Originally built in 1886 in Toronto’s Leslieville neighbourhood, this historic home underwent a major transformation and restoration.  The homeowners wanted a space that would reflect both their modern-day lifestyle and the rustic qualities of an older home.

One of the biggest highlights of the renovation is the beautiful new kitchen.

The original kitchen had been small and closed off, so for the homeowners, allowing natural light into their new kitchen was a must.  We opened up the space and added all new windows and a new patio door.  With a busy family of five who love to cook, the kitchen also needed to be a workhorse.  A long narrow island allows for ample counter space while floor to ceiling oak cabinets line one wall with loads of storage.

The kitchen also features a stunning stone display ledge, gorgeous lighting, a dramatic custom range hood, and a small desk for all of their day to day needs.  The back patio doors serve as a frequently used entry equipped with a mudroom style bench and coat closet.

The previously unfinished basement was dug down to allow for high ceilings, three bedrooms and a rec room.  Another highlight in the home is the spacious basement bathroom designed for their twin daughters that features a separate shower enclosure with a private changeroom, playful patterned tiles, twin vanities, and a hidden laundry area.  A salvaged door with tons of character was repurposed as a sliding barn door and painted in a vibrant periwinkle blue.

The main floor powder room got a dramatic makeover including the addition of a beautiful floral print wallpaper.

Photography by Jules Lee

Construction by Alair Homes Forest