Are you ready to bring your family’s vision for a
custom luxury home or cottage to life with a
builder you can trust?
At Gilbert + Burke, our expert team designs and builds your dream custom cottage or home
that perfectly fits your family’s goals and helps build your family’s legacy.
For over 20 years, we have created stunning, unique homes and cottages throughout
Ontario, helping each one of our clients experience a truly exceptional lifestyle space for
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What Makes Gilbert + Burke Different?
We believe everyone building a custom luxury cottage or home deserves a builder whose process and experience delivers the exact design your family wants and helps build your family’s legacy.
That’s why we make sure every client experiences…
- Exceptional communication
- Expert interior & exterior design
- Transparency in every step
- 20+ years of custom building expertise
And all backed with the Gilbert + Burke brand and reputation
Here’s How We Make Your
Vision Come True
While your new cottage or home is 100% custom, that doesn’t mean the process has to be
confusing. No matter your vision or design, our projects follow a similar set of procedures.
Tell us your vision for your new home or cottage.
We provide a 3D image and floor plan so that you can see your vision coming to life.
The design and plans are finalized and permitting begins.
A groundbreaking date is set and we begin building!
We contracted the services of Gilbert & Burke Design and Build to renovate our existing cottage and then add on a major addition. The quality of the work was exceptional. Close attention was paid to details and they were proactive in identifying design options that saved time and money. G + B has a very creative, well seasoned and experienced team and provided all round great customer service. They were always responsive to our questions and very proactive in solving all construction issues. We are extremely pleased with the end result.
We have been working with Gilbert + Burke over the last 3 years on the design and construction of our new home on Lake Simcoe. I think one of the most remarkable things is that as the project draws to a close, we will be sorry to say goodbye to the Team. We have very much enjoyed working with this team, even when the inevitable bumps in the road happened. We have never doubted that they had our best interest at heart, and knew they were working to give us the very best home they could within the budget. We love our new home and we have lots of good memories of working through the project. Thank you Gilbert + Burke for making our family dream a reality.
Over the past few years I have had the pleasure of working alongside Gilbert + Burke on various projects. Gilbert + Burke's team is truly professional from the bid stage, down to the final completion. Questions are answered promptly, coordination between trades is spot on , communication through out the project is excellent, and the staff is always very friendly and happy to help however they may be needed.
The Gilbert + Burke is a team of truly talented individuals committed to the project for close to a full year. We encountered crumbling lathe and plaster, a bat colony in the attic and a tow-foot-high crawl space under the house. With each setback, Gilbert + Burke dug in their heels and found often ingenious solutions that spoke to their decades of experience and depth of character. The challenges were many but we really felt that Gilbert + Burke were as truly invested in our project as we were.
Gilbert and Burke completed our cottage on Peninsula Lake in Huntsville in 2019. Their team lead by Brian Gilbert was outstanding. From permits to finishing touches, we were guided throughout the process. Our site super intendant took every detail of the cottage personally and was as proud of the results as we were. Their design team took great care to ensure that the cottage match our personalities and goals. Nothing was ever “cookie cutter”. Everything was designed to our thoughts and dreams. The team was flexible and communicated very effectively throughout the build. We do not hesitate to recommend them to anyone looking to build, renovate or fix.
Having worked with Gilbert + Burke in the past, we knew that there was nobody else that we trusted in completing our dream. On this project, we tasked them with a tight deadline for completion and even with some setbacks in permits, they were able to deliver. Everybody that was associated with this project was so professional and committed to the end goal. The final result was more than a kitchen or a place to retire, but a warm and inviting place for friends and family to gather for many years to come.
Gilbert + Burke have a professional approach through the entire project process from the first client meeting, to the preparation of a project budget, to establishing a build time-frame, and most importantly their commitment to organization and client communication, made all aspects of the build and enjoyable and rewarding experience. From the start through construction completion, delivery and deficiency resolution, Gilbert + Burke have proven that they are the ones who deliver your dream on time and on budget.
We really appreciated the prompt, friendly service. Brian Gilbert is an excellent representative and his integrity to get the job done at the cost and time projected is of great value. It was a pleasure doing business with Gilbert + Burke and I would highly recommend them to others.
I have built three houses in the past and have worked with many contractors and sub contractors and this was the first time ever that I had one show up on time, do quality work, and within estimate. 3 out of 3, in my opinion.
Wonderful to work with. It was a pleasure to have them in our home and we are very pleased with the results. Looking forward to working with Gilbert + Burke in the future
My family and I are very pleased with the completed project on my house! It looks great! Just what it needed!
What a great team at Gilbert + Burke! They took our vision and transformed it into reality. We love our new space.
The entire Gilbert + Burke team was a pleasure to work with. They were experienced, competent, and exceptionally organized.
Working with Gilbert + Burke was a pleasure. Their workmanship and thoughtfulness throughout the project was amazing.
Your Local Custom Cottage & Home Builder In Ontario
Gilbert + Burke is an industry leading design-build firm known for expert design, luxury custom home and cottage construction, and extensive renovations in the Muskoka, Kawartha, Simcoe, Parry Sound, and Southern Georgian Bay areas.
As a trusted custom builder in Ontario, our team creates stunning, unique homes and cottages that are environmentally responsible, healthy, and energy smart.
At Gilbert + Burke, we know you want to enjoy an exceptional lifestyle with a custom luxury cottage or home.
To get the custom structure that is right for your family, you need a trustworthy builder who can design, build, and bring your family’s cottage vision to life.
However, you may be concerned about feeling misunderstood when a contractor isn’t able to produce a design that matches your vision.
We believe everyone building a custom luxury cottage or home deserves a builder whose process and experience delivers the exact structure your family wants and helps build your family’s legacy.
With over 20 years of experience in expert design and construction, the team at Gilbert + Burke will design and build your family the perfect cottage or home while being transparent with communication, budget, and timelines.
You don’t need to worry about working with a contractor who has poor communication, bad money management, or can’t bring your vision to life.
Instead, work with Gilbert + Burke and enjoy a luxury structure that perfectly fits your family’s goals and needs, is 100% unique to your family, has expert interior and exterior design, and adds to your family’s legacy and memories – all while working with a contractor who is trustworthy, communicative, and delivers as promised!