This project, located in downtown Toronto, is a unique combination of industrial, retail, and residential space.
The building, which house’s our client’s framing business, was purchased by our client and his father in 2004. The impressive 9,000 sq.ft. building is unique in its placement and layout: the building wraps around a corner of two main streets, encircling a bank that sits directly on the corner lot. Therefore, the unconventional L-shaped building has two street-facing facades, which makes it an ideal multi-use building. The family-owned framing shop, previously spread throughout the entire building, was consolidated into the north wing, and the building’s southeast wing was transformed into a spacious, three-storey home for the couple and their two children.
The largest challenge of this project was that its design needed to adhere to strict light-industrial use building regulations, which are much stricter than regulations for purely residential buildings. These regulations affect everything from the floor plan and window placements to the materials used in construction.
An exciting feature of this renovation is the partial third storey addition over the residential wing. Off this addition, large sliding doors reveal an impressive, 1,000 sq.ft. roof deck that sits on the roof of the framing shop.