Palmerston Blvd Renovation

A contemporary semi

Palmerston Blvd is a well-known romantic residential street situated in Toronto’s downtown. A young couple with two children approached Altius Architecture to redesign their semi-detached home while keeping the historic exterior. The dwelling contains three bathrooms and three bedrooms. The clients were looking for an open-plan layout with integrated light, minimal, and natural finishes. Our goal was to design a contemporary home within an old shell. We used new materials for the interior and kept the original cladding materials on the exterior.  The functions within the dwelling were thoughtfully relocated, creating better circulation, and more useable space in general.  The stair is the only element that stayed in its original location. The basement floor was expanded and could now be used for living as well, not just for storage as it was prior to the redesign.


The interior is all white oak, with white and grey accents, maintaining a very ‘clean’ Scandinavian-like  aesthetic. All millwork is custom designed to match the overall look. The main feature of the house is the 3-panel lift and slide over-looking the rear garden from the main living space, which you see upon entrance. The house has ample daylight coming in through many large windows, some original stain-glass ones as well as new skylights. The ground floor was squared off with an addition to create more living space. A third floor dormer was also extended in order to make a large master suite. The master bedroom features a fireplace, 10′ ceilings, and a 4×4 skylight in the central space. There is plenty storage space concealed along the walls.


Altius Project Team Architecture

  • Architecture: Cathy Garrido
  • Dominika Linowska