The scope of this project included the replacement of an existing rear addition with a new two-storey addition, interior renovations, and a redesign of the garden. The exterior of the new addition is characterized by a mix of dark and light-stained cedar siding, detailed copper flashing, siding and scuppers, and bright orange accents at the entrance – a theme that is continued throughout the house. The new addition houses the main bathroom and an intimate deck at the second floor, a bright open sunroom and rear-entry homework area and pantry at the ground floor, and a cheerful mudroom at the basement level accessed by a bright and colourful open stairwell bathed in natural light. The new addition connects the historic house with the garden, creating a tree house-like property with overlooking views – perfect for watching the kids playing in the yard.

In 2020, we renovated the kitchen to finally connect to the rear addition work, and with new openings into the hall to bring the view and light deeper into the house.

View from the garden (photo: Craig A. Williams)
The treehouse-like addition
View of the main stair (photo: Craig A. Williams)
The open stair to the garden
View from the Kitchen to the garden (photo: Craig A. Williams)
The homework desk and pantry
Detail of the main stair (photo: Craig A. Williams)
Open stair recessed handrail (and hot wheels race track)
Looking to the back stair (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Looking to the back stair completed 9 years earlier · Photo: Steven Evans Photography
Kitchen frames the openings to the hall (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Kitchen frames new openings to the hall · Photo: Steven Evans Photography
Kitchen with built in niche displays (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Kitchen with built in niche displays · Photo: Steven Evans Photography
Multiple openings into the hall (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Multiple openings into the hall bring view deep into the house · Photo: Steven Evans Photography
Framing the view through the house (photo: Steven Evans Photography)
Framing the view through the house · Photo: Steven Evans Photography
View of the Master Bathroom (photo: Craig A. Williams)
Glass, mirror, and cabinetry wrap the bathroom like a panorama
The garden door (photo: Craig A. Williams)
The garden door with open stair beyond
View of the house from the garden (photo: Craig A. Williams)
The garden door at night

project index

  1. A Conversation of Views
  2. Admiral Road Garden
  3. Airdrie Road Garden
  4. Airdrie Road Residence
  5. Albany Avenue Residence
  6. Alexandra Park
  7. Aporia Records
  8. Asphalt Poetry
  9. – Poem
  10. Baby Point Gardens
  11. Beach Garden
  12. Beach Village BIA Master Plan
  13. Beaty Residence
  14. Bennington Heights Garden
  15. Berkeley Street Residence
  16. Bin-Scarth Garden
  17. Blink and you miss it.
  18. – Poem
  19. Bloor St. Apartment
  20. Blue Note
  21. Booth Avenue Residence
  22. Boustrophedon Garden
  23. Braemore Gardens Residence
  24. Browning Avenue Residence
  25. Brunswick Avenue Residence
  26. Camp Arowhon Offices
  27. Canadian Firefighters Memorial
  28. Channelled Buried Moved Lost
  29. Chocolate Loft
  30. City Instrument
  31. Clarendon Garden
  32. Conversation Piece
  33. Creemore Farm
  34. Danforth Mosaic BIA Master Plan
  35. Dickson Park Garden
  36. Dilworth Residence
  37. Don Landing Revitalization
  38. Dublin Grounds of Remembrance
  39. Dundas Roncesvalles Peace Garden
  40. Dupont-by-the-Castle BIA
  41. East Point Bird Sanctuary
  42. Eglinton Ave Forecourt
  43. Eglinton Park Master Plan
  44. Elizabeth Fry Society
  45. Ellsworth Residence
  46. Face to Face | Tête à Tête
  47. First Avenue Garden
  48. First Avenue Residence
  49. Flyover Canada
  50. Foote’s Pond Wood
  51. Forest Hill Village Streetscape
  52. Gaze, Glimpse, Glance
  53. Goldring Landscape, University of Toronto
  54. Gormley Garden
  55. Governor's Bridge Lookout
  56. Greener P
  57. Greer Road Garden
  58. Greer Road Residence
  59. Guelph Bridge
  60. Head in the Clouds
  61. Helena Ave Residence 4
  62. Junction Craft Brewery
  63. Kelpies Competition
  64. Kew Gardens Streetscape
  65. Kipling & Islington Developments
  66. Le jardin du repos
  67. Lenticular Curtain
  68. Leslie Slip Lookout Park
  69. Liberty Village Parkettes
  70. Liza’s Garden
  71. Lynwood Garden
  72. Macroscape
  73. Markham Garden One
  74. Markham Street Residence Two
  75. Midtown Yonge Streetscape
  76. Mulock Park
  77. Nathan Phillips Square
  78. – Streetscape
  79. – Peace Garden
  80. – Podium Roof Garden
  81. Orchard View Garden
  82. Osgoode Atkinson Green Competition
  83. Owl Cottage
  84. Paperstone Scissors
  85. Peripheral Sitings
  86. Pottery Road Crossing
  87. rare
  88. Ravine Forecourt
  89. Ribbon of the Lower Don
  90. Riverside BIA Master Plan
  91. Roxborough Garden One
  92. Roxborough Garden Two
  93. Ryerson Centre for Urban Innovation
  94. Ryerson University Science Building
  95. Schulich School of Business
  96. Sheridan College
  97. – Trafalgar Campus Master Plan
  98. Spadina Quay Wetland
  99. St. Anne's Road Garden
  100. Stratford Market Square Competition
  101. Stratford Patterson Theatre Competition
  102. Superkids Dental
  103. Superlegible
  104. Sweet Farm
  105. Sweet Farm Pond House
  106. Swift Medical Offices
  107. The Meadows Reconsidered
  108. The Red Sash
  109. Thick & Thin
  110. Tipping Point
  111. Tranby Garden
  112. Tree House Residence
  113. UBC Okanagan – The Commons
  114. UHN Tunnels
  115. University of Toronto Mississauga Welcome Centre
  116. Venice Biennale 2012
  117. Vermont Square Park
  118. Vernon Avenue Garden
  119. Walk the Walk
  120. Walmer Road Residence
  121. Welland Canal Fallen Workers Memorial
  122. Wellesley Cottages Garden
  123. Wells Street Residence
  124. Westminster Residence
  125. With Words as Their Actions
  126. Woodlawn Avenue Residence
  127. Woven Stories
  128. York Park