These homes are refreshing: smartly designed, beautifully finished and downright clever. I think of this as a modern duplex – responding to the desire to live more gently in the city and to expand housing options without sacrificing indoor or outdoor space in anyway.
A bright and extremely energy efficient home, in a very desirable Riverdale / Danforth neighbourhood.
This dynamic home has been built to the highest standards of design and craftsmanship, and embodies a vigorous dedication to green building standards. Carefully planned and executed throughout, the home presents a bright, stylish and modern living space for the urban family.
The mainfloor benefits from tremendous natural light, thanks to oversized sliders that lead to a spacious porch at the front of the home. A comfortable living room is overlooked by a stylish kitchen with ample storage space, a large eat-at island, premium appliances and finely built cabinetry. Behind the kitchen, and visible through a cleaver “peek-a-boo” corner of the millwork is the home’s dining area, with a built in banquette and walk-out to the private garden and garage beyond.
The lower level is a bright yet comfortable living space, ideal as a home theatre, study, tv room or additional guest bedroom, thanks to the adjoining 3-piece bathroom. The mechanical room to the home is located on this level, as well as the laundry, although a second connection for laundry exists on the upper floors for convenience.
Upstairs are 3 generous bedrooms, including a master suite on the 3rd floor that features a stylish ensuite bathroom and a walk-out to a private city-skyline terrace. On the second floor are 2 bedrooms with large windows and great storage, which share a spacious main bathroom with dual vanities.
As handsome as it is stylish, as beautifully designed as it is constructed, this home also embodies a commitment to environmental considerations that will ensure healthy living with a much lighter footprint for years to come. Thanks to an high performing building envelope – roughly 60% better in performance than required by the building code – the home presents tremendous energy efficiency. High performance aluminium-clad windows, carefully placed to introduce sunlight while also positioned to assist with natural ventilation of the home, ensures a bright and comfortable home year round.
Add to this a myriad of painstakingly applied environmental systems – from superior insulation for better efficiency and sound attenuation, a high-performance heat pump far surpassing the efficiency of an open flame furnace, a heat pump hot water system with whole-home recirculation, low-flow plumbing faucets, LED lighting throughout and a careful selection of low-VOC materials throughout…. this home is by design an opportunity to live more contentiously and affordably in the urban environment.
Just as exciting is the construction methodology of the home. Built in a controlled interior environment, the home was constructed onsite in only a matter of days, thanks to panelized construction. This highly efficient approach vastly improves accuracy and quality of framing, while dramatically reducing the length of time that a home is left exposed to the elements. Watch the process below: