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LOWTHER - Attic Conversion

The increasing cost of homes in Toronto has motivated homeowners to look for alternatives when they need more space. Instead of buying and selling many families choose to save on moving and land transfer tax costs and invest instead in a renovation that reclaims the space they already have. The usual options include digging out a basement to create a family room with nine foot ceilings or adding a main floor extension with kitchen / family space that opens onto a garden. But the most cost-effective option may be an attic conversion - using dormers and skylights to create a light-filled master suite or children’s bedrooms with ensuite bathroom.

Andrew Fee, who has designed and built several attic conversions says, “clients like the idea that building up is cheaper than building out”. “We suggest they take their unusable existing attic space and expand upwards while still keeping within the City of Toronto height restrictions”. The result is a loft-like floor filled with natural light.

The example above is located in Toronto’s downtown Annex neighbourhood. Here we took an historical Victorian row house, removed the existing roof and re-configured a new flat roof allowing us to add a third floor master suite while still maintaining the original listed facade. A new contemporary staircase leads to the private master which incorporates a large bedroom with seating and desk areas with glass curtain wall accessing a terrace. A large walk-in closet and four-piece marble bathroom has custom vanities and skylights that lend a bright open feeling to the design.

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