Up­stairs, Down­stairs

A fam­ily with a plas­tic surgery busi­ness dis­cov­ers the joys of liv­ing above the shop

Toronto Life - - This City - by gra­ham slaugh­ter

Jamil and Fem­ina Asaria didn’t plan to live above their work­place; it just kind of hap­pened. They bought a two-storey fur­ni­ture store on Daven­port Road in May 2016, think­ing they’d trans­form it into Face Toronto, their bou­tique plas­tic surgery clinic, where Jamil per­forms fa­cial pro­ce­dures for an up­scale clien­tele and Fem­ina is the di­rec­tor of op­er­a­tions. The space was mas­sive, though—too big, they ul­ti­mately de­cided, for their busi­ness. So they won­dered, why not live up­stairs?

The idea was par­tic­u­larly ap­peal­ing to Jamil. He gives lec­tures around the world. When he’s home, he likes to max­i­mize his time with the cou­ple’s kids, 5-year-old Rayn and 2-year-old Kay­den. A sec­ond-floor res­i­dence would re­duce his com­mute time to near zero.

They hired ar­chi­tect Gian­piero Pugliese, of Au­dax, to lead the ren­o­va­tion on both the clinic and the res­i­dence. They gave him a list of wants, in­clud­ing a dou­ble-sided gran­ite fire­place, a tucked-away but­ler’s kitchen, hand-cut tiles in the bath­room, an open-air pa­tio and a walk-in closet. Con­struc­tion lasted 16 months.

The 3,900-square-foot flat draws its in­spi­ra­tion from Ital­ian de­sign: the en­try has Vene­tian-made door knock­ers and the bed­room is lined with silk Ar­mani wall­pa­per. The mar­ble-ev­ery­thing mas­ter bath­room was a three-month con­struc­tion project unto it­self.

Now, with their res­i­dence com­pleted, the ben­e­fits are ev­ery­thing Jamil and Fem­ina had hoped for. Rather than cram­ming into sub­way cars or jostling for space on con­gested high­ways, they ride a pri­vate el­e­va­tor di­rectly to the of­fice.

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