Adventurous, Contemporary Design For The Whole Family To Enjoy: Practicality, Simplicity, And Logic Are The Substance Behind This Creative And Unique Home. Brand New Sustainable Build (Low Utilities) With Incredible Contemporary Architectural Features In The Heart Of Leslieville. Close To All This Community’s Amenities, Eateries, Shopping, Parks, TTC. This Home Turns Heads, And Will Impress Any Design Connoisseur.
Stunning Curb Appeal. Radiant Concrete Main Floors, Custom Milled Kitchen Full Of Surprises, Pendant Lighting, Gas Range, Island Sink, Breakfast Bar, Panel Fridge, Walk-Out Living Room, Mstr EnSuite and Vaulted Ceiling, Juliette Balc.
SUSTAINABILITY. This house has superior amounts of insulation, much of which is installed as a continuous layer on the exterior of the home. This unbroken layer dramatically reduces thermal bridging, improving the health and comfort of the assembly.
But more important than insulation is the attention paid to air-tightness. The energy modelling suggested the exceptional air barrier we created would cut heating energy by 40%. All of that is achieved with $1500 in tape.
All of these envelope details have reduced our energy demand significantly, but what any occupant will grown to appreciate are the acoustic and comfort benefits. In the middle of winter, you can sit next to the triple-pane windows with no cold drafts or traffic noise.
Heating is accommodated by an in-floor radiant system, which is zoned on separate thermostats for the north and south ends of the home. This is because a large amount of glass allows the sun to passively heat the south end of the home. Even on the coldest winter days, the heating system never comes on as long as the sun is shining.
In the summer, a deciduous tree shades the south-facing windows to prevent heat-gain, and a carefully placed operable skylight at the top of the stairwell uses the stack effect to naturally ventilate the house. You can primarily cool the home by opening the windows and skylight in the evening. Air conditioning is only used on the hottest days of the summer. The exceptional envelope and reflective cladding maintain the cool temperature throughout the day.
DESIGN. The shape of the home incorporates a curved front wall with an arched shingle pattern. Although this appears whimsical, the form is derived from logical contextual inputs. The overall height and width follow the existing size and pattern of the street. The eave height is set to correspond with the house to the west, and the curved wall reconciles the differing setbacks of both neighbours. This makes the otherwise unusual building fit into its context, and provides maximized space on the second floor.
Cladding materials for the home are all renewable and/or recyclable. Cedar shingles on the north facade will age softly – bleaching where exposed to sun, and turning silver under the overhangs. The roof, sidewalls, and south walls are clad in standing-seam galvalume panels – a rustproof solution that will last for decades without maintenance. It is untreated, so no toxic paints or coatings were used, and it can be recycled at the end of its functional life.