“I really wanted to leave a comment for Cabbagetown Carpentry, in particular Johnny Pearl. We had a very bad experience with a dishonest contractor who had ‘fixed” multiple problems with our old victorian house, only to have them all come back within weeks – it really was a nightmare. I found Johnny’s website when my family were at the peak of frustration and a bit at a-loss – after the positive comments, seeing their signs in and around Cabbagetown I decided to call. Johnny came to our house and met with our entire family to go over the multitude of problems we were having. He was professional, very knowledgeable and very reassuring – it was an absolute pleasure meeting with him, and we felt good from the get go ( a definite change!). During the entire time they were working at our house, they were in constant contact with us, available to answer any worry – big or small – and did an utterly fantastic job – the quality of their work was absolutely undeniable. We, in-fact, are so happy with their work that we had asked them to come back and renovate/repair or basement in the New Year. I would recommend Cabbagetown Carpentry to anyone looking to renovate their homer, in a heart beat. They are a rare find!” Phillipa, Ontario Street. Cabbagetown

Cabbagetown Carpentry have done a number of jobs in our house so we were confident to entrust our largest project to date with them. We were not disappointed: our challenging bath. roomr renovation beginning immediately after the final covid lockdown in June 2021 went very well. Johnny and his team took the room back to the studs, reframed and drywalled, fitted all new plumbing, heating rails, bath-ware, lighting, storage, flooring and tiles. We designed the refit ourselves and are delighted with how the project has turned out – it looks exactly as we had hoped. the quality of the work has been very high and Johnny Pearl was exemplary at checking back daily that we were happy with the progress and plans for the next day. We were using some novel surfaces in our project and he and his team flexibly accommodated some unexpected challenges to deliver a lovely, functional room.” Very best wishes, Katherine Brown Cabbagetown

Thanks to Cabbagetown Carpentry, a damp and chilly basement was rejuvenated. Johnny Pearl and his capable crew converted our lower level from a dated office space into a contemporary and welcoming family room. An updated electrical system, new lighting and a fabulous heated tile floor plus custom built media centre turned the room into a much needed additional living area. My grandson describes it as “the best basement in the world!’ We have engaged Cabbagetown Carpentry for a number of projects to date and refresh our home over the past five years both inside and out, and have never been disappointed. The basement was the latest Johnny and his team are a pleasure to work with, capable, cheerful and on time,always! The beautiful gate and pergola they built to provide access to the rear of the property frequently draws admiring comments from passer by Peter Chubb. Cabbagetown

Dear Johnny Pearl + Cabbagetown Carpentry: I have waited long enough to write this thank you because of previous experiences with contractors we wanted to make sure our “fix” worked. And it does! Our basement is beautiful, warm and most importantly dry! The rains for the past two years have sorely tried your work but the work has beaten the weather. I appreciate that basements are very difficult when it comes to water,, and I am grateful that we avoided the $10,000+ expense of ripping up the drive to coat the exterior of the house. Of course the rest of the basement is beautiful- we knew of your work before we started. I was most pleased that the renovation plans we came up with matched our budget- and the challenges that we were faced with ( drains, heating supply) were met with a variety of solutions of which I was part of solving. I am very happy with the work, the timing, the costing. Feel free to pass along my name and number if someone has any questions or wants a referral. Best regards, Heather James ( Realtor) 416 922 5533. The Annex, Toronto

Johnny Pearl’s meticulous work in our new condo has given us the space we need to pursue our hobbies, store our “stuff” and provide a place for our guests. When you work with Johnny, you are a member of his team and he consults you every step of the way to make sure it is what you want. He takes his time and lovely works on every step to create something that he can be proud of. Throughout the process, he is honest, down-to-earth, easygoing, warm and sometimes terribly funny. In fact, while we were anxious to have our project completed, we were sad to see him go. but now, we have a solidly built installation that includes a wall bed, four large cabinets, a collapsible wall desk for art and a series of shelves and cupboards that are custom built, beautifully finished and a great investment in our home. We love it. Susan Thomas and Rob Croezen

Last year we had to have our kitchen completely gutted and renovated and we had used Johnny Pearl, Cabbagetown Carpentry before on other jobs, so we called Johnny and everything went so smoothly, as always with him. He is prompt, honest and reliable, something hard to find in a contractor these days. We highly recommend both Johnny and his crew. Speaking of his crew he has the best plumber and electrician I have ever had the pleasure to meet. Sincerely, Bruce Appleby Wellesley Street Cabbagetown

Hi Johnny, Thank you for your wonderful refinishing work. You took an old, worn door, scratched and knocked around, and restored the classic beauty of its wood. Looks terrific now. And I enjoyed getting to know your thoughtful, easy-going nature through this project. I would recommend you to anyone with carpentry challenges! Best Elizabeth Toronto, Annex

We are very pleased with our front porch renovation. It seemed to me that not very many contractors wanted to do renovation work on old porches, but Johnny Pearl did not shy away from this dirty job. He knows these old houses – and the related challenges – very well. First of all, he responded quickly when I emailed Cabbagetown Carpentry about this project. That alone already gave me a very good impression! We discussed the scope of the job in person the next day, and Johnny and his team got right to it. It was great to witness progress everyday. The guys were meticulous and left a clean job site at the end of each day. Johnny consulted with us throughout the project to ensure we where happy, and to get decisions on options. We received lots of compliments from friends and passers-by, even before the job was completed! Johnny also inspired two other neighbours to get the fronts of their homes fixed up. You don’t see that every day. The porch looks great, thanks Johnny Pearl and his very capable team! I am sure we will hire them in the future. Kirsti P. Winchester street. Cabbagetown

Our house has never looked better thank you Cabbagetown Carpentry for all the work you did over the summer our new railing is fantastic as well all the other repairs done and the paint job was top notch! Todd and Tom Riverstreet Cabbagetown

“Cabbagetown Carpentry has worked on two projects in my home in the past two months. The first was a new hardwood floor. For the first job we consulted together and carefully choose the wood to fit in with the existing wood floors in the house. It wasn’t a simple project because the room, a sitting-room adjoin-ing a bedroom, overhangs a three – story void. This and a stairwell meant that the round bull-nose sections were required along nearly 30 feet of edging. Even so, Cabbagetown Carpentry completed the hole project in four days. This in important to me because I work from home. They recognized this and were scrupulous in ensuring that the work was donee to the deadline we had agreed in advance. Despite additional work, such as some lovely wood trim below the bull-nose over the void, there were no additional charges: every thing was done to exactly the amount we had agreed in advance. This is something that I have never before encountered with contractors working in the house, where a week is about all but understood to mean two weeks, and five thousand dollars mean eight. If I was impressed with is, the fact that the results far exceeded my expectations, the floor is more beautiful that I could have imagined, and the difference it makes to the whole house in enormous, convinced me to go ahead with another floor in the adjacent room. The second room was a simpler project, a square bedroom. Again, we selected the same light oak wood. There was a complication with the wall closet doors, but the dealt expertly with that, re-hanging the doors, and again the project was completed within the two days we had agreed. But Once again Johnny exceeded my expectations, replacing a section of the floor he had laid only a month before, in order to creat a seamless transition between the two rooms, the oak boards continuing in a random, natural way from one to the other, as though we had planned the two rooms as one project, which of course we had not. This gives a lovely effect from one room to the next, adding a 15 foot galley approach to the bedroom. I have been delighted with all Cabbagetown Carpentry’s work in my house, from their quick courteous initial response to my call, our consultation, johnny’s advice and recommendations about the projects, the initiative in going beyond what I have asked in order to improve the projects, to the immaculate clean up. But most of all, it is the sheer beauty of the result that will make me go back to them again. I cannot recommend highly enough their professionalism, their reliability, their care and attention, and their desire and determination that client should be delighted with thew end results.” Gillian Fenwick, Cabbagetown Toronto

I used Cabbagetown Carpentry to do a challenging structural renovation on my 3rd floor attic room. Johnny and his crew did a spectacular job. The challenge was to replace an interior support beam and this meant having to get a lot of massive materials and tools up to the third floor and have the crew go in a out of the rest of finished house. So the job required heavy lifting and finesse at the same time. In the end, the safest and best way was to bring a twenty foot beam sections up the the third floor by carefully carry them up 3 sets of stairs though the house. Johnny and his crew accomplished this cheerfully without damaging anything. The rest of the job was handled expertly the best results possible given the constraints of working on a 100 year old house. Johnny and his crew are excellent communicators and totally sensitive to the homeowners needs and concerns. Johnny was highly focused on making a difficult renovation a good experience and was constantly asking me if I was happy with how the job was going. He was completely transparent about cost, timing and absolutely reliable. A joy to work with. Gord Spruce Street Cabbagetown

“We are thrilled with the outstanding high quality work of Cabbagetown Carpentry provided us. The extensive redesign of our house has converted our east end home into a classy, original, and disability friendly home for us to enjoy for life. We now have an oasis in the city. We will forever be grateful to Johnny and crew for the happiness the new look of our house has given us.” Danielle and John, Leslieville Toronto

Johnny Pearl of Cabbagetown Carpentry did an excellent job of restoring my centry-old front door that had numerous scratches, scuff marks & pits. His attention to detail and carpentry skills were demonstrated with the final result that accentuated the heritage status of my property in Cabbagetown. Along with his skill as a carpenter his pleasant demeanour would compel me to highly recommend Cabbagetown Carpentry. Peter Kapschuk Wellesley Street, Cabbagetown

‘Johnny is the carpenter I wish I’d met when I first moved to Cabbagetown. I haven’t had the best of luck when it comes to finding honest people to do quality work on my heritage home. I saw Johnny’s signs in the neighbourhood and decided to give him a call. I was glad I did! He was courteous, prompt, showed up when he said he would ( and emailed or called when he was running late). He was fair with his pricing and I felt like he was someone I could trust. And, most importantly, he did a wonderful job rebuilding my front steps. I look forward to working with him again on future projects. Thank you Johnny.” Katie Sackville Street Cabbagetown