smoothly and safely with no surprises, and finishes on time and on budget.

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