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Hansel and Gretel in High Park

August 11, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

A three-storey addition has created a family treehouse in Toronto.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Toronto, p.66. Find local businesses in our Toronto directory.


"I'm a firm believer that you have to live in a house for a while and experience it before you can renovate," says this homeowner who lived with their family in their two-storey home in Toronto for two years before they added a three-storey addition to the back.
 
Inside the "Hansel and Gretel" exterior of the home, the main floor open-concept kitchen and living area was designed to be a place where the family can spend most of their time. "When it came time to renovate, I knew I wanted a big room where everyone would want to congregate," the homeowner says. The kitchen was designed to be at the centre of the home, and a sofa gives the family a front row seat to the cook of the house at work.
 
If someone is looking for a good night's sleep, some quiet time or to just to relax, the third floor loft is a popular hideout. The bedrooms were kept small, optimizing family space to spend time together. Plenty of windows and folding doors off the back of the house bring the outside in, so the family can enjoy their surrounding landscape. 
 
Juggling structural issues and bylaws, and capitalizing on the natural surroundings, this family has built themselves quite a treehouse. "We absolutely love it here, and now with the renovation it really feels like home."

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