Argento February 2015 Construction Update

ArgentoOur construction teams at Argento are working hard to prepare the community for the start of occupancy. Concrete is currently being poured on the roof, window installations are on the 23rd floor and the wood framing for the townhomes is now complete. Interior finishing such as drywall is being installed on the 12th floor and kitchen and tile installations are on the 8th floor. 

Watch the progress online as the Argento live construction camera updates every 30 minutes with a new photo.

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Construction at Argento

Image taken from the live construction camera February 25, 2015.

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Winter Living and Comfort in your Condominium Home

 

 

If you have lived in a house, you probably know all about cold weather preparation for your home, things like getting out the snow shovel and checking the seals on your windows or shutting off the water to your hose bibs.  If you live in a high-rise condominium, your list is quite a bit easier but there are still some things you should plan for during the winter months to maintain your home and protect your investment.  Here are some of the tips that will keep you and your home comfortable and protected during our Canadian winters.

1.  Monitor humidity levels in your suite.  This is the big one. Some humidity is necessary for comfort but too much or too little will cause problems in your home.  Too much humidity leads to condensation and usually shows up on your windows first.  Excessive condensation will eventually result in damage to your windows, drywall and flooring.  Simple ways to reduce your humidity levels are to turn on your fans – the exhaust fan over your stove, in your bathroom – or, if you have an ERV, set it to maximum until you have removed the excess humidity from your home. Too little humidity brings it’s own concerns, such as causing wood to shrink.  Even if you don’t have wood flooring, it’s a good bet that you do have some wood in your suite – kitchen cabinetry, doorframes, baseboards, furniture – any of these items react to too little humidity by shrinking and separating.    Since humidity levels will change depending on the outside temperature relative to the inside temperature, its hard to give a concise recommendation but as a guideline, the chart below is a general outline to prevent condensation.  The most reliable indicator, though, is your own home.

Outside Air Temperature                              Desirable Maximum Inside

Degrees Celsius                   Relative Humidity (%) Indoor Temperature of  21° C

-30 and colder                                                                      not over 15%

-30 to -25                                                                            not over 20%

-24 to -19                                                                            not over 25%

-12 to -7                                                                              not over 30%

-6 to 0                                                                                not over 35%

2.  Do not turn your fancoil or heat pump off.  Some of us are tempted to conserve energy by turning our heat off during the day or if we’re going away.  Unfortunately, this can lead to problems.  Operating your heating system, even at a minimum level, will keep the components inside active and working and prevent sticking or jamming when the unit is turned back on.  An operating heating unit will also help protect your home’s environment for your return.  Rule of thumb – it takes about 1 hour to raise the temperature 1 degree.  If you turn your heating unit off during the day, you’ll be sleeping in a very chilly home until your heating unit gets to a comfortable temperature.

3.  Do NOT turn off your Energy Recovery Ventilator & let it Defrost properly.  Many new Tridel homes are equipped with Energy Recovery Ventilators (ERV’s).  During very cold weather, the recovery of heat creates frost in the ERV core.  To maintain it’s proper operation, the ERV is programmed to defrost the recovery core. Many ERV systems work on a cycle, defrosting for approximately 7-10 minutes and then resuming normal operation for 20-25 minutes.  While defrosting, the frequency the ERV operates on will vary according to the outside temperature, as well as the make/model of ERV.  During the defrost cycle, your ERV will over-ride the existing settings and will shift into maximum speed.  The dampers will also close.  After defrosting, the unit will resume normal operation and return to the setting you have selected.

4.  Program your thermostat.  Most programmable thermostats have pre-programmed temperature settings for your weekday and weekend use.  During weekdays, your temperature will decrease while you’re away from home and will slowly rise again in the evenings so you’re comfortable when you’re home at night.  It’s energy efficient and easy.  A “set and forget” solution.

5.  Check your fancoil or heat pump filters.  If your filter is dirty and clogged, you won’t get proper air flow and that will reduce the amount of heat you actually get in your home.   It also makes the motor in your fancoil or heat pump work harder and can reduce the life span of your unit.

 

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Avani at Metrogate January 2015 Construction Update

Avani at MetrogateOur construction teams at Avani at Metrogate are currently pouring concrete for the third floor of the community. The community now has temporary power, and we are working with Enbridge for gas services.

Our teams expect to start precast (which is the exterior skin of the building) and window installations in the spring.

Watch the progress online as the Avani live construction camera updates every 30 minutes with a new photo.

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Avani at Metrogate Construction

Image taken from the live construction camera January 27, 2015.

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Alto & Parkside at Atria January 2015 Construction Update

Atria North YorkThe P1 parking level at our Parkside building has been completed and the pouring of the ground floor level is now 60% complete. At Alto, the P1 parking garage is 90% complete and the ground floor level is at 25%. The installation of the lights and sprinkler systems have also commenced throughout the parking garage levels.

Watch the progress online as the Atria live construction camera updates every 30 minutes with a new photo.

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Atria Construction Update

Image taken from the live construction camera on January 22, 2015.

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Ten York January 2015 Construction Update

Ten YorkWith the completion of the excavation at our Ten York community our construction teams have now erected the 2nd crane. With both cranes in place the forming of the P4 and P5 parking levels have commenced.

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Ten York Construction

Image taken from the live construction camera January 19, 2015.

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Two Old Mill January 2015 Construction Update

The precast and window installations are 99% complete at our Two Old Mill community. Drywall is currently being installed on the 5th floor, kitchen installations are on the 2nd floor and plumbing and electrical rough-ins are being completed on the 6th floor. Tile installations have started on the P1 level of the common areas.

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Image taken from the live construction camera January 19, 2015.

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One Old Mill January 2015 Construction Update

One Old MillClosings are currently taking place on the 5th floor at our One Old Mill community while Homeowner Orientation inspections are being done on the 7th floor.

Drywall is currently being installed on the Grand Penthouse floor while corridor finishes are about 80% complete. Our construction team is anticipating the removal of the external hoist elevator in early February, where at that time, the balance of the exterior landscaping can be completed.

Watch the progress online as the One Old Mill live construction camera updates every 30 minutes with a new photo.

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One Old Mill Model Suite

One Old Mill Model Suite

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Winter Fun at East Bayfront

Brrrr! Do these cold temperatures have you running inside? Sure it may be warmer by the heaters with a mug of hot cocoa, but it’s not as fun as enjoying all that this wonderful city has to offer. Besides… we’re Canadian! We’re supposed to embrace the cold, throw on our skates and pass the puck around – and if nothing else, prove that a little wind chill doesn’t knock us down.

Sugar Beach

When we think of the waterfront, most of us imagine a day at the beach and leisurely lunches on a patio. We’re picturing sand dunes and sun…not snow and flurries. But at East Bayside, home to our Aqualina and Aquavista communities, the opportunity for year-round (and snowy!) entertainment is plentiful. So grab your coats and get outside…

View from Bayside as dusk fall over Toronto.

Channel your inner Sidney Crosby and lace up your skates at the rinks in Sherbourne Common or Harbourfront Centre. Sherbourne Common is immediately adjacent to Aqualina at Bayside and is one of Toronto’s newest spots for skating. The fantastic views will distract you from your ungraceful falls – Lake Ontario, the Toronto Islands and the CN Tower are all well within sight.

The Natrel Rink at Harbourfront Centre is another favorite spot just minutes down the road from the Bayside community. That much closer to Toronto’s downtown core, the scene is a perfect destination for those who love to take in the beauty of the Toronto skyline while enjoying a leisurely skate.

Leisure skating at Sherbourne Common

If the ice isn’t your thing, the Victorian cobblestone of The Distillery District should do just the trick, for a cup of hot chocolate at Soma Chocolate, considered one of the best of this winter favorite in Toronto, by blogTO.  It’s also the perfect way to warm up before venturing out to explore this unique Toronto enclave.  Best of all, it’s less than a 10 minute walk from the Bayside community.  Renowned for its historic architecture and lined with small boutique stores, upscale shops, the Distillery District is home to a great selection of dining options; perfect for lovers of the annual Winterlicious festival.

Speaking of which, Toronto’s Winterlicious runs from January 30, 2015 to February 12, 2015 and bookings are now open. This winter culinary celebration allows you to take advantage of the incredible value and exclusive prix fixe menus offered by some of Toronto’s top establishments. The Mill Street Brew Pub in the Distillery District is just one of the restaurants offering a fabulous menu during Winterlicious. The brewery vats produce more than 12 handcrafted beers and ales to go along with a delicious meal!

The Distillery District

So don’t hibernate until spring and miss all the winter fun by the waterfront! Toronto is a city that thrives in all seasons – and this is just one neighbourhood!

Stay tuned for more things to do as we highlight different areas of Toronto on the Tridel blog. Until then, get outside, sled down a hill or just enjoy the season! Snow angels, anyone?

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Garden Suites of The Lanes at 101 Erskine Sold Out

Garden suites of The Lanes at 101 Erskine collection are now sold out.  Luckily, a selection of 3 bedroom town-homes is still available.

A three bedroom townhome suite design at The Lanes of 101 Erskine

Situated in the vibrant midtown Yonge and Eglinton neighbourhood of Toronto, the distinct Garden Suites and Townhomes of The Lanes at 101 Erskine offer residents the feeling of a street level home with all the perks of condominium living, including access to the 101 Erskine amenities such as an infinity pool, sauna, billiards lounge, fitness center, yoga studio and a spacious  party room.

101 erskine is conveniently located within minutes of the Subway, and the Eglinton Crosstown LRT, currently being completed.

For more information on 101 Erskine, please call 416-480-0700, visit our website drop by the Presentation Centre located at 2611 Yonge Street, open Monday to Thursday, 11 am to 7pm and Saturday, Sunday and Holidays, 12:00pm to 6:00pm. Closed Friday.

 

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Season’s Greetings from Tridel

The holiday season is one of the best times of the year – family, friends, food, gifts, snow… I can already hear the carollers carolling and the sleigh bells jingling! It’s also one of the busiest times of the year, with places to be and lots to accomplish before the New Year. If finding a new home is one of the items on your holiday to-do-list, you’re in luck because the Tridel Presentation Centres will be open over the holidays.

You will find our holiday hours in the calendar below:

Skating at Nathan Phillips Square: If you’re planning on checking out SQ at Alexandra Park, bring your skates (or some cash to rent some!) and glide over to Nathan Phillips Square, Toronto’s famous ice rink. Sparkling lights, a spectacular tree, hot chocolate – the perfect day to spend with your family, friends and loved ones. The rink is easily accessibly by TTC at Queen or Osgoode station, just down the road from SQ. Sure you might tumble (often) but the memories and laughter will be worth all those bruises!

Skating at Sherbourne Common, located on Lower Sherbourne St. at Queens Quay

Holiday events at the Harbourfront Centre:  Just down the street, (Queens Quay East) from Aquavista and  Aqualina at Bayside.  The Natrel Skating Rink at the Harbourfront Centre is open Sunday through Thursday from 10 AM to 10 PM, Friday and Saturday from 10 AM to 11 PM.  On Saturday nights, the rink transforms into a dance club, complete with DJ.  There’s also the annual New Year’s Eve Skating Party, kicking off at 8 PM.  There are also a variety of places to warm up afterwards with friends.

Catch a Movie at the Kingsway Theatre:  There are lots of places to catch a movie in the city of Toronto, but only the Kingsway Theatre makes a night at the cinema an event! With a ton of old-fashioned charm and nostalgia – from the uniformed staff and beautiful architecture, to the affordable pricing – this Bloor Street theatre is a just a short walk from the Royal York subway station.  Afterwards, grab a drink and maybe a meal at one of the many neighbourhood restaurants or cafes, and be sure to stop by the Islington Terrace Presentation Centre – just down the street.

Happy Holidays! 

We’ll return to our regular schedule on Saturday January 3rd.

The Tridel Holiday Presentation Centre Hours are:

 

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