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In Progress

March 17, 2016

White Model Effect…

We’re having a little fun playing around with the ‘white model effect’ rendering settings in our Alpine Residence file. It’ll be exciting to begin construction on this project this spring!

February 26, 2016

Sunnylea Residence Home Tour

We’re pretty excited to see our Sunnylea Residence now uploaded to House and Home’s home tour webpage! Here’s the link if you fancy checking it out: Sunnylea House and Home Tour …

February 3, 2016

House and Home Tour…

It’s all go today at our Sunnylea Residence with @HouseandHome shooting a video tour and interview which will be up on their website later this month!

January 12, 2016

Designlines Feature…

We’re really excited to see our Sunnylea Residence on the cover of Designline’s Spring 2016 issue! Thanks also to Kathryn Hayward who did a great job writing the feature article and …

December 23, 2015

A Few New Renderings…

As we enter into the later stages of design we’re now working through a few more polished renderings of our Alpine Residence; heres a quick peek…

November 10, 2015

A New Garage…

Our Park Lawn Residence now has a garage! In the spirit of the house it has been clad in standing seam metal siding. The doors and windows are soon to …

November 10, 2015

North York Residence Nearing Completion!

We stopped by our North York Residence yesterday and things were looking great! With the exception of landscaping and a few interior and exterior finishes the house is nearing occupancy. …

August 21, 2015

Sunnylea residence now occupied!

Our Sunnylea project is now complete, and was looking nice first thing this morning as the sun peeked through the trees…

July 14, 2015

Millwork Nearing Completion!

Jason and his team at JTI Design of Clarksburg, Ontario have been working hard to get the millwork installed at our Sunnylea Addition project. Things are getting really close with …

June 24, 2015

Queen-West Residence Updates

We’re working through a few minor amendments to our Queen-West Residence. Here are a couple of sketch renderings of the revised exterior, showing a couple of tweaks to the window and …

June 16, 2015

Alpine Residence Initial Concepts

We are currently working through three initial concepts for our new Alpine Residence. Located between Collingwood and Thornbury, each proposal looks to take advantage of panoramic views across the escarpment and ski …

April 14, 2015

Sunnylea Addition Progress Update

A new 17′-6″ wide “Tiltco” aluminum lift and slide door was recently installed to the rear of our Sunnylea Addition! Work on site in general continues to progress nicely as …

March 17, 2015

New video of Ravine Residence

Here’s our recently completed video tour of the Ravine Residence project. We do love how video is quite complimentary to still photographs of buildings. It allows us to convey the connections and relationships …

February 5, 2015

Snow Covered Site…

We were on site reviewing progress at our snow covered North York Residence earlier this week. With the exterior windows now installed the contractor is now focusing on the exterior finishes…we …

January 21, 2015

Project Preview

We stopped by the Park Lawn Addition project this evening and snapped a couple photos of the exterior. The project is very near completion and the details are looking quite …

January 6, 2015

Ravine House Addition

Built in the suburban heyday of the 60’s this long, low, modern bungalow hugs the hillside of this beautiful ravine property in Markham. Our clients, a young and growing family, …

January 6, 2015

Georgian Bay Residence Updated Exterior Photos

Located in a secluded field south of Thornbury, Ontario, this renovation from an existing coach house into a new residence for a family of 4 seeks to harmonize with its …

January 1, 2015

Heathcote Residence Conceptual Design Ideas

Located in a secluded field south of Clarksburg, Ontario, this new build home for a family of 2 is nestled into the side of a general slope overlooking a purpose built pond, …

December 31, 2014

Park Lawn Addition Nearing Completion!

This second storey addition and interior renovation includes a complete re-working of the basement and ground floors, as well as the introduction of a new second floor. New landscaping, complete …

December 15, 2014

River House Breaking Ground Early 2015!

The long, low roof lines of this residence stretch out over the pastoral landscape of a river valley in Southern Ontario. The courtyard scheme brings a sense of intimacy to …

December 15, 2014

Sunnylea Addition Framing Underway!

This interior renovation and two storey rear addition includes a complete re-working of the basement, ground floor and second floor. New landscaping, complete with a rear deck are also …

November 25, 2014

Updated Light House Renderings…

This new house in Toronto balances open spaces for living with more formal spaces for entertaining. A large sunken dining room addresses the street across a screened front yard terrace. …

November 21, 2014

Cedarvale Addition Renderings…

This two storey rear addition and interior renovation includes a complete re-working of the ground and second floors, as well as the introduction of a new rear addition. New …

November 7, 2014

Construction Is Underway…

This unique new-build residence finds itself neatly slotted between two adjacent low rise buildings on a generous lot in North York. The home seeks to harmonize with its surroundings …

September 30, 2014

An Unfamiliar Role

Each new project we undertake at blackLAB offers us the unique opportunity to work with a new client. As architects who focus their efforts predominately on residential design, there aren’t …

August 5, 2014

Ravenna Cottage Renderings…

Located on a private lot south of Thornbury, Ontario, this new build cottage seeks to harmonize with its rural surroundings. A family of four who enjoy time in the …

July 21, 2014

Initial Country House Design Concepts

This beautiful and unique site, although located with the boundaries of the ecologically sensitive Oak Ridges Moraine, is not an example of pristine nature. The large building lot is part …

June 5, 2014

Queen-West Project Update

An infill site located in the heart of downtown Toronto, this unique new-build residence finds itself neatly slotted between two adjacent sites to the rear of an existing severed lot. …

June 5, 2014

Schematic Lake Of Bays Cottage Ideas

This modest 3-season cottage finds itself nested within a private shoreline lot on the Lake of Bays. Its basic rectilinear mass draws inspiration from the cottage that originally occupied …

May 6, 2014

Rowhouse Renovation Under Construction

This project includes a complete re-working of the main floor of a century old row house. The small footprint created a need to be creative with an open space while …

Our Process

blackLAB architects inc. is a multidisciplinary architecture firm. We value the importance of the client-architect relationship and seek to understand and interpret your ideas, being conscious to convey viable solutions on every project undertaken.

Working as a collective whole with you the client, as well as with contractors and consultants throughout the design process is something that blackLAB feels is critical in delivering a quality product that meets your expectations and emphasizes all facets that are important to you.

We have extensive experience working in several areas of architecture including on commercial and institutional projects. However, our main focus and area of specialty is within the custom residential field, having designed and delivered a range of urban and rural projects.

At blackLAB we seek to harmonize our designs within their natural environments through careful and thorough analysis of the project site. We maintain that every project should be contextually sensitive drawing upon site specific data that can facilitate a fluidity and intentionally fresh feel to a proposal.

We believe that a building’s edge should bridge the gap between interior and exterior environments. To this end on every project we work to devise solutions that can capture this with clean contemporary lines, and above all a fundamental respect for flexible, functional and habitable space.

We use the most advanced design tools available to our profession to effectively communicate and deliver our projects. As well as producing high quality drawing sets for permits and construction, we develop each of our projects as a virtual 3D model as we design. The life-like images and walkthroughs we produce allow you to fully participate throughout the entire design process, make informed decisions, and ultimately have a clear understanding of what the final experience of the building will be.

We approach each project with fresh eyes as we are continually educating ourselves on new products and materials, the latest in building technologies and are on top of what is happening in the design community.

A typical project undertaken by our office consists of four phases of work. The following summarizes some of the key components of each phase:

1. Establishing A Vision:

• establish an initial project budget and client wish list
• collect and analyze project/site data
• measure-up any existing buildings
• create a 3D model of existing site
• analyze zoning regulations, building codes and other applicable law
• identify any other applicable governing bodies

2. Developing An Idea:

• define building placement and orientation relative to views and sun path
• define spatial layouts
• define relationships between interior and exterior spaces
• prepare a 3D model of the building design
• determine the overall direction and big moves of the project
• ongoing work is informed by applicable codes, by-laws, and budget

3. Shaping The Vision:

• develop design ideas and demonstrate concepts through drawings, sketches, and 3D models
• integrate construction methods and materials to create the experience or feel of the spaces
• consult with engineers ensuring all building systems are compatible with the design intent
• review the design with the contractor to ensure the design and budget are compatible

4. Putting It On Paper:

• coordinate structural and mechanical design with architectural drawings
• develop detailed drawings of key interior spaces
• review the design with the contractor to ensure the design is compatible with the budget
• identify and navigate the approvals process for your project
• finalize building permit and construction packages

About Us

blackLAB architects inc. was founded by three talented architects, licenced by the Ontario Association of Architects, and an effective and qualified business manager.

We create buildings that are responsive and adaptive. Our buildings breathe and grow in their equally dynamic cultural and physical environments. We believe that architecture and its environment has a symbiotic relationship, each learning from the other.

We are innovative and agile. Each team member brings a unique perspective and skill set to the table. We have valuable and extensive experience to offer while continuing to challenge our industry’s conventions.

We connect. Each blackLAB team member is involved in the project from beginning to end, ensuring a continuity to the team communication and design consistency in the execution of the project.

We are inspired. We approach each project from first principals and are continually educating ourselves on new products, technologies, and are up on what is happening in the design community.

We are knowledgeable. We have a thorough understanding of how buildings go together and the construction process thanks to our unique construction experience and well-established connections in the building industry.

We are adept at providing a complete package of services ranging from feasibility studies and master plans, through to the construction administration of the final product.

We can also help you to connect with contractors and trades to provide input during the design phases and facilitate the construction.

How To Contact Us

blackLAB architects inc.
163 Sterling Road, Suite 151
Toronto, ON
M6R 2B2
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