• 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • New Website Under Construction

    Daniel Hall |

    New Website Coming Soon!

    We are currently revamping our website. Our new website will be interactive and mobile friendly!

    Watch this space for updates. Just few more weeks to go!

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  • This House is Fossil Fuel Free – Pt 1

    Daniel Hall |

    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.

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  • Laneway Housing: A New Way of Living in the City

    Daniel Hall |

    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 will undeniably liven up our city and strengthen our communities.

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  • Update your Ikea Sofa -don’t curb it!

    Daniel Hall |

    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. Once we finish, it’s time to furnish and display. At this stage the budget might be burnt out and the clients may well be suffering from decision fatigue. The old Ektorp gets moved back in to the new space and surprise, it looks totally out of place in the upgraded interior.

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  • New Project Up Soon!

    Daniel Hall |

    New Project Up Soon - The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc.

    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.

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  • Grab Bars for Everyone

    Daniel Hall |

    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 tubs and showers.

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  • Kitchen Design

    Daniel Hall |

    Kitchen Design by The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc.

    You’ve decided to renovate and know you want a great new Kitchen

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  • Tree Removal Permits

    Daniel Hall |

    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 are required. Here are the need-to-know procedures and the need-to-have forms.

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  • Basic Tile is Great

    Daniel Hall |

    Basic Tile is Great

    We are lucky to live in a city full of tiles from all over the world -not to mention many great outlet stores. However, classic tile shapes and colours are commonly chosen for their understated aesthetic and low cost. Some of our favourites are squares, rectangles, and hexagons. Basic tile is great for playing with colour and patterning. Let me show you the pleasure of basic tiles.

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  • Pre-Purchase Reno Review

    Daniel Hall |

    Pre-purchase Reno Review

    Architect Daniel Hall, O.A.A., LEED AP specializes in Green Design and renovations to older houses. With over 30 years of building experience Daniel can answer all your questions in a personally tailored Pre-purchase Reno Review before you make an offer.

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  • How Green Am I?

    Daniel Hall |

    How Green Am I - The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc.

    Have you ever wondered how green you are? Why not try this fun little quiz and find out!

    Download the PDF!

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