1970s Nunnery Transforms Into a Scandinavian-Inspired Family Home

What was once a 1970s nunnery for six nuns is now a fresh, Scandinavian-inspired home for a young family in Toronto, Canada. Designed by Sansa interiors, a boutique architecture and interior design studio, the new family home has been completely renovated to meet the needs of a modern family.

The original home was a very traditional floor plan with a tiny kitchen, partial walls, and rooms that made inefficient use of space. Sansa Interiors decided the best approach was to open up the interiors and maximize living spaces while maintaining a clean, cohesive look. Two main requirements were to create a nice space for guests to entertain and an open floor plan that would be more visible when the kids were playing in the other room.

On a budget of 350K, the studio was able to reconfigure the main and second floors, design a new bathroom, create an additional bedroom that brings the total to five, and remodel the master bedroom to make it bigger with an en suite bathroom.

modern kitchen with island

The kitchen has built-in appliances that are hidden to create continuous lines and plenty of storage space for baking, pantries, trash and recycle, cleaning supplies, and more. From there you look into the living room, where the focus is on the fireplace wall with its wooden slatted frame as an eye-catcher. Built-in open shelves display valuable items and family photos.

modern kitchen island and living room

Living room with a lamella fireplace

Louvre wall with chimney and fixtures

Wooden slatted wall with fireplace and fixtures

Dining room with picture ledge

A special concern of the family was to honor the family’s 8-year-old daughter who died of a rare blood disease. Abbey’s artwork is proudly displayed throughout the house.

Dining room with picture ledge

classic mudroom with storage space

A 10 foot wide folding wall opens up the space even more and lets natural light flow through the house. Sansa Interiors also brought nature inside using mostly natural materials, earthy tones and bespoke mills.

modern staircase

Original stained glass windows pay homage to the former house and serve as a beautiful work of art.

modern bathroom with black hardware

modern bathroom vanity

modern bedroom

modern then

modern washbasin with double washbasin

The bathrooms have a black and white aesthetic that has been softened with natural wood, creating a spa-like environment.

Bathroom with open shelves

modern bathroom with rain shower and open shelves

Bathroom with open shelves

Bedroom with modern pendant light

Closet and bathroom

The final finished design is no longer recognizable from a dark, cramped, and locked house. The family can enjoy their dream home to the fullest when all the rooms are used to the full.

Photos by Bruno Belli.

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