Fishleigh Drive Residence

 Fishleigh Drive Residence

Scarborough Bluffs


Toronto, Canada, 2020-10-20 –

The clients, Jesleen and Jihad, a young professional couple expecting their first child, approached Taylor Smyth to design a new residence, having been impressed by one of their other contemporary houses nearby, winner of the People’s Choice Award for the Ontario Association Design Excellence Awards (“House on the Bluffs”). Both sites feature breathtaking views over Lake Ontario, perched fifty feet above the lake at the edge of the cliff formation known as the Scarborough Bluffs.

Maximizing the views to the lake and embracing the landscape were guiding design inspirations. The house is focused on a two-story great room, skylit along one side, and fully glazed at the back, with large sliding doors that open out to the backyard and swimming pool. An exterior planter extends inside, along with a vertical screen of oak slats, to define the separation between the great room and dining room. An open feature stair winds through the center of the house up to the 3rd floor roof terrace, specifically requested by the client where they could enjoy spectacular views of the lake above the tree canopy.

Outside, the white stucco walls and black metal accent panels are combined with warm oak-look phenolic panels (Trespa) on the garage door and soffits, chosen for their no-maintenance composition, important considerations in Ontario’s widely fluctuating summer and winter climate.

The material palette inside features light oak floors throughout, with accents of both white and black large-scale porcelain, the former reproducing the rich patterns of Statuario marble. The second floor contains three bedrooms. The master bedroom features a spacious and luxurious ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, where the white and black porcelain slabs are combined to create a dramatic contrast.

Since moving into the house, the client has welcomed their second child and the house has become a frequent destination for large extended family events. “My daughter loves it here,” Jesleen says. “Every morning she comes down to the living room and says, ‘hello world! She likes to wave out to the birds and the trees.”

Project Details

Team: Taylor Smyth Architects

Size: 4,300 sq. ft.
Location: Scarborough, Canada

Contractor: Arthur Ross Ltd.

About Taylor Smyth Architects

Taylor Smyth Architects is a full-service Canadian practice dedicated to the creation of enduring buildings of exceptional quality.

Since its inception in 2000, Taylor Smyth Architects has developed an international reputation for creating elegant architecture and interiors within Canada and abroad. Each project is cultivated from the spirit of its location, the unique tastes and aspirations of our clients, and a focus on authentic material expression.

They develop trusting, long-term relationships with clients, suppliers, contractors, and colleagues by listening carefully, providing unparalleled service, and through their exceptional attention to detail. They combine their project experience and technical rigor with a profound interest in the way people live, work, and play, to create innovative buildings that both nurture and delight.

They are inspired by fundamental criteria to which they believe all people respond: light, texture and color, natural materials and proportions, a sense of openness and of the sheltered enclosure, access to views, and a connection to the outdoors. Combining these sensitivities with quality materials and fine craftsmanship, they aspire to create refined private residences, high-quality public buildings, and exceptional redevelopment projects.

Their award-winning firm has expertise in a broad range of project types including residential and interior design, educational, recreational, and workplace facilities, retail environments, and master planning. Their work has received wide recognition through numerous local, national, and international publications and awards.

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Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - Front of house situated in the Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto, Canada. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.

Front of house situated in the Scarborough Bluffs, Toronto, Canada.
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Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - Large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.

Large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room.
Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - Large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.

Large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room.
Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - Open stair with suspended Bocci lights designed and manufactured in Vancouver, Canada. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.

Open stair with suspended Bocci lights designed and manufactured in Vancouver, Canada.
Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - The ground floor is centred on a dramatic double height great room, separated from the kitchen/dining area by a vertical wood screen. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.

The ground floor is centred on a dramatic double height great room, separated from the kitchen/dining area by a vertical wood screen.
Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - Kitchen and dining rooms. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.

Kitchen and dining rooms.
Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - The ground floor is centred on a dramatic double height great room, separated from the kitchen/dining area by a vertical wood screen. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.

The ground floor is centred on a dramatic double height great room, separated from the kitchen/dining area by a vertical wood screen.
Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - An open stair runs through the centre of the house, overlooking the great room and terminates at the third floor. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.

An open stair runs through the centre of the house, overlooking the great room and terminates at the third floor.
Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - An open stair runs through the centre of the house, overlooking the great room and terminates at the third floor. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.An open stair runs through the centre of the house, overlooking the great room and terminates at the third floor.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - Large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.Large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - The second floor contains the master bedroom with a spacious and luxurious ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, and three other bedrooms. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.The second floor contains the master bedroom with a spacious and luxurious ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, and three other bedrooms.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - The second floor contains the master bedroom with a spacious and luxurious ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, and three other bedrooms. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.The second floor contains the master bedroom with a spacious and luxurious ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, and three other bedrooms.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - <br>The second floor contains the master bedroom with a spacious and luxurious ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, and three other bedrooms.<br> - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.The second floor contains the master bedroom with a spacious and luxurious ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, and three other bedrooms.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - The second floor contains the master bedroom with a spacious and luxurious ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, and three other bedrooms.<br style=""> - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.The second floor contains the master bedroom with a spacious and luxurious ensuite bathroom and walk-in closet, and three other bedrooms.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - The house embraces the landscape - large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.The house embraces the landscape – large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - The house embraces the landscape - large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.The house embraces the landscape – large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - The house embraces the landscape - large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.The house embraces the landscape – large sliding doors open out to the backyard and pool, and an exterior planter reappears inside between the great room and dining room.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - The custom designed house is perched at the edge of the Scarborough Bluffs, 50 feet above Lake Ontario. - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.The custom designed house is perched at the edge of the Scarborough Bluffs, 50 feet above Lake Ontario.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.

Press kit | 2941-02 - Press release | Fishleigh Drive Residence - Taylor Smyth Architects - Residential Architecture - The roof deck, partially covered by a wood trellis, provides spectacular views out over the lake.<br style=""> - Photo credit: Doublespace Photography Inc.The roof deck, partially covered by a wood trellis, provides spectacular views out over the lake.

Photo credit:
Doublespace Photography Inc.
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