An Old Relic Transformed Into A Modern Bachelor’s Home

Once just an old building from the late 70s resembling nothing more than a relic, this structure was recently reclaimed and transformed into a modern home for a young bachelor. The transformation was completed in 2014 and the house is situated in Toronto, Canada.


The new split-level home offers a total of 3700 square feet of living space. The architects of AUDAX Architecture gave it a complete makeover. The interior was stripped down to its structure and the exterior was updated with new windows and zinc cladding in two tones.


Part of the project was also a complete reprogramming of the interior spaces. The space was reorganized in order to get more spacious layouts. Also, to make the entrance more welcoming, the team designed it using dark-stained wood.


The living area is not particularly spacious but it definitely feels very open and inviting. A sofa and matching ottoman set face the wall-mounted TV and this whole arrangement occupies around half of the room. The other half features a modern fireplace with a firewood storage in the form of a wall niche, a classy Eames lounge chair and more comfortable seating.


The kitchen is bright and airy, featuring white walls and cabinetry and a kitchen island with a table extension. All the appliances are built-in and the storage cubbies form an interesting geometric layout with yellow and grey accents.

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The light-stained wood floorboards add a warm though to the white space, emphasized by the chairs and bar stools and their simple but classic look.


One corner of the room is occupied by a dining space. It’s composed of a round table and a set of chairs with delicate designs. The décor here is minimalist and the ambiance is casual and inviting.


A staircase with transparent glass guardrails connects the floors. It’s a beautiful décor feature even though the design is not complex and doesn’t stand out through strong contrasts or shapes.


The light fixture hanging in the void created by the staircase is one of the most impressive and eye-catching elements in the design. It’s as if an oversized chandelier with black trim supports a smaller version of itself.


The bathroom is surprisingly simple and spacious. A wall niche provides storage for the essentials and the freestanding oval tub is placed in a corner facing the TV. A skylight brings natural in and opens the space even more.


A surprising detail is the fact that the bathroom and the walk-in closet are linked. The shower and the closet split a space in two but they remain separate.


The two sinks and the large vanity and mirror are interesting choices for this bachelor home. The vanity is wall-mounted and almost touches the floor. The same strategy was applied when installing the tall cabinet in the corner.

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