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TL in Toronto
TL in Toronto
3 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

House renovation and additon

We enjoyed working with Bart. He came up with some great ideas for dealing with a long and narrow house and also a way to brighten up the second floor. He helped navigate the city and variances needed as well.

The contractor was a problem and Bart attempted to help there but there was only so much he could do on that end with respect to fixing the mistakes that were construction errors not design errors.

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Peter Trottier from Etobicoke
Peter Trottier from Etobicoke
3 reviews Toronto, ON
9/10

Two story addition

We have a story and a half Etobicoke home and doubled the size with the addition. When Bart presented his ideas I was very excited with the plans. His design was beautiful and now we have recently moved in. His ideas were so good I almost couldn't believe that it would happen but here we are and the space is everything we dreamed of.
He was pleasant to work with and was responsive during construction.

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Peter: It was a pleasure to work with your family to provide the architectural design for the two story addition accommodating family room, mud room, master bedroom suite and exercise space. I hope it provides many years of enjoyment.

Carolyn in Toronto
Carolyn in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Great design ideas, delivered on schedule he gave us

Bart provided us with drawings for our permit application. He gave us a schedule at the beginning and delivered pretty much on the date he'd told us. We had a few items that got forgotten or missed but he fixed them once we noticed. Overall, was a great experience and we'd work with him again.

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Great to work with you on this full interior renovation of a bungalow. Especially satisfying to create spaces with effective and compact usage along with spaces that gave the house larger dimensions, longer views and greater light.

Glen E.
Glen E.
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Home extension and basement reno

Bart Szoke came to our house several times and worked hard to get us what we needed. His costs were reasonable and there were no hidden costs. Very responsive.

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A pleasure to work with you on the design of a two story addition and interior alterations to your house.

Private User
Private User
1 review Toronto, ON
9/10

Renovation/Addition

We are very happy that we chose Bart to do the drawings for our renovation project. He was very knowledgeable and patient, working through all of our questions and revisions in a respectful manner. Our project was slightly unusual and Bart always came up with great solutions to ensure that the project was successful. He was also very helpful when our framers missed a very important structural detail in the early stages of construction. We can highly recommend his work.

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Great to work with you on the second floor addition to your house. Very satisfying to arrive at a pleasing and practical solution to solve several requirements with modest means.

barrett/reisman
barrett/reisman
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Major ground floor renovation

We enjoyed working with Bart. He was recommended by our contractor with whom we had worked many times over the years. We had long delayed this renovation because of a handful of "problems" that we (and another architect and the contractor) had never been able to solve. Bart figured them out almost immediately. In addition, he had several inspired spatial ideas that transformed the look of our main living area. He is soft spoken but a great listener and very effective. We love the "new" place.

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It was a pleasure working with you on the renovation to open the main floor of your house, design a new kitchen and rethink the use of the sunroom/sitting room. Great clients: decisive, full of energy and interested in the possibilities an architect can bring.

JR V.
JR V.
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Backyard Reno

We got in touch with Bart because we wanted a full backyard reno, including replacing our kitchen wall with large glass doors, adding bleacher style steps down into the yard, replacing the lawn with a paved courtyard and adding a hot tub. For us, it was important that there was a flow to the garden, while keeping some of the existing features like the flowerbeds in place. Bart was friendly, approachable and thoughtful in his approach to the design. He talked through all aspects of the process with us (it was our first time doing a large project) and made us feel comfortable. We went through several altered plans before we found one that was approved by the city and us! We are absolutely delighted with the result and plan to work with Bart again in the future.

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It was a pleasure working with you to design your lovely garden and create an easy access from the house and view from the interior to enjoy. I look forward to working with you on future renovations to your house.

HT
HT
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Kitchen and basement renovation

Working with Bart was a great experience. Highly recommended. He helped us brainstorm a number of options for our home renovation as we engaged him very early in the process. He was quite accommodating, in terms of flexibility in setting up meetings. We were also able to handle a lot of details over email which helped us to be efficient. Bart also offered to connect us with builders with whom he'd worked before, but there was no pressure to work with them. Once we did engage our builders, they commented that they were impressed with Bart's drawings, as they were among the most detailed that they've seen for a project of our size.

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Thanks very much. It was a pleasure working with you to design a kitchen and garden wall modification that improved the indoor-outdoor connection. I appreciated that you were engaged, clear with goals and decisive, always good qualities in getting to a good resolution.

Steve Smith from Toronto
Steve Smith from Toronto
4 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

Complete Tri-Plex Renovation

Bart Szoke architects helped us design the space, create a bid proposal, manage the GC bid process and execute the final build contract for our $650K+ renovation. Bart successfully represented us in our variance hearing at the Toronto Committee of Adjustments. The project was a complete restoration of a tri-plex in Toronto that changed 3 bedroom one washroom flats into 2 bedroom 2 bathroom modern rental units. With Bart's help the job was completed in 7 months and within 5% of the contracted price. Bart was engaged in the project from inception to conclusion. He visited the site regularly and provide guidance to the contractors insuring the work was performed as designed. The entire renovation process was a positive experience for us. The advance detailed planning process defined by Bart and his team paid off in a smooth execution by all.

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Thanks very much Steve, it was a pleasure to work with on your Tri-plex renovation in Toronto. The opportunity to provide a full range of architectural design services allowed greater success in the implementation of the design during the construction phase.

Jcollier1999
Jcollier1999
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Complete rebuild using existing foot print and one wall. Second floor addition, decks and heightened bsmt.

Bart and his colleagues designed a brand new house for my husband and I. We kept one wall and used the same foot print but that was all. Everything is new. We built a modern house with open spaces. We love it.

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It was very satisfying to design a house that contains so much in a modest area, we really enjoyed the opportunity to work with you.

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More about Bart Szoke Architect Inc.

We design new homes, additions, renovations and commercial buildings, and provide green solutions in the Greater Toronto Area, York Region and Southern Ontario.

Established in 1996 and located in downtown Toronto, our work focuses on the specifics of the relationship of building to site, the enhancement of user experience, and the presence of structure and material in the experience of the building. Architectural solutions are developed that employ an economy of means to achieve spatial richness within straightforward construction and form. Our design work is bolstered by extensive construction experience gained over twenty years as a construction contractor, and is informed by the practical aspects of sustainable design, a practice we began in the late 70's.

CATEGORIES
Architects
SERVICES
Full architectural services. Architectural and Interior design, Preliminary project budgets, Zoning information, Minor Variance applications, Planning applications, Building Code review, Site design, Structural and HVAC coordination, Building permit applications, Bidding documents, Construction documents and Construction cost estimating.
STYLES
Modern, Traditional, Sustainable
SPECIALITIES
MINIMIZE CONSTRUCTION GRIEF. Owners and contractors rely on accurate and detailed construction documents for clear construction agreements and trouble free construction. We create thorough construction documents resulting in fewer on-site errors, fewer questions and fewer construction delays; making the construction phase easier, more economical and more enjoyable. For construction contractors we provide a clear understanding of the demands of on-site construction work. We design for reasonable construction requirements and respond to construction problems and changes quickly and confidently with solutions that are logical, cost effective and keep construction moving.
WEBSITE
http://www.szoke.ca
YEAR ESTABLISHED
1996
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
3
PAYMENT METHOD
CHEQUE, E-TRANSFER
LICENSES
Ontario Association of Architects
MEMBERSHIPS
Ontario Association of Architects
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
DIPLOMAS
B. Arch. - Dip. Arch. Tech.
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
PROJECT RATE
FIXED QUOTE PER PROJECT
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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