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Toronto bungalow rejigged for a new generation

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A 1951 bungalow in Toronto’s Bennington Heights neighbourhood renovated by architects Atelier Kastelic Buffey. The original architect, William Sheets, built the L-shaped, gabled box on a corner for his own family. In a neighbourhood where the small houses of the 1950s and 60s are being replaced by Georgian monsters, this place has survived in good shape.

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The biggest renovation task was the kitchen; it had earlier been expanded to enclose a former porch, spoiling the appearance of the facade and creating an interior space with tangled mechanicals and an awkward layout. The architects worked with the kitchen company Bulthaup to rethink it, and replace the cabinets with a new, efficient system in white laminate and walnut.

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The architects restored and extended the 1950s maple floors, and worked around the high-quality mahogany windows and cherrywood cabinets that were added in the 1990s. “The goal,” the owner explains, “was just to tidy the house up, in a modernist vein.”

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The renovation is most remarkable for the degree of care and quality devoted to a building that, to other people, might be a candidate for demolition – and also for how harmoniously the design works with the bones of the house.

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Ms. Buffey also redrew most of the house’s window openings and nearly all its cladding of plywood board-and-batten and cedar shingles.

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The architects designed a few new built-ins in white oak.

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