The double height, open space in the rear acts as the centre of the home with carefully placed windows for maximum views to the escarpment. Random slit like windows are dramatic and create playful shadows that penetrate deep into the space.
With Toronto’s forest-like Humber River to the west and the city’s bustling Bloor St to the north, the modern renovation captures the feel of life in between. The original was a, smaller home, built in the 1920’s. The exterior of the home considers the prominence of neighbouring bungalows and aligns itself in a consistent scale and extends their horizontal lines.
Design Insight - Focal Point
Design Insight - Sustainability
In keeping with Linebox’s directive, Hillside adopts sustainability in its design. Passive solar principles, water harvesting, efficient mechanical systems, and the reuse of salvaged building materials guide the principles that informed the redesign of the house.
Work From Home
An upstairs office is open to the great room below with operable interior windows that control sound.
A backdrop to the more traditional, textural nature of the front of the home, the clean and simple form of the addition is a solidifying anchor.
New and old meet at the confluence of the pairing of warm wood and reclaimed brick and metal fascia, metal siding, and smooth grey stucco.
Construction Manager: SCE Construction, Tony Smith
Structural Engineer: Sawyer, Duncan Engineering Ltd.
Photographer: Arnal Photography