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236 Lesmill Road

Toronto, Ontario, Canada M3B 2T5

© 2018 by Urbanscape Architects Inc.




Project Team: Ali Malek, Tony Dinardo, Daniele Laurentini

Construction: Urbanline

Structural Engineer: Kurjian Engineering

Photography: Revelateur Studio

Lot Size: 25'x100'

Living Area: 2200 sf.

Design: 2015

Completion: 2017



BILD Renovation and Custom Home Awards

Best Renovation - $300,000 to $500,000

Designed for a family of four, the NY House, is the result of an extensive renovation of a mid-size, three-storey house in midtown Toronto. The  new house references the former life of its owners in New York city, accommodating their current work and life of these two active professionals and their young children. A comprehensive home, it is customized with flexible, multi-purpose spaces fit for a growing family. Mainly, the design strategy responds to the owners’ need for the penetration of natural light, air and views into their living space.


The design strategy was achieved through architectural gestures. Firstly, the dated interior partitions were removed to create a memorable and welcoming home—characterized by its intimate relationship with its immediate landscape and context. And subsequently, a customized skylight was positioned meticulously to be visible from every point on the first, second and third floors. Elegantly detailed millwork in aok along with white, double-cross engineered hardwood floor unified the interior of the house with a large cedar garden pavilion. The choice of dark window frames added a striking contrast to the matte white interior walls as well as the exterior facade, complementing the existing red brick of the cladding. The result is a comprehensive home with a distinguished presence and flexible, multi-purpose spaces fit for a growing family.