House Grace

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Interior Design
Builder
  • DJP Homes
Photographer
Location
  • Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Type
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Located in Toronto’s Little Italy neighbourhood, House Grace is a full renovation and addition to a house from the 1890s creating a connected and light-filled home for a young family with a segregated second suite at the lowest level.

    Three distinct service pods organize and anchor the kitchen, dining and living areas and form a filter to the main entry. Overlooking the street from a counter related window, the kitchen is located at the front of the house. The living room opens directly onto the garden through a new rear portico, with the dining room nestled between them. Bedrooms are arranged around a breakout space on the second floor, which can change function as the family grows and changes. Located on the third floor, the family room accesses a large roof terrace with views to the downtown core. The front porch was reduced in length defining an open court and stairwell as a discreet, yet generous entry for the lowest level second suite.

    Two offset double height openings straddle the second floor breakout area bringing light and active connection between the three levels of the home. The second washroom and breakout area borrow light from across an opening between the ground and second levels. The new staircase to the third floor is edged with a slatted wall and has multiple facing windows that lend morning and evening light to the second floor. Colour changes in light are registered in this space as the sun moves through the course of the day. The Ground floor is finished with white oak flooring and panels with white panel millwork and is anchored by black slate in the kitchen and the hearth at opposite ends. The palette simplifies vertically where the third floor family room is reduced to all white surfaces, revealing the rich complexity of the roof geometry, layered slat walls and multiple sources of daylight.

    The front elevation is modestly updated yet relates to the neighbourhood context. The original red brick is countered with black stained wood elements while thin white elements are utilized as tracings outlining distinct features. White becomes the dominant element on the rear facade through the use of cement board, aluminum slats and articulated with cedar siding that frames views to the internal living spaces and the original brick house beyond. The new portico is mirrored across the garden in the new garage creating continuity across the site. All flat roofs are designed and planted as green roofs to connect adjacent interior spaces to the garden below.

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    Modern home with Exterior, House, Flat RoofLine, Wood Siding Material, and Concrete Siding Material. New addition at rear of house framing the original house and interior areas Photo  of House Grace

    New addition at rear of house framing the original house and interior areas

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Shingles Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Brick Siding Material. Street facade with with subtle updates and highlights  Photo 2 of House Grace

    Street facade with with subtle updates and highlights

    Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Bar, Pendant Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Kitchen and dining area from point of entry with coffee and drink service beyond Photo 3 of House Grace

    Kitchen and dining area from point of entry with coffee and drink service beyond

    Modern home with Living Room, Sofa, Sectional, Coffee Tables, Accent Lighting, Wood Burning Fireplace, Corner Fireplace, Slate Floor, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Light Hardwood Floor. Living room opening out onto rear garden Photo 4 of House Grace

    Living room opening out onto rear garden

    Modern home with Dining Room, Medium Hardwood Floor, Light Hardwood Floor, Pendant Lighting, Accent Lighting, Table, Bar, Slate Floor, and Chair. Dining area and kitchen beyond.  Service pods on the left create distinction between areas along the open plan Photo 5 of House Grace

    Dining area and kitchen beyond. Service pods on the left create distinction between areas along the open plan

    Modern home with Kitchen, Wall Oven, Refrigerator, Cooktops, Range Hood, White Cabinet, Wood Cabinet, Medium Hardwood Floor, Light Hardwood Floor, Stone Counter, Slate Floor, Stone Slab Backsplashe, Ceramic Tile Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Accent Lighting, and Undermount Sink. Kitchen with custom floating tiled hood vent Photo 6 of House Grace

    Kitchen with custom floating tiled hood vent

    Modern home with Living Room, Wood Burning Fireplace, Corner Fireplace, Slate Floor, Light Hardwood Floor, Accent Lighting, Bookcase, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Black slate hearth with wood stove.  Millwork pod conceals entertainment area when not in use  Photo 7 of House Grace

    Black slate hearth with wood stove. Millwork pod conceals entertainment area when not in use

    Modern home with Bath Room, Light Hardwood Floor, Medium Hardwood Floor, Wall Mount Sink, Ceiling Lighting, One Piece Toilet, and Accent Lighting. Powder room with borrowed light from glass ceiling over hung wall sink Photo 8 of House Grace

    Powder room with borrowed light from glass ceiling over hung wall sink

    Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Pendant Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, and Medium Hardwood Floor. Dining and staircase to second floor Photo 9 of House Grace

    Dining and staircase to second floor

    Modern home with Bedroom, Bed, Dresser, Night Stands, Ceiling Lighting, Accent Lighting, Medium Hardwood Floor, and Light Hardwood Floor. Master bedroom with ensuite beyond Photo 10 of House Grace

    Master bedroom with ensuite beyond

    Modern home with Bath Room, Wood Counter, Porcelain Tile Floor, Vessel Sink, Freestanding Tub, Soaking Tub, Enclosed Shower, Wall Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Porcelain Tile Wall, Accent Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Ceramic Tile Wall, and One Piece Toilet. Master ensuite with sliding mirror panels and view to green roof at tub Photo 11 of House Grace

    Master ensuite with sliding mirror panels and view to green roof at tub

    Modern home with Bath Room, Engineered Quartz Counter, Porcelain Tile Floor, Undermount Sink, Alcove Tub, Ceiling Lighting, Accent Lighting, Ceramic Tile Wall, Porcelain Tile Wall, and One Piece Toilet. Bathroom with borrowed light and view across a double height volume Photo 12 of House Grace

    Bathroom with borrowed light and view across a double height volume

    Modern home with Staircase, Wood Tread, Metal Railing, and Wood Railing. Stair to third floor family room  Photo 13 of House Grace

    Stair to third floor family room

    Modern home with Staircase, Wood Railing, and Wood Tread. Small punched window brings morning light into second and third floors along stairwell Photo 14 of House Grace

    Small punched window brings morning light into second and third floors along stairwell

    Modern home with Living Room, Console Tables, Ottomans, Recessed Lighting, Accent Lighting, and Light Hardwood Floor. Window  nook overlooking neighbourhood trees and street Photo 15 of House Grace

    Window nook overlooking neighbourhood trees and street

    Modern home with Living Room, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Accent Lighting, Light Hardwood Floor, Desk, Lamps, and Ottomans. Family room at third level.  Laundry concealed behind panels at left   Photo 16 of House Grace

    Family room at third level. Laundry concealed behind panels at left

    Modern home with Exterior, House, Wood Siding Material, Brick Siding Material, and Concrete Siding Material. Detail at new and old with garden and through garage beyond Photo 17 of House Grace

    Detail at new and old with garden and through garage beyond

    Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Brick Siding Material, and House. Rear portico framing rear access to house Photo 18 of House Grace

    Rear portico framing rear access to house

    Modern home with Exterior, Shingles Roof Material, Green Roof Material, House, Wood Siding Material, Brick Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, A-Frame RoofLine, and Flat RoofLine. View of house amongst neighbours from rear lane Photo 19 of House Grace

    View of house amongst neighbours from rear lane

    Modern home with Exterior, Wood Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Concrete Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and House. Exterior detail Photo 20 of House Grace

    Exterior detail

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