Historic Toronto House Gets A Redesign And A Brand New Extension

Working on old or historic structures is always challenging but it’s also interesting to see the strategies that architects choose for such projects. Today we’re checking out a beautiful family house from the Bracondale Hill neighborhood in Toronto. It was originally built in 1925 and it’s a landmarked home that the owners wanted to expand and renovate. They worked with studio Drew Mandel Architects to make that happen.

Side by side, the original house and the new extension look really similarSide by side, the original house and the new extension look really similarThe extension includes a garage on the ground floorThe extension includes a garage on the ground floor

One of the limitations of dealing with a historic house was the fact that the entrance facade had to be preserved. However, this house was designed in a beautiful Georgian Revival style and that actually inspired the architects to try to mimic its aesthetic when designing and building the extension. They used a similar palette of colors and materials to make the old and the new structures blend together and to give the house a harmonious overall look. 

The spacious kitchen features a big white marble island which can also be used as a bar or breakfast tableThe spacious kitchen features a big white marble island which can also be used as a bar or breakfast table

The new wing which was added to the house merges with the original home and is clad in clay singles with grey-brown tint and also a pitched roof with dormers that looks similar to the original roof but has a simplified and more modern feel to it. The redesigned interior and new floor plan place the public areas on the ground floor.

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The three floors are connected by a beautiful new staircase made of bended plywoodThe three floors are connected by a beautiful new staircase made of bended plywoodThe custom oak cabinetry and furniture give the house a warm feel without darkening the color paletteThe custom oak cabinetry and furniture give the house a warm feel without darkening the color palette

The first floor is a private section with three bedrooms, a lounge space, a home office and also a beautiful double-height master suite. That leaves the top floor which houses a cozy lounge and a guest area but the house also has a basement and what a wonderful space this is. It has a basketball court, a hobby room and even an extra bedroom. 

The top floor guest bathroom features elegant gold fixtures and an oval freestanding tubThe top floor guest bathroom features elegant gold fixtures and an oval freestanding tubThe new extension opens onto a concrete terrace with stairs leading down to a swimming poolThe new extension opens onto a concrete terrace with stairs leading down to a swimming poolFloor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors ensure a smooth transition between the public spaces and the outdoor areasFloor-to-ceiling windows and sliding doors ensure a smooth transition between the public spaces and the outdoor areasA minimalist fireplace adds a ton of beauty and character to the top floor lounge roomA minimalist fireplace adds a ton of beauty and character to the top floor lounge room

 

 

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