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A Run-Down 100-Year-Old Toronto Home is Transformed Into a Sun-Dappled Urban Oasis

Dark. Dingy. Grim. 

That’s how John Phillips once described his investment property, purchased in 2010 in Toronto’s highly sought-after Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood. But Phillips, a seasoned real estate agent, looked past the home’s dropped ceilings, aluminum-siding exterior and perplexing layout (a kitchenette on the top floor?) and instead saw potential. He hired world-renowned Canadian architect Donald Chong to transform the place on a $200,000 budget, which came closer to $350,000 after all was said and done.


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