This project is an example of urban intensification in an established Midtown Toronto neighbourhood, providing the Clients with both a principle residence and high value income suites that add to the quality and variety of rental suites in the city. By adding a third storey to the existing structure, the owners’ unit becomes a two-storey, 2300sf home – a size comparable to that of many single family dwellings. The existing two-storey, brick structure is one of many similar houses in the neighbourhood, with a pitched roof and raised front porch with steps. Sensitivity to surrounding context is a key consideration in the design – since the Client desired high ceilings on the third floor, part of the volume is setback from the front to reduce its visual impact. Existing brick is reused and restored while articulating the additions and incisions in the façade with clean, rectangular volumes. This juxtaposition clearly highlights new from old while maintaining the cadence of the streetscape.
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