September 10, 2023

Fenwick Bonnell Designed His Elegant Suite To Optimize Every Square Inch

Midtown Toronto holds a special place for Fenwick Bonnell, co-founder of Powell & Bonnell, a boutique design firm and designer of luxury furniture, lighting and textiles. It’s where he lives, works and enjoys the nearby ravine and paths, where you can easily forget you’re in the middle of the city. “I’m a runner, so I like to get out and use the trails,” he says. Fenwick purchased the condo preconstruction in 2017 and then spent the next five years working with the developers, construction company Dxpert Reno & Handyman Services and his own team of trades to create a completely customized space for himself and Phoebe, his miniature wirehaired dachshund. “I don’t have the desire to live in a huge house,” he says of the condo’s modest 834-square-foot stamp. “I like how manageable this space is and that I can do things like clean and garden myself.”

From the start, the road to his dream home felt like a Pandora’s box of problems. There were pandemic-related site shutdowns and delays with the city’s building department that prevented his team from getting access. “Nothing in the condo now is as it was in the original plans,” says Fenwick. Formerly a two-bedroom, two-bath unit, Fenwick completely reconfigured the floor plan as a one-bedroom with ensuite bath, plus a powder room. The change required removing walls and getting creative with existing plumbing. The luxurious new ensuite is packed with custom finishes, layered lighting and a spa-like steam shower. “I think one of the only things remaining from the original condo is the tile in the shower, which I eventually plan to cover up with composite wood decking,” says Fenwick.

Author: Simone Olivero

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