Sustainable

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943 Queen Street East, Suite 200 Toronto ON M4M 1J6
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Lynn & Graham in Toronto
Lynn & Graham in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
9/10

2nd storey addition

The challenge we presented to sustainable.to was to create space for a larger kitchen, increase the natural light in our north facing bungalow, and add a master suite above an existing addition. Sustainable challenged us to think bigger - since we were already going up, why not create a whole new second floor and double our space? That's what we did - and sustainable listened to our feedback, and made all the necessary revisions to the plans until it was right. In the end, we have our dream house - a place we want to live in for the rest of our lives.

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Dear Lynn & Graham: We are so pleased that we were able to help you to create your dream home from your original bungalow. It was truly a team effort, which we thoroughly enjoyed on our end. Thank you ! Paul

Laura in East York
Laura in East York
4 reviews East York, ON

First Review

7/10

Architecture Design

Doing a major renovation and hired sustainable.TO to do our architecture drawings. We expected more creative ideas from the architect but we haven't done this before so perhaps that was wishful thinking. Costs were generally in line with the estimate and competitors quotes, although we did have to keep an eye on the invoices to validate them. All in all the people assigned to our project were quite knowledgeable and very well versed with the current and proposed future bylaws. Generally quite satisfied with work, but would need more to rate them as 5 stars.

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Dear Laura: Thank you for your candid feedback. This is how we improve our services. As the construction is underway now, we are looking forward to seeing the finished project, and hope that it will be all that you hoped for ... and more. Best Regards, Paul

Anne McCourt in Toronto
Anne McCourt in Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Basement excavation and finishing, new heating system

In the fall of 2009 we hired Paul and his team to turn the cramped cellar of our 1922 home into usable space. We also installed new heating and hot water systems. Paul was very creative in finding ways to get the most from the limited space. He listened to what we wanted and found ways to fit it all into the fairly limited space. He was insistent when he needed to be and as a result we have spaces we love and that work for us. His whole team was very professional. Special thanks are due to John Andrews who oversaw the whole project and was terrific to work with. In fact, it was such a positive experience we are now beginning to think about how to redesign the second floor of our house and we will be hiring sustainable.to for that work as well.

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Thanks Anne !! The pleasure was all ours ! We do love a challenge. Basements are like three-dimensional Tetris ... you've got limited space to fit in all sorts of components. Good thing that we love Tetris !! Looking forward to the second floor challenges ... and opportunities ! Paul

Brad & Julie Fay in Toronto
Brad & Julie Fay in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Design of new home for complete renovation

We were faced with a major challenge in constructing the house of our dreams amidst four walls of an old triplex in The Beach.
Sustainable worked with us in coming up with just the right design, that helped maintain the character of the home -- but give us the modern, open feel we craved.
We could not be happier with the result.

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Thanks Brad & Julie: It was our pleasure working with you and the rest of the team. We hope that you and your family are happy in your new home for many years to come !!
All the best, Paul

A & G Martell in Toronto
A & G Martell in Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

house renos & adjustments -- roof, windows, basement, backyard, etc.

We tripped into Paul via a glowing Globe & Mail profile of his work and home in the sustainable space. Plus, he lived in our neighborhood. We just had to meet him. We did. And, we've been happy ever since. Paul is practical, principled, precise and perfectly happy to work within your budget and ever-changing lives. Our project benefited from Paul's insights and innovation. Bet yours would as well.

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Dear A & G
It has been an absolute pleasure working with both of you. As I repeatedly say in another aspect of my life, "we are nothing if not adaptable." Seems that this may be starting to apply in the world of residential design and project planning too !
All the best !
Paul

Jacquie Green in Toronto
Jacquie Green in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

building renovation and addition

Re: Paul Dowsett - Architect

Paul was highly recommended to us by a close friend of who had worked with him on a previous project. That was a sustainable and substantial renovation to an Art Deco masterpiece. While our similar buff brick home in South Rosedale was no Art Deco masterpiece, we thought that with the right touch, it could become a home showcasing our mid-century modern sensibilities.

We interviewed many architects, but Paul was the first to immediately understand what we were after: simple, sensible and sustainable ... with a nod to Mondrian. That was the easy part.

As the project began, Paul continued to impress us with his experience and ability to work with everyone from the Zoning Department, to the Heritage Preservation Services, to the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority, to the Committee of Adjustment, to the Building Department, to our Contractor and to various outside Suppliers. Throughout, he continued to provide the guiding hand that kept the project moving forward ... and without once losing his cool!

We are now part-way through the construction process, and are awaiting “final & binding approval” from the Committee of Adjustment for a minor addition. That addition will bring together the entire project vision. We could not be more pleased.

Throughout the process, Paul has remained very conscious of our overall budget. The importance of that cannot be overstated.

We have no hesitation in recommending Paul. His plain-spoken and straightforward manner is a pleasure to deal with. And he is no longer just our architect. He has now also become a friend !

Mike & Jacquie Green
(in South Rosedale)

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Dear Jacquie & Mike:
The pleasure has been all mine. Your enthusiasm for this project has been truly infectious. I'll bet that I'm looking forward to the finished product almost as much as you and your family !!
Paul

Adriana - Toronto
Adriana - Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Victorian Farm House

Mr. Paul Dowsett of SustainABLE was the Architect for the addition to our 110 year old Victorian farm house. The addition increased our living space by about 1,500 square feet. . We have since re-engaged Mr. Dowsett to design our new garage building and our kitchen & conservatory renovations. Each time our experience has been wonderful. We enjoy working with Mr. Dowsett, and without question would engage him in any future design requirements. Mr. Dowsett's professionalism, integrity, and sense of humour make him a pleasure to work with and we hope to do it again soon. HIGHLY RECOMMEDED.

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Thank you Adriana
It has been a pleasure working with you and your family many times over the past few years.
I look forward to each and every opportunity. It is clients like you who make my job an absolute pleasure.
Looking forward to the next installment ...
Paul@sustainable.to

Adriana - Toronto
Adriana - Toronto
2 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Design and Construction Management - Head Office in Toronto

Paul Dowsett of SustainABLE was amazing. I was in charge of a Corporate head office remodel in Toronto... Mr. Dowsett was engaged and our deadlines were tight. He was instrumental in coordinating excellent engineering consultants, finishes, construction trades and furniture suppliers. Our head office was completed on time, on budget and the results were beyond my expectations. We are extremely pleased with the final results. I would highly recommend SustainABLE, Paul Dowsett and all members of his team. Truly a firm with class!

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Thank you Adriana
You and your team made the entire project a pleasure for our team.
We are so pleased that you are happy with the results and hope that you enjoy the space for many years to come.
Best Regards
Paul@sustainable.to

Terry D - North York
Terry D - North York
1 review North York, ON
9/10

Complete home renovation

while our contractor left much to be desired, Paul did a great job with the design - the home looks like its been in the neighbourhood for 100 years, but the interior is modern, open and welcoming. It was a challenging project, lots of various levels of approval such as greenbelt, historical society, OMB, etc., Paul kept focused on what was needed to get approved with a design that met our somewhat divergent tastes. My wife and I both love the end result, and it truly feels like home.

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Thanks Terry
I can't tell you how many subsequent clients have "loved" your new home as well. You and your family were an absolute pleasure to work with ... the challenges are like the grain of sand about which the oyster creates the pearl. Paul

Simon in Peterborough
Simon in Peterborough
1 review Peterborough, ON
10/10

Heritage home addition

I am an Engineer by trade. Engineers don't often get along with architects. We usually like things very functional. Form comes secondary, if at all. Luckily, for me, my spouse is not an engineer. I knew how I wanted our addition (with our circa 1860's cottage) to function, my wife knew how she wanted it to look. Paul was the bridge between us. Often a thin line he walked, but he walked it well. Paul delivered form and function and it's not clear which came first. This is the mark of a good architect. With much thanks from our entire family.

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Thanks Simon ... the pleasure was all mine !! Paul

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Sustainable provides sensible, sensitive & sustainable solutions to create or renovate your home or workspace. After three decades of green architectural practice, I understand the client's challenge: to see clearly through the fog of green technologies, products and philosophies. I began Sustainable to provide expert resource and energy-efficient design / ...
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