What folks have to say about ABC’s Founder

Past & present clients and colleagues


“Both courteous and capable, Mr. Barnes is a detail oriented professional who will ensure that every project he undertakes are completed to the customer’s expectation level.”

Shahid Hadi -Toronto, ON.

“I have employed and worked with Al many times over the years. He is extremely knowledgeable in the home improvement industry. His attitude is to do the highest quality job possible and that is always reflected in the results of his work. He takes the time to do the job right, never taking shortcuts and always ensuring clients full satisfaction with the finished product. He has a burning desire to make every the job his best work and given his skill level in the trades, his best is heads-and-shoulders above most. I would consider him first for any home renovation or repair project.”

S. Norkett -Kanata, ON.

“I think he is the right person for this position as Consultant, Designer, Entrepreneur and Inventor. I have dealt with him in Belize and he is really an active person with brilliant ideas.”

Rodolfo Sáenz de Ugarte Corres -Placencia, BZ.

“I worked with Al directly, on a business basis, on a large Audiovisual installation in Calgary. He has a great work ethic, is very personable and has job completion. On the side, he is also a fun guy to be around. I would suggest him as a reputable person to deal with for any project.”

Paul Kummer -Calgary, AB.

Al is a hard-working perfectionist, and we mean that in the nicest way possible!  He was of tremendous help guiding us on our basement bath renovation and his efforts resulted in a room that we are delighted with and has received many compliments!”

Colleen and David Bingham -Barrhaven, ON.

“Al, also appropriately known as “The Fixer” helped turn our damp and dingy basement bathroom into a modern, spa-like oasis. He gave us great, creative recommendations for improvements that were well within our budget and he installed fixtures and cabinets with such attention to detail that I’ve had guests notice and I’ve been forced to share my secret! I was so impressed with his work that I had him tackle our buckled basement floors and his experience and knowledge really shone through.
My children love him too, as he climbed our huge weeping willow tree to install a tire swing for them! He is our go-to-guy for anything that needs a fix! Thanks Al – you’re the best!”

S. Khan -Mississauga, ON.

“Al’s attention to detail and doing the job the right way ensures I get value for my money as well as complete satisfaction. I wish we were still living in the same area.”

Patricia Milland -St.Catherines, ON.

“Al Barnes is the ultimate professional and meticulous craftsman you want working for you. He works efficiently, explains things well and is very detailed about his work. 

With our security system, he advised and installed a solid product based on our needs and he always kept aesthetics in mind to ensure all looked good, and never cut corners.
Basically, he takes the time to do it right.”

Michael Sensenstein -Montreal, QC.

Al has worked for us on a number of projects from electrical and plumbing work to insulation and drywall. He is very meticulous in his work and you can be sure to be satisfied with the end result. I would highly recommend him for his integrity and vast knowledge. If you have a question about renovations/construction, there is an extremely good chance that he knows the answer.

Brigitte Heapy -Almonte, ON.

“His work is efficient, detail oriented, and reasonably priced. He has done work in my home, my parents home, and neighbor’s homes. Jobs consisting of electrical upgrades, drywall, decks, leveled front entry for seniors safety, upgraded venting for dryer, security system and various other odd jobs. I will continue to use Al’s services in the future and to recommend his services to others.”

H. Northrup -Kanata, ON.

“Al has done consultation, repair and renovation work at my residence on several occasions. He is reliable, professional, honest, and true to his word. The quality of his work is excellent and his rates are reasonable. I highly recommend him.”

P. MacGougan -Orleans (Ottawa), ON.

“Al has worked on a number of our projects. He has always provided excellent guidance, service and results. He pays attention to details, is professional, reliable, and gets the job done. I’ll definitely ask him back in the future.”

Stephen Campanelli – Stittsville, ON.

“Al has done a variety of jobs around our house, the largest being the basement completion with cinema/entertainment area and gym. He gave us his expert opinion, prepared design and layout. He also helped us with decisions regarding lighting, switches, speakers and exercise equipment, and we are so happy he did. We have wholeheartedly recommended him to family and friends, and will gladly have him back for our future needs. Mom was happy with his work too!” 

Chris K. -Kanata, ON.

“Al/the fixer did a brilliant job of turning a linen closet into a beautiful shower enclosure (a job that others had called impossible due to space limitations). Not only did he complete the job on time and on budget, but he also was a pleasure to have in our home. His careful attention to detail and meticulous cleaning protocols made it feel as if we were not living in a construction zone. He also brings a keen eye for design to a project and is more than willing to provide ideas when asked (but never tried to impose his version of what it should be). Perhaps his greatest strength is his commitment to please his clients; even if you change your mind at the last minute he will go the extra mile to make sure you are happy with the final version”.

Claude L. -Ottawa, ON.

“Allan, aka the fixer, did a great job in returning our basement back to a livable state after we suffered flooding. He came in and worked with us to get a great final product!  Very happy with his work ethic and look forward to having him back for the next project…hopefully not from a flood!”

Shawn Kirn -Kanata, ON.

“During the time that Al and myself worked together at ADT Security Canada, I found him to be very polite, extremely technical in his approach to any given task and very reliable.
I feel he would be an asset to any future client/employer.”

Peter Goulding -Liverpool, UK.

Al completed a bathroom renovation for us in 2008 and a basement renovation in 2009 after severe flooding. He is certainly not your average handyman/contractor – there is absolutely nothing “average” about him. Rather, he is a dedicated, hardworking professional who does exemplary work.

Al himself will admit that he is a perfectionist, and the quality of the work he has done for us reflects this. His technical skills are not, however, the only reason we call on him. He is also honest, polite, clean, communicative and extremely conscientious. 

Ultimately, he is someone you can trust to give a house key to and leave alone in your home without constant worry about what he’s doing, or whether your property and pets are safe. For all of these reasons we keep only one name and phone number at hand for any work we need done – Al “The Fixer” Barnes.”

LaRoche -Kanata, ON.

“I was impressed from the first meeting we had, very professional and knowledgeable, Al new exactly what I wanted.

The island/pony wall with butchers block top turned out perfect. He made sure he taped and draped my hardwood floors completely to ensure nothing got scratched and was meticulous in maintaining a safe and clean work environment within my house.

As a Quality Manager I look for exceptional workmanship, I got that from Al. 

He even fished a TV cable for me that I thought was impossible!!! 

After purchasing a fridge with water dispenser I thought, “How am I going to install the water line?” I knew who to call right away…the fixer, and once again, I was taken care of. 

I would recommend him to anyone, and I have many times, highly”.

Dave G. -Kanata, ON.

“When my husband discovered water in our basement, we called Al. He took a look at the problem first, and then gave us a fair estimate. At no point was he unpleasant to have in our home. I really cannot say enough good things about him as a worker and as a person. He does not slack off, always keeps the work area as neat as possible, and knows his business well. If at any point we didn’t understand something that had to be done, he took the time to explain it to us, and always arranged to come on days and at times that were most convenient for us. Never, at any point, did we feel that he was recommending work be done that wasn’t absolutely necessary; he was unfailingly honest with us.

We were so pleased with his work that we now recommend him to others whenever we can.”

J. Watts -Ottawa, ON.