Decorating & Design

September 3, 2019

Tour A Century-Old Home Transformed For A Modern Family

Aside from helping his sister on a remodelling project a few years ago, Peter Pelsinski had never taken on family as a client. The New York-based principal architect and co-founder of Span Architecture was intrigued, then, when his cousin in Toronto called to ask for design advice. The cousin and his wife had just purchased a house on a ravine that was surrounded by thickets of deciduous trees.

Collaborating with designer Allison Willson (who at that time worked with Sarah Richardson Design) and Laura Fremont, Peter stretched the square footage to accommodate the many things his cousin wanted his home to be: part private family hideaway, part workspace, part recreation center. The homeowners also wanted to maintain the dwelling’s original 1920s character, like the Tudor-style façade and the home’s intimate relationship with the ravine. “It was an opportunity to make something amazing with fantastic clients,” says Peter.

Scroll down to step inside this century home reimagined for modern day.

Author: Chantal Braganza

Stacey Brandford


House & Home August 2018


Allison Willson and Laura Fremont, Sarah Richardson Design; Architecture by Peter Pelsinski