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A featured suite & a new release at WaterGarden

Construction is well underway at WaterGarden, although the update we had planned for last week was delayed due to the snow storm. We’ll post some fresh photos as soon as possible. In the meantime, we have a promotion on our 552 suite plus a new release.

The 552 was designed to give you everything you want in a one bedroom condo. Last year we had our interior designer Carmen Dragomir do a walkthrough of the model suite to point out some of the tricks we used to make the best use out of every square inch. We’ve reposted it here if you missed it.

This suite is one of the best deals to be had at Watergarden and now it’s available for $290,300 including parking and a locker.

For those looking for a larger space, we are now offering the newly-released 1104 suite. It has two bedrooms, a den and two bathrooms for maximum flexibility.

You’ll find our entire floor plan collection here and, of course, call or visit our sales centre for more information.

Minto does IDS, part II

In part I, Carmen and Philippa shared their finds from last weekend’s Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Next, we’ll hear from two more Minto designers and find out what made their hearts skip a beat at the show.



Liz Klaehn is an Interior Design Consultant at Minto. Liz found some great examples of clean lines, remixed design and an old-but-new way to glamourize a room. 

Scandinavian-inspired furniture is right on trend: less is more. “We are Looking for less cluttered spaces and quality pieces that will stand the test of time,” Liz says. This piece is a modern take on an iconic Danish armchair upholstered in sheepskin to be comfortable and cozy. If you’re looking for the perfect piece for a small space, this might be it.

Hacktivism is about taking existing products and using them to make something completely different. Liz calls it DIY for the 21st century. The IKEA booth showed chandeliers made from plumbing pipe, and this glass-and-bicycle-wheel coffee table perfectly embodies the hacktivist philosophy.

Brass is back. “The key,” Liz warns, “is to use it differently this time around.” This means avoiding brass faucets and looking for matte finishes in accessories, furniture and wallpaper. This trend has longevity and is great for adding glamour to any space.



Yvonne Noble is also an Interior Design Consultant at Minto. We recently had the pleasure of working on a post with Yvonne about choosing finishes for your condo. 

Like Philippa, Yvonne wants us to look out for bold colours. These small appliances by Panasonic are a great way to add colour without the commitment.

Living design merges the beauty of living objects found in nature with technology to create unimagined new hybrids,” Yvonne says. The open flower chair and romantic chandelier by Kenneth Cobonpue demonstrate the use of softer, more organic shapes and materials. “This trend is not only about good design and function; equally important is how products makes us feel.”

Old world techniques are made new again with fresh patterns and colours from Olympia.

More great tiles to consider for a unique backsplash or feature wall in a shower.

That’s it for the Interior Design Show until next year, but we never stop looking for design inspiration! Thanks again to Yvonne, Liz, Philippa and Carmen for sharing their picks from IDS 2013.



Minto does IDS, part I

Last weekend the Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre brought some colour to a grey Toronto winter and got everyone talking, especially our own design team. We asked four Minto design professionals what to keep an eye out for in 2013.

Whether you’re building up the look of a new home from scratch or giving one room a face lift we hope you’ll be inspired by some of our favourite finds from this year’s show.


Carmen Dragomir is the principal & owner at Esqape Design in Toronto. She has lent her creative energy to many Minto model suites over the years. Here are her IDS picks.   

More dynamic than a wallpaper, this product is like a piece of art stretched out to fill an entire wall. It’s a great idea for a feature wall in a condo. Carmen’s advice? If possible, pick the pattern for the wall before choosing your furniture.

Consider this full height unique wine storage as the main feature of a dining area. A statement piece and storage solution in one, it would be great for condo lofts. In an open concept dining/kitchen area this feature could even be placed right at the end of the kitchen cabinets to create an interesting backdrop for the dining area.

A typical condo layout can look anything but with a whimsical mix of finishes, colours, textures & shapes. This grouping is by Casalife where Carmen likes to get a lot of the furniture & accessories you see in our model suites.

Emerald is Pantone’s 2013 colour of the year. “Let it be green,” Carmen says. “Emerald, wasabi, moss, and bottle green; I love mixing different tones and textures so it doesn’t become repetitive.”

Carmen loved the use of wood in these small scale furniture pieces. The console table is perfect for a tiny foyer or dining area. The end table (or the coffee table with the same design) would be great as that one unique piece in a living room. Finally, it was refreshing to see these remixed wood-and-glass dining tables.



Philippa Barber is an Interior Design Consultant at Minto. She found some fantastic items that look great while being practical for homeowners.   

Caesarstone has a new line that looks like marble but is a lot more durable. “Marble counter tops in kitchens are not always ideal,” Philippa says. “Ceasarstone will give you that same bright, elegant feel and it’s a sustainable product.” Some other advantages? It’s scratch, stain & crack resistant, heat resistant, non porous and low maintenance.   

Storage furniture is becoming more and more popular, particularly in condos. These beds would be perfect for a small bedroom or a guest room, especially for those on a mission to banish clutter.

“Inspired by emerging trends in art, fashion and interior design from around the world, expect more color for 2013,” Philippa says. “Consumers are more at ease with mixing & matching color and they’re craving complex patterns and color blocking.” Look for more bright colours used in unexpected places.

Thanks to Carmen and Philippa for sharing their finds with us. In part II we’ll check in with Liz and Yvonne to see what they were loving at IDS 2013.

Our first construction post from Minto WaterGarden

Construction is now underway at Minto WaterGarden. Our Thornhill site has been very busy over the past few months as we’ve disconnected services, demolished existing structures and prepared the site for construction.

We’re nearing the end of shoring & excavation and gearing up to start on the perimeter walls & footings, under slab drainage and site services. If all goes well, we’re looking forward to erecting our north tower crane within the next few weeks. The south tower crane will follow shortly.

Excavated areas with rakers and tiebacks at the north end of the site

WaterGarden has a complex shoring system of both rakers and tiebacks which will support surrounding loads, like neighbouring buildings and properties, until the underground levels of our building are ready.

Detail of the waler & raker system

Soon we’ll start on the exterior restoration work of the Cox House. In the fall of 2011 we demolished the more recent additions and relocated the house four meters to its final spot. It was roughly a six months process from initial preparations to the move itself. Our heritage architect worked closely with the city and Cultural Services to develop drawings and plans to restore this 1884 house to its original condition.

The Cox House sits waiting for restoration work to begin


Bamboo: we unveil the first suite at 88

By now you might have a pretty good idea of what 88 (or Ei8hty8, if you will) is all about. We’ve looked at the exterior and the amenities. We’ve even interviewed the interior designer. But we have yet to see the suites from the inside. The below renderings and video show the suite design we call Bamboo. We think you’ll see how it got its name. Enjoy!