The interior palette is clean and bright so as not to compete with the views, accented by the white oak windows that bridge the connection between interior and exterior. All of the details are minimal – integrated electrical outlets, linear diffusers and flush baseboards. The homeowner is a home chef and spends a lot of time in the kitchen cooking and facing this view. For this reason, there was a major focus on the quality and durability of the materials and appliances. The matte white laminate is fingerprint-proof, scratch resistant and anti-bacterial. The 12’ island has storage on both sides as well as a seating area. In-floor heating adds warmth and comfort to the space. In an unexpected moment, one of the clean cabinet doors opens to reveal a walk-in pantry lined with leopard-print wallpaper and jars of colourful ingredients.
This home is one of a handful of houses in Toronto bordering on the beautiful Beltline Trail. The linear park passes through the backyard affording lush green views in the summer and beautiful snowy trails during winter. This project opens the entire back of the house to bring in the outdoors in essentially connecting the house to the landscape.
Upon entering the house there is a direct and unobstructed view through the new floor-to-ceiling windows into the back yard and beltline, blurring the lines between inside and out. It provides light for the entire hallway and draws the visitor toward the kitchen.
Originally, the back of the house was a series of closed rooms with small windows. Opening the entire back wall created a large, open-concept space where the kitchen and living space become one functional area that extends into the backyard landscape.
The wall of windows, bridging inside and out, become one of the most important details of the space. They are flush with the floor and flush with the ceiling. They slip behind white oak structural columns to grasp an extra few inches of light and view, and wrap around a corner to create the illusion of being endless. The center window is 14’ long of unobstructed plate glass and needed to be craned over the existing house. In the winter, these windows are the focus of the space, surrounded by white on both sides. In the summer, the white oak frames disappear into the deck and trees beyond, allowing the visitor to be totally immersed in nature.