House of the Week: $4 million for a steel-framed detached in Trinity Bellwoods with 36-foot ceilings
The 2,300-square-foot property also comes with automatic skylights, reclaimed barn doors, a screening room in the basement and a verdant backyard
Neighbourhood: Trinity Bellwoods
Last renovated in: 2016
Size: 2,364 square feet
Real estate agent: Kyle Bridson, Bridson Realty Group, Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices
A built-from-scratch two-plus-one-bedroom, three-bathroom steel-framed standout in Trinity Bellwoods. The place also has heated floors, a balcony overlooking the neighbourhood, wall-to-wall windows and a backyard with laneway suite potential. It’s steps from the shops and restaurants on both Queen and Dundas, with easy access to several bus routes and streetcar lines as well as the future King-Liberty GO station.
The current owner, a cinematographer, bought the house that stood on this property in 1997 for $235,000. In 2016, they opted for a full rebuild, inspired mostly by Scandinavian and German design: warm woods, clean lines and an abundance of natural light, with nods to industrial architecture. Now, the owner is relocating to another province and putting the home on the market for the first time in nearly 30 years.
This is the living area, with plenty of cool shelving and dramatic lighting. The house has in-floor radiant heating throughout.
Turn around to see the wall-to-wall, floor-to-ceiling walkout to the front yard. That light fixture was imported from Italy at a cost of $20,000.
Now the centrepiece: a 36-foot atrium touching all three storeys. The home’s eco-friendly and super-strong steel frame construction—a rarity for residential—allows the floors to seemingly float, with each supported by only three walls.
The sensor-powered skylights atop the atrium automatically close when it rains. During the scorching-hot summer days, they create a vacuum that sucks out heat.
There’s also a powder room on the main floor.
In the kitchen, there are sparkling appliances, a custom dining table with a built-in bench, a walkout to the backyard and ebony slate counters.
This second-floor bedroom’s sliding barn door to the ensuite bathroom was crafted out of reclaimed wood from the original house.
Here’s that ensuite bathroom, which includes a floating toilet and a wide vanity.
The bedroom also has a balcony overlooking the neighbourhood.
Down the hall is the office.
The main suite occupies the entire third floor. Squint to see the Eaton Centre in the distance.
Meanwhile, the principal ensuite comes with a Nordic steam shower.
Down in the basement is the screening room, with an Epson projector and surround sound.
A glimpse at the rear of the home and its corrugated metal cladding.
Finally, a view of the backyard and the path to the laneway.
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