Alan MacMinn

Founder | Principal MACMINN CONTRACTING

Born and raised in Victoria, I lived in a variety of houses while growing up. Some modest, some grand, some old, some new.  And all over the City — the Uplands, South Oak Bay, Saanich, Fairfield, Fernwood, James Bay, and Cordova Bay.

Every house was special — from style and design to construction techniques and materials. I developed a keen interest in how it all goes together. That interest grew to become a passion that allowed me to appreciate the various architectural styles found throughout the city. I took note of Samuel MacLure masterpieces, James Bay cottages, humble sea-side bungalows, and everything in between.

Some years later, I moved east and settled in Toronto. After a time, I eventually got to turn my passion for architecture and construction into a design/build company that I named Redux Renovations.

In time, Redux gained recognition for kitchen and bathroom renos. Building on that success we moved on to whole house renos and additions. Eventually, we won commissions for new home builds — from conception to completion.

Redux went on to enjoy 18 successful years building custom homes, additions, and large-scale renovations.  

But eventually…

…the siren call of the West Coast/ Victoria grew too loud to be ignored. In 2017, I moved back to Victoria and re-branded my company as MACMINN CONTRACTING. Shortly after that, I started my first project in Victoria, a complete restoration/ renovation of an Edwardian classic in Fairfield near Ross Bay Cemetery.

Although the Fairfield house has been brought back to its original 1911 appearance, the kitchen and master ensuite are compelling examples of modern design. Indeed,  contemporary and modern design projects have made up a large portion of my work for the last 10 years. The Fairfield house strikes a fine balance between sensitive historical restoration on the exterior, combined with cutting edge contemporary design inside.

It’s a point of pride that two of my contemporary projects in Toronto were awarded “Home of the Week” by the Toronto Star, and featured in Homes section of the paper.

Having trained and worked in one of the most diverse and competitive markets in Canada, I bring a unique perspective and a wealth of creative talent to the local residential design/build community.  

And nothing excites me more than being able to work and contribute to this dynamic city – my hometown of Victoria.

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