Located in Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood, this project contended with a street dominated by Edwardian styled homes, a transitioning Zoning By-Law, and a client with a complex programme.
The contemporary exterior features self-weathering steel, graphite zinc and dark brick that allows the home to recede into the otherwise historic streetscape.
A carport and garage are tucked beneath the cantilevered front living room volume. There, a basement mudroom provides access and a quick and convenient route to the central kitchen.
The dark and rich exterior gives way to an interior featuring a palette of bright whites, warm wood and the client’s mid-century modern décor.
The centrally planned kitchen connects the owners to each other and their guests whether in the living room, dining room or planted on bar stools. The completely custom kitchen features solid surface counters, back painted glass cabinets and handcrafted stainless components seamlessly integrated into the millwork.
“Grenadier House is a healthy dwelling that can be proudly used as a model for sustainable and contemporary residential design.”
-Design Source Guide
But part of a skilled architect’s approach includes making the house harmonize with its surroundings in a way that’s both progressive and sympathetic.
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