hello! neighbor - alana&tristan

For this month's Hello! Neighbor post were stopping by Alana and Tristan's house. They are partners in both life and work. Their interior design firm Boychuk & Fuller has worked on condo developments like 277 Davenport and on residential projects. My favorite feature of their home might just be that living roof on the second floor. I have a similar view outside my bedroom window which would look ten times better with a beautiful garden planted on it. Ideas for next summer...

Enjoy the tour!

Names:

Alana Boychuk & Tristan Fuller

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Occupations:

Interior designers

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Kids, pets?

We're expecting in September

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Year Home was Built:

1910

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How long have you lived in your home?

3 years

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What’s your favorite room and why?

It really should be the kitchen, considering how much time we spend in there cooking and entertaining. However, until we re-work the kitchen to be more functional with better access to the backyard, our favourite room in the house is currently the library. We like the relationship it has to the street view both in winter and summer as well as the fact that we finally have a place to spend some time relaxing together before or after dinner, surrounded by our books and occasional treasured objects.

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How did you find your home? 

It took about a year to find what we were looking for: a house which wasn't a flip as we didn't want to pay for and live with someone's hasty, un-thoughtful, soul-crushing, cosmetic fix to up-selling a property. We also really wanted to find a property with a north/south exposure.

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Where do you get your inspiration from?

Everywhere, but mainly travel, exploring our own city, reading, futzing over details.

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How did you end up living in Parkdale?

Alana grew up at the north end of High Park and after living in other parts of the city, she knew she wanted to end up somewhere back in the vicinity of the park. Tristan grew up close to the downtown core and took some convincing but is now enjoying all that the neighbourhood has to offer….great public transit access, close to lake and park, small scale retail/amenities on Roncesvalles.

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What did your home look like when you first saw it? What work have you done on it to make it your own?

It's a very solid house with great natural light and air flow. To make it our own we decided to start at the north end with the garden design (to give us a place to unwind and putter) and façade (which badly needed re-pointing, windows and insulation) and then keep working our way south.

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What would your dream house look like?

This is our dream house…especially once we finish renovating our way to the south end so that the kitchen has more of a relationship with the backyard.

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What was the last thing your purchased for your home?

Coloured paper lanterns and some flowers for a dinner party.

Thanks Tristan and Alana for inviting us into your home!

All photos by Kristan Sjaarda for The Marion House Book.