House Calls Renovation Advisors offers professional advice and guidance on all construction-related matters.

Owner Jay Charendoff, is a graduate of York University in Toronto and UBC’s School of Architecture in Vancouver.

Advisor and Project Manager

Without proper guidance, construction and renovation projects can quickly become nightmares. Jay Charendoff founded House Calls Renovation Advisors to assist home owners avoid painful construction and renovation pitfalls.

In the past 10 years, Jay has guided hundreds of home owners through an interesting assortment of projects of various sizes.  Jay understands that all house projects are very important to the homeowner and he treats all projects as if they were for his own house, aiming for highest standards of quality.

House Calls Renovation Advisors projects include:

  • Space planning and design
  • Basement renovations
  • Full home renovations
  • Additions and expansions
  • Complete condo renovations
  • Full kitchen upgrades and new kitchens
  • Bathrooms (new and renovated)
  • Exterior/interior insulation programs for thermally challenged homes
  • Consulting on historically designated homes
  • Landscape design
  • Assorted technical advice such as identifying load-bearing walls, underpinning strategies, building envelope improvements to address thermal and air infiltration issues in older homes, construction deficiency reports, budgeting and cost evaluations
  • Contract review and negotiations
  • Legal: Has acted as an expert witness in construction legal cases
  • Interventions with poor or non-performing contractors

Solid Architectural Experience

What makes House Calls Renovation Advisors exceptional is the combined knowledge and experience in all aspects of both commercial and residential projects.

After graduating from UBC, Jay worked with Bregman and Hamann Architects for several years, and then with CN Real Estate (now Canada Lands Corp.) on the CN Tower redevelopment, the SkyDome (now Rogers Centre) and the SkyWalk Galleria.  Over a six year period, Jay managed Scotiabank‘s Caribbean portfolio, delivering about 100 branch projects.

Acting as Manager of Construction Services for Great West Life Realty Advisors at Commerce Court, Toronto, Jay was responsible for a wide range of capital projects.  Works included historical restoration, resolution of base-building structural issues, and improvement to retail and tenant environments.  For ING Direct Canada (now Tangerine Bank) Jay led the project team to deliver the Downtown Cafe in Toronto.

During his corporate working career, Jay had heard many disturbing stories about frustrated homeowners who were abused by unscrupulous or poorly performing contractors. Seeing there was no strong advocate for these trusting and naïve owners, Jay decided to create House Calls Renovation Advisors to address this at a professional level.

House Calls was originally designed to address and resolve many of the construction related problems that plague home owners, who often still feel they have little recourse other than engaging expensive and time consuming legal avenues. Since inception, House Calls Renovation Advisors has expanded its’ residential services to include space planning, design, contract administration and project management.