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August 19, 2013
The city of Toronto has many facets—and as Canada's largest metropolitan area, it's got a concentration of modern residences that does the local architecture scene proud.
Interior of a modern house in Toronto designed by Julia Knezic

Young architects often design homes for their parents. But for Toronto's Julia Knezic, it was an especially intimate job: her mom Susan Farkas's new house is next to her own. The result is a new 2,100-square-foot open-plan house, with generous public rooms and only one bedroom.

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Originally appeared in All in the Family
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Front room with floor-to-ceiling windows
In the house’s front room Monkman relaxes on a stool from local retailer Andrew Richard Designs. A new window system draws in sunlight and views of the front courtyard designed by local landscape architect Terry McGlade, the building’s former owner.
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matthew williams
Originally appeared in An Art Studio That Would Make Picasso Jealous
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Modern kitchen with long countertop and oak cabinetry

For a Toronto couple with a love of minimalist Japanese architecture, a sleek, storage-packed kitchen was the first priority in their home's renovation.

Originally appeared in Kitchen Solutions: Smart Storage Design
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Narrow brick house in Toronto.

Facing tight building codes and an even tighter space, Karen White and David MacNaughtan needed an architect who could turn lemons into lemonade. Donald Chong devised a refreshing solution: a bright three-story abode on a lot narrower than most suburban driveways.

Originally appeared in 5 Small and Narrow Modern Houses
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A house from the 1880s that's narrow, small, and in terrible shape: is this the place for a great modern interior? In the hands of Toronto architect Heather Dubbeldam, it turned out to be exactly that. Dubbeldam used a variety of strategies to keep it green (the tiny utility bills prove this), but also created remarkably rich spaces and textures in this small house and equally tight yard.

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Originally appeared in Through House in Toronto, Canada
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Modern roof deck entrance door

Dr. Kenneth Montague’s Toronto loft is both home and art gallery—and the ultimate party house, thanks to two kitchens, a rooftop deck, and no shortage of conversation pieces.

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© 2012 Naomi Finlay
Originally appeared in Party-Friendly Apartment in Toronto
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House of the Day by Kevin Morris

Bonus! Photographer Kevin Morris's online project House of the Day, which documents "the character, quirkiness, and beauty of everyday residential architecture" in Toronto neighborhoods.

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Originally appeared in Toronto Houses by Kevin Morris
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Interior of a modern house in Toronto designed by Julia Knezic

Young architects often design homes for their parents. But for Toronto's Julia Knezic, it was an especially intimate job: her mom Susan Farkas's new house is next to her own. The result is a new 2,100-square-foot open-plan house, with generous public rooms and only one bedroom.

Photo by Sean Galbraith.

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