Working on old or historic structures is always challenging but it’s also interesting to see the strategies that architects choose for such projects. Today we’re checking out a beautiful family house from the Bracondale Hill neighborhood in Toronto. It was originally built in 1925 and it’s a landmarked home that the owners wanted to expand and renovate. They worked with studio Drew Mandel Architects to make that happen.
One of the limitations of dealing with a historic house was the fact that the entrance facade had to be preserved. However, this house was designed in a beautiful Georgian Revival style and that actually inspired the architects to try to mimic its aesthetic when designing and building the extension. They used a similar palette of colors and materials to make the old and the new structures blend together and to give the house a harmonious overall look.
The new wing which was added to the house merges with the original home and is clad in clay singles with grey-brown tint and also a pitched roof with dormers that looks similar to the original roof but has a simplified and more modern feel to it. The redesigned interior and new floor plan place the public areas on the ground floor.
The first floor is a private section with three bedrooms, a lounge space, a home office and also a beautiful double-height master suite. That leaves the top floor which houses a cozy lounge and a guest area but the house also has a basement and what a wonderful space this is. It has a basketball court, a hobby room and even an extra bedroom.