Type: Private Residence – Toronto
The initial conversation with our clients on this project was all about exploring possibilities. What could we do to transform this house from a duplex to a single-family home? The house was renovated into a duplex ten years prior with the expansion of a 2 story rear additing. This worked well as a duplex but left the residence disconnect and the front half of the house in very original condition. Our first objective was no only to bring the home into a cohesive whole but also improve and update the older parts of the house. As the conversations progressed it became apparent that this could not be a partial renovation and had to become a full redesign, including changes to the recent rear addition.
On the main floor, the bathroom was relocated allowing for the kitchen to be opened to the family room. The bedroom was opened and repurposed into the dining room. A small compact powder room was carved out of the space under the stairs. The front entrance hallway was removed, and a vestibule created to add storage and improve sightlines as you enter the family room.
On the 2ndfloor, the kitchen was changed into a 4thbedroom and a master en-suite was added. All the interior spaces on the 2ndfloor were improved as part of the project.
The ground floor grew to become the most dramatic transformation in the house. The kitchen being elevated from the family room creates an unusual spatial separation and we used a linear layout to keep sightlines open with the only separation from the living room being a glass panel. Orienting the kitchen along the main axis of the house also aligns the overhead beam with the island creating a relationship between the structure and interior architecture. We wanted to improve the end view of the kitchen from the family room and incorporated an interesting half waterfall edge to the counter top. This gives greater substance to the stone and aligns with the first row of drawers emphasising the custom qualities of the millwork.