City Court Yard Glass House over PoolThis inner-city private residence situated in an affluent area in downtown Toronto was an older masonry home with the typical limited relationship to the backyard/courtyard due to the construction style of the era in which it was built. The concept for the solarium was to create a “glass room” with a strong relationship to the proposed new pool and landscaped courtyard surroundings. In conjunction with this, the former rear garage was transformed into a meditation space with access through the new glass addition. The new living space was not to disturb the existing living room other than the door treatment that would ultimately separate the new addition from the rest of the house. The space was to be an “escape” where the homeowner could leave the confines of the traditional house envelope and retreat into this new backyard oasis - without ever leaving home. It has in essence become their “cottage in the city“ You may click on the images below to view the development of this project from first drawings to finished addition. Use the NEXT and PREVIOUS buttons in the upper side edges of the enlarged images to view the case study sequentially.