Located on a generous lot in Etobicoke’s Thorncrest Village, this large single-family home maintains a quiet street presence despite its bold, contemporary design. The heart of this project is the central living room—a two-storey space glazed on both sides, connecting front and rear yards and balancing the two wings of the home.
Designed for a young family, the house provides freedom for young children to play alongside a variety of spaces for parents to enjoy.
Deep roof overhangs enable full advantage of solar gain or seasonal shading, which complement the sophisticated mechanical system for zoned in-floor heating and air conditioning when the house isn’t being naturally ventilated.
The home’s focal point is an ethanol fireplace set into a polished basalt slab. Suspended above the hearth, an illuminated marble hood provides a warm and ambient glow to the adjacent living and dining spaces. Cloud-shaped pendant lamps hang from the ceiling of this double-height living room, emphasizing the experience of air and buoyancy.
In the backyard, a pool and deck are sunken into the terrain, surrounded by a planted retaining wall that provides bathers with privacy and shelter from the wind.
With the deck at this elevation, the lower level can have much larger windows than a conventional basement. These, and a large set of glazed doors, deliver daylight and connection to the exterior.
Through a careful integration of building and landscape, the lower level achieves a quality of space equal to that of the rest of the house.