House in Leslieville

A small east end house reimagined

A plain house on a modest street was stripped back to its floors, outer walls and roof. Two storeys with basement were added at the back. The main floor was opened up to create a bright kitchen/dining/living area with a west facing view onto a lush rear garden, conceived as a continuation of the interior. The second floor is a collection of small rooms organized to maximize useable floor space, access to natural light, ventilation and views. Sliding panels allow spaces to be combined in different ways. Clerestory glazing brings light into the centre of the floor. There is a small deck overlooking the garden.

Like its neighbours, the house has horizontal siding and aluminum windows. But unlike them, fiber cement shingles are painted black and frames are commercial, anodized with large panes of glass and casements.

The interior is full of light and colour.