Historic Building Restoration

PROJECTS

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  •  Full Exterior and Interior Conservation

    Full Exterior and Interior Conservation

  •  Tuckpointing With Jason

    Tuckpointing With Jason

  •  Gable Restoration

    Gable Restoration

  •  Berea Sandstone With Graeme

    Berea Sandstone With Graeme

  •  Margin Tooling

    Margin Tooling

  •  Tuckpointing And Stonework

    Tuckpointing And Stonework

  •  Steam Stripping the Windows

    Steam Stripping the Windows

  •  Stained Glass And Door Restoration

    Stained Glass And Door Restoration

  •  Restoring Doors with Alex

    Restoring Doors with Alex

  •  Prepping For Paint With Lee

    Prepping For Paint With Lee

  •  Gable Reconstruction with Roger Vaughan

    Gable Reconstruction with Roger Vaughan

  •  Jordan Painting the Gable Woodwork

    Jordan Painting the Gable Woodwork

  •  Wood Door Restoration With Roger

    Wood Door Restoration With Roger

  •  Paint Stripping and Wood Restoration

    Paint Stripping and Wood Restoration

  •  Large dormer projection to be restored.

    Large dormer projection to be restored.

  •  Large dormer restored with dentil work.  Prepped, primed and Painted with BM Aura

    Large dormer restored with dentil work. Prepped, primed and Painted with BM Aura "Cottage Red."

  •  Exterior Conservation

    Exterior Conservation

  •  62 Charles Before - Photo Credit to Daniel Lewis ERA Architects

    62 Charles Before - Photo Credit to Daniel Lewis ERA Architects

  •  Slate - Lead Coated Copper - Red Colour Wash

    Slate - Lead Coated Copper - Red Colour Wash

  •  Ocher - Lime - Mortar Colour...Photo Credit to Daniel Lewis ERA Architects

    Ocher - Lime - Mortar Colour...Photo Credit to Daniel Lewis ERA Architects

  •  Martin's (Kagter) amazing team - Slate

    Martin's (Kagter) amazing team - Slate

  •  Dormers and Slate with Grey - Andrew Pruss - Colours

    Dormers and Slate with Grey - Andrew Pruss - Colours

  •  It All Starts Early With Brick Replacement

    It All Starts Early With Brick Replacement

  •  Antoni aka Tuckpointer 30yrs now

    Antoni aka Tuckpointer 30yrs now

  •  Brackets before restoration.

    Brackets before restoration.

  •  Roger's work on the dormer brackets

    Roger's work on the dormer brackets

  •  Tuckpointing Workshop with Daniel Lewis and ERA

    Tuckpointing Workshop with Daniel Lewis and ERA

  •  Porch spindles were restored and painted

    Porch spindles were restored and painted

  •  1 of 4 very tall turned columns that will support the porch roof.  Thanks A and D!

    1 of 4 very tall turned columns that will support the porch roof. Thanks A and D!

  •  Before and after - Door Restoration

    Before and after - Door Restoration

  •  Sripping many layers of paint and dutchman repairs to doors.

    Sripping many layers of paint and dutchman repairs to doors.

  •  All brackets were made in our on-site woodshop.

    All brackets were made in our on-site woodshop.

  •  Adam putting the final touches on one of 11 dormers.

    Adam putting the final touches on one of 11 dormers.

  •  Applying the red colour wash for English tuckpointing.

    Applying the red colour wash for English tuckpointing.

  •  Wood Conservation - stripping and sanding all wood brackets as possible.

    Wood Conservation - stripping and sanding all wood brackets as possible.

  •  william Whitehead House - on the move

    william Whitehead House - on the move

  •  Credit Valley Sandstone in the tonnes is salvaged from the original site.  All stone was clean, redressed and installed on the new foundation.

    Credit Valley Sandstone in the tonnes is salvaged from the original site. All stone was clean, redressed and installed on the new foundation.

  •  Salvaged sandstone laid in lime mortar with exposed aggregate

    Salvaged sandstone laid in lime mortar with exposed aggregate

  •  We shared the site with these little guys during the restoration.

    We shared the site with these little guys during the restoration.

  •  Vines from 100 years of growth had to be carefully remove.  The paint on the front of the house was stripped as well.

    Vines from 100 years of growth had to be carefully remove. The paint on the front of the house was stripped as well.

  •  This is Dan Arellano - He supervised and worked on the tools during the restoration.  Dan did a great job!

    This is Dan Arellano - He supervised and worked on the tools during the restoration. Dan did a great job!

  •  The exterior of this house was in very poor shape due to previous repairs and neglect.

    The exterior of this house was in very poor shape due to previous repairs and neglect.

  •  The house move was as gentle as possible.  The house unfortunately had many stress cracks as a result.

    The house move was as gentle as possible. The house unfortunately had many stress cracks as a result.

  •  Clay Tiles had to be paint stripped and wood as well.

    Clay Tiles had to be paint stripped and wood as well.

  •  100% of the brick joints were raked back and repointed with a red mortar to match the original stopping mortar that was used in the tuckpointing process.

    100% of the brick joints were raked back and repointed with a red mortar to match the original stopping mortar that was used in the tuckpointing process.

  •  This entire house was traditionally tuckpointed using a 4mm ribbon on red stopping mortar.  We wanted to recreate this but it was not in the budget.

    This entire house was traditionally tuckpointed using a 4mm ribbon on red stopping mortar. We wanted to recreate this but it was not in the budget.

  •  These two hard working characters - Graeme Walsh and Edcar Ganuelas

    These two hard working characters - Graeme Walsh and Edcar Ganuelas

  •  Roger Vaughan working with the existing wood brackets. Roger, Lee and Joseph worked very hard to bring back all the wood detailing.

    Roger Vaughan working with the existing wood brackets. Roger, Lee and Joseph worked very hard to bring back all the wood detailing.

  •  Terra cotta pilaster caps.

    Terra cotta pilaster caps.

  •  Adam Fullerton has moved on now to his metalwork.  We will work together on future projects.

    Adam Fullerton has moved on now to his metalwork. We will work together on future projects.

  •  Dan Arellano took this beautiful shot of the morning slate installation by Kagter crew.

    Dan Arellano took this beautiful shot of the morning slate installation by Kagter crew.

  •  Painted metal chimney cap detail.

    Painted metal chimney cap detail.

  •  Exterior Conservation

    Exterior Conservation

  •  76 Howard 1913 (photo from City of Toronto Archives

    76 Howard 1913 (photo from City of Toronto Archives

  •  Front Gable wood, brick, terracotta, windows restored.  (and the handsome chimney too!)

    Front Gable wood, brick, terracotta, windows restored. (and the handsome chimney too!)

  •  Accessibility ramp for the Canada Life Building. Project managed and completed by Hunt Heritage Ltd.

    Accessibility ramp for the Canada Life Building. Project managed and completed by Hunt Heritage Ltd.

  •  330 University Avenue - Canada Life Building

    330 University Avenue - Canada Life Building

  •  Hunt Heritage was given the task of recreating the gate spindles for the ramp railings.

    Hunt Heritage was given the task of recreating the gate spindles for the ramp railings.

  •  A template was made for each (three) sections of the gate spindles.

    A template was made for each (three) sections of the gate spindles.

  •  After Mississauga foundry made our spindles, we put together a mockup for ERA Architects.

    After Mississauga foundry made our spindles, we put together a mockup for ERA Architects.

  •  All granite work completed by Hunt Heritage prior to railing installation.

    All granite work completed by Hunt Heritage prior to railing installation.

  •  Building a custom handrail in accordance to strict building codes.

    Building a custom handrail in accordance to strict building codes.

  •  Each custom spindle was welded to holes drilled into the flat bar.  The slope of the ramp had to be considered prior to installing the railing.

    Each custom spindle was welded to holes drilled into the flat bar. The slope of the ramp had to be considered prior to installing the railing.

  •  We prepped the metal for 3 days prior to painting with PPG Automotive paint.  All masonry was masked out and we painted spindles onsite.  The quality of paint and metal prep allowed us to do this over powdercoating.  The railing was heavy and we felt it would be distorted if we shipped in large pieces.  The installation was much better given the paint on site method.

    We prepped the metal for 3 days prior to painting with PPG Automotive paint. All masonry was masked out and we painted spindles onsite. The quality of paint and metal prep allowed us to do this over powdercoating. The railing was heavy and we felt it would be distorted if we shipped in large pieces. The installation was much better given the paint on site method.

  •  As it turns out the railing was a show stopper.  It matches the neoclassical detailing found on other areas of the building.

    As it turns out the railing was a show stopper. It matches the neoclassical detailing found on other areas of the building.

  •  The clean lines and top flat bar make this railing work.

    The clean lines and top flat bar make this railing work.

  •  Era Architects and Hunt Heritage worked closely to pull off these sensitive changes to a historic landmark.

    Era Architects and Hunt Heritage worked closely to pull off these sensitive changes to a historic landmark.

  •  Exerior restoration - Brick, stone, windows, carpentry, slate and copper.

    Exerior restoration - Brick, stone, windows, carpentry, slate and copper.

  •  John Irwin House was moved onto this

    John Irwin House was moved onto this "table top" shoring. Excavation to expose 5 storeys of parking below.

  •  The house was held up like this until the condo was built up under and beside it.

    The house was held up like this until the condo was built up under and beside it.

  •  Once the chimneys were removed we began the cleaning process.  Steam is used to carefully strip paint off of soft brick.

    Once the chimneys were removed we began the cleaning process. Steam is used to carefully strip paint off of soft brick.

  •  Lead coated copper on top of curved dormer roof.  Slate detail.

    Lead coated copper on top of curved dormer roof. Slate detail.

  •  The approach for the front and rear facades was to remove and flip all the good salvagable brick.  This allowed us to ration the new and existing back into the wall for a more consistent look.

    The approach for the front and rear facades was to remove and flip all the good salvagable brick. This allowed us to ration the new and existing back into the wall for a more consistent look.

  •  Another tuckpointed house!  This should have been tuckpointed as it is a great solution to damaged brick.

    Another tuckpointed house! This should have been tuckpointed as it is a great solution to damaged brick.

  •  All buff brick detailing was left up and we only replaced the red/orange brick.  Buff brick from this era are very durable and did not deteriorate the same way as the red.

    All buff brick detailing was left up and we only replaced the red/orange brick. Buff brick from this era are very durable and did not deteriorate the same way as the red.

  •  (Before)  Keeping the buff detailing in place kept the facade looking original.

    (Before) Keeping the buff detailing in place kept the facade looking original.

  •  (After)  Pictured here are the new wood windows and squint bricks on the bay window.  The original sills were re-used.

    (After) Pictured here are the new wood windows and squint bricks on the bay window. The original sills were re-used.

  •  Slate and lead coated copper look great as a contrast to modern glass and concrete.

    Slate and lead coated copper look great as a contrast to modern glass and concrete.

  •  The south elevation dormers were rebuilt as well as the brick facade.

    The south elevation dormers were rebuilt as well as the brick facade.

  •  Roger did a fantastic job on the custom dormers.  The curved mouldings were done in house.

    Roger did a fantastic job on the custom dormers. The curved mouldings were done in house.

  •  Lead coated copper large cornice and slate for a handsome mansard roof.

    Lead coated copper large cornice and slate for a handsome mansard roof.

  •  This is the project completed.  Another condo is going up on the other side of the lane.

    This is the project completed. Another condo is going up on the other side of the lane.

  •  A very large project that involved paint stripping using steam, arch rebuilding, repointing, structural, windows, and a decorative parapet wall.

    A very large project that involved paint stripping using steam, arch rebuilding, repointing, structural, windows, and a decorative parapet wall.

  •  An original photo we were given to recreate the parapet.

    An original photo we were given to recreate the parapet.

  •  Dundas and Keele Street looking West. 1923 (Street car track workers.)

    Dundas and Keele Street looking West. 1923 (Street car track workers.)

  •  Dundas and Keele during the 1950's.  The paint was white.

    Dundas and Keele during the 1950's. The paint was white.

  •  Dundas and Keele before the restoration 2014.  The building had a lot of paint and needed a lot of brick repairs.

    Dundas and Keele before the restoration 2014. The building had a lot of paint and needed a lot of brick repairs.

  •  System Scaffold and green netting complete.

    System Scaffold and green netting complete.

  •  A nice shot during the restoration.  The building is huge and wraps around Keele Street.

    A nice shot during the restoration. The building is huge and wraps around Keele Street.

  •  Curved brickwork complete with interior

    Curved brickwork complete with interior "key" brick in place for concrete.

  •  Formwork for the curved concrete parapet cap.

    Formwork for the curved concrete parapet cap.

  •  Adrian Working his magic with very hot steam to remove carbon buildup.

    Adrian Working his magic with very hot steam to remove carbon buildup.

  •  Michelle did an amazing job on the arches.

    Michelle did an amazing job on the arches.

  •  Recent photo of the retail restoration complete.

    Recent photo of the retail restoration complete.

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)

Traditional English Tuckpointing. Our interest in bringing this craft back to life has created some beautiful work. @tuckpointer and I managed to get 6 guys proficent enough to pull this off in terms of historic accuracy. It takes a team of dedicated guys to tuckpoint a facade or mansion. Working together and executing a plan gets us there. ..
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“Be willing to step outside your comfort zone once in a while; take the risks in life that seem worth taking. The ride might not be as predictable if you’d just planted your feet and stayed put, but it will be a heck of a lot more interesting.” Edward Whitacre, Jr.
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Thank you to @eraarch and @danlewisuk for for the trust. @tuckpointer for is amazing guidance and @_petersmith_ over at skycon for bringing in the lime. (at Toronto, Ontario)

Paint stripping wood from the late 1800’s is tedious work but worth saving.
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#heritagehouse #carpentry #traditionaltrades #preservation (at High Park)

Yonge Street clock tower conservation. (at Toronto, Ontario)

Work continues on the demo phase of the clock tower and Facade retention/conservation project on Yonge Street for Cresford Developments and @eraarchitects (at Toronto, Ontario)

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