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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.

Meet Daniela: Assistant Superintendent at 88

Meet Daniela, our enthusiastic Assistant Superintendent at 88. As Assistant Superintendent, Daniela is in charge of build out and finishes. Build out is the composition of the interior structure of the building, working from framing of exterior and interior walls to mechanical and electrical rough in. Daniela carries this process through to the finishes which include cabinets, countertops, and flooring, to name a few.

There’s a lot to keep track of in a building that’s 35 storeys high, and Daniela does a incredible job at keeping everyone positive and keeping the work on schedule.

first concrete (2)

In her 7 years at Minto, Daniela has been a part of 4 projects – Minto Skyy, Minto775, Minto WaterGarden and 88.  She started her career as a coordinator at Skyy and the hands-on learning she attainedby being able to participate in on site activities helped her gain the experience she needed to move up in her position. She became more confident and transitioned into her role as an assistant superintendent at Minto 775, where she learned how to manage the process, trades, and any obstacles that came her way.

We sat down with Daniela to talk about what it’s like to work on site as an Assistant Superintendent.

 


What’s your favourite part about your job?

To have to pick one particular aspect about my job that I favour is hard. It’s a challenging and exciting environment where I have the ability to be part of a team that creates a massive structure which one day someone will call their home. We construct a landmark in this beautiful city and have the satisfaction of knowing that we were involved in creating it.

Daniela 2

 

What’s the hardest part?

The fast-paced nature of the work is tough, and it can become pretty stressful at times but I think that’s what I also enjoy about it. I don’t think I could ever work in a slow-paced environment.

 

What are you most looking forward to seeing come together at 88?

I’m excited to see it all come together, especially with the amazing water feature– I think Minto always executes water features very well. As all the finishes come together in the amenities and common areas, you start to realize that the final product of a project you’ve been working on for a long time is finally coming into fruition and you feel as though you’ve achieved something great. I’ve gained so much from my past projects and I’ve enjoyed working on this one too; we have a great team, we have a lot of fun, and we get the job done.

last concrete pour

 

 What’s a typical day like?

I normally meet with the labourers and handymen before 7am to go over the plan for the day. Once we’ve mapped out what needs to be done, I ensure that everyone, including the trades, are all executing our plan accordingly, ensuring everyone is on track. There’s always going to be hurdles throughout the day but it’s how I deal with them that makes a difference in our productivity. I also have an iPad that helps me keep track of our daily progress, problems, and deficiencies which allows me do my job more effectively. I’m constantly on my feet, usually getting to most of the 35 floors in the building in one day. It can be quite the workout!

 

What’s it like working in a predominately male work environment?

I have a great relationship with the trades and my team, and there is a lot of mutual respect. To me, it doesn’t make an impact in the way I work or how I interact with the trades on site. We are all working together to achieve a common goal. I’m proud to be one of the few women working in this field, hopefully I can inspire more to follow my lead.


 

Thanks for the update Daniela! It was great hearing more about what happens on-site. The construction of 88 is almost complete and our home owners will be moving in soon! We only have a few suites left at this fabulous condo. Contact us at 416.915.3800 to book your private tour.

 

Meet Roya – Minto’s Sustainable Design Professional

With Earth Week upon us, it’s inspiring to hear about the people that are making a difference in moving towards sustainable living. Minto has an entire Sustainability Team dedicated to incorporating ‘Green Living’ strategies into all of the work we do. We sat down with a lovely member of the Sustainability Team, Roya Khaleeli, to find out more about her work as a Sustainable Design Professional.Roya Minto Sustainability

Roya has been at Minto for just over three years now. She didn’t always work in sustainability though – she started out as a mechanical engineer, working in the automotive industry. But reading the book “Natural Capitalism” (by Paul Hawken) motivated Roya to change her career path. “I was inspired by the idea that there could be a different way of doing business which enables doing good by doing well,” she tells us. After getting her Masters in Sweden in Strategic Leadership towards Sustainability, Roya worked as a Sustainability Consultant in London, UK, for over four years. When she came back to Toronto, Roya started her role with Minto’s Sustainability Team. It was a 10 year journey, but she says she’s lucky in terms of timing because there are many more jobs in sustainability now than there was when she started looking into it in 2002.

Roya’s role is focused primarily in the GTA where she works on embedding sustainable design practices into Minto’s communities.  She collaborates with the design teams early on in each project to develop the strategy, which considers the particular market, the local green requirements, relevant third party building standards and opportunities for innovation. “It is critical that we approach our work in a way that is congruent with profitable business,” she says. Having involvement early on in the development process ensures that the green strategies are delivered while still remaining competitive in the marketplace.

Minto Sustainability

Once the strategy is approved, part of her work is to train site staff to ensure the value is communicated to home buyers. “While some features deliver utility cost savings, others provide greater comfort, improved health or community connections,” she explains. “We also believe there are some features that can only be included through the quality of the construction process. Having a well-made air tight envelope is almost impossible to add after the home has been built as compared to granite countertops which can be added at any point.”

So far, Roya’s favorite project has been Minto Southshore. “It was a complex product to build and we set progressive targets for air tightness and we learned a lot in the process.” The team faced the challenge head on and Minto Southshore is what Roya describes as, “a beautiful space that allows home owners to live with a lesser impact on the environment, without even being aware of it. This is one of the main reasons I get so excited about my job.” Minto Southshore built upon the learning gained from Minto Caledonia Towns on the Park project, and Minto Longbranch will now be following in the footsteps of Minto Southshore.

Minto Southshore

As sustainable living is becoming more important in land development, we asked Roya what Green Living trends she sees will become prevalent in home building in the future.  With the growing popularity of electric vehicles, she sees having electric vehicle charging stations on site as becoming more common. Minto already provides the basic infrastructure to support the future installation of electric vehicle charging stations at 775 King, and within the other five high rise projects that have launched since. Beyond improving energy performance, the target of Net Zero Energy buildings and greater water efficiency, another issue she sees becoming significant is a focus on design for better communities. With the introduction of standards such as LEED for Neighbourhood Development and BREEAM Communities (in the UK) she sees attention being directed towards designing communities to be more walkable, encouraging healthy lifestyles, and with greater access to services. On a more personal note, Roya would like to see “more community garden and food growing spaces included within projects; however, this requires demand from the market” which she hopes to see in the near future.

MInto 775 King Exterior Bike Parking

In her spare time, Roya has a number of hobbies that keep her busy. She is an avid tennis player, and just began taking tango lessons. Family is important to her, and she likes nothing better than enjoying really good food with great company. She also supports Habitat for Humanity where she volunteers once a month to build homes in the Toronto area, continuing her commitment to sustainable living.

Interested in learning more about Minto’s commitment to Green? Check out our Sustainability page, or learn more about each project’s Green Features on our Green Living pages on each project’s website.