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Bunas Kitchen Restaurant

Restaurant, Richmond Street West Toronto

Renovation of a restaurant in Toronto Ontario. Building permits obtained. Silver and black colour scheme.

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Bunas Kitchen Centre Island

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Bunas Kitchen Counter facing Window

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Bunas Kitchen Banquettes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Interiors By Stacey Cohen
Mech.  And Electrical: HIDI

Adding a Mini-Kitchen to Your Basement is a Great Idea

Architects in Toronto consider basements to be an excellent place to put the chef in you to practice. The privacy and personal space are some of the great qualities of a basement to build a perfect mini-kitchen. Since the basement floors are made of concrete, they provide good quality support to heavy equipment such as a refrigerator or a washing machine. Basement is close to your drainage system so you would not even have to worry about the draining system of your sink.

If you are planning to build a mini kitchen in your basement, here are few do’s and don’ts for it to blend perfectly with the environment.

Do’s

  • Let there be light: DO have a lot of lighting. Lighting is essential for every kitchen, no matter the location. Most basements lack natural light, so make sure there is enough light to prepare food and brighten up the area.
  • Cabinet selection: DO choose a cabinet style that blends well with the rest of the basement. Dark wood is a good choice if there is a lot of light otherwise lighter stained woods or white cabinetry can be utilized to open up the basement. The rule of thumb here is to make the basement appear like any other room in your home. Dark colors absorb the light whereas lighter-colored cabinetry reflects back the light into the room.
  • Cabinet schemes: DO install the lights in upper cabinets to show off the glass door and enhance brightness. Mirrors inside the cabinets are another option to reflect light to the other side of the room.
  • Cabinet options: DO install the open shelving by making use of the vertical space. Open shelving will also keep you and your dishes well-organized.

Don’ts

  • Buying Appliances: DON’T buy an appliance just because it is a good bargain. Buying matching dishwasher and stove will maintain the continuity throughout your mini-kitchen.
  • Mix it with the rest: DON’T section off your mini-kitchen from the rest of the area. Let it be part of the entire basement family. Being a cook you will appreciate the addition of your mini-kitchen to your home.

Adding a mini-kitchen in the basement can be quite overwhelming for most of the homeowners in the city. However, careful planning and help from a Toronto architect can save you time, money and frustration from unexpected delays. Lindy Consulting works closely with you to create a kitchen that reflects your lifestyle. From design to remodeling, we will install a kitchen unique to your basement, and remarkable in practicality and appearance. Contact Us on 416-481-9947 TODAY!!

5 Most Renowned Buildings in Toronto Skyline

Toronto is the financial and cultural capital of Canada. It embraces the style and ideas well appreciated by prominent architects across the world. The architects in Toronto have developed many unique styles of architecture that has beautified its landscape and skyline. Toronto architects along with their creative thinking and contemporary approach have given shape to various spectacular buildings across GTA. Some of the influential building across Toronto are as following:

The Toronto-Dominion Centre

The Toronto-Dominion Centre was built in between 1950s and 60s and planned and designed by Ludwig Mies Van Der Rohe. It is the single-handedly project that bloomed the flower of modern age in Toronto. The T-D Centre is appreciated around the world for its precision architectural and spiritual adherence.

New City Hall 

The New City Hall is one of the most peculiar hallmark of Toronto and also the home of municipal government. This was designed by Viljo Revell as a replacement of old city hall built in 1899. The modern design of the building has a rectangular base along with two curved towers. The chambers for circular council are constructed at the top of the base between the two towers. The tallest tower is of 326 feet having 27 stories.

Royal Conservatory of Music

Royal Conservatory of Music is the music organization and performance venue in Toronto. This conservatory soon become the most prominent building and music institution in Canada. The conservatory was founded in 1886 by Edward Fisher. The tall public entrance is nestled behind McMaster Hall, that is an entry court into Koerner Concert Hall having oak and plaster sideways end up in flourishing wood ribbons falling behind the stage.

The Bay and Gable House,

The Bay and Gable House is the distinctive housing type in Toronto. It’s appealing Gothic aesthetic features a sharp angled gable up top that is accompanied by a bay window. They are famous architectural features that have modified its appearance by incorporating garages. These modest models were exquisitely decorated to present a handsome face to the city. They are more famous with 21st century ‘Torontonians’ who passionately construct such houses.

Summerhill Station

The Summer Hills station house built in 1842 offering a spectacular picture of urbanized Toronto. It is a benchmark of preservation having clock tower and elegant fountains outside. It is one of the prominent attractions of Toronto having winding tree-lined streets and plenty of parkland. It is located along the Yonge Street corridor offering easy and quick access to the residents of Toronto to the downtown business and entertainment locations.

We, Lindy Consulting, is a renowned name that Toronto residents count on when it comes to creating custom architectural masterpieces. We have worked on various small and large scale architectural projects for both residential and commercial establishments.

Construction Timeline – The Home building process

Construction of a new home or renovation can take anywhere from six months to well over a year, depending on factors such as the size of the proposed home, weather conditions, and the availability of workers and supplies.

There are numerous decisions to be made along the way, and there are often several unexpected delays. Whether you’re building a simple starter home or the home of your dreams, most homeowners find the home construction process somewhat overwhelming.

If you’re thinking of building a new home or addition, we’re here to help.

The following is a construction timeline that clarifies the home building process.

From demolition or site preparation to final inspections and occupancy, discover the major steps involved in building your home, as well as how long each will take.

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Pre-construction Stages:

This part of the timeline is not shown in the current timeline discussion, and relies on the existing zoning and complexity of the drawings and design task.

  1. Hire a licensed architect.                                            4
  2. Discuss with your architect your desired results. Draw up preliminary plans.

  3. Preliminary pricing based on preliminary design drawings.
  4. Obtain zoning and rezoning as required.
  5. Develop plans for permit.
  6. Obtain permits.
  7. Finalize contractor prices/Award and tender project

Construction Stages:

1. Demolition:

Week 1 and 2 if no demolition proceed to next step.

2. Site Preparation

Weeks 3 and 4

You’re breaking ground on your new home or renovation. It’s just the second phase of the home building process. Site preparation includes work such as excavation and staking. Your architect has determined how your home is to be situated on the lot. Workers will clear, excavate, and level the lot accordingly. Then stakes will be driven into the ground to mark the footprint of your home or addition.

3. Footings, Foundation, framing windows and roof.

Weeks 5-6-7-8-9-10-11

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Footings, foundation and framing, windows and roof. Concrete foundations serve as the base that your home sits on.  The permit outlines the each stage needs to be  inspected. Once footings are in place and have passed inspection, the weep system is installed, the foundation wall is built. Then, the foundation is waterproofed. The foundation of your home may be a full basement or a crawlspace. Next, (wood and steel or other construction method) framing and exterior sheathing is applied,

framing is inspected, and once it is approved, windows and water-proofing and exterior cladding or finishes are applied. Finally, roofing is installed and the house is enclosed.

4. HVAC/Electrical and Drywall

Weeks 12-13-14-15

Important mechanical and electrical items such as the heating and cooling system roughed in and installed, plumbing lines are installed and the electrical system is put in place. Many builders will pre-wire your ho

me for a security and entertainment sytem. Insulation is installed, and drywall with vapor barrier is installed. The drywall is then mudded, sanded and receives a coat of primer.

5. Stairs, Flooring and Paint

Weeks 15-16-17

Flooring, Stairs, trim and millwork are installed, and doors and cabinets are installed. The second coat of paint is applied.

6. Fixtures and Appliances

Week 18-19

Sub-contractors/Trades install faucets, light fixtures, receptacles and appliances.

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7. Final Items and Cleanup

Weeks 20-21

Cleanup and final items.

8. Closing

Week 22

“Punch List” of things you had contracted the builder to correct, this is a general idea of how long it will take to build your home or renovation, but when you enter the home building process you can expect the unexpected. Keep in mind that a number of factors will impact the home construction timeline that your contractor has developed, including clear paths of clear communication.

4 Great Dining Room Tips From The Best Architects in Toronto

A dining room holds a unique importance as compared to all other areas of the house. It is this room in which the whole family sits together, shares at least one meal of the day and talks about the latest happenings in their life. Hence, it must be a place that is not just perfect for having meal but also equally comforting.
Earlier, people rarely went inside the details of their dining room, but according to leading architects in Toronto, the trend has somewhat changed. More and more nowadays pay attention to how their dining room appears. So, to rev-up the aesthetic appeal of that special place, following are some of the best dining rooms design ideas from leading Toronto architects.

  1. Use Light Colours – While lighter shades of colour tend to open up space in a room, darker shades on the other hand make it appear smaller. However, don’t simply go for drab shades. In fact, bright contrasting colours can also be used along with whites so as to draw the attention towards a specific decorative element, but, try not to overuse colours. White and pale pastel shades with a little bit of bright touch are extremely popular.
  2. Use Maximum Lighting – Nothing works better than natural light, so keep your window panes large. Avoid dark window furnishings and curtains. Go for bright colours like yellow and red that really accentuate the natural light coming from the window. Also ensure to have your artificial light sparkling, but not too bright. A small chandelier will do great. If you are planning to use overhead spotlights, make sure they are subtle but sufficient.
  3. Table Furniture –
    A lot of things fall under this category including centrepieces, bowls, flower vases and even stemware. An ideal table should promote conversation, not hinder it. For that, there are three golden rules:

    1. Make sure that the view of those sitting on the table isn’t obstructed by the tableware and the accessories present on the table. Try to display those charming flowers in low-level bowls or vases or bowls.
    2. Stemware should always be that of crystal or lead crystal as sparkling glasses always tend to look good at the dining table since their reflections in the mirror can have a great curb appeal.
    3. Try including certain fabrics in the décor of your dining room so as to absorb those hearty laughs and other sound waves. Absence of heavy fabrics in a room can make it a lot echoic.
  4. Dining Room Furniture – For a small dining room, the choice of the furniture should be made accordingly. For instance, a round dining table instead of the traditional rectangular one can add more space in the room. Moreover, try to keep dining chairs armless and a bit slender rather than making them chunky. This is crucial as slender chairs tend to offer space between two diners. You can also go for double dining chairs in order to make the best out of your rectangular table.

Dining rooms offer a lot of space for customization. Therefore, you can let your ideas flow as you never know what might just click and look perfect. We, at Lindy Consulting, are a leading name when it comes to home architects in Toronto. Our team has helped hundreds of home and business owners by designing their place and turning it into an artistic masterpiece. Our works are driven by high ethical and industrial standards being leading architect firm in Toronto.

Call us anytime to get a quote on our services.

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Want Luxury Kitchen? 5 Design Tips Straight From Toronto Architects

While working on the details of a luxury home, most of the to-be homeowners get hung-up on the intricate kitchen details. The kitchen can become the centre of your family’s daily activities. Hence, every detail must be worked upon according to your needs while keeping in mind the design aesthetics.

As you start planning your custom luxury home, here are 5 things which you can keep in mind while designing your kitchen:

  1. Try Different Kitchen Countertop Materials– Large luxury kitchens have the entire space dominated by slabs of either granite or marble which can make it feel a bit too cold and harsh. Your kitchen, however, should feel warm and welcoming. So, go for a different design approach by using various other countertop materials like limestone, silestone or even wood. Opting a wood top for the island can make it look classical/traditional.
  2. Hide those Bulky Appliances– Nothing clutters your luxury kitchen more than a bunch of appliances resting on your countertops. While designing, make sure you include plenty of space for storing all your kitchen appliances. You can either go for a large pantry with in-built shelving or a larder cabinet having internal countertop to hold your big and heavy kitchen equipments. You can also integrate big appliances like your refrigerator and dishwasher in such a way so that they blend in with the remaining cabinet design.
  3. Get Lighting Right– Terrible lighting can kill any luxury kitchen irrespective of how perfect the remaining design is. Most homeowners go for functional lighting that although illuminate the whole kitchen at once, but don’t really elevate ‘mood’ in your kitchen. Lighting is similar to fashion; you need to mix and match various styles so as to create the perfect look for you. To get the right light, you can try recessed lights over the counter or sink, an aesthetic ceiling lamp for the island and decorative pendent lights to add light, color and style.
  4. Colors and Patterns– White expensive kitchens undoubtedly ooze luxury, but colors and vibrant patterns can also add a great appeal. Having a bright-red accent wall along with a white cabinet can help to intensify the kitchen space and make it the focal point of your entire kitchen. A blue, patterned backsplash behind the stove can add a ‘Mediterranean’ flair to the kitchen and jewel tones can go great against dark countertops.
  5. Add a Multi-utility Island– The good ol’ days of kitchen peninsulas are long gone. While designing a luxury kitchen, try to go for big island space that can hold a decent amount of stuff without getting easily cluttered. An island is actually the hub of your kitchen where you can prepare meals, mix a drink or two for guests, can act as a self-serve buffet for a treat or even as a seat where the family can sit down together for a quick snack.

A well designed luxury kitchen can do wonders for the overall aesthetic appeal of your house. We, at Lindy Consulting, are Toronto’s leading architectural firm that has worked upon various projects for both residents and companies. Call us anytime to get a ‘Quote’ on our services.

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Saving time and money by avoiding variances.

We are currently working on several major renovation projects which involve extensive demolition and reconstruction work.

One project, located in the Yonge and St. Clair neighbourhood,  involves demolition of the roof, the back wall and front wall of the existing two storey home. The proposed is a new contemporary façade with traditional stone, a new roof with a large attic and a large addition at the rear. The owners have asked for an additional large light filled master bedroom with en-suite washroom and walk in closet on the second floor,  a new open concept living room and kitchen on the main floor, a ground floor washroom, and for the basement, a spacious family entertainment room with windows.

The benefits of retaining some of the existing walls have been mainly having to do with accelerating the schedule as well as the grandfathering of setbacks and openings. The walls of one side of the house is currently constructed on the lot line. If you were to propose a new house, the building would be required to be set back from the lot line. There are existing window openings in the side wall located on the lot line, and if you were to propose new walls, there would be no openings permitted on the side.

As for the schedule, there were no variances required, mainly because the existing house has been there for many years and is therefore considered to be legal, and the proposed heights, setbacks and densities were proposed “as-of right”, meaning they conform to the old and new City of Toronto zoning by-laws. In fact, part of the design strategy for this project was to try to avoid variances, which adds both time and cost to the development process.

 

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Where are Clients Spending Their Renovation Dollars?

RENOVATION top 10

Where are most of our clients spending most of their dollars on renovations and additions?

People often ask me where to best spend their renovation dollars.

While this is a personal matter for most, I can share you my experience.

For renovation projects, we often get combinations of many requests, but the following is the top ranking of renovations or additions.

For Additions there are various types most common:

Top 5 renovation or addition projects

1. Addition off rear 2 storeys including Basement.

2. Addition off rear one storey from ground floor

3. Addition on existing ground floor or bungalow.

4. Addition to the front.

5. Combination of all of these.

What is being contained in the renovations or additions?

Top 10 renovation or addition projects 

1. New Kitchen

2. Open Concept Living room dining room, and kitchen, remove walls, structural revisions.

3. Basement underpin including basement reno

4. New Master Bedroom With Ensuite Washroom and Master Closet

5. Additional Bedrooms

6. Taller Ceilings In Living Space

7. Modernize the interior

8. Modernize the look of the Exterior of the house

9.  Some functional problem with the plan of the house including More Storage

10. Zoning Issues that need to be resolved

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Strategy for Obtaining Permits for Additions and Internal Renovations

Strategy for obtaining permits for additions and internal renovations
The latest two projects involved additions and internal renovations in Toronto.
The strategy at the beginning was to obtain 2 separate building permits.
The first permits were for the internal renovation permit which essentially avoids zoning issues, due to the fact that all of the work is inside the existing building envelope.
The permit processing time is relatively quick and dealt with in the fast track permit stream.
For the addition, we go in for a zoning review request which takes several weeks, to determine in a zoning review prepared by the planners at the city that there would be variances required for density setbacks, height etc. to the city of Toronto zoning by laws. The zoning review takes into account that there are 2 zoning by laws in effect.
With the zoning report in hand, we apply to the committee of adjustment.
The Committee of Adjustment schedule has a backlog of approximately 2-3 months waiting period.
Once we have presented at the Committee and hopefully obtain approval of all of the requested variances, there is a 20 day period of appeal which gives us some time to to complete the drawings for permit and then we apply for a building permit.
With variances approved and drawings stamped by the architect and the structural engineer, the processing time is relatively quick. Usually a 5 day turnaround based on my most recent experience.

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Owners looking for tall ceilings in their home have many options.

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Tall Ceilings

Owners looking for tall ceilings in their home have many options.

We have recently been commissioned by one couple who will be renovating their home, and one of the major changes is to change the ceiling height in 2 of the main living spaces.
The first room is the Family Room, which is situated on the ground floor, the owners would like to achieve a very tall ceiling space. In order to achieve this we will be proposing to remove the room and the floor of the second floor above.
This will require some structural modifications of course.
Fortunately, the house is already large with a footprint of 2000 sqaure feet, the total area is approximately 6000 sf including the basement area, therefore losing one bedroom was not out of the question. For most project, owners are looking for more rooms or more area, but this project, it was the quality of the space was deemed more important.
The proposed plan will add approximately 9 additional feet to the height of the room, for a resulting height of approximately a 20 foot ceiling height.
The windows on the exterior will be modified to be much taller. The former bedroom windows will be lengthened to the old floor height and the ground floor windows will be lengthened to the former ceiling height.
The door to the room upstairs will be modified and turned into an opening from above, and a french balcony will be added. The design of the french balcony would need to be designed as a “guard”. The design solution of the finishes will offer many options and decisions to be made. The finishes will tend to create a light and airy look or be designed to create more of a dramatic effect with the help of the ‘verticality’ of the space.

The second room, is the media room which is in the basement.Here, the owners are looking to add height to the basement, mainly in order to install a golf simulator and to have an entertainment area.

The golf simulator specifications requires 10- foot clearance.

Currently, the ceiling is approximately 6-foot and a half at the lowest point. Therefore, in order to achieve the desired ceiling height, we will need to dig down. Digging down in this case means underpinning the foundation almost four feet.

Underpinning is a method where the basement is dug out in sections, and concrete is placed under the existing foundation wall and footing.