Historic Building Restoration

CURRENT WORK

Our blog of current work is updated regularly (see below). For a more frequent set of postings, our instagram account is active as well..

So Pleased with the way 28 Howard has turned out. Especially next to the (ugly) new build next door. It just shows how valuable these old houses are and how important it is to save them.
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#preservationmatters (at Tinuno)
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Masonry Cleaning and wood and steel beam prep for paint. Too often is cleaning over looked as an easy or quick way to brighten up a facade. In the wrong hands it’s easy to over clean and remove too much patina or worse the colour out of the brick or stone. Hot steam is used to peal away t 4 layers of paint with no chemicals.
We are rebuilding a parapet as well.
#restorationdoneright (at Toronto, Ontario)
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Decorative wood carving missing on multiple locations on the Ossington project. With the mold method we can recreate the exact replica. This will be set aside for curing and then inset back into the corbels.
#oldmeets @jordan___francis @burnthatsucker @ezra_g_stone thanks for your fine work (at High Park North)
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Our clay tiles are coming out nicely. The colour .arches the cleaned version of the original. We are even able to almost have the holes pre-drilled. Thanks to winterstone for producing an exterior casing mix that can withstand the outdoor elements. Winterstone was developed by a Canadian engineer who is also a sculpter. He need an excellent casting mix and was frustrated… he made is own. It is that good. More casting to come. (at High Park North)
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Clay Roof Tiles (cont). The mold was flipped and separated from the form. 1 tile was lost due a soft mix or not enough activator. The edges were trimmed and then ready for the mix. A 7-10+- ratio of mineral dye to mix. The consistency is just enough water where there is a balance between min workability and dryness to prevent shrinkage during set.
See www.winterstone.com for more info. Great product. (To be cont.) (at High Park North)

Sooooo excited!! It’s now official, we have been awarded the contract to restore the South side of Mercer Street in Toronto! We will be partnering up with @madisonhomes @tuckerhirise and @eraarch to complete the heritage conservation of the 3 buildings that will form the base for the beautiful twin towers.
Thank you to our team and @danlewisuk @noahmcgillivray looking forward to this!

(at TIFF)

Big thanks to @watsonsengraving for making these great banners to hang from scaffold sheathing. They are great to deal with and can handle more than engraving. (at Toronto, Ontario)

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