Years in the making, the East End Loft project is a textbook case for how to gently increase density and green space in the city. The sustainable house design was a labour of love, but also a labour of imagination. With vision, drive, and incredible engineering, one couple succeeded in placing a light-filled, three-bedroom house and lush urban garden in the space formerly occupied by a typical two-bedroom Toronto walk-up. And they did it all without disrupting the street-level business below.
The couple work shifts and commute in opposite directions by public transit and car. They wanted out-of-town amenities, but they didn’t want to give up the conveniences and excitement of urban living. Above all, they wanted a green home—one with solar panels, a green roof, and an urban apiary.
They already owned the two-story mixed-use commercial-residential building in Toronto’s east end when they contacted Solares. Their question was simple: can we turn what we have into what we want, and do it sustainably?
The answer was a resounding “yes”. And this couple now has it all: wide open living spaces drenched in natural light, multiple bedrooms, a kitchen garden, a green roof, an enormous deck for entertaining, an apiary, and a workshop for tinkering with the car. The luxuries of non-urban living, all in the heart of the city.