• Common Mistakes People Make When Planning A Renovation For Their New Home

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    Every homeowner aspires to have a home that is a reflection of themselves.

    Every homeowner aspires to have a home that is a reflection of themselves. Unfortunately, it’s not always possible to get the house of your dreams from the get-go. If you'd like to upgrade your house or parts of it, a home renovation project could be the key to having the home you've always wanted.

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  • Could Toronto’s laneway homes create the character-filled streets of the future?

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    The outside of a laneway house off of Jones Ave., designed by Craig Race Architecture Inc. NICK KOZAK / TORONTO STAR

    They are not your granny’s flats. When Toronto approved the rules for building homes on the city’s more than 300 kilometres of laneways one year ago, the new housing was frequently described as secondary suites, a term that suggested the homes would be the above-ground equivalent of a basement apartment.

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  • Announcing the Spacing School of Urbanism workshops!

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    Spacing's School of Urbanism
    Day-long workshops on emerging trends

    Spacing magazine is proud to announce the launch of the Spacing School of Urbanism, four one-day city-building workshops that focus on an issue challenging the residents and urbanists of Toronto.

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  • Here Comes the Sun

    Daniel Hall |

    green renovation architect Toronto

    Dreaming of a warmer Toronto? Kick off your summer right with our 2019 Laneway Block Party in the alley northwest of Queen & Ossington!

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  • Residential Construction Costs

    Bob Borson |

    In the beginning, when you are starting to plan your budget for building a new house, residential construction costs are not that complicated unless you really want to make them that way. There are some general broad stroke pieces of information that if you know them, you will not be surprised when it comes time to plan your budget.

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    Since all these costs can be screwed up in any number of ways, take all this information with a…

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  • Canada's building code is getting a climate change rewrite. Is your home ready?

    CBC News |

    Increased flooding, wildfires and storms mean tough new rules take effect in 2025

    Canada's Building Code is Getting a Climate Change Rewrite

    Evacuees from Fort McMurray, Alta., drive past wildfires in May 2016. As climate change intensifies, experts say, fires, flooding and wind storms will become more common, and Canada's building code needs to be updated to withstand the pressure. (Ryan Remiorz/The Canadian Press)

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  • Ford government cancels electricity conservation programs

    CBC News |

    Ford Government Cancels Electricity Conservation Programs - 1

    Ontario's government has cancelled a number of electricity conservation programs, including one which offered pool owners a $400 rebate for upgrading to energy-efficient pumps. 

    Carolyn Bickerton, owner of Purewater Total Home Leisure  in Ottawa, says the decision to cancel the Poolsaver program will be bad for business.

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  • Ford government cancels electricity conservation programs

    CBC News |

    Ford Government Cancels Electricity Conservation Programs - 2

    The Ontario PCs have cancelled more than a dozen electricity conservation programs, including the Poolsaver program, which allowed pool owners who purchased energy-efficient pumps to receive rebates. (Galit Rodan/Canadian Press)

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  • How to Bring the Organic Modern Style Into Your Home

    Daniel Hall |

    How to Bring the Organic Modern Style into Your Home

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  • This Frank Lloyd Wright Home Is a Model of Universal Design

    Gwendolyn Purdom |

    This Frank Lloyd Wright Home is a Model of Universal Design

    Nearly 30 years after Congress passed the Americans With Disabilities Act in 1990, accessible-design advocates say there’s still plenty of work to be done to make the built environment just as accommodating for people with disabilities as it is for everybody else. But Erick Mikiten, a California architect with a specialty in universal design, points out one striking example of accessible design from which homeowners, other pros and accessibility champions could learn a lot. And it predates the ADA by more than three decades.

    The Frank…

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  • Just Draw it Up

    Bob Borson |

    There is a request that I receive a few times a week that I thought I would finally talk about in an effort to shed some light on a fairly taboo subject. Those requests typically start off something like this:

    “I have already designed my house but since I am not an architect, I don’t know how to create the technical drawings I would need to give to a contractor. Is this something that you would do, and if so, how much do you charge?”

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  • Announcing the winners of the 2018 Greenest School in Canada competition

    CATHERINE PORTER |

    Announcing the Winners of the 2018 Greenest School in Canada Competition

    As part of World Green Building Week, CaGBC and the Canada Coalition for Green Schools are happy to announce the winners of the annual CaGBC Greenest School in Canada competitionLacombe Composite High School in Lacombe, AB, and Trinity College School in Port Hope, ON. Through solar arrays, geothermal greenhouses, urban beekeeping and decreasing natural gas consumption, these two schools are exemplary demonstrations of sustainable learning environments.

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  • TimberFever Announces Winners!

    CATHERINE PORTER |

    For the second year in a row, Architect Daniel Hall and The Architect Builders Collaborative were thrilled to assist with the Timber Fever wood design and engineering student competition. Daniel mentored several teams of keen engineering and architecture students from across the country as they worked on their one-day water station project. Check out thie post from the founder of TimberFever, David Moses Engineering…..

    Timberfever Announces Winners

    The results are in from the fourth annual #TimberFever Design-Build Competition presented by Moses Structural Engineers!

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  • Zero-Energy Buildings for All

    Daniel Hall |

    Buildings need renewables—but we need to look beyond the site.

    No man is an island, and neither is a building.

    And yet there is increasing movement for buildings to reach net-zero energy (NZE) or net-zero carbon (NZC). Architecture 2030 wants all buildings there by 2030.

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  • Busted! Don’t Believe These Myths about Green Designing!

    CATHERINE PORTER |

    Don’t Believe These Myths About Green Designing

    Global warming is a reality that we are faced with, but we can still all play a role in protecting the environment. People across the country are growing increasingly aware of their role in reducing their carbon footprint. Due to this, many people now choose green design to construct their homes.

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  • What Our Customers are Saying About Us

    Daniel Hall |

    What Our Customers Are Saying About The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc.

    At The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc., we’re proud of the work that we do. But, instead of telling you why our customers love us, we’ll let them do the talking! Here’s what some of our customers are saying about us lately

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  • Shivering? That’s for City Folk. For Islanders, Ice Time Is Play Time.

    CATHERINE PORTER |

    Ice Time is Play Time

    TORONTO — It made the local news: Two figures were spotted walking across the city’s frozen downtown harbor. The afternoon newscast labeled them “tricksters.”

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  • Island Vines Fall Dinner Line-Up

    Daniel Hall |

    Island Vines Fall Dinner Line-up

    An exciting new season of Premium Wine Dinners is set up and ready to go. All Dinners will be held on Wards Island in an intimate home setting. If you would like to reserve a spot or would like more information, email: islandvines@gmail.com

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  • Announcing The New Website

    Daniel Hall |

    Announcing the New Website - The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc.

    We are delighted to announce the launch of our new website!

    Our new website provides our existing and prospective clients a simple yet interactive view of our work and the services we offer.

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  • Green Energy Doors Open Virtual Tour of 289 Willow Ave

    Daniel Hall |

    This is the one stop shop for more information about the stations you saw during the tour of 289 Willow at Green Energy Doors Open. Below is each part of the project explained in more detail as well as relevant product and manufacturer links. The content corresponds to the lettered stations from the tour.

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