Bloordale RenovationModern Dining Room, Toronto
This renovation to a prototypical Toronto semi-detached home makes the most of a compact, urban property. Several strategies to maximize tight spaces extend the boundaries of the house. Opening up the main level and adding an oversized sliding door to the backyard fills the living spaces with light and air while extending the house visually to the outdoors during the cooler months and physically in the summer. Custom built-in millwork optimizes small spaces by adding storage while doubling as furniture, and the new finished basement provides overflow space for guests and active kids.
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In this kitchen a banquette made from affordable Ikea cabinets along one wall provides ample storage. The custom-made cushion covers are removable and washable, ideal for a busy family.See the rest of this home
On a day-to-day basis, the house doesn't look as collected and minimalist as it does in these photos. "Our ethos is more about having places to put stuff when company is coming. But above all else, we're aiming to create a comfortable, livable space for our entire family," Round says. The banquette cushion covers, a custom job, are removable and washable. "The kids doodle on the covers, so we've already had to take advantage of its machine-washable feature on a couple occasions," he says.One thing that you don't find too much of in this home is decor. "Outside of the kids' rooms, anything that you might typically call decor is integrated within the space," says Round.Banquette cushions: Ideal Sofa