This new construction home replaces a small, 1919 bungalow in the west end of Toronto. It boasts more than twice the original living space while much less energy. Structural insulated panels (SIPS) optimize limited urban space by allowing for an extremely thin yet high-performance envelope. The efficient design opens up the space while keeping the residence compact, ensuring that it doesn’t overpower the scale of the streetscape. With an open design, plenty of space for the whole family, and an EnerGuide rating of 82, this project creates a strong precedent for future development in the transitioning neighbourhood.
After having raised their family in the former 600 sq.ft. bungalow, our clients were in need of a new home to meet their changing needs and varied lifestyles. Over the family’s 15-year residence in the original home, they had experienced first-hand the home’s aging and gradual structural decline, and their children, now in their teens, hoped for more of their own personal space.
The couple had a number of overarching goals for their new home. They wanted it to be efficient, affordable, and a place that would serve well as their family home for a long time to come. They also specifically requested a lot more storage, as the former house had only one closet.
At 19 ft. wide, their new home is only 1 ft. wider than the old house. The building’s 40 ft. length brings the overall footprint to what would still be considered a modest 760 sq.ft. The total living space comes to about 700 sq.ft. per floor, and 2100 sq.ft. in total. With its very smart and efficient design, the house is extremely usable and feels much larger than the numbers suggest.