This contemporary home renovation project designed by Beauparlant Design is located in Cabbagetown, a neighborhood of Toronto known to be the largest continuous area of Victorian housing in North America. Part of the planning phase of the project included the possibility of moving to a new home. The client knew that their 120 year old residence would need a substantial renovation in order to bring it up to date and answer the needs of their family. The prevailing focus for this whole home renovation was centered on the kitchen area. Basic needs for added storage and functionality were challenged by narrow passages points and a disconnected access to the rear yard.
One of the pivotal decisions made during the space planning was to relocate the basement stairs towards the rear of the house. This enabled the designers to create a lowered landing at grade with the yard and create a dramatic 1 ½ storey glass wall. The resulting storage under the 2nd floor stairs also widens the hallway to the kitchen improving the access through the house.
The project included improvements to the residence as a whole and addressed structural and mechanical concerns while simultaneously improving spatial divisions, programming and functionality. The 3rd floor was re-configured into two bedrooms and an existing attic space was expanded to create a bathroom. The basement was underpinned and lowered to create a bright family room and guest bedroom. Every decision made on layout, materials and finishes were made for the long term enjoyment of the clients.
Photos: Courtesy of Beauparlant Design
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