Collection by Laura C. Mallonee

Bright, Efficient Upgrade Transforms a Victorian in Toronto


DUBBELDAM architecture + design made this Victorian house in Toronto bigger and more energy-efficient.

In architecture, as in life, you can often kill two birds with one stone. DUBBELDAM architecture + design demonstrated that recently when tasked with remodeling a 1,850-square-foot Victorian house that was not only dark and cramped, but also a major energy drainer. How to make the house breathe easier and more sustainably? The firm overhauled the floor plan in a way that smartly opens up the space, introducing better lighting and passive ventilation without increasing square footage.

“Sustainability is very important to us,” lead architect Heather Dubbeldam says.
The architects created the illusion of more space by opening up the floor plan, repositioning the staircase and...
The architects knocked out the kitchen’s back wall, where a single window had formerly let in a miniscule amount of...
“The original stairs were not lined up vertically, which took up much of the internal space,” Dubbeldam explains.
Directly at the top of the stairs on the third story, oversized sliding glass doors lead out to a sunny roof deck.
Two Harry Bertoia-designed chairs sit on the main third story deck, which includes a hidden green roof that absorbs...
“I love the master bedroom, with the geometry of the white-painted, angled roof lines and the varying shadows that this...
The team carried the concept of contrast through the exterior, juxtaposing the home’s 125-year-old red brick façade...
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