Browning Ave


The Challenge: Create an open concept contemporary design in a 13 ft wide urban semi-detached home.

The Design:

The challenge for this small semi-detached home was to create a spacious feel and maximize closet and storage space. this bright, 3 bedroom, 2 bath home underwent a back-to-the-bricks  renovation, resulting in a contemporary home with clean lines, and an open floor plan – ideal for entertaining.

Structural: Remove interior walls in the main floor living area to maximize open space and allow light in.

Stairs: The narrow staircase was transformed with:

  • Custom open riser stairs
  • Skylight installed to illuminate the stair area
  • Replaced the conventional handrails and pickets with glass partitions.
  • Custom handrails and narrow brackets provided an additional 3″ to the narrow stair width.

Master Bedroom:

  • A vaulted cathedral ceiling was built, resulting in a more spacious feel. Custom closets were built into the niche, providing efficient storage without sacrificing any usable floor space.
  • A built-in TV niche feature was added, allowing a TV to be installed without reducing space.

Closets: Additional bedroom custom closets were built to maximize space.

Bathroom: Space-saving design with slim profile vanity, wall-mounted toilet, and retractable shower glass.

Clients’ Wishes

During the renovation, the family learned that they were going to have another child and decided to sell the home. It sold within a week for 37% over asking price in November, 2019!

Additional Key Features

  • Open concept main floor design
  • Main and upper floor walk-outs to cedar decks
  • 8’ high closet doors with custom interiors
  • Custom kitchen with all features in a 10’ wide space
  • Kitchen with ample counter space and breakfast bar
  • Warm, wide plank hardwood floors
  • Generous dining room for gatherings
  • Three great-sized bedrooms
  • Master bedroom easily accommodates a king size bed, has soaring vaulted ceilings, custom closets and cabinetry
  • Completely finished lower level with built-in entertainment unit, broadloom in the recreation room, a 3-piece bath and laundry area with heated floors