House of the Week: Inside a $1.8-million reno in Scarborough

House of the Week: Inside a $1.8-million reno in Scarborough

The 2,700-square-foot property comes with a pastel colour palette, a steam room, Japanese charred cedar and a triple-decker backyard

This Scarborough bungalow took almost four years to renovate.

Neighbourhood: Birchcliffe-Cliffside, Scarborough
Price: $3,375,000
Previously sold for: $925,000
Size: 2,700 square feet plus a 600-square-foot basement
Bedrooms: 3+1
Bathrooms: 5
Parking spots: 3
Real estate agent: Andrew Meredith, Royal LePage Signature Realty

The place

A three-plus-one-bedroom, five-bathroom, two-storey home in idyllic Birchcliffe-Cliffside. It has 10-foot ceilings, a double garage and a fully renovated interior. Part of a quiet subdivision, the place is sandwiched between Gerrard Street and Kingston Road and is within earshot of Blantyre Park and the Toronto Hunt Club.

The history

Designer and current owner Pamela Meredith bought the bungalow that formerly stood on this site in early 2020. She partnered with Scottwood Custom Homes to line the basement walls with steel and concrete, add a second story, and clad the exterior in Japanese charred cedar.

Due to pandemic-related supply chain issues, the renovation cost a whopping $1.8 million and took nearly four years to complete. Meredith, who has never lived in the property, listed it late last November.

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The tour

The boxy, streamlined façade stands out against its post-war neighbours.

The bulky facade makes a mark on a street full of post-war homes.

Beyond the front door is a split-level entry wrapped in oak stairs and illuminated by a skylight.

The entrance to this house is split.

Meredith wanted to make the foyer as welcoming as possible: plenty of light, heated tile floors, a bench and a delicate storage unit.

The foyer has heated floors and custom storage.

Here’s the main floor, with 10-foot ceilings and custom cabinets that extend the length of the house.

The ceilings here are 10 feet.

The kitchen comes equipped with custom lamps, a four-seat island, a brass faucet, Thermador appliances and marble all over.

All of the appliances in the kitchen are Thermador.

Opposite the kitchen is the dining area, where sliding doors give way to the backyard deck.

The dining room walks out to the backyard patio.

This view shows off the wall-to-wall picture frame back doors.

The back doors serve as a picture frame for the view.

The front of the home contains the living area, which has a gas fireplace.

The living area, with a gas fireplace, is huge.

There’s also this powder room with funky wallpaper.

Note the funky wallpaper in the powder room.

Now for a trip up the twisting staircase.

The twisting staircase is a highlight itself.

Here’s that skylight.

The skylight illuminates both floors.

The main bedroom is huge. It has a lit reading nook, a walk-in closet, storage galore and a spa-style ensuite bathroom.

The main bedroom was designed for maximum relaxation.

The walk-in comes with a makeup station.

The walk-in closet.

And the ensuite has a marble double vanity with vessel sinks as well as white Zellige tiles that rise over the soaker tub.

The tiles in the ensuite provide the illusion of even greater space.

Down the hall is the second bedroom. It overlooks the front yard and also has an ensuite.

This secondary bedroom also an ensuite.

This is the third bedroom.

The third bedroom faces west.

The basement has a private entrance, so it could be converted into a separate unit.

The basement could be fashioned as a separate rental unit.

Here’s a peek at the basement living area.

The basement living area.

The bathroom doubles as a steam room.

Don't forget the nautical-themed steam room.

Out back: a patio, two decks and a whole lot of Japanese charred cedar siding.

Here's that Japanese charred cedar.

Finally, a view of the backyard—big enough for a summer cookout—at dusk.

The backyard is fenced in and large enough to hold a summer party.

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