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What to do when you are stuck with an old weathered barn on the back of your house?! This close to downtown Toronto house came with an anomaly: ‎ someone had built a three storey barn onto its back at some point. We were given the challenge to turn this into a showpiece modern addition to accommodate a new double height kitchen that the new second floor guestroom ensuite would look over and create a crows-nest kind of study on the third floor off the new master suite.

The structure of the barn required stabilization. Luckily, the client wanted to dig down and increase the floor to floor height of the basement, therefore the house was going to need underpinning and structural work anyway. Additional bearing capacity was created by reinforcing the footings on both sides of the rear addition such that two additional columns could be placed one on each side of the addition, to support a new steel beam added to hold up the ensuite guest bathroom overlooking the double height kitchen space. The result is a clean white open soaring space for the kitchen with twin sloped ceiling ‎skylights plus a glass cube perched on the third floor for the clients study.

The exterior cladding is all steamed ash from Estonia. The product is called Thermory and is distributed in North America by Weston Premium Woods. Windows are aluminum clad double-glazed with low E coated glass and silicone mullions to avoid too many frames. Corner metal boxes are custom aluminium. All interior and exterior design work is by Yorkville Design Centre.‎