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Here are two Toronto homes that have grown up

Plan to spend $200,000 plus

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Home of Leslie Maunder and Riun Shandler. Addition by Claudio D’Amario, Scape-Tech Contracting Inc. and Dragan Pajic, Djepeto Interior Woodwork Ltd. Construction Costs: Associated with 3rd floor work only, including new mechanical system for entire house, design fees and committee of adjustment: $230,000. From the street, the addition is demure since it tucks back behind the home’s chimney.

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The Maunder/Shandler home from the rear. The finishing touches are being applied to the semi-detached home, which has been experiencing an “almost gut reno” since May, 2013. A major part of the project has been the addition of a third storey, which now contains the couple’s master bedroom and bath. 'Our starting point,' says Mr. Shandler, father of two kids, 'was I just wanted my own bathroom …which was not doable with the floor plan downstairs, so this was a good solution.' From the rear, the addition is bold, with long windows into the master bath and a big deck.

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The Maunder/Shandler bedroom. The ingenious floor plan gives two-thirds of the width to the bedroom while the other third is split between a big bathroom (with a bold orange stripe of tile) and a generous walk-in closet that benefits from natural light; the bed slips into the space between the doorways to each room. Because the addition takes the couple up a little higher than the rest of the neighbourhood, they enjoy a very “Coronation Street” view of rooftops, they laugh.

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'We wanted an architect who could also provide some design guidance,' says Mr. Shandler, 'because we lack that.' Adds Ms. Maunder with a laugh: 'There are some people that want to micromanage that process, but we are not those people, we were happy to let Mary Ellen and [general contractor] Claudio communicate with each other directly.'

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Another view of the Maunder/Shandler bathroom.

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Home of Rosemary Bonnell and Laurent Mareschal. Addition by Martin Earle, Cove Construction. Construction costs associated with 3rd floor work including design fees and C of A (mechanical system was put in with basement phase so not counted here), exterior cladding and windows: $220,000

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From the front, the Bonnell/Mareschal appendage tucks away neatly to avoid offending eyes on the street.

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At the back, the Bonnell/Mareschal addition picks up on the style of an earlier first-floor addition, repeating an L-shaped “waterfall” roofline trimmed in ipe wood.

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Inside, three skylights (one in the shower) flood the warm, woodsy space in light. Again, the walk-in benefits from a clerestory and a deck affords the couple a commanding view of trees and sky.

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Bonnell/Mareschal bedroom.

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Bonnell/Mareschal bathroom.

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