Remodeling and Home Design
Toronto Architects & Designers

NEW PROJECTS

11 HOUSE SKETCHES

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Opening: Spring 2017.

Redesign of facade and landsscape concept of an Etobicoke suburban home. Creation of large dining window to frame front yard tree. Landscape concept sketch to suit.

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10 NEW FIBRE OPTIC HUB ROOM

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New hub room, without the fibre hub.

Engineer: JIT Engineers
Opening: October 2015.

New telecom hub room in a Toronto condo. We reused a decomissioned incinerator room for the install as the older condo complex didn't have a hub room available.

9 MINI HOUSE ADDITIONS IN SCARBOUROUGH

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Night rendering of the smallest possible house addition.

Opening: October 2015.
Location: Scarbourough.
Engineer: Zand and Associates
General Contractor: TBA.

This owner wanted visual privacy from her neighbours, and an inexpensive second exit from her dining area. A 900 mm wide covered porch on techno metal piles was the answer. In the rear of the house is another small backyard addition, as a garden shed, stair cover and garage vestibule, giving more privacy and comfort for low cost.

8 KEKOU GELATO OPENS ON QUEEN WEST AND SPADINA

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First day.

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Flavors.

Open: September 17 2015.
Location: Queen West and Spadina.
Client/Owner:  Kekou.
Engineer: JIT engineering.
General Contractor: By owner.

Kekou is now open, with many exotic flavors of gelato, and Vietnamese coffee.

7 DYANA'S ROOMING HOUSE RENO IN THE ANNEX.

New walkout.  This is a Revit daytime rendering above, night below.


A buildng department ticket can be a happy ending, as Dyana has found out in her renovation. 

Opening: September  2016.
Location: Madison Avenue, Toronto.
Engineer: JIT engineering.
Client/Owner:  Dayna.
General Contractor: TBA.

Due to the mixup with the city records of old homes, this rooming house was incorrectly registered as a house. After some negotiation after discovery of the original building records on file, Dyana has been granted her full historic use as a rooming house, with its high ceiling ground floor owners unit. 

Some new 2015 building code upgrades are still required to bring old, unrecorded changes to a new building permit. 

Title insurance may take care of a large proportion of the expense of correcting illegal construction on an owners newly purchased property. Your lawyer can help with your claim.

As long as you are legalizing the house, you can add your own design efforts.

6 ETTOIRE'S QUICK FLIP IN THE JUNCTION.

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Day and night canopy upgrade concept in Revit 3d.


Occupancy: Spring 2015.

Location: The Junction.

Client/Owner:  Ettoire and Len Dibiagio.

Engineer: JIT Engineering.

General Contractor: Not applcable.

Sometimes its not necessary to actually build out the design, just enable the owners to sell quickly at maximum value with the minimum of cash outlay - a distressed property flip. Under an OTC, this project required the complete permitting of a gutted shell in an up and coming Toronto hood.

The owners had some urgent family health problems, so the goal was to design, permit and flip Moms cute old Toronto house as fast as possible, letting the buyers fix it themselves.

Ettoire called us in, and went with bare bones but elegant vernacular architecture and our engineers structural and mechanical concepts. 

The permit application passed, the OTC was removed, and Ettoire and his brother got the maximum amount of cash in record time. 

Some innovative design by JIT Engineering allowed us to completely clear span the ground floor while maximizing the ceiling heights.

Affordable smaller homes with all the amenities are very in demand in the city. Theres no reason they can't be improved and sold for profit, even in a downturning market.

The final work was done by the new owner with his own architect.

5 JASON'S LIQUOR PERMIT FOR RAMIN ISSHIN RESTAURANT.

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This new College Street ramen restaurant needed some simple licensing drawings. 

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Manditory liquor licence plans and area table, sealed.


We have dicovered we can help restaurants with more than just building permits. Liquor too! 

They need an architectural seal. 

As with everything we do, big or small, we aspire to be fast, accurate, beautiful, legally savvy and not expensive. 

4 ELIZA'S DECK REBUILD IN TORONTO EAST.

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Using two new techno metal posts, a deck rebuild makes mom and baby daugher very happy.

Opening: January 2014.

Location: East Toronto.

Client/Owner:  Eliza.

Engineer: JIT engineering for techno metal post installation.

General Contractor: Suresh Taxali of TS Building Inc.

A Rescue deck for Eliza and her family, built with title insurance. Due to a Toronto building department ticket and court order, Eliza was forced to compeltely rebuild the illegal deck innocently purchased with her renovated new house. The new desk is supported by two seven foot deep techno metal posts attached to a wood support beam, highlighted here with patent green sheaths. 

3 YONGE AND BEAUTIFUL COSMETIC CLINIC IN THE AURA BUILDING ON YONGE STREET.

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One of the first new Aura stores opens January 2014.

Opening: January 2014.

Location: Aura on College Park, P1 Mall level at 386 Yonge Street, Toronto.

Client/Owner:  Best Beauty Deals.

Engineer: Ramondo Engineering for the sink installation.

Contractor: Suresh Taxali of TS Building Inc. For electrical, plumbing and all interior fit-up. The owner supplied some equipment, millwork and decor.

In Aura, a new underground retail mall under the famed 79 storey "tallest condo building" in Toronto, opens one of the first new smaller stores. Aura's property managers, Canderel, had very strict requirements for all new store owners, making opening any store complex, slow and expensive. 
Behind the mirrored entry area with sliding wood door is a treament room. The design challenge was to make all client areas handicap accessible as per code requirements, in a very small 105.6 sq ft unit.

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Custom millwork seating and product display for a fashionable but small interior space.

2 KING SLICE ON WEST QUEEN WEST

The latest version of 1130 Queen West retail is the popular pizza chain from Bloor street, King Slice.

  • Opening: August 1, 2013
  • Location: 1130 Queen Street West, Toronto
  • Client:  King Slice
  • Engineer: JIT Professional Services for mechanical.
  • Contractor: Client as contractor.

King Slice has provided a streetside seating opportunity with an overhead door and bench seats.

Design Narrative: Provide renovation and building permit drawings of a pizza retail store. King Pizza supplied the interior design, construction and project management by the owner's forces.

Eddie Leung Structural engineer, designed the HVAC for the pizza ovens and reviewed the structural for the renovation. 
I was recommended by the building owner, Frank Tropea, a family friend who kindly mediated when the tenant/contractor had some design and construction issues with the facade. It still needs some metal flashing resolution, but has passed all city inspections.

All drawings were minimal for permit only and were in traditional 2-d Autocad.

The architectural design challenge was to plan the profitable production oriented family operation in a small retail space. 

I had done the previous tenants permit under an OTC. Many code violations had to be resolved at that time using consultant Aon fire and code to verify code infractions. City signage, garbage and storage issues still hang over these small but vital commercial storefront properties. 

Jane Jacobs, an insightful planner and author of Death and Life of Great American Cities,  would be supportive of the smaller scale storefront business. It will likely enrich the family, who is expanding their restaurant business into our lively city streets. 

I respect the tight budget and do it yourself challenges of working with small family businesses in Toronto. Without their smaller shops, our streets would not be as walkable. This block contains the Drake Hotel, the resiliant Saigon Flower, Ravi Soups as well as the ususal Subway and Pizza Pizza. West Queen West especially needs small scale family investment to balance the arrival of the larger banks and drug store chains. Zoning bylaws have reserved this area as a cultural district, complete with a heritage post office building across the street. Many creative industries are located in the area, such as film production. 

1 JACK DANIELS BARREL TREE 

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Video of opening day with carollers.

  • Opening: December 11, 2013
  • Location: 544 King Street West, Toronto
  • Client:  Hive Strategic for Jack Daniels
  • Engineer: JIT Professional Services
  • Contractor: Burrel Inc.


Design Narrative: Design and construct a temporary street decoration of branded stacked liquor barrels in a tree shape for the 2013 holiday season. The promotion had been done by Jack Daniels in London, England and was available on Youtube for reference.
Eddie Leung Structural engineer, designed the internal support structure and base with a central steel post and demountable steel tube branch supports. The structure can be reused.
Carvel Burrel, the contractor, added plywood platforms for construct ability and safety. Lighting design by contractor.
The architectural design challenge was to get the largest structure inside the property line, and fit the barrels in 6 circular tiers inside a triangular cone, with space reserved for barrel variances. The exterior guard had to be minimal, complimentary, and support visitor activity, such as picture taking. Client "drink responsibly" banner sign was well executed by Hive Strategic.
Structural was conservatively designed by Ernie Leung, who used tube steel around a central steel pole structure, anchored to a heavy wooden base in 2 parts. The design challenge was demountability, easy to transport and construct on site, with the parameters of speed and low cost of construction.
All architectural design was done in Autodesk REVIT BIM software exporting out to structural in Autocad 2d.

REVIT rendering.

REVIT plans.

CAD structural plan and section. 


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