Great Spa­ces A Rosedale house reimag­ined

A pair of builders bring a ne­glected gem back to life

Toronto Life - - News - By caro­line ak­sich

Within 30 min­utes of first walk­ing into this de­tached 1914 Rosedale house, Valery Macri and her hus­band, Paul Pas­colo, knew they would put in a bid. The place had been sit­ting on the mar­ket for months, and no won­der: it was a war­ren of dark, wood-pan­elled rooms. But Valery and Paul are ex­perts at deal­ing with that sort of thing: they co-own the de­sign-build firm Lion­fish. “We knew we were go­ing to take ev­ery­thing back to the studs any­way, so the in­te­rior didn’t mat­ter,” says Valery. They loved the house’s Queen Anne Re­vival ex­te­rior. The fact that the prop­erty is close to their daugh­ter, Eliana’s, school was the clincher.

The third floor, orig­i­nally three bed­rooms, be­came a sin­gle mas­ter suite. By re­mov­ing some of the rafters, they were able to carve out 10-foot ceil­ings. The sec­ond floor, mean­while, is Eliana’s do­main. She has her own study, a TV room and a laun­dry nook with a mini-fridge.

They gut­ted the main floor to cre­ate an open liv­ing space, and re­placed the heavy wood stair­case with glass- and steel-framed white oak stairs. Fi­nally, they livened up their neu­tral colour scheme with art­work. The re­sult is an in­te­rior that’s both re­fined and bold.

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