Budget Breakdown: Toronto Architects Make a Historic Brick Home Whole Again For $572K
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Budget Breakdown: Toronto Architects Make a Historic Brick Home Whole Again For $572K

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By Anna Squier
Previously divided into three apartments, the reconfigured and expanded Dunn House is now a streamlined home for a growing family.

The new homeowners of a two-and-a-half-story brick home in Parkdale, Toronto, reached out to local studio The Practice of Everyday Design with a hefty project in mind: converting the building’s three apartments back into a single-family home. With a total construction cost of $750,000 CAD (or $571,950 USD), the architects designed an open, spacious dwelling that embraces the couple’s personal style and can accommodate friends and family.

$80
Siding
$4,912.75
Windows & Doors
$23,989.06
Roofing
$14,000
Wall Covering
$31,313.58
Flooring
$7,049.48
Paint
$9,110.75
Electrical
$26,902.02
Plumbing
$27.339.76
HVAC
$25,161.60
Rubbish & Demolition
$15,191.19
Insulation
$27,700
Studs & Drywall
$3,235.11
Interiors
$18,400
Masonry
$2,387.18
Site Rentals
$7,272.25
General Work
$8,541.91
Tiles
$815.23
Landscape Materials
$8,693.14
Lumber
$1,194.66
Mouldings
$1,386
Concrete
$453,592.51
Labor


Grand Total: $750,000 CAD ($571,950 USD)
Minimal, Scandinavian-inspired furnishings fill the Dunn House in Toronto.

Minimal, Scandinavian-inspired furnishings fill the Dunn House in Toronto.

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 Vaulted ceilings enliven the second-floor lounge area.  

 Vaulted ceilings enliven the second-floor lounge area.  

Minus small repairs to the original brickwork and new windows which matched those existing, the front of the home was left intact. A modern addition at the rear of the home increased the footprint while maintaining the charm of the original street presence. Clad in matte black aluminum, the addition is a contemporary contrast to the historic front facade, yet discreet enough that it tucks behind the original structure, only visible as you walk alongside it. 

Wrapped in standing-seam aluminum metal panels, the new addition is artful and subdued.  Modern yet discreet, the dark tone and slanted roof allow the addition to fade behind the original structure and roof. 

Wrapped in standing-seam aluminum metal panels, the new addition is artful and subdued.  Modern yet discreet, the dark tone and slanted roof allow the addition to fade behind the original structure and roof. 

At the rear of the new addition, large folding glass doors open the cooking and dining spaces up to the outside.

At the rear of the new addition, large folding glass doors open the cooking and dining spaces up to the outside.

On the interior, the home was completely gutted through the two-and-a-half floors, with a new underpinned basement dug out. The original brick wall of the house remains, with openings cut through it to the new addition which houses the kitchen and master suite above. 

The original brick fireplace stands as a reminder of the home’s history.

The original brick fireplace stands as a reminder of the home’s history.

Located in the addition to the home, the new kitchen flanks the residence’s original brick wall, open to the living room on the other side. White washed maple cabinets with a muted grain create a clean, simple cooking space.

Located in the addition to the home, the new kitchen flanks the residence’s original brick wall, open to the living room on the other side. White washed maple cabinets with a muted grain create a clean, simple cooking space.

Full-height shelving lines the wood staircase, providing plenty of space for the homeowner's unique collections.

Full-height shelving lines the wood staircase, providing plenty of space for the homeowner's unique collections.

The main living spaces reside on the first floor open to one another, merely separated by a divided wall. A double-height, vaulted space fills half of the second floor, anchored by a wood-clad massing which includes two bedrooms and a bathroom. The new master suite and spa-like bath fills the other half in the new addition. 

On the second floor, the wood-clad volume conceals two bedrooms and a bathroom.

On the second floor, the wood-clad volume conceals two bedrooms and a bathroom.

The minimal material palette extends into the bathroom with muted tiles and clean lines.

The minimal material palette extends into the bathroom with muted tiles and clean lines.

Built-in storage frames two walls of the master bedroom.  On one side, cabinets surround a large picture window, providing a bench for seating.  On the other, full-height cabinets provide plentiful wardrobe storage.

Built-in storage frames two walls of the master bedroom. On one side, cabinets surround a large picture window, providing a bench for seating. On the other, full-height cabinets provide plentiful wardrobe storage.

The master bath is a serene and calming retreat with muted tones and Pico tiles by Mutina.

The master bath is a serene and calming retreat with muted tones and Pico tiles by Mutina.

Custom millwork and unique design details maximize storage throughout the home. The simple interior complements the clients' personal style and unique art collections. Neutral materials create a calm atmosphere perfect for the comfort of a family home. 

Custom millwork maximizes storage throughout the home.  There is even a special location for the cat. 

Custom millwork maximizes storage throughout the home. There is even a special location for the cat.