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Revival of an Aging Home

Revival of an Aging Home

The project team expanded and modernized the home while paying homage to its original style.

An art deco-style home in Canada has been restored as a showpiece of mid-century modern detailing. The circa 1939 home , which required extensive mold and rot remediation , was restored by DPAI Architecture with Toms+McNally Designs.
Here is what DPAI designer Elena Balaska  says about the renovation:


The structure was badly deteriorated due to the absence of insulation and poor detailing. The interiors were also dated.

Ingress of water and vapor had caused severe mold growth and deterioration of plaster. Rot was apparent on some of the floor framing members. Had the exterior walls not been made of concrete bloc , the house may not have survived structurally. A lack of attention to building science in the average mid-century modern home often caused this type of accelerated deterioration.

Rather than resorting to mimicry , it is in the spirit of this experimentation and innovation that the new additions dialogue with the original building. This dialogue is what will carry the original intent into the future as a meaningful story in the neighborhood. At its most superficial , style is a snapshot of an era. But at its most meaningful , it is a continuing story , a living manifestation of an evolving community.

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