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March 14, 2020

Dragan Brewing & Wine Renovation Update…

We’re currently working on something a little different. We’ve been retained by Michael Nazareth and his talented team at Dragan Brewing and Wine to work some life into their …

September 6, 2019

House & Home Feature

We were excited to have our Grey Highlands Residence featured in House and Home magazine earlier this year. It was nice to see the final landscaping details completed, which …

January 24, 2019

Finishing Touches…

We are now in the home stretch with our Leaside Residence. The floors are laid, drywall painted, tiling installed and exterior cladding nearing completion. We hope to be able …

July 6, 2018

Leaside Residence Underway!

Lewitt Construction are heading up the construction of this 2,000 sq/ft new build home in Leaside, Toronto. After dealing with a series of shoring issues as well as the implementation …

July 5, 2018

More Golf Tees!!!

The past few weeks have allowed us to focus time between architecture projects putting together another pixelated mosaic art piece. This time around we were commissioned to design and construct …

June 6, 2018

Finishing up…

We’re really excited to announce the completion of our Queen West Residence. The project came together really well with the assistance of Lewitt Construction and all of their fantastic trades. All …

March 15, 2018

Roncesvalles Renovation Wins 2018 BILD Award!

We were excited to learn that the 2018 BILD Awards recognized Lewitt Construction for their great work constructing our roncesvalles renovation. They were the winners of the “Best Renovation more than $500,000” award! …

February 20, 2018

Queen West Update…

Our Queen West Residence continues to progress well. The windows are now installed and spray foam is complete to the exterior building envelope. The contractor is now focussed on back …

February 20, 2018

2nd Floor Framing Underway

Our Ravine Renovation continues to move along nicely. The second floor framing is underway which has really changed the dynamic of the original single storey bungalow. We look forward to …

December 5, 2017

Queen West Progress…

Work is moving along nicely at our Queen West Residence, with the exterior building envelope well underway. The temporary stairs are now in place so we can enjoy the great …

October 30, 2017

2017 OAA Now Lecture

As recipients of the OAA’s 2017 Best Emerging Practice Award, we were recently asked to prepare a talk as part of their ongoing ‘Now’ lecture series. Over the past several …

October 17, 2017

The Globe and Mail Features Summerhill

Our thanks to Simon Lewsen who has written so eloquently on our Summerhill renovation project, featured on the cover of the real estate section of Friday’s Globe and Mail; as …

September 15, 2017

Move-in Ready…

Our clients at our Roncesvalles Residence are now moved in and enjoying the home. We’re excited to get finished photographs soon, but in the meantime as the landscaping comes to …

September 15, 2017

Schematic Concepts…

We’ve recently been working on schemes for a new private residence in Prince Edward County. The images depict all three schematic concepts that are currently under consideration. The site is …

September 13, 2017

A Few New Renderings…

Here are a few of the latest interior renderings of our Leaside Residence. We are currently finalizing the last few details for the permit submission and hope to begin construction …

May 29, 2017

2017 OAA Awards Ceremony

blackLAB architects inc. had the pleasure of attending the 2017 OAA/RAIC Awards Ceremony in Ottawa last week, which formed part of the 2017 Festival of Architecture. It was a lively …

April 4, 2017

2017 OAA Awards: Best Emerging Practice Winner!

We are extremely honoured to have won the Ontario Association of Architects 2017 Best Emerging Practice Award! Since blackLAB architects inc.’s inception in 2012, we have been fortunate enough to work on a number of exciting and diverse …

March 28, 2017

Sunnylea Residence Wins 2017 BILD Award

We were excited to learn that the 2017 BILD Awards recognized Lewitt Construction for their great work constructing our sunnylea residence. They were the winners of the “Best Renovation more than $500,000” award! …

December 22, 2016

Midtown House Update

Cladding and landscaping are progressing at our midtown house project. Interior finishes are under way.

November 2, 2016

Modern Farmhouse

The pitched rooflines are in place and the living and bedroom wings surround the courtyard at the Grey Highlands Residence.

September 22, 2016

Grey Highlands Residence Taking Shape

Steel is going up at our Grey Highlands Residence project. This defines the airy main living spaces and gives a sense of the overall shape of the building. The aerial …

September 7, 2016

Ravenna Addition

Our wonderful clients sent along these photos of their project as it nears completion. We worked with them to create an addition that expands the living space at their existing …

August 30, 2016

Schematic Design Renderings…

Here are a few updated schematic design renderings of our Leaside Residence. Things are coming along nicely with the main spaces and overall aesthetic intent pretty well defined. We’ll update our …

August 18, 2016

Office Space Nears Completion

Here are a few up to date photographs of an office space we designed for a sportswear specialist in the Etobicoke area. The project is getting close to completion…

August 5, 2016

Finishing Touches…

We were excited to visit our North York Residence recently. Everything was looking great, with the last few landscaping elements pencilled in for completion in the coming few weeks! We look …

August 4, 2016

Open Concept…

The roof is off and the existing floors are one by one being removed and replaced with new TJI’s to suit the revised interior layout. Things are really beginning to …

July 12, 2016

Toronto Life Feature…

We’re really excited to be featured in Toronto Life’s ‘Best Of The City’ 2016 special edition magazine issue, within their ‘best architects and designers’ segment!

June 22, 2016

Vu de l’intérieur Feature

A few last minute preparations are underway at our Sunnylea Residence with filming for Vu de l’intérieur underway this afternoon!

June 1, 2016

Bright Reno Taking Shape

Light is streaming in and bouncing off the new drywall at our renovation in Oakville. We are excited to see this project taking shape.

May 27, 2016

Demolition Work Begins…

Demolition work began on site this week at our Roncesvalles Residence. The home is to be fully gutted and refinished to the interior. The existing sunroom to the rear (photographed above) …

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 …

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 …

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 …

March 6, 2014

Our Sandbox

After hibernating most of the winter with our new baby in our 12th floor condo, we decided that a sandbox and a patch of grass would soon be required. A …

January 8, 2014

Design Process

We were recently invited to speak at the TSA’s emerging voices forum. The format was limited and demanding, but in a good way: 20 slides of 20 seconds each. We …

January 6, 2014

Sequin Coach House Images

A small cottage overlooking the lake was in need of overflow space for guests, a workshop and storage for recreational equipment. This proposed guest suite above a garage is a …

May 16, 2013

A Change Of Plan

You know your ‘new’ firm isn’t as ‘new’ as you thought when an existing client requests your services for the design of an addition to the home you’d designed …

January 17, 2013

blackLAB at IDS13

After months of planning and work, it’s finally here. Our installation at the Interior Design Show is ready – come and see us! We’ve worked with some great people over …

December 6, 2012

From The Ground Up!

Often, we’ve come across people who wonder what it’s like to work with an architect on their project and whether they should have people like us involved. Perhaps the profession …

November 15, 2012

IDS13

We are excited to have the opportunity to participate in the Interior Design Show (IDS13) special exhibit this year. Along with 3 other design firms, we will be exploring the …

October 7, 2012

43,964 Steps

Here are a couple videos (see slideshow) that show how we created the golf tee mosaic that forms one wall of our office space. It seemed crazy while we were …

September 17, 2012

Team Effort

We’ve always maintained that the best and most appropriate way to deliver a successful project is through open communication with our clients, and consistent input from the trades we’ve …

June 4, 2012

Twitter Critter 101

Just recently blackLAB architects inc. was contacted by Gill Swan (@arch_lintel), senior lecturer at the University of Central Lancaster, School of Natural and Built Environment (@ArchUCLAN) to participate in their …

June 1, 2012

First Thoughts…

The Initial Design Meeting: The first step in a design process can be one of the most exciting. Within the constraints of the site and program we’re completely free to …

May 29, 2012

Deleted Buildings

When we found the space that was to become our office, five short months ago, it was somewhat familiar territory. I lived close to Sterling Road in the past and …

February 11, 2012

A Wall Of 50k Tees

The four of us were coddled around what was (at the time) serving as our temporary desk, contemplating our next move, having just begun this exciting journey in starting our …

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