We are currently in touch with our followers to help us decide on the recipient of our 2012 contribution.
Meantime, we would like to recognize all three of the fine organizations that we've been considering:
- Toronto Environmental Alliance (TEA)
- Canadian Parks and Wilderness Society (CPAWS)
- Lake Ontario Waterkeeper
To learn more about One Percent For The Planet, check out their beautiful film below.
Pictured below is the living room we recently finished for a home in Playter Estates. The Hemlock wood comes from the salvaged boards of the same 1878 barn pictured on our homepage.
Unlike typical projects where Yuill McGregor designs and builds homes that cater to his client's lifestyle, Yuill is challenging himself by designing and building a home with no client in mind!
Yuill intends on converting this once derelict home into a green multiple family dwelling, complete with radiant in-floor heating, high efficiency appliances, lighting and mechanical systems and of course, North on Sixty's own FSC Certified lumber in the form of cabinetry, built-ins and flooring.
Eurolite has long been a fan of North on Sixty's work. We've now partnered to showcase our furniture in a boutique setting within their impressive international lighting showroom. Here you'll find tables, flooring, panelling, custom light fixtures, cabinetry, accessories and construction ideas to begin or complete your renovation. Eurolite's staff are keen to answer any questions about North on Sixty's products and services. Watch for a grand opening in September!
Please let us know if you have any charities that might benefit from some of our dated (but beautiful and well built) inventory. Mostly tables!
We are happy to announce that we have just become members of the 1% for the Planet family.
1% for the Planet is helping to tilt the scales of giving toward the thousands of under-funded non-profits dedicated to the pursuit of sustainability, to preserving and restoring our natural environment. We’re urging members of the business community to contribute one percent of their sales to these groups around the world—to become part of the solution.
Since its inception in 2002, the 1% Network has become one of the world's most important funders of environmental work. Membership consists of more than 1,400 businesses in 38 countries, together giving over $15 million annually to over 2,000 environmental groups worldwide. To date, 1% for the Planet has initiated over $50 million in environmental giving.
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This Huntsville kitchen is made of FSC-recycled Pine -- the same as was used for floors of the house.
The backsplash is made from the roof tiles of a local barn that have been burnished and waxed. The countertop is Brazilian Slate -- a nice green that compliments the pine wood drawer fronts.
All of the drawers are on full extension Blum Tandem Box Slides. For efficiency, they're all the same size, cutting down on cost while providing a wealth of storage and a continuous repeat pattern for visual interest. The drawer system makes everything perfectly accessible. Put simply, this kitchen works.
The kitchen is lit ambiently with pot lights; xenon pucks under the upper cabinets provide task lighting.
We converted this space from what was once an after-thought into a bright, clean master bed and bathroom with warm wood textured floors and trim, and selected antique fixturing like the claw & ball foot tub and overized pedestal sink. These pieces make a strong statement on an otherwise clean and understated pallette.
We used architectural lighting to accentuate the richness of the wood and create great atmosphere. For instance, there's a light directly overhead the tub that illuminates only the area you need for reading when you are reclined in the bath.
Note the pronounced old sawtooth marks on the floor, especially the one below the tub.
This second floor area was originally the kitchen of a duplex. Our challenge was to convert it into a space that would work in its new single family dwelling application.
We employed a continuous solid wood countertop all the way around, which affords tremendous layout capacity. We used spalted maple, which, in addition to its strength, provides a spectacular colour pattern.
The shelving systems align with the top lines of the windows, which were relocated and enlarged to brighten the space. Puck lights provide task lighting, and low-voltage pot lights double for ambient and task. Both are dimmable.
In designing the downtown Toronto designer showroom for Dayvan (a division of Richelieu), we transformed a dark, 700-square foot contractors' order desk into a 2500-square foot display space.
We appropriated approximately 1000-square feet from their warehouse, and to ensure the warehouse wouldn't be compromised, redesigned parts of it to be more efficient. This included vertical shelving, a new pick-up counter (with integrated storage), and a mezzanine. The mezzanine was simple to integrate and only required heavier framing -- so it was a no-brainer.
Steel posts were installed throughout the showroom to support the existing masonry stories above, and were then clad in FSC-recycled quarter-sawn Southern Yellow Pine, which was used along with Douglas Fir for the casings, baseboards, frieze, valence, sills, millwork and boardroom table.
We wanted to make the space as flexible as possible so, rather than putting on a drywall or a dropped acoustic-tile ceiling, we stripped back all the layers -- reconfiguring the sprinkler system and incorporating a low-voltage track lighting system on four separate dimming channels. By exposing the ceiling joists and wood floor decking above and spray painting it all white, we made it visually interesting, bright and clean.
We polished all of the concrete floors in lieu of tiling or carpeting as we didn't want to add a layer of something just for the sake of it. It's beautiful, maintenance-free, and wears its history proudly.
Wherever possible, we incorporated products that would be sold in the
showroom itself, such as the MechoShades window coverings, MWH and
crowder sliding door tracking systems.
This fireplace was built around the client's wish for a very simple firebox. We surrounded the firebox with stones from the foundation wall of a local Huntsville barn, and we incorporated one of its beams as the mantlepiece. It's been finished with linseed oil, turpentine and wax. The FSC-recycled Pine/Hemlock floor is flush with the hearthstones.