Bart Szoke Architect Inc.

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Toronto ON M6H 3S4
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9.4 10 (52 reviews)

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Thomas Emmerich  from Richmond Hill
Thomas Emmerich from Richmond Hill
1 review Richmond Hill, ON
8/10

Architect

I found this company through the CNE Home Show. Bart walked me through the design and blueprint that he drew up for me. He submitted all the permits to the city and did exactly that he was asked and needed to complete. I thought his work was quite impressive overall and that the job was done very neatly.

Approximate cost of services:
$12,000.00
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Thank you Thomas, I enjoyed the process of working with you to develop a design for the addition and renovation of your house, with particular attention on the response to local context.

Mathew L.
Mathew L.
2 reviews Toronto, ON
9/10

Architect

I found this company through Yellow Pages and googling reviews. Bart provided about seven possible budgets for my project. However, it took a while for him to provide me with the final prices and when he did he did not provide a breakdown of the prices. I find this industry can be initially secretive. Eventually, I did receive the pricing and the breakdown. Despite such issue I found the company to do a good job.

Approximate cost of services:
$1,500.00
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Thanks Mathew, I appreciated the opportunity to provide project budgets for various construction scenarios for your house.

Joan Steigerwald from Toronto
Joan Steigerwald from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Remodelling and Architecture

We recently bought a bungalow in a ravine protected area, and had a second floor added and the house remodeled by Bart Szoke Architect. We have just recently moved into the renovated home and are very pleased with the wonderful work from Bart Szoke Architect! Bart Szoke provided a striking design to bring light into the house from east and west. Bar Szoke Architect was recommended by our contractor, who regularly works with them. After interviewing six architects, we concluded that Bart Szoke Architect was the best for our project. We found the company to be extremely well organized and professional in all regards. Despite the fact we live in a ravine protection area, Bart Szoke Architect was able to gather all the necessary permits from the various authorities, something we could never have managed on our own. We believe Bart Szoke Architect has done absolutely wonderful work with our place!

Approximate cost of services:
$500,000.00
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Thank you Joan, it was a pleasure working with you on the addition and renovation to your house on your very beautiful ravine property.

Jaffar Hausin from Toronto
Jaffar Hausin from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Design and Architecture

We are very happy with the work of Bart Szoke Architect as they did a great job! We wanted an extension built onto our house. Bart Szoke Architect did all the design work (including the walk out) and submitted all the permits to the city. I found Bart Szoke Architect through a colleague of mine that was getting renovations done and were very happy with the work done and highly recommended them to us. We talked to various companies; however, we found Bart Szoke Architect to be the best fit for us. The company is very well organized and detailed with their work which I believe to be very crucial in this field of work. They were also flexible to what we wanted and made changes based on that. In every possible way we are happy with the work done and had an amazing experience working with this company!

Approximate cost of services:
$30,000.00
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Thank you Jaffar, i enjoyed working with you and your family to design an addition and renovation to your house. The new sunroom and kitchen space is especially lovely.

Dalton from Toronto
Dalton from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
9/10

Various Projects

Bart was recommended through our project management department. He has drawn plans for us on a few different scale projects from smaller interior renovations to larger entrance plans. He was very smooth to work with and will be using him in the future!

Approximate cost of services:
$0.00
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Company Response

Thanks Dalton, it has been a pleasure to work with such a professional team on these very interesting commercial renovations.

Jacquie from Toronto
Jacquie from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Building plans

We used Bart to draw up plans for a substantial renovation to our home. His service was efficient and his plans were excellent. We did make some changes, which I guess is to be expected of such a large renovation however he was very adaptable and we would highly recommend him!

Approximate cost of services:
$8,000.00
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Thank you Jacquie, it was a pleasure to work with you on the addition and renovation of your house, including the kitchen design.

Jeff from Toronto
Jeff from Toronto
1 review Toronto, ON
10/10

Design and permits

I used Bart for design and for permits on a recent renovation. He did a very smooth, efficient job. He was very responsive and had an excellent turnaround on the job which is something you want from such a project. Very happy!

Approximate cost of services:
$1.00
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Thanks Jeff, I enjoyed working with you on the design of a beautiful modern renovation to a traditional house.

Pradit from North York
Pradit from North York
1 review North York, ON
8/10

Design for second floor

I was happy with the interaction between me and the architect. I asked him to make drawings and plans for a second floor build. We had a small issue with design but he changed the design to overcome the problem. I am happy with his work and would recommend others to speak to him about their plans.

Approximate cost of services:
$30,000.00
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Thank you Pradit, it was a pleasure to work with you and your family on the architectural design of an extensive addition and renovation to your house.

Brian from Home Painters
Brian from Home Painters
4 reviews Toronto, ON
0/10

Drawings for a reno

I found Bart from HomeStars in July 2013 and it was my first experience hiring an architect. I didn't know anything about the process of a reno, submitting drawings to the city, or whats required etc so relied solely on Bart to guide me throughout this entire process.

To make a long story short, Bart did a lot of preliminary work and drawings that was a complete waste of time because the city did not approve any of our drawings because they were all in violation of bi-laws, city codes etc. So we ended up wasting months and months of back and forth emails and red paper, hold ups etc. When I told Bart he should have checked the codes before spending all this time and money on drawings he didn't have an answer for me.

Anyway, the reason why I'm giving Bart a 0 out of 10 is because he was not honest in his dealings with me. He was not up front about the costs involved, he did not educate me to the potential bi-laws issues, and to this day 2 years later I have nothing close to an approved drawing in which to start my reno. This was supposed ot be a 6 month project maximum has turned into a 2 year disaster and a waste of my time, money, and stress level.

The worse part about it was whenever I wanted to just get the project going forward he would hit me with more costs, more issues, and delays and gave me answers that didn't help the situation at all hitting me with technical excuses that were completely out of my skill set forcing me into a situation where I'm just about to give up. Hence, I am giving him a 0 because he was dishonest, not helpful especially given my circumstances and lack of knowledge.

Regardless of what Bart says the facts are I have paid him about $6000 in fees and have yet to have a single drawing to the city that will come close to passing. Furthermore, he is extremely stubborn and difficult to work with when it comes to any further submissions to the city without charging me extra fees upon extra fees. I have never given a negative review on HomeStars in my life so I am not a complainer but in this case I have to write this to warn future clients who need an architect, do NOT use Bart. My dealings with Bart have been terrible and I feel I've been taken advantage of with $6000 paid and absolutely nothing to show for it but about 20-30 back and forth emails and a lot of headaches. Thank you for your time.

Approximate cost of services:
$6,000.00
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Brian
It is unfortunate the design process did not meet your expectations. We provided you with the same services we give to all our clients and made exceptions in your case, designing multiple solutions to your needs for the five major changes you made to your original design scope. All of your requested designs required minor variances. Our design fee remained fixed as stated in our contract where it also clearly states that the client pays City approval fees. You did not respond to my last request for your approval to apply to the building department, instead pulling the plug when you were one step away from approvals, an unfortunate and curious decision after so much time and effort, and the 5 complete sets of design drawings you have in hand.

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More about Bart Szoke Architect Inc.

We design new homes, additions, renovations and commercial buildings, and provide green solutions in the Greater Toronto Area, York Region and Southern Ontario.

Established in 1996 and located in downtown Toronto, our work focuses on the specifics of the relationship of building to site, the enhancement of user experience, and the presence of structure and material in the experience of the building. Architectural solutions are developed that employ an economy of means to achieve spatial richness within straightforward construction and form. Our design work is bolstered by extensive construction experience gained over twenty years as a construction contractor, and is informed by the practical aspects of sustainable design, a practice we began in the late 70's.

CATEGORIES
Architects
SERVICES
Full architectural services. Architectural and Interior design, Preliminary project budgets, Zoning information, Minor Variance applications, Planning applications, Building Code review, Site design, Structural and HVAC coordination, Building permit applications, Bidding documents, Construction documents and Construction cost estimating.
STYLES
Modern, Traditional, Sustainable
SPECIALITIES
EXCEPTIONAL DESIGN - MINIMAL CONSTRUCTION GRIEF. Owners and contractors rely on accurate and detailed construction documents for clear construction agreements and trouble free construction. We create thorough construction documents resulting in fewer on-site errors, fewer questions and fewer construction delays; making the construction phase easier, more economical and more enjoyable. For construction contractors we provide a clear understanding of the demands of on-site construction work. We design for reasonable construction requirements and respond to construction problems and changes quickly and confidently with solutions that are logical, cost effective and keep construction moving.
WEBSITE
http://www.szoke.ca
YEAR ESTABLISHED
1996
NUMBER OF EMPLOYEES
3
PAYMENT METHOD
CHEQUE, E-TRANSFER
LICENSES
Ontario Association of Architects
MEMBERSHIPS
Ontario Association of Architects
LIABILITY INSURANCE
Yes
DIPLOMAS
B. Arch. - Dip. Arch. Tech.
WORKERS COMPENSATION
Yes
PROJECT RATE
FIXED QUOTE PER PROJECT
WRITTEN CONTRACT
Yes
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