Grenadier House

Toronto, Ontario

Located in Toronto’s Roncesvalles neighbourhood, this project contended with a street dominated by Edwardian-styled homes, a transitioning zoning bylaw, and a client with a challenging project.

The contemporary exterior features self-weathering steel, graphite zinc and dark brick that allows the home to recede into the otherwise historic streetscape.

A carport and garage are tucked beneath the cantilevered front living room space, where a basement mudroom provides access and a quick and convenient route to the central kitchen.

The dark and rich exterior gives way to an interior featuring a palette of bright whites, warm wood and the client’s mid-century modern décor.

The dining room overlooks the rear yard and basement, family room walkout. A flowing plaster wall mural, carefully designed lighting and lacey floor-to-ceiling curtains create a bold yet calming dining experience.

The centrally-planned kitchen connects the occupants whether in the living room, dining room or relaxing on bar stools. The complete custom kitchen features solid surface counters, back-painted glass cabinets, and handcrafted stainless components that are seamlessly integrated into the millwork.

“Grenadier House is a healthy dwelling that can be proudly used as a model for sustainable and contemporary residential design.”

– Design Source Guide

The anchor of the design is the bold and meticulously detailed staircase that cantilevers off the main wall, and has delicate guards of stainless steel and sapele. The stairs rise from the basement all the way to the third floor through a central atrium, and brings light down through the middle of the home.

But part of a skilled architect’s approach includes making the house harmonize with its surroundings in a way that’s both progressive and sympathetic.

“Modern Homes Rankle Homeowners in Established Neighbourhoods, But Do They Have To?” 

 National Post

The third storey is practically imperceptible from the street. It is set back to allow for a south-facing roof garden and deck with expansive views.

Bathroom with half marble wall and glass shower enclosure and integral vanity sinks