A busy doctor sought the help of Dubbeldam Architecture + Design to renovate his residence in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The firm was tasked with bringing in more light, connecting the home’s interiors to the outdoors, and adding a modern look.
The end result of the Through House renovation project not only satisfied those demands, but also increased the living space in this 1,450-square-foot home. Designers were careful to increase space on the inside without expanding the exterior, which would encroach on the home’s intimate rear garden.
Custom, built-in elements such as the stacked felt-clad fireplace were added to improve the flow without closing off one room to another. Use of horizontal lines and added light improve the airiness of the interior as well. Designers chose materials such as white oak, industrial felt, and long porcelain tiles to lend a modern yet warm look throughout.
At the rear of the L-shaped house, large floor-to-ceiling glass panes soften the barrier between the interior and exterior spaces. The interior’s flooring was also extended to the outdoor patio, where a stone kitchen counter extends along the south wall through the dining room and outside morphing into the built-in BBQ. A trellis was added to provide shade, while allowing light to permeate the interior spaces in winter months. An extensive green roof adds a more functional connection to the outdoors, as it absorbs rainwater runoff and reduces the house’s ecological impact.