Alan MacMinn


Growing up in Victoria, I lived all over the city – Oak Bay, Fernwood, Cordova Bay, Saanich, the Uplands, James Bay.  All those areas have unique houses – from very modest to quite grand – and I was fortunate to live in a wide variety of them.  In doing so, I took an early interest in how these houses were designed and built.

That interest led me to appreciate the various architectural styles found throughout the city.  From Samuel Maclure masterpieces, to James Bay cottages, humble sea-side bungalows, and everything in between.

Years later, after relocating to Toronto I started Redux Renovations, a design/build company which grew to service full house renovations, additions, and custom home builds – from conception to completion and in every vernacular – modern/contemporary, transitional, and traditional.

Redux enjoyed 17 successful years, during which two projects were awarded “Home of the Week” by the Toronto Star and featured in their Homes section of the paper.

Eventually I came to miss the West Coast, and in 2018 I returned to Victoria and re-branded as MACMINN CONTRACTING.

Our first project was a complete renovation/restoration of a 1911 heritage house in Fairfield near Ross Bay Cemetery.  Shortly after that, we moved on to a gut-reno of a 1965 West Coast post and beam in the Rockland area. And work will soon begin on a full renovation of a mid-century split level adjacent Cedar Hill Golf course.

I was fortunate to grow up in Victoria, but equally fortunate to train and work in Toronto, one of the most diverse and competitive residential building markets in Canada.  That wealth of experience has laid the groundwork for the most exciting chapter of my career, to live and work in my hometown of Victoria.