Both front and back doors open into a common entrance hall, with coat closet
surrounded by small windows or glass blocks. A 4'x6' opening in the ceiling
above allows one to look up at the ceiling on the 3rd floor. Bedroom #1 has
a walk-in closet with access to the bathroom in which there's a step-in tub/shower
with surround tiles. Bedrooms #2 and #3 share a bathroom.
HOUSE: Designed for a narrow 33' city lot with neighbours on both sides, privacy
was an essential consideration - notice window placement. Residents access
the property via the back lane and garage. With limited garden space, the
owners wanted a sunny family room with decks and views from the 3rd floor.
Stair window on west side looks over neighbour's house.
COMMENTS: The offset stairs provide expansive open plan living on the second
floor. The interior spaces are intriguing yet the construction is simple and
affordable. Since the outside garden is limited, the outdoor living takes
place on the roof decks with easy access from the kitchen up one flight of
FLOOR: Both front and back roof decks are secluded and planters placed on
the raised roof sections will provide even more privacy. One can look over
the rail to the entrance hall floor below. The large stair window throws light
on both sets of stairs and down to the entrance hall. A gas fire place in
the family room provides a cosy spot during winter months. A ceiling fan above
the stairs pushes warm air down into the rest of the house.
FLOOR: The open plan space measures 46 feet from living to dining windows.
Raised ceiling sections (12') over the kitchen, dining, living and study accommodate
the clerestorey windows which are 8 ft. off the floor - provide light and
privacy. The laundry off the kitchen has floor to ceiling shelves for groceries
plus under counter washer and drier - and access to a secluded toilet. The
closet under the second flight of stairs serves as a broom/vacuum storgae
space. The study/computer room has interesting dimensions.