A very small old house with very small rooms in Ottawa was transformed by Christopher Simmonds Architect to a notable modern residence.
The clients referred to this home as “Casa Teensy” To create the experience of light and connect with the garden, the ground floor was opened up to become a continuous, open plan space. The final outcome was truly spectacular, and won the Greater Ottawa Home Builders’ Association Housing Design Award for Best Renovation.
Τhe front vestibule was demolished and the entry was relocated at the side of the house. A new canopy leads up to the recessed front door, where inside, the closet and powder room are discretely tucked away. Only the new open-riser stair strategically separates the front vestibule from the kitchen clutter. Although the original house’s perimeter walls largely remain, the house takes on a new appearance through the addition of a second floor loft structure which extends beyond the back of the house to create a covered porch. The new loft overlooks the ground floor living and dining areas to increase the sense of spaciousness. Up above a new dormer sits over the exposed roof structure to flood the interior with even more light and provide views out of the upstairs hallway.