Not Your Grandma's Victorian

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By Matthew Keeshin and Dwell
A traditional home in Toronto goes modern.

Old meets new when architecture firm +tongtong gave this Victorian house a modern makeover. Located in a Toronto neighborhood surrounded by traditional homes, the renovation is a nod to its vernacular neighbors while updating the original design. The top floor features a bold triangular glass window, while the renovated facade is equally geometric. In the back, the addition opens up to views of an elm tree. The landscaping wraps around the retaining walls for privacy. 

On the inside, the cut made in the kitchen lets light from above into the open space. The existing structure is now much more open and brings in ample amounts of natural light from multiple skylights. 

Not Your Grandma's Victorian - Photo 1 of 6 -  The triangular window from the bedroom looks out toward the street. The window includes a custom blind for shading. A zinc awning covers the front door. 

 The triangular window from the bedroom looks out toward the street. The window includes a custom blind for shading. A zinc awning covers the front door. 



Not Your Grandma's Victorian - Photo 2 of 6 - The 3,000-square-foot home included a renovation and addition. 

The 3,000-square-foot home included a renovation and addition. 


Not Your Grandma's Victorian - Photo 3 of 6 - The wide doorway leads out onto a deck and is a prime spot for the family to relax or play. 

The wide doorway leads out onto a deck and is a prime spot for the family to relax or play. 



Not Your Grandma's Victorian - Photo 4 of 6 - The space includes a vent-free fireplace in the dining room from EcoSmart Fire. 

The space includes a vent-free fireplace in the dining room from EcoSmart Fire. 


Not Your Grandma's Victorian - Photo 5 of 6 - The mosaic wall uses tiles from Appiani.  

The mosaic wall uses tiles from Appiani.  


Not Your Grandma's Victorian - Photo 6 of 6 - The view from the bedroom on the third floor. 

The view from the bedroom on the third floor.