Yoga at Home

Yoga is a 5,000-year-old regimen for body, mind and spirit that originated in India and is now practiced all over the world. As an
exercise routine it is simple, holistic and needs no fancy equipment, which is why it’s perfect to practice in your home. Here are a few
pointers to get you started.

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CREATE A COMFORTABLE SPACE
• Clear an area on a flat floor surface and a clear flat wall. Dim the lights and have a mat that you can roll out when needed.

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GET YOUR EQUIPMENT
• Mat, block, strap, and a bolster are the usual essentials.
• If you don’t have these items you can use items around the house – books make good blocks, a belt for a strap, and use towels or pillows for a bolster.

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CREATE THE ATMOSPHERE
• Candles, incense, and music help set the scene.                                             • Try a yoga playlist on Spotify for a true yoga musical sound.               • Follow along with a book, an app, or an online video.                               • Try free apps like Daily Yoga or Yoga for Beginners                                  • Doyogawithme.com lets you stream yoga video or audio for a small fee.

thuc-hanh-yoga-tai-nha-chia-khoa-de-thanh-congBe sure to relax and Savasana when you’re done! And when you would rather practice in a group setting, there are surly some great studios in your area you can try!

ENJOY YOUR PRACTICE!

We Broke Ground at Oakvillage and have Started Construction!

There is a lot to be excited about and celebrate these days at Oakvillage! Despite freezing cold temperatures and pouring rain, the Minto team was out at 8 am on February 24th  to celebrate a milestone at the Oakvillage site! We broke ground to mark the beginning of construction! While our hard working Minto team and trades have been on site for a little while now prepping and servicing the site we waiting until now to have our Minto Official Groundbreaking Ceremony! The Minto ceremonial shovel that has broken ground at every site in Toronto since 1986 was front and centre with Minto President, Dave Stewart, holding it on this special day.

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With the ground officially broken, our construction team wasted no time and started framing the houses in block 10 this week! They have also poured foundation in blocks 10 to 14 as well as excavated Blocks 20,19 and 18. Spring is around the corner and construction will only ramp up as the warmer weather helps us to do what we love and do best- build your homes!

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We are so excited to see the community starting to take shape!Stay tuned with Facebook and Twitter for more updates on Oakvillage!

Minto Wins Big at the EnerQuality Awards – Again!

We’ve been recognized for our commitment to Sustainability once again! On February 24th, we were honoured to receive the ENERGY STAR® Builder of the Year (Large Volume) Award at the 2016 EnerQuality Awards Gala. Minto was recognized for its commitment to creating better places to live through energy efficiency and building innovation. We were also finalists for Ontario Green Builder of the Year and Net Zero Builder of the Year.

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“The Minto team is honoured to be recognized by EnerQuality for our dedication to building thoughtfully designed, energy efficient new homes for our customers,” says Alison Minato, our Vice President of Sustainability. “In 2016 we sold our first Net Zero Energy town homes and labeled all of Minto’s new homes in Ontario under the ENERGY STAR®, LEED or EnerGuide assurance programs.  We are really proud of our commitment to innovation and creating better places for our customers and the environment.”

Minto is dedicated to getting 100% of our homes third party certified, either through ENERGY STAR®, LEED, or EnerGuide. We provide sustainability training for our staff and trades and educate homeowners about sustainable living in their own home at point of sale and at our homeowner Essentials Events. We are also heavily involved in sustainability industry councils, committees and partnerships, and our Sustainability team at Minto is dedicated to research and development projects, most recently developing our Net Zero Energy Home project.

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We’re so honoured to be recognized for our work in Sustainable home building. Thank you to EnerQuality for the award. We’re looking forward to another year of Green innovation and home building!

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Find out more about the work Minto does for sustainable living here.

Design Talk: Adding Personality to a Room

Looking for ways to reinvigorate your home decor? Our Richmond Hill Design Team is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to decorating! And if you’ve always wanted to pick their brain for some easy design ideas, look no further. In our Design Talk series we’ll share tips from our Design Team  that can help you bring your home decor to the next level.

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Our first question for the team, and one they get a lot, is how can you change a cold, bare looking room to one that is warm and comfortable with lots of personality?

Here’s what they had to say!

The best way to add personality and comfort to a room is by layering it with accessories and furnishings to make the room come alive. Layering a room can provide visual interest, texture, depth, and a sense of luxury. Try mixing different design styles into a modern interior to create a timeless look that is both luxurious and comfortable.

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Area rugs are a great place to start to inject colour and texture into a room. With so many styles including graphic, classic, tribal and textural, rugs help to create a design style as well as define an area.

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Layer in artwork by hanging large canvases or by creating a gallery wall above a sofa or up a stairway. You can use different frame shapes in similar colour tones or the same frame in different sizes. Switch out pictures during the year to suit your mood or the season.

Adding in mirrors and metallic accents are a great way to bring light and glamour to a space. Feel free to mix metals. Coppers and golds are very hot right now!

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Use a generous amount of throw pillows in different colours, textures and shapes. Don’t forget about the floor where you can introduce poufs and large box cushions for extra seating.

Thanks for the tips ladies! Stay tuned for next time for our next round of design ideas!

 

Neighbourhood Roots: The History of Fort York

As you may have seen if you’ve visited the Minto Westside site, we’re located right across the street from Fort York. There is fascinating history surrounding this unique site, and what better way to get to know your future neighbourhood than to learn about its historical roots!

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The site itself is made up of military fortifications and related buildings. Inside the buildings, you will find Canada’s largest collection of original War of 1812 buildings, and it was the site of the battle of 1813.
Fort York Minto WestsideThe York Barracks, 1804. www.fortyork.ca 

Fort York was built by the British Army and Canadian military troops in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Its purpose was to defend the settlement and the new capital of Upper Canada, “York” (what is now Toronto), from the threat of a military attack from the newly independent United States. During the early years of our city’s history, Fort York played a significant role in the economic and social development of the community.

Fort York saw a lot of action during the War of 1812, when the Americans declared war on Canada and invaded. In 1813 the Americans attacked Fort York twice, burning down many of the barracks and buildings. Shortly afterwards, the Fort was rebuilt into the structure that remains today.

Fort York Map Minto WestsideMap of Fort York during the Attack of 1813. www.fortyork.ca 

Fort York was designated as a ‘National Historic Site of Canada’ in 1923.  On Victoria Day 1934, Fort York opened as a historic site museum. The City of Toronto designated the site, along with the nearby Fort York Armory, as a Heritage Conservation District in 1985.

Today, Fort York is conveniently open year-round and offers a fantastic opportunity to take part in tours, exhibits, and seasonal demonstrations. During the warmer months, the site is busy with ceremonies of the Fort Guard. The fort houses various exhibits, such as restored period rooms and traditional museum galleries, and the site hosts arts and cultural festivals on it’s grounds as well.

Fort York Guard Minto WestsideThe Fort York Guard. www.fortyork.ca

Fort York is another great reason to enjoy the King West neighborhood, not just for its vibrant culture and exciting shops and eateries, but for the rich history as well!

Find out more about Fort York at www.fortyork.ca. Or visit mintowestside.com to learn more about living in this fabulous neighbourhood!

Welcome Home to Minto Longbranch!

Minto Longbranch is welcoming our first move-ins next week!

Before everyone moves in, we got to tour the Minto Longbranch site and take a sneak peek at the completed homes. Even though it was a grey and rainy day, the homes are looking shiny and brand new! PDOs have been completed in Blocks 3 and 4 and these Blocks are now ready for home owners to move in to. See for yourself the photos of our walk through of Blocks 3 and 4 – the suites look stunning!

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We can’t wait to welcome our first homeowners in next week!

If you’re interested in living at Minto Longbranch, we have a new release of suites coming up at Minto Longbranch 2! Register today to find out more!

Department of the Interior: Decor Tips from Our Design Team

DREAM SUITES WILL SOON BECOME A REALITY AS DÉCOR APPOINTMENTS AT MINTO YORKVILLE PARK HAVE BEGUN! THE MINTO DESIGN TEAM, LEAD BY DIRECTOR SCOTT BILTOFT, WORK ON REFINING SELECTIONS OF FINISHES AND STYLES FOR SUITES TO HAVE THE MOST ON-TREND DECOR FOR CONDO LIVING. WE SAT DOWN WITH SCOTT TO DISCUSS EVERYTHING FROM HOW TO PLAN FOR DÉCOR APPOINTMENTS TO TIPS ON CHOOSING COLOURS AND FURNITURE.

How should you plan for your Design Centre appointment? What should you start thinking about?

SB: Spend some time reviewing your floorplan and start thinking about how you plan to use each space in your suite. The more we know about your lifestyle, likes/ dislikes, the more we can help you achieve your desired living space. One of the best ways is to flip through magazines and photos online. While looking for images that inspire you, focus on spaces that are similar in size and style to your new condo.

When planning your furniture layout, remember to work with furnishings that are sized to suit today’s condo spaces. While most furniture pieces should be compact in a smaller space, an occasional large piece will amp the drama. Use large artwork against a dining area wall rather than a piece of furniture, for example.

Multifunctional use of space is increasingly popular with people who want to live larger in small spaces. If you rarely use a dining table, but occasionally want to host a dinner for several friends, consider using a table pushed against a wall to serve as a desk when you’re not entertaining. If intimate dining for two is more your lifestyle, a multifunctional table that changes from dinner to cocktail height is a great idea.

What are the hot colours this season? What’s the best way to use colour in a suite?

SB: Extreme colours and trends are much less prevalent today in the fixtures and finishes that are selected in the Design Centre. When we create spaces with our homebuyers, we find that most people are conscious of the value of their investment in the resale market. We’re seeing people use flooring in a wide range of neutral tones, including whitewash, blonde, taupe, deep brown, and charcoal. In fact, we have more included choices with the purchase of a condo today than ever before. This allows you to personalize the depth of the colour in your home according to your preferences.

In the last two years Benjamin Moore has featured neutrals for their Colour Of The Year. In 2016 it was OC-117 Simply White and in 2017 it’s a deep graphite colour named 2117-30 Shadow. Think of these colours like the neutral backdrop for your home and consider whether your accent colours are softer shades like mocha, sky blue, sage; or vibrant colours like lemon, tangerine, or honeysuckle.

Soft finishes and accessories are the ideal place to express yourself through accent colour, including an area carpet, upholstery fabric on an accent chair, throws, cushions, floral, and artwork. These pops of colour will bring your neutral fixtures and finishes to life.

Where is the best place to invest in optional upgrades?

SB: My first advice is to give consideration to how you’re going to use your space and make any power or data wiring changes pre-construction. After the concrete is poured, it’s not feasible to relocated your dining area ceiling fixture outlet, or to wire the suite for motorized shading. Plumbing changes such as tub-to-shower conversions should also be done pre-construction to ensure they’re feasible and warranted.

The next option I typically recommend is to upgrade the kitchen design to include fullyintegrated appliances with matching cabinet panels. However, Minto Yorkville Park already includes this premium design feature! So, the next option on my list would be surface finishes. Surface finishes like flooring, cabinetry, countertop, floor tile and wall tile are those most people consider enhancing.

At Yorkville Park, engineered hardwood flooring is included with the suite, so the optional upgrades include features like thicker wear layer, glue down installation, exotic decorator finishes, and herringbone installation pattern.

Some of our homebuyers are upgrading their bathroom wall tile to match the Italian porcelain floor tile, while others are recreating the Presentation Gallery bathroom vignette complete with marble tile and gold plated faucets. There are Caesarstone counters included standard at Yorkville Park as well as several optional upgrade Caesarstone selections from their premium natural stone line. Slab backsplashes are also available and these have become more popular in recent years.

Regardless of palettes and finish level, suites at Minto Yorkville Park will be at the neighbourhood’s chicest address! Visit our website to find out more about #24KaratLiving at Minto Yorkville Park.