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LINDY ARCHITECT of TORONTO Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

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LINDY ARCHITECT of TORONTO

Receives Best Of Houzz 2014 Award

Annual Survey and Analysis of 16 Million Monthly Users

Reveals Top-Rated Building, Remodeling and Design Professionals in Canada

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Lindy Architect is Best of Houzz

Toronto, Canada, February 4, 2014 – Lindy Architect of Toronto has been awarded “Best Of Houzz” by Houzz, the leading platform for home remodeling and design. The Toronto based architecture firm established in 2008. Lindy Architect is specialized in residential architecture.  OAA licenced and promote the use of affordable green building practices. They offer a full range of architectural services for renovations additions and new builds. Their strength lies in our superior client service, professional experience, understanding of the planning, zoning and development process, ability to deliver highly detailed contemporary design both on time and on budget. They were chosen by the more than 16 million monthly users that comprise the Houzz community.

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Lindy Architect is Houzz recommended

The Best Of Houzz award is given in two categories: Customer Satisfaction and Design. Customer Satisfaction honors are determined by a variety of factors, including the number and quality of client reviews a professional received in 2013. Design award winners’ work was the most popular among the more than 16 million monthly users on Houzz, known as “Houzzers,” who saved more than 230 million professional images of home interiors and exteriors to their personal ideabooks via the Houzz site, iPad/iPhoneapp and Androidapp. Winners will receive a “Best Of Houzz 2014” badge on their profiles, showing the Houzz community their commitment to excellence. These badges help homeowners identify popular and top-rated home professionals in every metro area on Houzz.

“Houzz provides homeowners with the most comprehensive view of home building, remodeling and design professionals, empowering them to find and hire the right professional to execute their vision,” said Liza Hausman, vice president of community for Houzz. “We’re delighted to recognize Lindy Architect among our “Best Of” professionals for customer satisfaction as judged by our community of homeowners and design enthusiasts who are actively remodeling and decorating their homes.”

With Houzz, homeowners can identify not only the top-rated professionals like Lindy Architect, but also those whose work matches their own aspirations for their home. Homeowners can also evaluate professionals by contacting them directly on the Houzz platform, asking questions about their work and reviewing their responses to questions from others in the Houzz community.

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About Houzz

Houzz is the leading platform for home remodeling and design, providing people with everything they need to improve their homes from start to finish – online or from a mobile device. From decorating a room to building a custom home, Houzz connects millions of homeowners, home design enthusiasts and home improvement professionals across the country and around the world. With the largest residential design database in the world and a vibrant community powered by social tools, Houzz is the easiest way for people to get the design inspiration, project advice, product information and professional reviews they need to help turn ideas into reality. For more information, visitwww.houzz.com

 

 

 

Choosing and Architect who will be right for you

A building project is a most important and costly endeavor involving the combined hard work of a number of qualified individuals.

Building rapport with your architect is an important element of the process.

In the final analysis, you should choose an architect whose work you think highly of, whose knowledge you trust, and with whom you feel most comfortable.

Discovering, choosing, and hiring the best architect for your project is critical to your project’s practical, aesthetic, and economic success.

Your design professional-architect provides advice and design solutions, oversees the project as it progresses, deals with the unexpected, and brings value to a project by taking care of your interests and ensuring a quality end result.

Your building project is important to you, so take the time to choose an architect who can help you realize your vision.

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Architects Services

Customarily, architectural firm’s services include the design, preparation of working drawings for permit and construction,  and finally often being involved in construction administration. Architects also provide a diverse range of other services including brainstorming, feasibility ideas, development management, and project management.

Whether the building type the client intends on constructing is straight forward or more intricate, the service of the architect can be tailored to the individual project. The architect can pay attention to requirements of quality, time, and cost. All of the architectural services can be listed and clarified within the agreement between owner and architect The scope the of architectural services will vary with the type and size or budget of the project; the development requirements of the owner; the  customized specific requirements of the project at hand; and there may also become unforeseen items at the time of the initial consultations or discussions. Identifying the requirements and quantifying the fees of the architect’s services is an important first step to the success of the client’s project.

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Modern Renovation Ideas

One of the hottest trends in renovation is the open floor plan concept. This is a perfect way to modernize an older home. Larger living areas with fewer entrances can also create more space and greater functionality for busy families. However, if knocking down walls is more than you’re interested in doing, you may wish to consider repurposing specific spaces or rooms.  The following are some ideas that can enhance your living experience for your space and will improve the functionality of your Toronto home.

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Open Concept Plan

 

 

The Home Office – having a well designed and organized work space can be a great asset for anyone who works from home and also provides a space for children to do their homework.  Transform a room or alcove in your Toronto  home to incorporate computers, laptops, reference material, electronics and provide sufficient storage for the necessary materials needed to get the job done.  Consider  task lighting wiring requirements and adequate ventilation.

 

The Mudroom

The Mudroom is a room or area focusing on storage for all the under-used, seasonal and / or outdoor accessories you require on a daily basis.  Entryways can be outfitted with closets, shelves and cubbies to store hats, coats, umbrellas, boots, shoes, etc.  Benches help with putting on or pulling off boots and you can instantly hang backpacks, purses and jackets on hooks. Any entryway in your Toronto home can be repurposed into a mudroom; it’s a great way to make a potential waste of space more valuable.  Many mudrooms are positioned by the doors adjoining the garage or alternately from the back / basement or side entranceway. Mudrooms often incorporate a laundry room or washroom or even a dog wash.

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Outdoor Living Space

If you have a deck or patio, you can revamp, repair and redecorate it for maximum appeal. This can greatly increase the desirability (and the square footage) of your Toronto home in the warmer months of the year.  Highly functional and cozy outdoor living spaces are a huge draw for potential buyers; they can imagine themselves eating, entertaining, relaxing and enjoying a beautiful day with ease. If you don’t have a deck or patio, it might be a good idea to build one or install larger windows to bring the outdoors in.

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Green Building in the modern world

No longer is it the case that green building means living in a home built out of straw and “off the grid”.

GreenisMainstream.ca “Green Building” is about setting realistic goals based on what is affordable and what will have a realistic payback. For larger institutions, payback may be measured in corporate responsibility brownie points or may be measured in dollars and years. The payback for a residential homeowner may be having the sense that you are doing less harm and the monetary payback on the financial investment is usually ensured somewhere between one and ten years, depending on the system or product that is selected. The goals are simple: use less consume less, maintain what is working, dispose of materials responsibly. It’s simple: Buy energy efficient appliances, low off gassing paint, buy an old house and renovate it, seal air penetrations, reinsulate, Consider using renewable energy sun ground heat even wind. Buy a good thermostat. Energy efficient light bulbs replace old drafty windows. In new construction limit thermal bridges and limit air flow between inside and outside. Live near transit, live in a multi-unit higher density development.

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Are You Thinking of Adding Space to Your Home?

Are you thinking of adding space to your home?

There are several misconceptions about architects, perhaps the most typical one being that architects are only hired for designing a house from the ground up. Even then, you might be tempted to shy away from using an architect thinking that they’re all expensive and they wear funny glasses.

Architects, despite their perceived whimsical nature, are very practical and skilled professionals. If you want to make your home larger by constructing an addition, adding another floor or expanding the attic or roof area, an architect can transform your dream into reality, simultaneously taking into account the current building’s structure, designing the addition to scale and blending it with the original building and surrounding neighbourhood.

All major remodelling and renovation projects can benefit from the design assistance of an architect with thoughtful discourse, evaluation and design, architects can meet and often surpass your expectations.

It’s the architect’s job to design the project to satisfy building codes and work with the structural engineer to meet specific structural demands. Striking that balance between aesthetics and structural requirements is part of the coordination process. Another advantage to using an architect is his ability to troubleshoot if and when problems arise during construction. An architect can assess the issue with the contractor to rework any structural versus design issues that might arise.

Flexibility in service: Architects can be hired for as little or as much of the project as you need. They can draw up a set of detailed plans from which a contractor can provide a quote and leave it at that, or they can be hired to follow the project right through to completion to make sure plans are being followed accurately.

Architects can deliver green design: Many architects are becoming LEED Accredited Professionals (LEED stands for Leadership in Environment and Energy Design). This means that their knowledge of green design methods, energy efficiency and more eco-friendly materials can deliver you a home that costs less to maintain, more energy efficient, with improved indoor air quality.