Webb & Lashbrook / General Contractors

Broadview Danforth House

This addition to a 1920s Arts and Crafts home in Toronto’s east-end Broadview-Danforth neighbourhood is situated on a large pie-shaped property that backs onto the Don Valley. Designed by James A. Clark Design, the substantial two-storey addition is set perpendicular to the original house, and contains a new kitchen, bathrooms and lofty master bedroom.

A complex construction sequence involved removal of the back of the house, integration of the original porch, underpinning the adjacent garage, and the construction of a new structure with a combination of materials—brick and stucco walls, deep cedar soffit overhangs. The sensitive exterior treatment includes the use of reclaimed brick salvaged from the original house to be reused as part of the new base. A cantilevered balcony off the master bedroom was a complex engineering feat that provides a treetop extension into the space of the garden.

The technical issues of removing two full stories of masonry and doing construction without damaging the adjacent masonry garage were among the biggest challenges solved during construction.

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