Hand cut roof with individual gables and dormers. Shaping the second and third storeys, its design will maximize the third floor ceiling height.
Roof design showing pitches and rafters.
Carpenters follow the design for the custom roof.
Working together in teams with safety harnesses, carpenters use an nail gun to secure a fascia board in place
CLADDING THE STRUCTURE:North Elevation with cladding.
North West corner view.
South Elevation shows the main floor family room where three sets of French doors will open onto a private garden bordered on the south side by the new garage.
SHINGLING THE ROOF:A busy day onsite as crews of roofers, carpenters, masons, electricians and plumbers arrive.
Roofers install shingle roof.
Roofer uses a torch to secure shingles.
Completed shingle roof.
ONSITE PRODUCTION:West elevation with framing for chimneys.
South west elevation. Masons begin their set-up.
North facing view from interior Family Room. Several trades work together on the main floor.
Designer, Andrew Fee works with SOMA Production Services carpenter and masons as they prepare window openings.
Electrician weaves the complex thread of wires for main floor LED pot lights
Drilling for plumbing vents.
Plumber begins pipe layouts.
MASONRY:Masons prepare for window installation. They will cut and match existing brick to create exact size openings for the new windows
Mason carefully fits a course of brick along a level plumb line.
Careful measurement and leveling is essential to achieve top quality brick work.
To match the opening size for the new window, the mason must cut this brick by hand. Measure first...
cut with stone chisel and hammer...
tap in place...
Mason cuts into mortar lines on existing bricks.
Masons will clean and make good ragged edges of mortar to finish window openings.
FRAMING / WINDOWS:Interior view of third floor room. Complex roof shapes and dormer windows create high ceilings and great dormer window views of the neighbourhood.
Large skylight panel in roof brings light into the staircase.
This view from the basement shows the third floor skylight flooding the forty-foot high staircase shaft with light.
Wiring for the house will include a Control4 Smart Home System.
The Control4 System will allow wireless control of lighting and sound systems within the house.
Pella windows arrive.
Bay windows installed in the dining room.
Hanging the new Family Room French doors.
Three sets of French doors in family room will open onto a private garden.
Mullioned sets of Pella windows. Install complete.
North elevation of the house showing completed windows, limestone sills and newly bricked extension on the right.
New solid clay bricks in a "rug range" finish were carefully chosen to match the existing bricks which were stamped Toronto, 1927.
Masons work preparing mortar and laying brick on the new extension (south-west elevation).
Mason follows a plumb line as he bricks the extension.
West facing view from the kitchen across the family room into the living room and hallway (right). The framed areas between the two sets of windows will house two fireplaces.
View from the family room down the central hallway to the front entryway. A portion of the four-storey (temporary) staircase appears on the right.
SOMA Production Services framing carpenters work on the complex angles of the third floor rooms.
Wiring and framing continue in another third floor room.
STUCCO:Stucco work begins on exterior. First a layer of foam is applied as a base for the stucco rough coat. The decorative trims which stand out from the stucco surface are a traditional English style derived from Medieval half-timbered buildings.
A final top coat of stucco is troweled on by hand. Here the stucco colouring is a custom mix designed to compliment the colours of the "half-timbers" and wooden trim of the roofline.
A detail section showing the finshed stucco layer and half-timber colours while top area shows the stucco rough coat. Top right shows the roof trim in progress with white paint primer coat and raw wood framing (far right).
A close-up detail of the traditional hand troweled finshed stucco surface and half-timbered detailing.
South West Elevation showing the various stages of stucco application and wooden roof trim. Note the two chimneys which will house the living room and family room fireplaces.
The final coat of stucco with painted roof trim close to completion. The old garage right) will be removed and replaced by a new garage located on the southern edge of the lot. The space in between will become a private garden.
The front entryway will be protected by a traditional portico built out from the frame around the door.
CONCRETE:Cement trucks load concrete directly through a window into the basement to create a solid floor.
Concrete flows from the truck to waiting crews located in the basement.
Working quickly, crews of men off load the concrete into wheelbarrows then spread it quickly and evenly across the entire floor one area at a time, levelling as they go. A network of heating pipes laid out over the floor are buried in the concrete and will supply radiant in-floor heating across the entire basement.
ECO INSULATION:The entire house has been spray-foam insulated using the latest soyabean eco-technology. Providing a much "tighter" house than traditional fibreglass insulation, the foam is also a green product.
The Master Bedroom with French doors and Juliette balcony looking south.
A charming room on the third floor with dramatically angled dormer windows and views of the trees beyond shows the spray foam from Eco-insulation(York) and HVAC duct work.
HVAC / DRYWALL:HVAC permit drawings designed by an HVAC engineer for maximum heat and air conditioning efficiency are followed by the installer.
Drywallers at work in the family room.
Family Room west view.
GARAGE DEMOLITION:South West view of house with finished stucco and exterior trim. Demolition of the old garage begins. A backhoe is used to remove excess dirt from the basement excavation.
The new garage will be re-located further south on the lot. This will enable the creation of a private garden area between the buildings.
ONSITE MILLSHOP:Inside, work continues on the kitchen, pantry and servery. In the onsite millshop, plywood veneer is being used for the construction of the kitchen cabinet interiors.
Step one in the kitchen constrcution - laying out the cabinet interior components.
Interior finishes all happen simultaneously at this stage of constrcution - kitchen layout, drywall installation and staircase installation materials are all visable in this view of the Kitchen / Family Room.
STAIRCASE INSTALLATION:The temporary construction staircase has been removed and installers work level by level installing the new four-storey red-oak staircase. Here they apply riser supports.
Installing main floor to second floor staircase and supports.
Solid red-oak stair treads will be installed into the oak stringers in the finish stages of the staircase installtion.
The basement floating staircase awaiting handrail. Andrew Fee's custom design was built in a millshop then installed onsite. Extensive steel beams (red colour) are required to support the floating structure.
BASEMENT FRAMING:Basement framing being completed. Basement has 9 foot ceilings and heated floors.
New basement furnace being installed is one of two furnaces for the house.
TECH SYSTEMS:State of the art internet, security, entertainment and surround-sound systems carried through hundreds of yards of cabling reach every room of the house.
URBAN FOREST:All trees in the City of Toronto both City Trees and Private Trees are designated as the Urban Forest and come under the jurisdiction of the Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation Department. Trees on properties that are designated Ravine Lots are further regulated by a special body of Toronto Parks, Forestry and Recreation known as RNFP - Urban Forestry Ravine and Natural Features Protection and by a Provincial body - Toronto and Region Conservation authority. Any building project undertaken in the City must be done with permits issued by the appropriate regulating body in order to protect trees from injury.
Step one of the process entails getting a survey of the property that shows the position of all trees. Next, a qualified Arborist is hired to make an Arborists Report detailing the condition, type and size of each tree on the property. The tall White Fir (above) was nearing the end of its life cycle and was deemed in "poor condition". Application was made to cut down the tree and replace it with three new trees. After inspection by the City Parks, Forestry and Recreation permission was granted and a permit issued with covenants by the property owner to quarantee that the three new trees will be in a healthy condition two years after planting. These strict regulations to protect the Urban Forest serve the public well ensuring that we can all enjoy the legacy of health and beauty that ours trees provide.
South Elevation of the house showing the White Fir (left).
Arborists use a truck with crane and bucket to reach the tree branches.
Using a chainsaw, arborist slowly trims the tree branches from the bottom up.
Onsite chipper recycles branches.
Trimming right up to the crown.
Crown of tree before recycling.
Trunk is cut down one section at a time.
Cutting the trunk.
Final cut. To finish the process, the stump will be removed using a tree stump grinder.
Bark of the White Fir (Abies Concolor) or Colorado White-Fir. This tree is native to the mountains of western North America and is often used in ornamental landscaping and as a Christmas tree.
White Fir logs and branches.
CUSTOM CABINETRY & INTERIOR TRIM:inside on the 3rd floor carpenters work on the custom built-ins.
Working side by side, SOMA carpenters and cabinet makers install trim and custom built-ins.
3rd floor north facing room.
Dramatic faceted drywall angles of a west facing window on the 3rd floor.
South west exposures, custom built-ins and angled facets of a third floor room.
Daylight floods the staircase on the third floor landing.
View from staircase up to third floor skylight.
Second floor trim work is cut and fitted.
Doorframes fitted and fixed in place
Custom white oak bathroom vanity ready to be installed.
Custom built-in cabinet for the dining room in progress.
CONTROL4 SMART HOME SYSTEM:Inside master bathroom the electrician installs wiring for the heated floors.
This Smart Home has CONTROL4 wiring which integrates everything from lighting control, music, home theatre, climate control, security - even iPads, iPhones and Android smartphones and tablets. Electrician from Custom Home Electronics installs the panel for the Control4 Smart Home system in the basement of the house.
The brain behind the Control4 Smart Home system is the controller which integrates all functions. The system is scalable allowing users to build as their needs grow.
TERRACE & GARAGE:View of the garden terrace and garage area shows SOMA team preparing the forms for the terrace wall and garage.
Pouring the concrete fro the terrace wall. Once complete the concrete wall will be faced in brick.
Checking SOMA design plansfor the construction of the terrace deck.
Deck construction begins.
Garage concrete slab complete.
Garage slab ready for framing.
South elevation showing garage slab and terrace.
LANDSCAPING & EXTERIOR TRIM:Landscaping begins with leveling the property and digging a pathway. Painting of the details on the north elevation in progress.
SOMA painter works on detailed exterior trim work of beam and bay window.
Painting the beam details.
Completed custom bay window details.
Close-up view of bay window details.
Landscapers install irrigation system on the lot.
Water pipes installed in trenches underground carry the water.
Controlled from a panel inside the house, this complex irrigation system will differentiate between the water needs of the trees, grass and flower beds.
South west view of 19 King Georges Road.
LANDSCAPING:Phillip Brickell of BTS (Beech Tree Services) works on the placement of large stones around the two pear trees in the front garden. Just completed is the stone walkway and front steps of the house.
To shape and level the ground landscapers first use a back hoe to distribute the soil then finish by hand with a rake.
Next the sod is applied. At first the sod squares appear uneven from the compression of being rolled up. Phillip works carefully around the sprinkler system heads when finishing the edges.
View of raking the soil on the west side of the building shows two of the seven new European Beech trees planted to replace the single White Fir that was cut down.
South West view of the house shows the row of European Beech. Sod will be laid up to the edge of the driveway (foreground) and between the terrace and the garage building (right).
Designer / builder Andrew Fee of SOMA Studio inspects the site as sod laying is almost complete.
MILLWORK FINISHES:Winter has come but work continues outside. The lift boom was used to help install the fireplaces.
In order to complete the stucco work on the garage, a tent is built which, will when heated from the inside, will enable temperature control.
19 King Georges Road will have many high quality custom designed millwork finishes and built-ins including a custom Kitchen and Kitchen Island in the open concept Kitchen / Family Room seen here. In addition there is a Butler's Pantry, Servery and Food Pantry in the adjacent hallway which support the Kitchen.
SOMA cabinet maker does a final sanding of the custom Dining Room Cabinet designed for plenty of storage. It will house 3 dovetailed drawers, 2 glass doors and 4 other storage sections with doorfaces.
Bay window interior with custom millwork details (centre). Cutting millwork elements (left) for the Living Room fireplace surround and panelled room.
Measuring for the fireplace surround in the Living Room. This room will have custom panelled wall and fireplace details.
Living Room fireplace.
In the final stages of completion, many production elements happen at the same time. Floor finishes on the third and second floors are in progress. Here, final sanding has been completed in the Master Bedroom.
Front Entryway Portico frame with primer coat in place.
North west view of the house with portico and garage underway.
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