At Gilbert + Burke, we take our commitment to quality
home design and construction to new heights.
Founded in the year 2000, Gilbert + Burke is constantly growing and adapting to the industry to ensure quality execution of unmatched designs.
In 2015, Gilbert + Burke acquired one of the biggest names in upscale cottage country design: Evergreen Homes and preeminent Muskokan designer Peter Groza. This exclusive partnership comes after many years of respect for Peter’s accomplishments, and a reciprocated appreciation for the methodologies and goals of our company: a vision for environmentally-conscious, well crafted custom home design and builds with a premium on client communication.
With over 20 years in the industry, and led by award-winning project manager and now President, Brian Gilbert, Gilbert + Burke promises a seamless process enabling you to make space for your dreams.
With in-house design capability, we will plan your dream space – be it a new home or a remodel on your existing property. Once all the pre-construction decisions are made, our skilled production crews work to bring your concepts to life. During the entire process our goals are to build trust, communicate well, and deliver quality.
Meet the Team
Brian Gilbert is the powerhouse of Gilbert + Burke.
As President, Brian has an extensive background in building and construction, his experience with traditional log homes, timber-frame joinery, and traditional building methods mark him as an established and multi-disciplinary professional.
Brian is an internationally recognized and award-winning project manager – although you might not know it from his humble, personable and pleasant personality – and constantly exhibits best-in-class management practices.
Since 2007, Brian has worked in all areas of production and operations with Gilbert + Burke, and in January 2022 he took over full ownership of the company. Brian has proven to be a true asset, for both the company and its clients. He is known for his comprehensive skills in organization, employee management, health and safety, customer relations, fine carpentry of all types, leadership, integrity, honesty and his impeccable work ethic.
Peter Groza brings over thirty years of experience designing and building homes to Gilbert + Burke.
However, it is Peter’s unique understanding of the environment, natural materials and modern architecture that has elevated his career as a highly sought-after upscale designer in the Muskoka region.
Peter truly has an expansive world view; born in Hungary, he escaped the Hungarian Revolution and moved to the remote Australian Outback town of Cooma, in New South Wales. From a very young age, Peter has felt connected to the outdoors. He has since spent his career designing spaces that are conscious of their natural surroundings, just as he is.
Working within the Muskokan terrain has fine-tuned his ability and desire to find the optimum positioning and elevation of dwellings that will capture—and showcase—key features of waterfront settings. Combining his experience with his understanding of nature, site development, and superior materials, Peter has become known for designing homes with optimum positioning, orientation, and elevation that blend into their natural environments, and even protect it.
Nathan Willems is an Honours graduate of the Architectural Technologist program at Georgian College and has been building a reputation as a talented designer for over four years.
Nathan is current in all building best practices and brings a wealth of knowledge and skill in ArchiCAD to each client project.
This is augmented by his love of the outdoors and his ability to tie natural elements into each bespoke design he creates.
Nathan is a registered designer with a House and Small Buildings qualified Building Code Identification Number (BCIN) allowing him to offer design services for custom homes, timber frame homes, modern construction, conventional construction, office buildings, multiple occupancy buildings, and many other structures that you may need designed.
As CFO, Laurie brings over 30 years of accounting knowledge and experience to the Gilbert + Burke team.
She began her career at Price Waterhouse and has held senior accounting positions with Bobst Canada Inc., and Siemens Canada as well as ran her own accounting and bookkeeping business.
Laurie is a self-motivated energetic individual who prides herself in accountability, reliability, accuracy, leadership, team work and outstanding customer service. It is this passion for success that lends itself well to the culture at Gilbert + Burke.
Rebecca has more than an eye for design. Her impressive background matched with her passion for design excellence makes her a skilled Interior Designer and Decorator for Gilbert + Burke.
Rebecca shares her impressive design knowledge and know-how with clients to guide them through the selection of interior finishes and materials, enabling their design dreams to become a sophisticated reality.
Her formal education and past work history have culminated to contribute valuable spacial, tactile and material knowledge to her clients’ projects, bringing them a human-centred approach to exquisite design.
Her passion is in creating stunning spaces and utilizing natural and wood-based furniture and home design. She believes that simple design can elevate homes to excellence and be the solution to many problems people face in today’s world.
Emily is the organizational go-getter for Gilbert + Burke.
As the Administrative Manager, she works alongside the CFO, performing an array of detailed administrative and accounting responsibilities.
She oversees daily office operations and ensures they’re performed in a seamless, efficient manner, as well as plans and coordinates administrative procedures and systems to devise new ways to functionalize processes. Emily goes above and beyond to predict the needs of the G+B owners, adapt to changes in plans and maintain a smoothly running office. From organizing meetings and paying invoices to stocking the stationery stash and reloading paper to the printer, Emily takes care of problems before they have a chance to become problems.
Emily has also held many roles, both volunteer and professional within the environmental sector, which pair exquisitely with G+B’s vision to create environmentally responsible, healthy and energy smart homes and cottages. She has worked in administrative positions for more than a decade, honing and fine-tuning her skilled communication, adaptability to different workplace cultures and upkeep of efficient organization.
Andrew is a graduate of the Construction Engineering Technology program at George Brown College.
Andrew brings the necessary skills required to be an accurate estimator and reliable project developer.
Andrew’s passion for making a positive impact on each individual client’s life is what motivates him to make sure that any project he is involved in, is executed the way our client envisioned.
At Gilbert + Burke, Andrew is responsible for assisting with pricing out potential projects, developing ongoing projects, sourcing/negotiating subcontracts, as well as regularly communicating with the field crews to ensure the jobs remain on schedule and within budget.
The Gilbert + Burke Process
Gilbert + Burke is committed to setting the standard of excellence in our industry in all aspects of your project.
We go beyond just the construction of your project: we offer a comprehensive service that brings everyone on board.
Building in either a Fixed Rate or Construction Management capacity allows our clients the choice as to their level of involvement in the day-to-day aspects of the project.
Given a set scope of work and a honed project vision, Gilbert + Burke can provide a fully-managed, and fixed price project arrangement. We will outline the project details fully and set a price for an agreed scope of work. We will liaise with all trades, vendors, and suppliers, to secure the best results and the finest materials for your project. Less hassles. Less surprises. Let us take care of it.
Allowing our clients a more involved build experience, Gilbert + Burke can operate in a construction management role. We will oversee every aspect of the build while allowing you to be involved in sourcing and decisions surrounding trades, vendors, and suppliers. This allows you be a little more fluid in your decision making during the project. The choices are in your hands but you can rest assured that we have it all covered.
In the 21st century, there’s no way around it: energy efficient and environmentally friendly homes are simply where it’s at. Whether it’s building a new home or renovating your existing home, the team at Gilbert + Burke knows what you need. From green building and renewable energy to promoting high performance and making sure that your heating and cooling systems are energy efficient, Gilbert + Burke has your back.
Your vision. Our Mission.
Gilbert + Burke strives to be your builder and remodeller of choice. We exceed the expectations of professional service and quality while respecting our client’s vision and budget and company profitability.
We believe in our work:
- Integrity, honesty, trustworthiness
- Respect, positive relationships, teamwork
- Safety, legality
- Effective communication
- Effective operating systems
- Commitment to excellence