The metamorphosis of this Toronto-area bungalow was driven by the desire to increase the usability of existing space and a deep respect for the energy embodied in existing materials.
The homeowners wanted to blend their families in a home they would create themselves. Rather than build from scratch, they elected to give the past a new lease on life, taking the house one of them already owned and converting it completely into a sophisticated, light-filled space for the new family.
In its former life, the house offered no connection to the backyard or the stunning ravine beyond. The rooms were closed off and the basement was a dark, utilitarian space. It was poorly insulated and drafty.
Now, thanks to smart design and a green home sensibility, an energy efficient, stylish, five-bedroom home occupies the same 1,215 square foot building footprint as its three-bedroom predecessor. It has an open, airy feel with strong visual connection to the lush exterior. The lower garden level serves as a launch pad for the younger generation, and the main floor is a sophisticated space for the couple.