Our History


Our philosophy and principles that still guide us today from our inception in 2008; to reduce build times and costs, while striving to increase quality and improve profitability for our clients.

Bringing brands to life –

What We Do

  • Transforming a brand into a brick-and-mortar reality is no easy feat. To do it right-and make sure the look, feel and personality of your brand is impeccably reflected in your built environment-you need a construction partner with exceptional technical know-how, stellar communication skills and an unwavering commitment to collaboration.

    "A different approach"

  • BUILD IT constructs branded environments in the restaurant, retail, commercial and healthcare spaces.

    BUILD IT works on a broad range of construction projects, including new builds, retrofits, and repurposed spaces.

    BUILD IT handles every aspect of bringing a branded environment to life. We source locations; collaborate with engineers, designers and architects assemble trustworthy construction teams; and provide onsite management services.


  • Whether you’re sourcing the perfect space—or debating whether a retrofit may be in your best interests—we work with you to understand, define and identify your ideal brand environment.

    We see ourselves as your trusted partner—helping you explore your options, weigh the pros and cons, and uncover the best path to make your vision a reality.



  • Talent


    At BUILD IT, we work with in-house staff, not sub-contractors. That means your team will be assembled from some of the most talented people in the industry-many of whom have been with us from day one. With over 70 in-house specialists on staff, we’ll always be available to answer your questions, discuss your project, listen to your ideas-and do what we can to bring your vision to life. And when you’re ready to start building, our industry-leading onsite millwork facility will ensure every detail of your space is of the highest quality craftsmanship, while taking care to provide you with full control, full involvement and full integration from start to finish.


  • Because we’re executing your vision, we believe you should be central to the process. Our real-time project tracker helps us achieve this by streamlining the communication process. It puts the power in your hands, allowing you to keep track of your project in real time, from any location.

    With tablets on every job site, our project managers are constantly providing progress reports, uploading photos and keeping clients informed of major milestones. And if site issues arise along the way, our experienced team will identify them swiftly—and implement solutions to make sure your project stays on track.


What our clients say about us

  • “Build It By Design is the general contractor of choice for Basil Box. Not only is their quality of work top notch, but everyone on their team is extremely knowledgeable and experienced. Would highly recommend and we look forward to continuing our relationship with them.”

    Peter - CEO, Basil Box
  • “Working with BUILD IT By Design has allowed myself and my team to focus on the growth of our brand’s while their one stop solution handles our complete construction need’s start to finish.”

    Mohamad Fakih - CEO, Paramount Fine Foods
  • From start to finish, BUILD IT was engaged and took every aspect of our project seriously. We were very encouraged with the high level of professionalism from the entire team (from project management to the site crew), and we felt like we were their first priority the whole way through. A special thanks to Jay for his and all of his crew’s efforts – you’ve made our vision come to life.

    Amit Vadan - CEO, Harbour Eats by Mercatino
  • Professional service, amazing communication, 10 out of 10.

    Barbara - CEO, Virtuous Pie
  • Build It By Design gets it done. They are professional. There team not only has your best interests but they are wonderful to work with. They got the job done sooner than they forecasted and most importantly, they did not cut corners. I highly recommend their contract services.

    Gabriel Malbogat - CEO, Chef On Call
  • Responsiveness to our questions and requests. We felt the project supervision and detail attention was good. After the project was completed there were no issues in getting the few deficiencies resolved. Highly recommended 10 out of 10

    Stephen Plunkett - CEO, Assembli
  • Responsiveness, comprehension, collaboration, positive attitude, amazing execution of our vision, endlessly helpful.

    Lynda - Co-Owner, Fleets Food
  • Working with Build It By Design was a huge help in getting my business started. From personal advice to professional recommendations, this company helped us set our retail atmosphere which has wow’ed almost every client we’ve had through our doors.  I would highly recommend working with them.

    Kinnard Chan - CEO, Glass Monocle
  • From the very beginning, Simon and Alburt were attentive and diligent about our project. When construction started, the whole Build It team continued to impress on every level: their work was impeccable, they were punctual and friendly, open to addressing our questions and concerns, and extremely organized. Our project was executed brilliantly.

    Amreen Omar - CEO, Bombay Street Food
  • Completed a complete restaurant build-out for us on time and on budget. Everybody on the team was a real professional and their sub-trades were top-notch and as dedicated to the project as BUILT IT were. Despite being one of the smaller projects they’ll likely tackle this year I felt as if all the resources of the organization were being dedicated to my project.

    Gavin Brown - CEO, Salt & Tobacco
  • A pleasant surprise in the world of contracting. From the beginning to end of the project they were clear about their delivery dates in which they met or exceeded them. Their pricing structure was clearly laid out, was fair, and didn’t increase at any point of the project. I am satisfied and use them again for our future restaurants.

    Justin Butler - CEO, Eva’s Original Chimneys
  • Build it By Design were fantastic from Day 1. They helped us deal with the City which was not an easy task, built our store in record timing, and supported us even after our store was finally open. We have received so many compliments about the store’s professional appearance to the point that most customers mistake us for a franchise chain. Thank you BIBD.

    Sami Kustantini - CEO, Supermoon
  • Build IT By Design are a delight to work with. They are a group of professionals with a vast knowledge base. They are experienced, quick and clean. On budget and on time. No complaints. Reuben was phenomenal. His passion and work ethic are unsurpassed. Great group of trades as well. Keep up the good work!

    Daniel Quintas - Partner, The Dirty Bird
  • “The team over at BUILD IT brings a valuable wealth of knowledge in the construction industry. Providing a friendly and flexible structure that is second to none with integrity you can trust.”

    Joel Friedman - CEO, JSF Franchising
  • “BUILD IT is an absolutely essential part of our franchising business now. They are our one-stop-shop build-out team: from layouts to permits, construction, custom millwork and installing fixtures – they do it all. Making our turnkey builds beautiful and our build-outs a breeze for us and our franchise partners.”

    Kristen Wood - CEO, The Ten Spot
  • “It’s truly a valuable asset to work with a one-stop-shop who provides services right from site selection, construction, millwork, project management, and procurement, to the close out and final cleaning. Always built right on time.”

    GRB Restaurants Inc.

Who We Work With

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  • International Council of Shopping Centers

    Founded in 1957, ICSC is the premier global trade association of the shopping center industry. Its more than 63,000 members in over 100 countries include shopping center owners, developers, managers, marketing specialists, investors, retailers and brokers, as well as academics and public officials.

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  • The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association

    The Canadian Restaurant and Foodservices Association (CRFA) represents foodservice operators, including restaurants, bars, cafeterias and social and contract caterers.

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  • Canada Green Building Council

    The Canada Green Building Council is a not-for-profit, national organization that has been working since 2002 to advance green building and sustainable community development practices in Canada.

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  • WSIB Ontario

    Oversees workplace safety education and training, provides disability benefits, monitors the quality of health care, and assists in early and safe return to work.

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