This unique detached home in Toronto is only 700-square-feet
In 2009, 781 Craven Road was nothing but a small patch of grass between two houses. Before that, it was a drug lab that was condemned and demolished.
In 2009 it sold for $95,000, which these days would get you a parking spot in downtown Toronto or maybe a storage locker. Now, the 16 by 73 foot lot is home to one of the most unique detached homes in Toronto.
"It is perhaps the only home of its kind in the city," realtor Nick Ntoukas told blogTO.
"The home is under 700-square-feet and fully detached. The original owner built it from scratch in order to live a truly minimalistic and energy-efficient lifestyle."
The one-bedroom, one-bathroom home was designed and built by renowned architect Andrew Reeves.
The home, at the request of the owner, has this raw industrial look with a mixture of materials like concrete and steel that require very little maintenance.
The home was also built using inexpensive and recycled materials sourced from stage sets or salvaged from demolished houses.
"These incisive efforts helped to mitigate costs substantially," Reeves noted in a blog about the home.
The home is very minimalistic to the point of being almost barren and cold, but this home is all about the little details – like the little rock garden under the loft stairs.
"The home is heated by in-floor radiant heating and a high-efficiency Danish Morso wood stove. To cool the home down in the summer, the three skylights open up to let the heat out and the ceiling fan helps cool the air," explained Ntoukas.
The kitchen is designed by Miniki in Dusseldorf, Germany, who are known for producing unassuming and minimalistic kitchens.
Despite the home being only 700-square-feet, the 22-foot high ceilings add a sense of airiness and space to the small footprint.
Reeves also noted that they didn't include baseboards to add the illusion of even more space.
"A decision not to include baseboards keeps the transition between floor and wall clean and draws the eye up, creating greater visual space," he explained.
The home also optimizes storage and built-in furniture to keep things from getting too cramped.
For example, the loft bedroom is outfitted with a king-size Murphy bed and has plenty of built-in storage.
The bathroom is hidden behind a wooden door that blends into the home making it seem like it's almost invisible.
And if you thought the outside would be more maximalist you'd be wrong.
The home has a minimalistic and low maintenance Janpanese zen garden in the back.
The sparseness might not be to everyone's taste but the home is a work of engineering and architectural beauty.
"Every square inch has been intelligently crafted with efficiency and openness in mind," added Ntoukas.
Which makes its listing price of $799,000 surprising. Although, I have a feeling that might be a sales tactic to create a bidding war because this home is easily worth more than $900K.
Vladimir Kevorkov from RealtyTours.ca
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