House in Etobicoke - Toronto

Additions and renovations to 1960's modernist backsplit

With an unusually low-pitched roof and hard, orange brick gable end walls, the original is mostly garage on the street side, almost windowless and entered through a courtyard; at the rear, almost fully glazed to the garden.

The new work expands on the formal logic of the existing. An enlarged vestibule brings the front door closer to the street, while maintaining the courtyard. A 2m extension expands the rear dining/living room and the basement level family room below. An east-facing clerestory brings light into the kitchen. A second storey master bedroom suite is located on the street side – under a saddle roof which inverts the profile of the existing roof.

The interior is stripped to the shell. New millwork and doors are maple. Floors are Brazilian cherry and unglazed ceramic tile.

The exterior is clad in rain screen concrete boarding and wood veneer panels. Curtain wall, aluminum composite panels and garage doors are finished in black. The roof is standing seam stainless steel. The orange brick end walls remain.

Under Construction