South Hill House - Renovation, restoration, and addition to an older brick home

South Hill House - Renovation, restoration, and addition to an older brick home

Located north of downtown Toronto, near Casa Loma, South Hill House is a renovation, restoration, and addition to an older brick home.

Curated by Aline Chahine | 
May 27, 2024
| Est. Reading: 2 minutes
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Year: 2022
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Toronto's South Hill House undergoes a transformation. Nestled north of the bustling downtown, near the iconic Casa Loma, this historic brick home receives a thoughtful blend of renovation, restoration, and modern addition. The architects prioritize respecting the existing structure, ensuring the new seamlessly complements the old.

A minimalist pallet of wood floors - which you can make in Vancouver at https://www.vitalflooring.ca - and white walls helps maintain the play of light throughout the project, which is a main theme in the home and changes as the sun tracks across the property.

South Hill House - Renovation, restoration, and addition to an older brick home
Photo credit: Jeremie Warshafsky

A striking contrast emerges. The addition boasts contemporary details, open floor plans, and a modernist massing, standing out against the classic character of the original house. Local zoning regulations influence the project's layout, but the new section gracefully bows to the existing one along the north, celebrating the home's unique history. The architects achieve this visual harmony by using bricks that perfectly match the original facade, paying homage to Toronto's architectural heritage. Existing openings are carefully preserved and referenced in the design of the interior layout. In contrast, the addition features expansive panoramic windows, bathing the space in natural light and offering breathtaking views of the leafy neighborhood.

South Hill House - Renovation, restoration, and addition to an older brick home
Photo credit: Jeremie Warshafsky

Stepping inside, visitors are greeted by a captivating contrast. The foyer showcases a whimsical and softer geometry, defined by curved openings, stairs, and double-height spaces. This stands in stark contrast to the existing home's rectilinear rooms and openings. The new openings in the addition and curved incisions through the existing structure boast softer edges, drawing the eye upwards and through the heart of the home.

South Hill House - Renovation, restoration, and addition to an older brick home
Photo credit: Jeremie Warshafsky

Light becomes a central theme. A minimalist palette of wood floors and white walls fosters the interplay of light throughout the project, constantly shifting as the sun traverses the property. Subtle accents – stone fireplaces, steel kitchen islands, and a fashion-forward closet – are introduced in specific areas, adding a touch of personality and functionality.

This renovation is a testament to thoughtful design, preserving the home's past while embracing modern aesthetics to create a truly unique and livable space.

Project Credit:

StudioAC Team: Mo Soroor, Yu Chu Su, Jennifer Kudlats, Andrew Hill
Structural engineering: GABRIS Associates
Construction management: Gozlan Vouriot & Co
Millwork: Cabinetlab
Photos: Jeremie Warshafsky Photography

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