This renovation project converted an aging house in Toronto’s Bloordale Village into a modern and efficient single-family home. Our clients, a young newlywed couple, bought the house as their first property investment together, intending to transform it into a long-term home to raise a family in for years to come. The finished renovation earned a 73 on the EnerGuide scale, a great improvement from its previous score of 42.
The couple wanted a comfortable, family-friendly sanctuary to call home, and above all, they wanted to make sure the renovation was as affordable as possible. Together we set out to make smart choices every step of the way. With the help of friends and family, they took over most of the demolition and installation of final finishes themselves, and the home’s new design made use of all existing window penetrations, including side windows in the living room, kitchen, study, washroom and basement, saving the costly and laborious work of creating new window openings. Large savings were also seen with the use of off-the-shelf products, such as kitchen cabinetry and countertops from IKEA, and flooring, lighting and plumbing fixtures from Home Depot. For added income, the basement was designed to act as a separate apartment with direct access from the back. If the growing family needs the space in the future, the apartment can easily be re-claimed as a family room with a guest suite.
Upon completion, our clients invited friends and family to gather together and contribute to painting a free-form mural that is lovingly and permanently displayed in their kitchen.