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Architect/Owner of Yorkville Design Centre:  Thomas Tampold earned his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Toronto and has practiced architecture since 1989 with extensive experience in significant residential, commercial and institutional...

The design team at Yorkville Design Centre is trained in both Interior Design and Architecture. We don’t limit ourselves to kitchens, bathrooms or closets. We offer full Interior Design and Architectural services for every space in your home.

Toronto Life, the city's foremost magazine on what's going on around Toronto, recently had this to say about the YDC designed ...

Yorkville Design did an excellent job of designing and organizing our kitchen renovation. They helped us with all of the big and little decisions. We have since had them design and organize three other rooms of our house. Thanks again for your help Thomas.

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During the 1960s there used to be a TV commercial that advised “Why wait ‘til spring, do it now.”  At that time, winter renovations were a rarity.  Nowadays, you’ll just as often see people starting a major renovation in the winter months as in the...

These days you can turn on the DIY Network, Slice TV or HGTV and see kitchen and bathroom renovations 24 hours a day.  That’s a lot of renovations.  One of the things these TV shows seem to demonstrate is that you can do fantastic renovations in no...

If you watch any HGTV, you likely have seen shows where homeowners define whether a home is a good purchase based on whether a granite countertop has been installed in the kitchen or bathroom.  That’s the common wisdom.  Want the best—get...

If you have always wanted to add a sauna to your bathroom, it may be much easier than you think.

Many people who live in countries where the winters go way below zero know the benefits to having a sauna to keep a body feeling warm and invigorated. ...

For some people, the idea of being eco-friendly in a kitchen or a bathroom renovation means adopting “hippie” principles of using home-crafted or secondhand products—something they are not willing to do.  As a result, those people who are looking for...

One of the ways you can tell the difference between a space that has been designed by a professional and one that has been put together by an amateur is whether or not sightlines have been taken into account.  This means that not only does the space look...

Common knowledge has it that if you want to maintain the resale value of your home, these are the colours to use when you renovate:  off-white for walls, medium wood colour for cabinets, stainless steel for appliances and dark granite for counters. ...

Our lives are full of stress.  There’s no need to add more when redesigning your living spaces.  Although the process of renovating is never a...

One thing that stops many allergy-prone people from making changes is the anticipated release of toxins into their homes during a renovation. ...

You’ve thought of everyone’s needs in creating your new kitchen, but have you included consideration for how your pet uses your kitchen? 

It’s more than putting in a doggie door to the backyard.  If you want...

When people begin a renovation, their first thought is often about how they can save materials and products from their current kitchen and bathroom.  These people believe the renovation will be quicker and less costly the more original items can be...

When you start thinking about renovating your kitchen or bathroom you usually consider new cabinets, new appliances and new counters.  Rarely do people begin to think about improving the flow of these spaces.

Promoting good flow should really be your...

If you are wondering whether it makes sense to renovate your kitchen, looking at a before and after picture from one of our recent renovations may help you recognize the value that can be added to a space by making your kitchen contemporary.

The before...

Stove hoods are no longer a regretted necessity of the well-designed kitchen.  With so many beautiful designs to complement both your style and the functionality you require, the kitchen hood is now part of the show your exciting new renovation is.

The simple answer is YES! 

By far the most talked about eco-friendly backsplash material these days is glass.  Glass is a great choice because it provides you with so many different styles to choose from.  You can go for a mosaic, or a more...

Many people are thinking of under-floor heating when they begin a renovation of their kitchen or bathroom.  Face it, we live in Canada and floors can get very cold in the winter.  Under-floor heating doesn't only...

Creating barrier-free design is something that has become very important in the last decade.  There are many newly designed products that will make working in the kitchen or using the bathroom both safe and enjoyable for every member of your family.

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Do you love an eat-in kitchen?  If so, you will need to decide the optimal seating style for your family.

Eat-in kitchens used to mean there was space for a family of four to sit around a table separated from the...

One of the most common changes people make to their kitchens these days is adding an island to the layout of their kitchen.  When is an island the right thing for your renovation?

First and foremost, you need to have the space to walk around the...

Chefs all agree—the gas stove is the only stove for professionals.  For those with more than a passing interest in cooking, the sentiment usually is to follow what the experts say and shy away from other cooktops.  Gas provides immediate and constant...

Pot lights—they are great for giving directed lighting under bulkheads or other lowered portions of your kitchen ceiling.  But are pot lights the best choice in...

These forward-thinking clients wanted to renovate their condo and increase their property's value. We...

There are basically two types of indoor grill: the open grill and the folding contact grill. The open grill is similar to an outdoor grill. These electric appliances have a heating element and a grill-like cooking surface. The experience of grilling is...

You have chosen your designer and your kitchen with care to give you the kitchen best suited to your needs.  How can you be sure that the kitchen installer is just as well suited?

Just like a good chef, an installer should keep his workstation in...

Ever wondered what type of design work Yorkville Design Centre likes to do best?  For those people associated with YDC, the most satisfying projects are renovations and additions involving a total gut of a main part of a building.  According to YDC...

You’ve designed the right flow, the right lighting and the right colour combinations for your new renovation—but have you remembered to keep the noise level down from your microwave oven and dishwasher?  The sound of microwave turntables going around and...

Architect owner of Yorkville Design Centre, Thomas Tampold, sometimes tells his clients, "It doesn't matter whether it works as long as it's beautiful!" What Thomas really means by this radical view, is that if the primary interest in design is in preconceived...

Have you ever wanted to have fresh, homegrown food for your meals, but didn’t have an outdoor space in your home to grow them?  If you've ever wished to taste the fruits of your labour, there are easy solutions.

The first thing is to know that some...

Everyone begins as a baby, but not everyone will ever reach the height of a basketball player.  How do you design for those exceptionally tall people—increasing in number in Canada—who have young families?

The answer is that the design needs to...

Our senior Designer David Neff and Linnea Lions worked together with one of our favorite contractors, Luciano Battiston, to create the dream home our clients were looking for.

 

Often, YDC gets projects that begin with couples saying their space isn't working for them. It could be that they have recently become empty nesters or the opposite, that their family is growing and they need more space.  It could also be that they want...

Pandora Jewellery is made in Denmark and has rapidly taken the North American jewellery market by storm. At Yorkville Design Centre, we were lucky enough to be commissioned to design one of the first Pandora stores in Toronto, owned by a young entrepreneur who...

One of the reasons people often have for renovating their kitchen, adding a bathroom, or creating more closet space is accommodating their children.  The needs of a new baby or growing children can tax the ability of your home to function well.  But...

The details make the difference. At Yorkville Design Centre we make your ideal design more than you ever imagined. How do we do it?  In this condo we feature beautiful wood columns that seemlessly blend into the wood finished ceiling, a sleek quartz...

In this home, Yorkville Design Centre had the opportunity to completely renovate both the inside and out.  Features of the renovation included moving the cramped dark kitchen at the back to the new light, bright location at the front, over looking the...

The owners of this house have designed a home that focuses on contemporary elements, even in their reference to architectural details of the 19th century.The spacious kitchen is the star of this home, opening up and brightening what had been a shallow, dark...

This is a total redo of a 19th century home near to exclusive city shopping and dining.  The three storey space was dark and thin.  To brighten up the space, light coloured Downsview cabinets were specified, as well as light counter tops.  ...

This Chiropractic and Wellness Centre is located on the ground floor of a mid-rise condominium development serving a family oriented community.  To serve both adults and children, the space is made inviting and vibrant using colour, form and light to...

What to do when you are stuck with an old weathered barn on the back of your house?! This close to downtown Toronto house came with an anomaly: ‎ someone had built a three storey barn onto its back at some point. We were given the challenge to turn this into a...