This House is Fossil Fuel Free – Pt 1

Posted by on May 19, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments
This House is Fossil Fuel Free – Pt 1

Nothing says Toronto like this house, right? It’s a pretty typical brick semi-detached with a bay window and a front porch. You see these everywhere from the East to the West. This one is different. This one does not use fossil fuels. After a year of construction and a year of planning before that, we are […]

Laneway Housing: A New Way of Living in the City

Posted by on Mar 3, 2017 in Uncategorized | No Comments

The topic of “laneway housing” has been showing up all over the news lately. It has been called the solution to Toronto’s real estate demand, a new way to live for extended family and a smart real estate investment all rolled into one. All this excitement surrounding this building typology is well founded because given the correct steps, laneway housing […]

Update your Ikea Sofa -don’t curb it!

Posted by on Jan 23, 2017 in Design, Green, Interiors, Renos | No Comments
Update your Ikea Sofa -don’t curb it!

Chances are you’ve seen this sofa. The Ikea Ektorp is super popular. It basically looks like the cartoon shape of a sofa. Families all over the city have them in various states of wear. The renovation process isn’t really over when we archive the project and wrap up our final punch list for the contractor. […]

How TABC does Rental Housing

How TABC does Rental Housing

Along with renovations for homes that our clients live in themselves, we get project for our clients income properties. Rental apartments are an interesting challenge because the goal is resilience and durability and the confine is budget and attention. In other words, we’d better choose finishes and upgrades that will stand up to hard-wearing tenants […]

New Project Up Soon!

Posted by on Sep 26, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments
New Project Up Soon!

This week we wrapped up a project that has been under construction since April. This moderate renovation to a semi detached home in the beaches was really fun to work on because our clients were great design collaborators.  The result is an updated, daylit interior with spacious bedrooms for everyone in the family, a super […]

Grab Bars for Everyone

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

We have decided to make grab bars a standard in bathrooms. Until you ask us nicely to remove the grab bars, we will include them in your bathroom design. This morning we gathered round the building code and chatted about the importance of grab bars and how they add an element of safety to bath […]

The Mind of an Architect

Posted by on Sep 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | No Comments

One of the best parts about drafting is that while using part of the brain to draw and operate the software, there is enough capacity left over to listen to music or even better, a podcast. My favourite architecture podcast is 99% invisible which is narrated by Roman Mars and his epically soothing voice along […]

Hardwood Floors

Hardwood Floors

Choosing the right hardwood floor for your house is one of the most effective ways to define your space, but there’s much more to hardwoods than how they look in brochures. Wood species, plank sizes and finishes are just a few elements that effect the behavior, look and feel of your floors. Developing some familiarity […]

Kitchen Design

Kitchen Design

You’ve decided to renovate and know you want a great new Kitchen Where to start It’s easy to approach a Kitchen redesign by taking note of what’s not working for you in your existing kitchen. It could be too small, too big, awkwardly laid out, or hard to keep clean. If you’re having trouble imagining what […]

Tree Removal Permits

Posted by on Jun 15, 2016 in Permits + Procedures | No Comments
Tree Removal Permits

Living in a city that is full of healthy trees is important for everyone and Toronto is working to protect and grow our urban forest, keeping our trees healthy and our city green and beautiful. As your trees grow and change they’re likely to need some work, but before you adjust an established tree permits […]