Home Renovation Reviews, Awards, & Testimonials
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Dependable Renovations is proud to have been nominated as a finalist in the SAM Awards—Calgary’s most prestigious venue for recognizing renovators and builders of excellence. But we’re not in this industry for the awards.

Our renovation projects aren’t just jobs; they’re our opportunity to bring a lasting positive change to people’s lives. The reviews we get from our clients warm our hearts and spur us on to keep doing what we do.

A satisfied client that is willing to refer our services is our highest praise. We would love to have you join our growing client family, but don’t just take our word for it…see for yourself! Here are some of the kind words clients have shared with us and you can find more home renovation reviews of our company and services on Houzz and Homestars.

SAM Award
Calgary Region Bild Awards Finalist 2017

100 Year Old Home Renovation

I would recommend Barry and Lisa in a heartbeat. We engaged Dependable Renovations on a very complex project: lifting and moving our 100-year-old Ramsay home, pouring a brand new foundation, and finishing a new layout/kitchen and fully developed basement. I could go into nitty gritty details, but I think our biggest takeaway was the level of trust we had in Dependable to do the right thing and make the right decisions. They orchestrated the whole thing, and amazingly came in under budget. They fielded tough questions from neighbours, and worked hard to alleviate all concerns on that front, so that we didn’t’ have to. Our home is exactly what we imagined when starting out with them. More importantly, Barry and Lisa are caring and talented people that you can trust.

Nan Williams
Client  |   5 Star Houzz Review

We had Dependable Renovations tear down the walls between the living room, dining room and kitchen in our 1963 bungalow. The three rooms were gutted and rebuilt as one great room after a large beam was installed in our attic. Our experience of working with Barry and Lisa could not have been better. They are professional, easy to work with, bring skilled tradesmen to the project and stand behind their work. The work site was cleaned up every day and the disruption to us was quite minimal, even though we lived in the house while the renovation was going on.

The project was scheduled to take 4 months, January to April and was delivered about 2 weeks early, on budget. I should be clear that Dependable is not a cheap alternative, but the result is first class. We have used cut rate contractors in the past with much less favourable results.

We have no hesitation in recommending Dependable for renovations large and small and, in fact are planning to have them back to work on the lower level of our house in 2017.


Great Experience, Start to Finish

I really can’t say enough good things about this company. This was a 6-month renovation and it was right on schedule, start to finish. Barry and Lisa were wonderful to work with. They explained every detail of the process and were very responsive to the questions we had along the way. Their attention to detail was outstanding and they really worked hard to make this a good experience for us. It was also clear that the trades and suppliers we worked with had good relationships with them and we observed first-hand how important that is in making the process go smoothly. So kudos to you Barry and Lisa and thanks so much!

Tami & Craig

Basement & Ensuite Renovation

We love our newly renovated basement and ensuite! From the planning stages to the completion of the project and beyond, Barry and Lisa answered all of our questions in a timely and satisfactory manner. While the project was ongoing, Jeremy and/or Ian were on-site daily, and always more than happy to answer any questions we had. We are very pleased with the finished product. Thanks Barry and Lisa. It was a pleasure working with you.

Kitchen Appliance Install

We purchased appliances for our kitchen that did not have the correct dimensions for the kitchen that we planned to keep intact. Barry and his crew had to make several adjustments to accommodate our new appliances. The work was done swiftly, professionally and exactly when he said it would be completed. I would not hesitate to reach out to Barry for future work, or recommend his services to others.

Major Kitchen, Ensuite & Stairwell, Fireplace Renos

We have had the pleasure to work with Barry and Lisa Johnson, Dependable Renovation’s on 2 major projects. The first project, included the kitchen and ensuite. This part was completed in the winter months, when we were away. This turned out to be a very convenient, and efficient way of getting these areas renovated. We had complete trust with Barry and his crew, ongoing communication consistently, while we were away. We came home to a beautiful new kitchen and ensuite. We were very happy with the skills, expertise’s and quality the trades service workers provided. We found Dependable Reno’s to be very professional, conscientious, and very willing to answer any questions or concerns that we may have had.

Now, we are in the middle of the second project, and so far, everything is moving well. We can hardly wait until the finished product(s).

We would not hesitate, at all to contact Barry and Lisa for future projects. And, we would be very happy to recommend Dependable Reno’s, to our families and friends. Thank you!

Sam & Anne

Full Main Floor & Kitchen

After consulting with 5 different general contractors (some through word of mouth recommendations and others from searching Houzz.com), Barry with Dependable walked through our door. We knew right away that he was the one we wanted to deal with as we gutted our main floor while attempting to still live in the house!! Barry, Lisa and Dependable Renovations dealt with all our requests, changes, stresses, etc., with professionalism, calmness, and promptness. Barry was a stickler the schedule and made sure all the sub-contractors kept on track. Lisa kept all the paperwork in check and was so readily available. If you need a contractor that you can trust and who will get the job done right, then call Dependable Renovations.

Moss Interior Design

I have had the pleasure of working alongside Barry and Lisa on several renovations in Calgary. Their professional knowledge, attention to detail and ability to listen and understand clients needs and wants have been valuable. They deliver projects on time and on budget, with happy clients at the end. I will continue to recommend them as a dependable, honest and skilled contractor.


Hi Lisa & Barry,

Just wanted to let you know how wonderful your job was. Everything was ready to go and the completion was wonderful. Workmanship was great quality!

On another note, Ian was fantastic. His appearance is a great image for the company; work ethic was solid (doing numerous jobs & completing before moving on), and presentation was very professional.

We are extremely pleased with our project and so happy to have found your company – based on everything we have see you will do very well!


When we discovered severe water damage and resulting black mold to the back wall of our house, we called Dependable Renovations, and we are so glad we did! Through the whole process we were continuously updated on progress and developments. When we had questions, Barry was always available . The work site was kept extremely clean and in every case the work teams that came to our house were considerate and professional. As for the financial aspect of the project, all transactions were transparent and reasonable. The final product could not look better or make us feel more secure that we will not have a repeat of this problem.

You can imagine our dismay when we discovered the scope of the damage to our home. Thanks to Dependable Renovations, the repair process was as painless, positive and successful as it


My wife and I were looking for a contractor to handle a small basement project.  We wanted to replace the two original windows in a basement guest room with one egress window and a replacement energy efficient model.

We were referred to Barry at Dependable Renovations and proceeded to get a quotation.  Dependable were extremely thorough and professional despite encountering some unexpected obstacles ( insufficient clearance around our hot tub ) and the normal inclement weather delays that living in Calgary can muster.  Through it all Barry and his team maintained flexibility and were dedicated to the task at hand.

The project is now complete and we are thrilled with the result.  We are so happy we are putting together our next project and will be back in touch with Barry very soon.

Gerald & Tracey

From conception to completion, Dependable Renovations made our living room re-do one of the most enjoyable experiences.  They are true craftsmen in all the trades involved, communication was excellent, and our home was always treated as if it were their own which allowed us to have complete peace of mind.  They went above and beyond to not only deliver the renovation of our dreams (without us even knowing always how to verbalize what we wanted exactly), but along the way they did all the little extras, keeping the house spotless at the end of each day, and going the extra mile to make sure every aspect of the room was attended to – we couldn’t be happier!  I wouldn’t think of calling anyone else if we had work to do – thank you Barry to you and your team for a dream reno!

Neil & Betty

We were hesitating for a long time before we decided to have our kitchen and bathroom renovated. We had some harrowing experiences behind us with regard to renovations, thus our hesitation. Still, we decided to get some quotes from three different companies and see who would give us the confidence to go ahead. We googled some names, picked out three and let each give us a plan and a quote.Number one and two quickly gave us very uncertain feelings. It seemed that most of the initial work was up to us and without any further information they presented us with a price. No specifics were given.

The third guy we asked to come out was Barry Johnson, from “Dependable Renovations”. After the first conversation, he left us with a positive feeling. It was probably due to his quiet confidence and the extensive information he gave us without any pressure to make a decision, that prompted us to phone him again.

Well, to make a long story shorter, the work was done in a professional manner, we knew exactly the cost of each phase of the project and the final results were steeped in perfection. Now that all is done, we each and every day enjoy the results of the project and consider ourselves lucky to have found someone who cared about our home almost as much as we do.


When my husband suggested upgrading the floor in the kitchen, he had no idea that I had secretly been planning a new kitchen in my mind for years! After convincing him that it would be best to change out the cabinets and give it a good face lift, he agreed. But now, who do we find to do the work?

We looked at several options such as attempting the project ourselves (yikes!) or asking various friends of various talents to help. However, through a friend, we thankfully found Dependable Renovations and are so happy that we did!

Uncertain of how our first meeting would go, my concerns were put to rest immediately after talking with Barry. He listened, offered good choices as to different designs and never once made me feel like he was trying to ‘sell’ me on getting work done that I didn’t need. When he left after that first meeting, I finally felt like I was going to get the kitchen of my dreams and that I couldn’t wait to get started!

Now everyone has told me that having a renovation can be a nightmare, but I can only assume that they haven’t had the chance to work with Lisa and Barry at Dependable. I can not tell you how much we appreciated the honesty, integrity and the top of the line service that we received with Dependable Renovations. The quality of the workmanship and expert team assembled made our renovation go quickly and smoothly.

I highly recommend anyone to call and set up that first appointment, whether it be for a small project or a full scale one, you won’t be disappointed! I now have the kitchen of my dreams!

A heartfelt thanks to the team at Dependable Renovations!