"Julia Bourque and Maxine Shabsove are wonderful to work with. Their design sensibility is matched only by their good sense - a perfect combination of form and function. They developed a series of concepts that delivered to our needs. Julia was such an excellent listener and able to hear and understand what was important to us - then deliver that. She gives great advice, produces great designs, and is great to work with. Highly recommend her and her team."
- AK, (Beaches)Toronto
"We're just completing a major major reno on our Riverdale house and it's wonderful! The architects at EA are so experienced in doing house renovations - it was truly painless! Plus we have the best house now, and it's also increased much more in value. Cannot recommend Julia and Maxine enough."
- AC, (Riverdale) Toronto
"Julia, Maxine and company are creative, visionary, knowledgeable, and fun architects/designers to work with! We hired Elevation Architects to design a large addition for our newly bought, 1950’s stone and stucco Toronto house.
We wanted to build out over an existing garage and add a new bedroom, expand the master, add a new ensuite, expand and re-build the main floor family room, re-configure our foyer, add another bathroom, a fireplace, new windows, new hardwood floors, two new decks and even a new roof! It was a big project lasting several months that required our family to move out, cats and all!
Both Julia and Maxine listened carefully and patiently to our requests and they quickly provided several design options. Throughout the project, they were always good humoured; a pleasure to work with.
We had tall 'orders!' For example, we wanted to create an inviting, light-filled, open space between our 'new' family room and dining area. But, we also hoped to have the option of separating that space from the dining room so we wouldn't have to listen to the kids watching T.V.! The brilliant solution? A custom, massive pocket french door was added to separate both the family and dining areas.
Elevation worked well with our contractor, Tim Mercer who assembled a great team of talented tradespeople who were able to re-create our architect's vision. Tim was also very hands on and it helps that he's such a nice guy you enjoy having him around your house! The result? We love our 'new' home. It is light filled, warm and spacious. The addition has added a lot of value to our ravine property. Most importantly, it has made our house a truly beautiful home."
- DJ, Toronto
"The whole is greater than the sum of its parts - Elevation listens to you and gets it. Going through the renovation process is a whole lot less scary with great professional advice. My advice to anybody is, put yourself in good hands and listen to them! They`ve been through it many times and have pretty much seen it all."
- DE, (Beaches) Toronto
"Julia guided us through an extensive renovation of our home. It was as painless as a big reno can be, thanks to Julia's expertise and unfailing good nature. Julia designed a reno that perfectly met our needs, making recommendations we didn't think of, but are delighted we included. Julia seamlessly integrated the old part of our home with the completely renovated part, avoiding that "here's what we changed" look. On the practical side, Julia is cost-conscious, suggesting practical, beautiful and still affordable solutions. Finally, Julia is great with the trades. She recommended a contractor we loved, and kept on top of the work to ensure it was completed well and in a timely fashion (important, as we had a tight time-frame with small children who needed to get home and back to school). All in all, we were delighted with Julia's work and would recommend her unreservedly."
- TH /JF, (Baby Point) Toronto