Rosedale’s man of steel

TheStar.com

Eight years ago, Mike Krieger was fixing photocopiers.

Today, his expertise in custom stainless steel is being praised in the toniest homes in Toronto.

Indigo Books & Music Inc.’s Heather Reisman can’t laud his talents enough.

‘They were outstanding to work with,’ Reisman says of the team from Krieger’s company, Serious Stainless, who worked on her new Rosedale home. Not only did they co-ordinate their work with the other tradesmen on site, they were always on time and completed every job with care.

Krieger’s company built her a canopy over the kitchen stove, cladding for several cabinets, an indoor planter and several floor grates, all of stainless steel.

Reisman stresses she never speaks to the press about personal matters, but is making an exception on Krieger’s behalf.

‘The quality of their work is superb, superb. The quality of the people who come to do the installation is outstanding,’ she says enthusiastically.

Krieger draws clients from Forest Hill, Lawrence Park and Cabbagetown, where ‘they all love their nice things.

‘When you deal with the clients we deal with, everything has to be perfect,’ he says.

Don’t mistake his comments for arrogance. He is as down-to-earth as they come. Custom design takes time and small details can mean big bucks. Even designers, sometimes, don’t realize what’s involved, he says.

So far, he has fashioned countertops, backsplashes and sinks, cabinets and stovetops as well as outdoor barbecues, firepits, planters and chairs, each a work of art.

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