I am a bachelor. (Please note: that’s a lower-case “b”. I don’t know any girls dressed like dolphins, unfortunately.) I live in a one-bedroom rental, have no car to speak of, eat out pretty much every meal, and I don’t plan on changing a thing anytime soon. Except, well, now I’ve seen this house — this glorious, roomy, oh-so-stylish family home in Toronto — and it’s making me want to settle down.
Let’s start with the heritage-y exterior. It’s the one part of the residence that the talented architects from local firm Audax didn’t touch, opting to retain its traditional, home-y vibes. The theme from Family Ties is ringing in my head already.
Step inside that decorative front door, though, and you’re hit with an immediate gust of modernism, a contrast that’s toyed with throughout the entire home.
The formal living room, for instance, pairs a quirky, oversized word-art installation with a few specimens from the homeowners’ collection of vintage chairs.
The old-school hardwood flooring extends through the centre axis of the home’s rear addition, cleverly separating the concrete floors of the kitchen and living area.
I mean, just look at that fireplace below. Look me in the eyes and try to tell me you don’t want to curl up next to it with a book, beer and blanket right this second.
Up on the third storey, you’ll find maybe my favourite part of the house: a gabled “private retreat” that offers a stunning view of the backyard. It’s like having a treehouse in your house.
This bathroom ain’t nothing to scoff at, either. There’s a sliding pane of frosted glass for privacy, if you’re wondering how it could possibly be so wide open.
And, yeah, the bedrooms are all cozy and well-appointed, too. If I start a family someday, my kids will have this adorable photo to thank for convincing me I wanted them to begin with.
Oh, yeah, and there’s a pool. Of course there’s a pool. It’s a nice pool.
That’s all, folks. If you need me, I’ll be out there looking for The One and then heading to the bank to start a new savings account specifically labeled “FUTURE HOME OWNERSHIP.”