A beacon of contemporary design, this new three-storey rear addition lifts a century-old home to new heights with a welcoming silhouette and a warm expression. When the owners of a one-and-a-half storey house decided to revamp their compact dwelling, they knew exactly what they wanted: More space to accommodate out-of-town guests and a separate primary suite with interiors that harness opportunities for joy. A brighter interior and respect for the neighbourhood context further guided the architectural design of this thoughtful renovation. In keeping with the character of the house, the solution was to integrate a new two-storey rear extension with the original brick structure and to top it with a third-floor primary suite. The new addition is set back from the existing front of the home, resulting in an unassuming streetscape presence and a voluminous tiered three-storey rear façade with generous glazing that draws natural light deep into the interiors.
Located in a quaint neighbourhood in Toronto’s west end, this new home embodies a harmonious design language, seamlessly blending old with new to create interactive spaces for the homeowners to enjoy. On the main floor, unified with an existing kitchen, new living zones are a study of craftmanship and replete with considered details. From the concealed coffee station near the living room to the bevelled marble fireplace in the family room, every space expresses a balance of function and emotion.
A primary suite on the upper level of the home — an entire floor dedicated to the homeowners and their desire for a calm, quiet space away from the main living areas — features a muted colour scheme and a vaulted ceiling for an airy, dream-like quality. Fabrics in neutral shades add an understated elegance and a sense of intimacy to the open space, a feeling amplified by a Venetian plaster freestanding wall separating the bedroom from the wardrobes and ensuite. Continuing into the primary ensuite, thoughtful details bring the outdoors in, including wood-grain patterns and a solar-operated skylight above the bathtub that highlights the bathing experience. The resulting composition makes this an apt home for those seeking contemplative, uplifting personal experiences — joyful moments inviting one to stay awhile and enjoy the simple pleasures of everyday living.