Collection by Caroline Wallis

A Hillside Toronto Renovation Immerses Residents in the Surrounding Tree Canopy


Rich walnut finishes and Douglas fir beams help define this revamped midcentury dwelling.

Originally owned by an Eaton’s department store designer in the 1950s, Calvin Yoa and Caroline Tsang’s Toronto home has seen only one remodel, due in part to the integrity of the original. “With this particular project the bones of the home were good, so although technically it was largely a full interior finishes demolition, we preserved what original structure that we could,” explains Jenny Francis, principal of her eponymous Toronto-based design firm. The two story redux—completed in 2015—features Douglas fir beamed ceilings, walnut paneling, and floor-to-ceiling sliding glass doors that open into a deciduous canopy. Once the only house on the block, Yoa and Tsang’s residence retains its original midcentury look with updated features like radiant heating and a glass facade that beautifully blurs the line between the interior and the outdors.

Situated on a slope, the entry, living room, kitchen, and bedrooms are all level with the street while the lower half...
The front foor and entryway divide the home's private spaces—such as the bedrooms—with its shared living area.
Tubular steel Paperclip stools from Kinetics, whose sculptural forms were inspired by their eponymous office accessory,...
A gray Milo Baughman sofa divides the living area from the kitchen.
So as not to impact the surrounding tree canopy, the architect maintained the original footprint, but added sliding...
An elegantly utilitarian Kristalia table is as much a place to work as it is a place to entertain.
The entire lower level is a guest suite complete with a vintage recliner and vintage floor lamp.
In the downstairs bathroom, a Zuchetti facuet adds a simple, black accent to the white tiles and sink.

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