Bart Szoke Architect Inc.

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Mark Jackson from Toronto
Mark Jackson from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Designer on Multiple projects

I'm a design/build general contractor and have worked with Bart for many years on the design component on multiple projects. He is a man of integrity and a great listener which contributes to his ability to be a great architect. Bart is also, articulate, detailed, knowledgable, resourceful and skilled at creating drawings and renderings that allow clients to really get a sense of the space. Bart is committed to excellence and is always available for on site consultations. He is also very committed to creating solutions that work even in challenging situations. He is skilled at working with all parties and coming up with solutions that work for everyone. Bart also understands the ins and outs of government bureaucracy as it relates to construction and is highly skilled at negotiating the potential pitfalls that can negatively impact a project. He is one of the best people I have ever had the opportunity to work with. I give Bart the highest possible recommendation.

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Thanks very much Mark for your very kind comments. I can say with equal sureness that I know you to have your heart, commitment and professionalism fully there every time in your work and as a friend.

Antoinette from Toronto
Antoinette from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

3rd floor renovation

We contacted Bart to help us with transforming our third floor into a master bathroom and bedroom suite. We had a fair sense of what we wanted to do but needed some expert advice and an architect's precision and input to make sure we didn't make any silly mistakes along the way. The value-added by having Bart realize our ideas is clear today and we are so glad we decided to seek his assistance. It is the small things that make the greatest difference and Bart is meticulous and has an excellent sense of modern and efficient design.
Bart has been a pleasure to work with, so much so that we have contracted him also to assist us with our next big project, the design of a basement apartment and new combined kitchen-dining room on our first floor. He is unfailingly professional, listens carefully and is very responsive to feedback. He has also gone out of his way to assist us with some last minute requests and with getting the necessary permits from the city. We very much look forward to continuing to work with him as we finish off these two new projects.

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Thankyou Antoinette, it has been a pleasure to provide architectural design for your third floor master bedroom and bathroom in your downtown Toronto house.

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

Tri-Plex Renovation

We are in the process of renovating our Tri-Plex. We engaged Bart Szoke Architect to help us design, plan and execute our project. Their responsibility is extensive. It includes; All design, drawings, engineering, permitting (which included Committee of Adjustments submissions and hearings), project tendering, contractor selection and final build contract.

Bart and his team have sound expertise in architectural and build design. With a solid background in construction, Bart sets clear direction for our trades and has been an active conduit and technical resource between the trades and city inspectors.

Given our high build cost, it was important to spend time up front to develop detailed design and build schedules. With Bart's experience and help, we created a comprehensive bid package that defined all project deliverables. We are 75% through the build and our cost differential is less than 2%.

This is our first major renovation. Our goal was to partner with a professional that would provide guidance and advice that defined a clear project path. Bart and his team understood our needs and developed a roadmap that will see us through to completion. I would recommend Bart and this build process to all.

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Thanks very much Steve. It has been very enjoyable and productive project to provide architectural design on this major renovation in west Toronto, owing in large part to your project management experience and fairness with people. Decisions and directives from yourself were clear and concise with a steady vision, including the selection of a collaborative contractor. All this adds up to a project which makes the best use of contributions from all stakeholders.

Wendy from Newmarket
Wendy from Newmarket
2 reviews , ON
4/10

Addition architectural drawings

We were referred to use Bart's services from a renovation contractor we were considering (that we never ended up using). While the end product (our addition) looks fantastic, it took a lot of pain to get there.

Some of the chief issues:

The final plan he created was riddled with measurement errors, and there were cases were the drawings did not match the wording on the plans (ie sizes of beams to use). This created numerous challenges for our general contractor.

As well, when we needed a revision to the drawings for a change we decided to make after the final drawings were done, we were charged significantly! At that point we had no negotiation room as we needed the original architect to amend the plans.

As mentioned, the final products looks great - so Bart does design lovely things. For us, it was the process to get there was very bumpy!

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Thank you for the endorsement of my design skills, however I was sorry to learn that your experience through the construction phase of your project was unsatisfactory. It came as a surprise given that I received only one communication during the course of construction. If you would be willing to discuss this over the phone, or in person please contact me directly @ (416) 533-7866. Sincerely Bart Szoke

John O.
John O.
3 reviews Old Toronto, ON
10/10

Architectural design for kitchen renovation

Bart Szoke provided complete architectural drawings and simulated renderings for a custom kitchen renovation. He met with me on numerous occasions to review options and inspect the work as it was being done. Bart provided excellent and highly practical advice. He was always happy to make himself available to handle even minor inquiries. I would gladly recommend him to anyone undertaking a major renovation.

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Thank you John. It was a pleasure working with you and to have the opportunity to design in detail a great kitchen. I hope you have many years of happy cooking in it.

Thomas from Toronto
Thomas from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Architecture, securing permits, committee of adjustment, construction budget and estimating

Bart has been an enormous help to my general contracting business. I rely on Bart for quick project budget estimates that I can give a prospective client. If we are within budget range, he can then do the architecture, design, secure permits, deal with committee of adjustment issues, bonds for trees and best of all accurately quote the project. Bart has a ton of experience as a builder therefore his architecture makes sense. I have worked with far too many architects and designers over the years who have unreal expectations of what can be done on a project, let alone any idea of what the cost might be. His drawings are excellent. I hardly ever have to ask a question throughout the build. Every time a client asks me about a sizeable project I direct them to Bart to get it all started.

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Thanks Thomas. It is a pleasure working with you given your considerable knowledge and skill in construction, and the very good design eye you bring. I know your clients are pleased and understandably so - they enjoy the work of a true craftsman with wide ranging knowledge who is immersed in the work - and I have the enjoyment of a high quality construction of my architectural design on this Toronto project.

Angela from Toronto
Angela from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

kitchen addition

I went to a homeshow many years ago and Bart's style is what we were looking for in a designer. We liked the simple modern look of his ideas. So I contacted him many years ago but we didn’t go ahead with any building at that point. However last year we decided to go ahead with the addition to the kitchen area so we called him up immediately. He completed the design on the addition to the first level and he also designed the layout. We had our own builder but he supervised them on technical building aspects. Bart has been very patient, really listened to what we wanted, and I’m very happy with his service.

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Thanks Angela. It was a pleasure working with your family by providing the architectural design for an addition and renovation to transform a side split Don Mills house from the 70's. The design choices you made for the interior enhanced the look and feel of the spaces. Overall great spaces for many years to come.

Don from Toronto
Don from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
9/10

major home renovation

I got a referral for Bart from another architect and although we compared prices with other companies, I don't remember price being one of the deciding factors. I had confidence in the builder so that's what made me choose Bart in the end. The major renovation on our house went on time, on budget, and everything was textbook. I've already recommended him to others and he's used me as a referral for him.

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Thanks Don. Our architectural design and construction work on your house in the Toronto Beach area was a pleasure and I really enjoyed working with your family. I appreciate our ongoing relationship and your generous support.

Sue Gaudi from Old Toronto
Sue Gaudi from Old Toronto
1 review Old Toronto, ON
10/10

attic reno

Bart worked with us to create a new living space (master bed/bath combo) from our attic. It was a large and fairly complex project. Bart did the drawings, working with us to accomodate all our requests. He also did all the permitting work, and worked with our contractor on the timeline and budget.

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Thank you Sue. It was a pleasure to work with you and provide the architectural design to create a lovely master suite at the roof level of your Victorian house in downtown Toronto.

nirvan from Old Toronto
nirvan from Old Toronto
1 review Old Toronto, ON
10/10

3rd Storey Addition - Architectural Services

We searched and interviewed many architects to work with us for our 3rd storey addition. We chose to work with Bart for his experience, knowledge of the permit process, and ease of communication. The timing of this project from inception to shovel was critical as we wanted to get a permit to start work as early as possible to lock in a contractor and costs. Bart was extremely responsive, and helped us get permits in record time. On the architectural side, Bart was extremely experienced in 60-70 year old houses such as ours and we felt secure with his technical direction and quality of design/layouts. We will definitely use Bart on our next project.

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This was the architectural design of a third floor addition to a Toronto house focused on a tight timeline, which can be an experience ranging from invigorating to unpleasant and this project was firmly the former. If one embraces the idea that it is the quality of attitude that everyone brings to the work that opens the door for possibility then truly remarkable things can happen. The owners were excited about what they hoped was achievable, they listened to the potential limitations, they did their homework, and they responded to setbacks gracefully...this is how to get the most from your team. Of course the team has to respond in kind and do their part to make it all work. The other critical factor was a lot of felicitous timing with the City approvals process resulting in an unofficial record for taking a project through Committee of Adjustment and on to a building permit. It was a great experience to work with Nirvan and his wife and I look forward to future projects with them.

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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
EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN - MINIMAL 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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