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7 Modern Homes with Perfectly Pitched Roofs

These peaked houses draw on Toronto’s old school residential typologies while creating breathtaking (and utterly modern) interiors

By Designlines


1 Dubbeldam Architecture + Design

Looking out through the A-frame glass windows on the top floor of this Dubbeldam Architecture + Design house is the homeowner’s favourite activity. “It’s like being in a tent,” they say, “but better.” The partially covered patio cut into the pitched roof is open to the sun, rain and stars, providing a unique connection to the outdoors.

Further reading: A Summerhill Home Explores Outer Space


2 Kohn Shnier Architects

Like it’s neighbours, this Hillcrest house by Kohn Shnier Architects is gabled and made of brick. But that’s where the similarities end. Windows on all four sides of the house provide illumination and an unbeatable cross-breeze in the summer, while high ceilings – as tall as four metres (13 feet) in the gables of the roof – add to its expansive feel.

Further reading: An Unusual Approach Leads To A Perfectly Ordered Home


3 Drew Mandel Architects

On a quiet street replete with 1920s houses in Moore Park, this Drew Mandel Architects design is a departure. And yet, the pitched roof reflects the peaks and valleys formed by neighbouring homes, and creates a stunning interior. Case in point: the master bedroom, positioned directly below the peak, is bookended by two outdoor patios.

Modern serene bedroom interior design inspiration from a Toronto home in Moore Park by Drew Mandel Architects.

Further readingIn Moore Park, A Modern Home With a Curiously Pitched Roof


4 Lebel & Bouliane

Lebel & Bouliane reclaimed this home’s unused attic space for this dramatic renovation. Now, a mezzanine hoisted by steel rafters provides airy office space while defining an at-home art gallery on the wall below. Skylights bathe the vaulted ceiling in natural light–and reinforce the architect’s vision of raising the roof, rather than adding a second floor.

Further readingRaise the Roof: How a Lofty Ceiling Conquered the Attic


5 UUFie Architects

Toronto firm UUfie Architects (literally) reflected Ontario cottage typologies with this 7-metre-high pitched A-frame roof. Their addition to the Kawartha Lakes community uses mirrors to camouflage the house within its natural surroundings. Inside, the roof’s top portion becomes a narrow sleeping loft where wooden shingles playfully invite traditional exterior elements indoors.

Further readingA Mirrored House on the Lake with Japanese Vibes


6 Seed Nine

Rhodes Avenue in Toronto’s east end has a new, pointy neighbour in this house by Thomas Bollmann and Ingrid Jones of Seed Nine Photography. With the help of Takolan Design Group, the couple replaced a mold-infested bungalow with this Japanese and Scandinavian-inspired design. Fun fact: the metal siding helps control seasonal temps.

Further reading: A Photographer Adds a Picture-Perfect Home to Rhodes Avenue


7 Johnson Chou

Johnson Chou‘s design blends into this close-knit residential neigh­bour­hood, yet stands out from it, thanks to surprising glass insertions that throw the brick facade into relief. Upstairs, the attic has become a killer master suite with a triangular window directly above a free-standing tub.

Further readingThis East End Abode Has Framed Views For Days — Inside and Out


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