Lighting Up

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January 25, 2012
Originally published in Inspired Renovation
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  A dim Toronto Tudor gets an airy new look. The home’s second-story hallway, which serves as an open office and library, was suffering from a severe lack of light. Lifting up one side of the old pitched roof made room for a linear skylight, which faces south to allow in as many rays as possible, and the modification transformed the top floor into a loftlike double-height space. Inexpensive detailing then added texture and scale: Simple plywood panels attached to cold-rolled-steel frames serve as guards along the stairs.  Courtesy of Copyright: Finn O'Hara.

    A dim Toronto Tudor gets an airy new look. The home’s second-story hallway, which serves as an open office and library, was suffering from a severe lack of light. Lifting up one side of the old pitched roof made room for a linear skylight, which faces south to allow in as many rays as possible, and the modification transformed the top floor into a loftlike double-height space. Inexpensive detailing then added texture and scale: Simple plywood panels attached to cold-rolled-steel frames serve as guards along the stairs.

    Courtesy of Copyright: Finn O'Hara.
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    Courtesy of Finn O'Hara.
    Courtesy of Finn O'Hara.
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    Courtesy of Copyright: Finn O'Hara.
    Courtesy of Copyright: Finn O'Hara.
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  The plywood stair guards give a sense of stability and transition to this brightened tudor home in Toronto.  Courtesy of Copyright: Finn O'Hara.
    The plywood stair guards give a sense of stability and transition to this brightened tudor home in Toronto. Courtesy of Copyright: Finn O'Hara.
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    Courtesy of Copyright: Finn O'Hara.
    Courtesy of Copyright: Finn O'Hara.
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    Courtesy of Finn O'Hara.
    Courtesy of Finn O'Hara.
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    Courtesy of Copyright: Finn O'Hara.
    Courtesy of Copyright: Finn O'Hara.
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