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Additions on Heritage Properties

Building Additions on Heritage Properties: What You Need to Know

Adding to a heritage building involves careful planning to ensure that the new construction complements and enhances the historical character of the property. This article outlines the key considerations and guidelines for making additions to heritage buildings.

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Replacing Heritage Windows

Replacing Windows on a Heritage Building: Guidelines and Considerations

Replacing windows on a heritage building can be a delicate task, requiring a balance between modern needs and historical preservation. This guide will walk you through the essential considerations and steps to ensure your window replacements meet both aesthetic and regulatory requirements.

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Facadism in Toronto

The Problem with Facadism in Toronto

Toronto has witnessed a troubling trend in urban development known as “facadism.” This practice involves demolishing the entirety of a heritage building, except for its main facade, and constructing a new structure behind it. While it may appear to preserve the city’s historical architecture, facadism often results in a superficial nod to heritage, devoid of genuine respect for the building’s historical and cultural context. This article explores the rise of facadism in Toronto and its implications.

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Abandoned Heritage House

Heritage Grants and Tax Incentives in Toronto

The Toronto Heritage Grant Program offers financial assistance to owners of residential properties designated under the Ontario Heritage Act. Grants can cover up to 50% of the costs of eligible conservation work, with a maximum grant amount of $10,000. Eligible work includes exterior conservation, structural repairs, and other restoration projects that preserve the property’s heritage attributes.

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Demolition of heritage buildings.

Can You Demolish a Heritage Building?

When it comes to heritage buildings in Ontario, the question of whether you can demolish such structures is not only common but also complex. Heritage buildings are treasured for their cultural, historical, and architectural significance, making their conservation a priority for many communities. In this article, we will explore the regulations surrounding the demolition of heritage buildings in Ontario.

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Office to Residential Conversions in Heritage Buildings

Across North America, a trend is gaining momentum: the transformation of aging office buildings into vibrant residential spaces. This movement offers a sustainable solution for two pressing issues: meeting the growing demand for urban housing and preserving our architectural heritage. But what about heritage buildings? Can they be seamlessly integrated into this trend?

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Heritage: Listed vs. Designated

Understanding Heritage Properties: Listed vs. Designated

Ontario’s diverse landscapes boast a rich tapestry of historical buildings, from grand Victorian estates to charming Main Street shops. As development continues across the province, it’s crucial to strike a balance between progress and heritage preservation. Two key terms you’ll encounter in this context are “listed” and “designated” heritage properties. But what’s the difference between them?

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Heritage Permit in Toronto: A Building Owner’s Guide

Toronto’s heritage buildings are cherished landmarks, each telling a unique story woven into the city’s fabric. If you’re fortunate enough to own one of these architectural gems, you may be considering renovations or alterations. However, navigating the heritage permit process can seem daunting. This guide will equip you with the knowledge and resources necessary to embark on this journey with confidence.

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Toronto Minor Variance and Committee of Adjustment

Minor Variances: Committee of Adjustment in Toronto

In the urban landscape of Toronto property owners often find themselves seeking slight changes to accommodate unique circumstances or optimize land use. It’s crucial to understand the complexities of this process. Thats where the Committee of Adjustment steps in. This article delves into everything you need to know about variations and the significant role played by the Committee of Adjustment in Toronto.

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Home Addition Building Permit in Toronto

Building Permits for Home Additions in Toronto

A building permit is an official document issued by the City of Toronto that grants you permission to undertake a construction project. In the context of home additions, it allows you to extend your existing property with new structures or modifications. Without the appropriate permits, your project may face delays, fines, or even legal issues.

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