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The home of Jacqui Elliot and Bob, updated and with an addition by architect Tania Bortolotto. Her opening up of the house at the back aimed to, ‘bring the green in, bring the sky in, bring the light in,’ she says.

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A view of the home from the back at dusk.

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‘We knew we needed something bright, because we knew we’d be spending more time at home,’ says Ms. Elliot, who describes herself and her homebuilder husband as ‘quasi-retired.’

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From the street, the home reads as a two-and-a-half storey, but from the back yard, the newly dug-down basement serves as level one of four.

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The home owners asked Ms. Bortolotto to provide for natural light, openness and barrier-free living – a challenge for a home that’s 15-feet across.

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Ms. Bortolotto’s design allows rooms to connect to one another via huge doors that swing aside and lock away.

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The kitchen design encourages conversation around a wide island.

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The steel-and-glass south face is balanced by natural wood balconies made from old joists recovered during demolition.

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The rear window wall opens onto the living room.

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A view from the staircase to the master bathroom.

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A curvy tub nestles under the arch of the master bath dormer window.

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The sculptural, riser-free staircase is yet another effective tool for light penetration.

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The staircase. Bare feet are warmed by radiant heating on all four floors.

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