Built in the 1950s, the Royal York Road house renovation brings an archetypal mid-century modern dwelling into the present. While the owners loved the character of the original house, the layout was cramped and didn’t take full advantage of the wonderful forested site abutting Mimico Creek. The couple’s ambitions for the house were to enhance and highlight the original bones of the house while increasing the amount of living space. The design solution added little new space to the footprint – only 200 sq. ft. – but achieved a great deal of extra living space for the family. The two small bedrooms were replaced by a beautiful kitchen and dining room with two sets of glass doors – one leading directly to a secluded backyard patio, and the other to a juliet balcony overlooking the Mimico Creek ravine. The tiny kitchen was converted into a cozy study – also with great views. The existing out-of-place 1970s detached garage became the master suite, linked to the house by a new entrance foyer with a new shed roof more suited to the design of the house.