Looking out at the sea of mature trees, it’s easy to forget you’re in the middle of Toronto — let alone in a basement. That’s what the homeowners loved so much about this space — plus, with three kids and two dogs, the more room to kick back, the better. The light-filled walk out was built by architectural firm Superkül over 10 years ago and has beautiful bones: nine-foot ceilings, heated concrete floors and wood-framed, floor-to-ceiling windows. But over the years, it quickly became a dumping ground for toys, and the layout just didn’t serve the family anymore. So, that’s when Mehnaz Malik of Natari Design stepped in. “I wanted it to feel warm, cozy and comfortable,” she says. Mehnaz overhauled the main family hangout and the adjoining kids’ lounge, which is now the go-to place for playing boardgames and hosting sleepovers. Both rooms are inspired by nature and have a Scandi-inspired sensibility.
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