The house is located in Toronto’s Leaside neighbourhood, surrounded by traditional brick bay-and-gable houses. The desire to subtly integrate the building into the existing streetscape resulted in the selection of traditional building materials such as brick and wood; the contemporary design was emphasized with distinctive grey zinc cladding used as an accent material.
- Program and Spatial Optimization
- Natural Ventilation and Passive Cooling
- Natural Daylighting
- High Performance Envelope Design
- Renewable and/or Recyclable Materials and Finishes
- Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) and Non-toxic Materials and Finishes
- Radiant Heating
- Heat Recovery Ventilation
- Low Energy Lighting & Appliances (LED, CFL lighting and Energy Star appliances)
- Water Conserving Appliances & Fixtures (low flow/ dual flush toilets)
While planning for wheelchair access was a fundamental part of the design process, the creation of a comfortable family home was the ultimate goal. Efficient, clean design and simple, modern spaces are main features of this 3,200 square foot house. Generous entry hall extends into bright two-storey high dining room space while at the rear, the main living quarters continue seamlessly into the backyard with large window and door openings.