When you live in a city like Toronto, with rows upon rows of houses that tend to look the same, it isn’t long before a few inventive home owners begin stripping and rebuilding. Stroll down any smaller street in Ontario’s capital, and you’re bound to find a handful of hidden revitalized homes standing out from their neighbours.
The exterior of Counterpoint House — designed by Toronto’s Paul Raff Studio — is clad in flamed basalt, with a fine screen made of aluminium slats that veils the front. The slats have a highly polished surface which effectively reflects natural light into the home, showering the interior with a dynamic glow.
Each section of the home is designed with interconnectivity in mind, as the owners wanted to have a fluid space for living, eating (with a clean, functional kitchen designed by bulthaup), and sleeping. The family even cancelled their travel plans after construction was completed because they preferred to experience their new home instead.
The true luxury of a home depends on more than just its size and price these days. The most valuable thing of all is the ability to tailor your private space into a place you can relish and really relax. Feel like your space isn’t quite “you” anymore? It might be time to start from scratch.
Images: Ben Rahn (A-Frame Inc.), Steve Tsai / Paul Raff Studio
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