Site size: 7,000 sf Project size: 2,450 sf

Program: Originally built in 1939, this flat-roofed Art Moderne house with a curved, speed-striped stucco wall, nautical-inspired detailing including a porthole window, and a prominent front door was purchased in 2013 by new owners who wanted to restore it and increase square footage while remaining respectful of the designated heritage building’s past.

Location: Westdale, Hamilton, Ontario

Solution: The design team fully restored the house, adding a glass-wrapped second story with a curved corner to mirror the original solid curve below. A rear dining room was also added, along with a loggia that opens the kitchen to the backyard. Most of the interior walls were demolished to increase natural light and openness, and two of the original three bedrooms remain (one was repurposed to create a mudroom off the backyard and small living room nook). Nonetheless, much of the home’s historic character and detailing was preserved, including the original ceiling plasterwork and marble fireplace in the main floor living room.

Construction and materials: The concrete block structure of the original building serves as a base for the addition of wood, steel, and glass. The renovation included significant repair work, such as replacing the original stucco cladding with synthetic EIFS, upgrading the waterproofing, and adding an airtight and freshly insulated envelope with true-to-original windows. A bright turquoise stove and fridge brought from the owners’ former home served as the design starting point for the kitchen, and the designers added minimalist custom millwork throughout.

Completion date: August 2015

Additional Information
Total project cost: Withheld
Client: Withheld


Prime Architect:
dpai architecture inc
126 Catharine St N
Hamilton, L8R1J4, ON
P:905 522 0220
F: 905 522 0223


Toms + McNally Design Inc
195 James Street North, Suite 203
Hamilton, ON
L8R 2L2
P. 289 768 2211
F. 289 408 9972


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:
David Premi (architect of record)
Molly Merriman
Petra Matar
Philip Toms (associate architect)


Interior designer:
dpai architecture inc


VRM Engineering


General contractor:
James VanAmerongen


Revelateur Studio


Ian McGregor Pools and Landscaping



Structural System
Structure of original building: Concrete block
Structure of addition: wood, steel, glass curtain wall


Exterior Cladding
Exterior fibre cement: Equitone, Tectiva E20 Dark Grey 8mm, 1220mm X 3050mm

Manufactured by Dryvit Canada, installed by Schuit Plastering & Stucco

Metal/glass curtain wall
- Curtain wall by Alumicor
- Operable windows in the curtain wall by Alumicor, Phantom 5000 Series Vent
- Glass from PPG, SolarBan 60
- The curved glass corner PPG’s SunGate 500 by Standard Bent Glass in Butler, PA


Replacement windows (ground floor): Pella “Architect” Series

Drapery systems: Urban Edge, UE-651 Motorized track & UE-610 Hand-drawn track


2-ply modified bitumen from Tremco


Interior wood doors: Baillargeon Doors, supplied thru All-Pro Door & Hardware

Interior sliding door hardware: Crowder, C-104 track with C-810 hangers, supplied thru All-Pro Door & Hardware

Interior swing door hardware: Dorex, supplied thru All-Pro Door & Hardware


Interior Finishes
Millwork: by Taylor Made cabinets (kitchen)

Wall Paint: “Cloud White” by Benjamin Moore

Hardwood floors: African (Khaya) Mahogany supplied thru Talbot Wood Product in Cayuga

Tile & stone floors: All distributed thru Stone-tile International

- Dining Room stone: Black Kafe. Limestone. Honed. 16” x 24”
- Master bath tile: Amore Graphite Black 12” x 12”, Porcelain tile
- Mud Room tile: Statale 9 – Nero Carbone Text. Rectified Porcelain. Natural.24” x 24”

Carpet: Alexanian Carpet

Bathroom fixtures: All from Amati Canada

Master bath fixtures:
-Tub: Ramacieri Soligo, Rubi
-Tub filler: Aquabrass
-Shower hardware: Aquabrass
-WC: Toto, Aquia

Kitchen fixtures:
-Sink: Blanco, Radius 10U Maxi Steelart Sink 32x18
-Faucet: Blanco
-Appliances: Elmira Stove Works
-Stove: Model 1955 30" Dual fuel range
-Refrigerator: Model 1958/1959 with French door
-Hood: Model 1962 Outside vent hood
-Dishwasher Panel: Model 1957
-Chairs: IKEA
-Counters: custom made solid state
-Westdale North Art: Jelly Brothers


Kitchen chairs: IKEA
Dining chairs: EQ3
Dining table: EQ3
Living room coffee table: IKEA Stockholm model
Artwork: Stanley Donwood (
Dining Room operable wall: Nanawall
The system was SL-60 with PPG, SolarBan 60 glass.
Dining Room light fixture: Moooi (a Dutch design studio), Random, White, 20” diameter, Distributed by Y-lighting

Upstairs Family Room
Luna Sofa with Chaise: True Modern (San Francisco)
Coffee table: The owner cannot remember the supplier.
Print: Stanley Donwood (
Carpet: EQ3

Bed: True Modern (San Francisco) Dane Colllection
Side Tables: EQ3
Lamps: Target
Dresser: UpCountry

Living room
Sofa: Lofty Ambitions (Hamilton), Made by Van Gogh Designs (Vancouver) as part of their Florence collection
Coffee table: IKEA Stockholm model
Feather Lounge Chair: Lofty Ambitions (Hamilton), made by Elite Living
Cabinet: Stevenson's Antiques & Scandinavian Teak (Hamilton)
Orange artwork: Christine Breakell-Lee (2013, mixed media on panel with resin)