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Vancouver’s Hardest Working Home Renovation Contractors

Vancouver’s Hardest Working Home Renovation Contractors

Dr. Quinn Holtslag
Renovation Division

Quinn graduated with his Ph D in Horticulture specializing in plant pathology from the University of Manitoba, then spent several years as an instructor in the Greenspace Management Department at Red River College.

Following a move to BC, he was drawn to a need to build and after several successful home renovations, and became a general contractor.

Now with more than 7 years study, mostly complete home remodels, combined with the project management skills developed through earning a Ph D, he’s built a team of top professional trades and has them organized to get the job done as quickly as possible and on budget. Any trade Quinn hires needs to own his same philosophy; do the job right or not at all.

He is also a close study of the real estate market for investment and as a resource to his clients who are looking to optimize the enjoyment and resale value of their home.

Emilo Bottiglieri
Landscape Division

Prior to his life in landscaping, Emilio was appreciating the finely placed green grass as a professional soccer player in Scotland, playing for more than 7 years on three different championship winning teams. He was even selected to play for Canada’s national team during the 2002 Olympic qualification period.
Although Emilio doesn’t play professional soccer any more he still tries to spend most of his time outside. He has over 9 years cultivating his talent as a Landscape Specialist. He is an expert in landscape installations, particularly hardscapes such as retaining walls and stone patios, stairs and paths.

If you know what you’re looking for, Emilio’s team will make it happen. If you don’t know what you’re looking for, they will still make it happen. Emilio’s eye for style, and his patience will help you build your perfect yard. His extensive knowledge of outdoor options and work ethic will get the job done right, on time and on budget.

Karl Simmons
Lead Carpenter

Before moving to Vancouver British Columbia, Karl Simmons was born and raised in a small town 24 km east of Winnipeg called Anola. After graduating Karl took some time to travel around Europe and expand his mind, admiring the different building techniques and the importance of always striving for perfection.

When he returned, Karl apprenticed under a German Carpenter before receiving his Red Seal Carpentry ticket by the age of 24. It was after this that Karl’s real talents and creativity started to show. He started his own company, Karl Simmons Carpentry, and then another, Treads by Design. He created and built steps in places that nobody else could or would and became very well know for his extremely gifted skills and attributes.

In 2011 Karl decided to move to Vancouver and found his dream job at Craftsmen Contracting, and is currently sitting at number 3 in the rankings behind Quinn Holtslag and Emilio Bottiglieri. Karl is always making sure that things are done to the highest of standards and qualities no matter what the situation or project.

If you would like to see some of Karl’s projects go to his website:

Danny Grosso
Lead Carpenter

During high school, Danny took different classes on mechanics and woodworking, and discovered that he enjoyed and was skilled at working with his hands. After graduation, he continued on the same path working for a concrete pump manufacturer as a mechanic, service technician, and final tester.
Danny was sidelined for year from a serious hand injury in 2004. He worked a few jobs until 2006, when he found a position in landscaping that he really enjoyed. Over the next 4 years Danny developed his landscaping skills by working on, designing and managing multiple projects. During this time Danny purchased his first home with his longtime partner Karla and soon after they welcomed their first son Eli.

In December, 2011, Danny started with Craftsmen Contracting. His experience and drive along with his ability work through issues smoothly and execute plans are what makes him an asset to the team.

When Danny is not hard at work for Craftsmen Contracting, he is hard at work on projects around his home in Maple Ridge, or his rental property in Mission.

Bonnie Holtslag

Good design is Bonnie’s passion. Classic, organic, textural design that is equally stunning and warm.

She enjoys client relationships, listening to who you are, what you love and what you need in your space. Clients often start with “I have no idea what I am looking for, everything looks good” but in reality, there is usually a combination of elements that the client is drawn to and pulling out those ideas with images, history, expectations and priorities is where she starts. Bonnie will explore far, and come back to what resonates with them.

Her first design influence came during a sabbatical from her degree program when she spent over a year in Japan, visiting various regions, learning the history and culture. Moved by her experiences, a unique appreciation for tranquility, history, and warmth of design was gained.

Bonnie’s experience with interior design has been cultivated over time, starting off constructing numerous Barbie houses, hanging out in the interior design faculty as a science student, and then back so school as an interior design student at BCIT. Her impressive portfolio ranges from renovating several real estate properties for resale to spearheading several whole home renovations, and most recently restoring and remodeling a designated west end heritage home. She since has been designing intimate, functional and fabulous residential spaces for Craftsmen Contracting clients.

Dustin Holtslag
Renovation Division

Mathew Mtatiro

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