Bart Szoke Architect Inc.

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Toronto ON M6H 3S4
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JR V.
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

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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HT
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

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
4 reviews Toronto, ON
10/10

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
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

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.

 in Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
9/10

We hired Bart on the recommendation of a friend to draw up the designs for a significant renovation to our home. We had talked to a number of professionals about some of the key concerns we had about renovating an original home without making it look forced (or a frankenhouse, as I like to call it). He was the only person we spoke to who came to the table with viable solutions and he demonstrated an understanding of how to balance our needs with the existing blueprint of the house. Bart was also extremely patient with our many questions and concerns and was a great communicator throughout the process. We are thrilled with the blueprint he created for our new home and we can't wait to see the finished product.

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Thank you very much, it was a pleasure working with you on the addition and renovation to your house. It was an opportunity to design the house for a great connection of the new family room to the garden, a lovely master bedroom suite, and a great basement space for family and guests.

Thomas Emmerich  from Richmond Hill
1 review Richmond Hill, ON
8/10

I found this company through the CNE Home Show. Bart walked me through the design and blueprint that he drew up for me. He submitted all the permits to the city and did exactly that he was asked and needed to complete. I thought his work was quite impressive overall and that the job was done very neatly.

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Thank you Thomas, I enjoyed the process of working with you to develop a design for the addition and renovation of your house, with particular attention on the response to local context.

Mathew L.
2 reviews Toronto, ON
9/10

I found this company through Yellow Pages and googling reviews. Bart provided about seven possible budgets for my project. However, it took a while for him to provide me with the final prices and when he did he did not provide a breakdown of the prices. I find this industry can be initially secretive. Eventually, I did receive the pricing and the breakdown. Despite such issue I found the company to do a good job.

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Thanks Mathew, I appreciated the opportunity to provide project budgets for various construction scenarios for your house.

Joan Steigerwald from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

We recently bought a bungalow in a ravine protected area, and had a second floor added and the house remodeled by Bart Szoke Architect. We have just recently moved into the renovated home and are very pleased with the wonderful work from Bart Szoke Architect! Bart Szoke provided a striking design to bring light into the house from east and west. Bar Szoke Architect was recommended by our contractor, who regularly works with them. After interviewing six architects, we concluded that Bart Szoke Architect was the best for our project. We found the company to be extremely well organized and professional in all regards. Despite the fact we live in a ravine protection area, Bart Szoke Architect was able to gather all the necessary permits from the various authorities, something we could never have managed on our own. We believe Bart Szoke Architect has done absolutely wonderful work with our place!

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Thank you Joan, it was a pleasure working with you on the addition and renovation to your house on your very beautiful ravine property.

Jaffar Hausin from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

We are very happy with the work of Bart Szoke Architect as they did a great job! We wanted an extension built onto our house. Bart Szoke Architect did all the design work (including the walk out) and submitted all the permits to the city. I found Bart Szoke Architect through a colleague of mine that was getting renovations done and were very happy with the work done and highly recommended them to us. We talked to various companies; however, we found Bart Szoke Architect to be the best fit for us. The company is very well organized and detailed with their work which I believe to be very crucial in this field of work. They were also flexible to what we wanted and made changes based on that. In every possible way we are happy with the work done and had an amazing experience working with this company!

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Thank you Jaffar, i enjoyed working with you and your family to design an addition and renovation to your house. The new sunroom and kitchen space is especially lovely.

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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, 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
OAA
MEMBERSHIPS
OAA
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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