Dennis Bryant - Owner
Dennis Bryant, owner of Bryant Renovations, is a qualified, licensed carpenter with over 30 years experience. He grew up in Vancouver and worked alongside his carpenter father. After earning his BA degree at Simon Fraser University and spending five years working with emotionally disturbed teens, he returned to carpentry.
For eight years Dennis co-owned Vancouver’s Raincoast Construction Ltd, a very successful design/build firm that specialized in premium residential renovations. He was also involved in constructing a demonstration house at the University of British Columbia to showcase renewable energy, a focus Dennis has maintained for years. He developed a residential hydro-electric system and other energy efficiencies for an off-grid project he both designed and built. Currently he incorporates as many energy-saving features into renovations as possible.
He moved to Toronto in 1986, and began to offer his expertise in quality renovations in a different way to both residential and commercial clients. In Toronto Dennis proposed the large, recently installed solar hot-water heating project for the multi-unit building he lives in. He participates in the Downtown West Multi-unit Solar Energy Project, which studies and advocates for solar energy efficiencies.
Dennis has a passion for fine carpentry—just ask him about dovetail joinery, crown moulding, period restoration, or clean-edged 21st-century styling. That passion and exacting detail is brought to every project his company undertakes. Dennis continues to update his knowledge of building trends and best practices with courses through private academies and professional organizations, such as BILD.
About the approach he fosters in Bryant Renovations, Dennis says, “The more authentic and transparent we can be with our clients, the more they gain both a fine renovation and the understanding that we respect their home and opinions and that we are working honestly with them to achieve their goals.”
Dennis suggests that people in the initial stages of seeking a contractor phone him at (416) 260-0818, link to our Renovation Procedure Page, there you'll find lists of questions to ask prospective contractors, in order to make an informed choice. He is also happy to refer people to objective websites that give more detailed information, if they wish.
Dennis has sat on community boards of directors and has volunteered his time as a Boy Scout leader, as a teacher of T’ai chi, and as a children’s ski instructor.
Stepan Cherbadzhi - Project Manager
Stepan Cherbadzhi is a highly acclaimed and accomplished finish carpenter. In his native Russia, his extensive experience includes – theatrical, residential and commercial projects and designs. He has also worked as a finish carpenter and furniture designer for several eastern European theatre companies including the Bolshoi Theatre under the supervision of Art Director, Vleri Levental. His residential work in private homes and commercial projects such as restaurants in Moscow has been published in many Russian design journals, such as Archidome Magazine. Stepan works co-operatively with clients. Stepan is highly skilled in tiling, stained glass and metal work. Stepan has been associated with Bryant Renovations since 1999 when he emigrated from Russia with his wife and son.
Reid Dennison - Sales & Estimating
Reid has been working with Bryant Renovations since 2012, doing small renovations, sales and estimating. Prior to that, he was a film editor for over twenty-five years, cutting many acclaimed documentaries and television shows. In 1996, he received a Gemini award for Best Editing in a Documentary. In the latter stages of his film career, he was working on building shows, such as Holmes in New Orleans, and Builder Boss. This led to an increasing desire to be involved with the building industry, and in 2012, he made the move. From his previous career, he brings skills in project organization, attention to detail, and a passion for learning.
Trevor Keir - Designer
Trevor Keir studied architecture in Ottawa, Winnipeg, and Rome. He began his career in Toronto more than 25 years ago, with noted Canadian architect Ron Thom. Trevor has a wide range of experience in design and construction, and he interprets his clients’ ideas through drawings into beautiful, functional, well-integrated spaces. He is a certified designer.
Trevor’s professional design work in several architectural offices in Toronto includes public and private projects: Trinity Square Park in Toronto, a proposal for the National Gallery in Ottawa, a competition for Mississauga City Hall, and the master plan for Universal Studios Theme Park in Florida as well as residential and condominium projects.
Trevor’s affiliations with excellent structural and mechanical engineering consultants allow him to offer full building-permit drawing packages for residential additions and renovations tailored to individual needs. Trevor has extensive experience with the Toronto Building Department and with the Committee of Adjustment for variances. He is qualified to apply for building permits and has a current Building Code Identification Number (BCIN).
Trevor’s portfolio of built work, testimonials, and references attest to the versatility of his designs and breadth of his experience. He enjoys working with clients to achieve the renovations they want. Trevor has been affiliated with Bryant Renovations since 1996. www.trevorkeir.com
Bart Szoke - Designer
Bart earned a diploma in architectural technology from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in 1979 and a Bachelor of Architecture (Honours) from the University of Toronto in 1986. He has 34 years of experience as a designer, general contractor and architect in private practice, is a member of the Ontario Association of Architects (OAA) and the Building Industry and Land Association (BILD), and receives continuing education from the OAA and BILD. www.szoke.ca
Awarded the Toronto Society of Architects Prize 1986
Received the GTHBA Best Renovator Award 2000
Sharon Meade - Marketing, Design & Sales
Sharon is a self-taught interior design consultant working in the GTA since 1999. She has a strong Customer Service and Sales background and brings those skills to every job. Her sole focus is for the client to have the home that they had envisioned, not living in her version of the ideal space. Sharon works along-side with the client helping them to stretch, grow and take a risk. The results are collaborative spaces with beautiful design features that clients love to call home.