Rowhome reno maximizes space for greater comfort and functionality


Housing in 2022 is expensive! Quite simply, our living areas are trending smaller to retain a semblance of affordability. As such, it is imperative that we maximize every square inch of space. A recent project for a family of five in Toronto serves as a prime example of how the reallocation of space provided better comfort, privacy and flexibility.

The question: To sell their 1,500-sq.-ft., three-storey row house to move to something bigger, or redesign what they already had, and improve upon existing layouts, space allocations and update finishes for a more functional and stylish esthetic, all within a budget they could afford. They decided moving is expensive — double land transfer taxes, commissions and closing costs can add up even before considering the cost to move up to something bigger. Instead, those funds were used to make the existing home function better for their long-term needs.

The start

The main floor was the initial design focus, with an update to the storage and the finishes. Five people need a lot of food, room to sit and space to store things such as table settings, counter appliances, coats, hats and bags. Organization was a top priority. Replacing an existing entry closet and some store-bought items with a floor-to-ceiling built-in addressed the space issue and provided everyone with their own place for their stuff. In the kitchen, reorganizing appliances allowed for an improved workspace and traffic flow. Reducing bulkheads and shifting cabinetry allowed for increased storage and a connection with the dining room. Blue and white cabinets and Cambria Quartz counters added a bright, durable and contrasting style. New flooring and painting unified the space, making it feel larger.

The reallocation of space

With a row-house condo format, an addition was not possible. Previously, the third floor was comprised solely of a suite for the parents that comprised a bedroom, walk-in closet and five-piece ensuite bathroom. The three children shared two bedrooms on the second level. It was decided to divide the one large bedroom on the third level into two smaller bedrooms, a walk-in closet and a shared washroom.

Built-in custom millwork added proper clothing storage in addition to a desk area in both the remodelled primary and the new child’s bedroom. With functional built-in custom storage, it is possible to achieve what you need in 110 to 140 sq. ft. of space.

The execution

The architectural design and construction was undertaken by the Eurodale Design + Build group. The interior design, a key collaboration in the space planning, organization and visual esthetics, was handled by Kenneth King Interiors. Plans were then brought to the team at Distinctive by Design Fine Cabinetry, who created the millwork installed throughout. The result is a stylish place for everything. Closets, workspaces, vanities and alcoves were planned to provide storage, organization and style – the goal of every homeowner. The best part? The homeowners loved the results!

The last word

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Brendan Charters
Brendan Charters
"Brendan Charters is Partner at Toronto Design-Build Firm Eurodale Developments Inc. – 2017 OHBA Renovator of the Year. @eurodalehomes (416) 782-5690"
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