Wooden buildings on the rise

With wood construction mid-rise buildings becoming more and more “de rigeur”,  the race is on to see which building will be completed first to gain the recognition as the tallest modern mass timber building in Canada.

77 Wade is the newest building in the running to produce a beautiful commercial space using this ever growing trend.  Read the article here from Canadian Architect.

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A Win-Win

Home sharing is not a new concept.  People have been renting rooms to travelers for generations.  Never has the need been more acute than in today’s dwindling rental market.  Especially hard hit are university students struggling to survive the cost burden of moving away from home and attempting to find  living accommodations that meet a limited budget. As more and more empty nesters find themselves with copious space – and loneliness – it only makes sense that the void be filled by equally needy students, away from home for the first time and financially and emotionally drained.   The  benefits  mutually attained by both parties are a much needed respite to the angst caused by the rental crises, as well as to those not welcoming the long, quiet days and nights.   This is a win-win solution by all accounts with so very much to gain.  To find out more,  read here.



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Laneway housing done right

With the by-laws regarding laneway housing being eased this year, we are starting to see homes popping up out of what were once run-down, out-buildings.  An article in dwell.com shows one spectacular example of what good design in a re-purposed building can achieve.  Check it out here.

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Homes for the Homeless

RESCON and St. Clare’s Multifaith Housing Society have teamed up to build 22 new residential units in Kensington Market to house the most vulnerable members of Toronto society.  This is not the Housing Society’s first move in this direction and while they met with resistance 15 years ago, the residents of Kensington Market are welcoming and open to the new plan.  Read the story at insidetoronto.com or click here.

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Rising Above

The Globe and Mail published an interesting article by Marcus Gee on the rise of the “YIMBY” (Yes In My Back Yard), movement as it relates to urban sprawl and the near-critical need for the city of Toronto to allow developers to build upwards in residential communities.   While some residents (“NIMBY’s”, Not In My Back Yard), fight tirelessly to ensure their enclaves are protected from the construction of seemingly obtrusive hi-rise condominium or rental units, others are embracing the vertical footprint for the increased density and ability to affordably house the ever growing population searching for housing in the downtown core.  The YIMBY’s are banding together to support hi-rise construction in residential areas and are  bringing attention to the need to bring more housing into the core.  They recognize the ever growing urban sprawl which has an increasing number of commuters spending grueling hours on a daily commute as a result of unaffordable housing in the downtown neighbourhoods.  There are compelling points of view on both sides of the debate, to read more, click here

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From flat to fabulous – 3 dimensional floor plans.

You have just bought a brand new condo and have the better part of 1- 2 years to look at the floor plan you were given and imagine how the space will actually look in your 3 dimensional world.      It is very difficult to look at a one-dimensional floor plan and accurately determine how your furniture, art, rugs and other household items will work in the space.  Well, imagine no more.  With 3D imaging, Grove is able to take any floor plan and turn it into a 3-dimensional rendering that will accurately portray your new space in a more user-friendly format.    To find out more, give us a call at 647-689-2454 or email us at info@groveinc.ca.


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The Building Industry and Land Development Association (BILD), issued a press release this week announcing that condo sales in Toronto reached a record high in the month of June.  91% of all new houses sold were condominiums with only 9% of new sales attributed to low-rise single family homes.   Despite the resale market slowing down, the Province’s fair housing plan in effect since April, has had very little impact on new home sales.  To read the full report, click here

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Permit Us

Often the process of permit procurement can be a daunting task without the proper drawings in place.  A homeowner may feel overwhelmed by the process necessary to obtain a permit to renovate or add onto an existing home.  Grove’s team of engineering professionals can provide expert advice and prepare permit-ready drawings from the simplest deck to a custom renovation.  Call or email today for information on how we can help you with your renovation plans.

3D Printed Houses

3D printing has been growing in leaps and bounds as a variety of industries and entrepreneurs find more and more creative uses for this remarkable technology.  But would you live in a “printed house”?  Here is a great article on the future of construction and the 3D path it may be taking in the not too distant future.  Click on the link below for the story.


Urban Repair

Chief City Planner, Jennifer Keesmaat speaks to the issue of “urban repair” in an article in the National Observer.  Her thoughts on regaining whole communities, reducing arduous commutes, and lessening the ever-increasing problem of congestion in the core are insightful and informative.  Read more on how Ms. Keesmaat identifies the problems and offers viable, albeit measured solutions to the problems the City of Toronto and its bordering communities are experiencing. The article can be found here.


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