The old house was distinguished in its own right. It had an open plan living area and a distinctive mono slope cantilevered roof.
The new house sees TEAL Architects opening up the design even more. Many walls on the main floor were removed. This choice created an expanse of living and entertainment space. The interior finish is clean and minimal: white surfaces and light timber floors. Large windows also bathe the home in light, allowing it to feel as spacious as each one of its 3,800 square feet.
Beyond the common areas, a wide set of stairs leads to the private spaces: 2 bedrooms with an adjoining bath, and an ensuite guest bedroom.
A second floor was added and suspended over the old roof plane. I call this floor the “Master floor” and it comes with its own wooden deck (also set above the old roof).
Being the “master floor”, it plays host to a large master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom, and an adjoined toddler room. This floor also features a hallway-like gallery space for any prized display items the client may possess.
The rejuvenated design takes full advantage of the home’s hillside setting. Extensive glazing on both levels frames breathtaking panoramic views of water and the nearby Fleming Park.
The residence is also a marvel of sustainability. The envelope was revitalized. The walls were filled with high-performance insulation. The cladding is comprised of fibre cement panels, zero-maintenance thermal wood, and aluminium framed glass. Careful measures were taken to make sure the home is weather-proof. The exterior has no exposed fasteners, and the corners of the glass are detailed with zero edges. The landscape is primarily river pebbles, enabling maximum permeability with no maintenance.
I think the Webster Terrace is modern luxury simplified. It is minimal, yet elegant; sleek and spacious; sustainable and stylish. TEAL Architects took a house that was already contemporary and brought it to the forefront of the 21st century’s standards.
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The fantastic images were taken by the brilliant Riley Smith.
Researched and Written by Yinoluwa Olowofoyeku, Undergraduate Student of Architectural Design at the University of Toronto