A Modern Industrial Loft in Toronto
Who lives here: Christine and Chris Minerva, 2 cats and a dog
Location: West Queen West, Toronto
Size: 1,300 square feet (121 square meters) with a 320-square-foot (30-square-meter) private terrace; 2 bedrooms, 1½ bathrooms
Year of renovation: 2014
Fun fact: Rockets candy is sold in the United States as Smarties.
BEFORE: After making the move to Toronto in 2009, the couple purchased a small condo in the downtown core with no outdoor space. However, they quickly realized that they wanted more out of their home, both indoors and out, and began the search for a condo that would better fit their lifestyle.
They viewed more than 50 properties prior to landing on a top-floor unit at the Candy Factory Lofts, finding it just days before they would have had to become renters. The unit hadn’t been renovated since the original conversion and was in serious need of an update.
Table: via Kijiji; chairs: Casalife; pendant and sideboard: vintage
Both say one of the most rewarding parts of the renovation is that they know the backstory of every part of their space — each item has a personal history. Being able to inject their personality into the architecture of the space was incredibly fulfilling.
With the room’s location adjacent to the main-floor bathroom, and given that it’s wide enough to hold a double bed, there is the possibility of building a full-height wall and turning it back into a bedroom, should they ever need the space.
White desk: Encore, Structube; drafting table: via Kijiji; Key wool dhurrie rug: West Elm; Edison light: Etsy
Martini side table: West Elm