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  • Andrew

    Too much white! Just replacing white marble floor with wood would help a lot, as demonstrated in the kitchen and dining room – these are much better.

    Personally I don’t like giant entry halls with massive staircases. I know they are supposed to be grand and imposing, but instead of being awed all I see is wasted space.

  • Mak

    Front facing garage completely and utterly ruins it.

  • Allen

    I like this home and the white doesn’t bother me. I think by the time you add paintings or tapestries and some fine area rugs with color, it will look good. As for the big entry hall and staircase, I like them, too. I wouldn’t want to pay 14M for something less, and if you entertain a lot; they are essential.

  • horselips

    I like the library/den/whatever that is, and I like the gigantic skylight over the foyer. But for that kind of loot, I like to see more ornamentation.

  • Teddi

    1. I agree with Mak, tacking on the garages there was a huge mistake.

    2. I’m not sure if they used enough white. Ha! All the rugs, paintings and furniture that can be fit into that house won’t distract anyone from all that white and paleness. Sun out rooms, give them a tan…something…anything.

    3. I absolutely love when mansions get what the entrance rooms should be. This house gets it. Annie, who occasionally submits floor plans here gets it too. There should always be a distinct foyer separate yet flowing into the main house. Mansions entertain frequently. A foyer with powder rooms attached as well as coat rooms are essential. So many mansions overlook this. Foyer to reception hall straight into a living room/great room with a dining room flanking the reception hall…these people get it. Too bad I’m not a fan of all upstairs rooms opening to the hall like that. It ends up being too noisy, reduces privacy and always looks hotel-ly. A 2 story hall with grand sweeping staircase and the upstairs rooms situated in the wings of the house would have been better. Oh well.

  • Andrew

    Let me say a few words in favour of front facing garages, because while they seem to offend many, they also have two advantages: One, since vehicular access to the back is not required, they allow the house to be this much wider. Two, separating the house itself from the street front both by distance and other structures is not always such a bad thing, for privacy or noise or both.
    Naturally both of these points are moot on some huge estate in the country, but in many urban or semi-urban locations such as Bridle Path one usually doesn’t have the luxury of large plot – you get some tiny patch of land hemmed in between other properties, then try to make the best use of available space. That’s when garage up front starts to make sense.

  • horselips

    Back in the 19th century and before, when horsepower came from real horses, I could see, for reasons of aroma and such, locating the stables away from the house. I think the prejudice against visible garages is a carryover from the age of carriages.
    Times have changed. Automobiles aren’t animals, and there’s no reason to hide this critically important part of a modern home. Just as we’ve made the adjustment from the malodorous and unattractive outhouse to indoor bathrooms, and even gone so far as to make them luxurious focal points, it’s time to celebrate the garage as well. I can see no reason for a garage not to be just another public room – a destination room for guests to see and enjoy. The role of furniture is fulfilled by attractive vehicles. Just as we have formal living rooms and informal family rooms, we could even have formal garages for luxury marques and informal ones for utility vehicles.
    A proper home should have indoor parking for at least as many vehicles as it has bedrooms plus two, in case any residents have more than one. There should also be a porte cochere for the convenience of guests in inclement weather.

    • Teddi

      I think you’re missing the point entirely. The issue isn’t with having parking at the front of the house, the issue is that in almost every case of these frontal garages they completely take away from the aesthetics of the house.

      This mansion has a lovely lines and a well proportioned design, and it’s completely overtaken by the three bay garage they jammed right onto the front, spoiling the facade. I saw a garage on houzz that was right at the front of the house and you would never know it was there, so well integrated it was.

      The basic look of a garage is one of the few things that hasn’t changed in decades. Most other main parts of the house has evolved with the times, the garage hasn’t. The garage interior has changed tremendously, the exterior has not. I would love to see these mansions that cost millions to build, give us something new. Especially when they’re going to slap it on the front of the structure. If a garage can’t enhance or blend into the design, then it needs to be placed to the sides, back or underground. For $15 million they should be able to come up with something better than what they’ve done here.

      • horselips

        I think we’re both right. Garages and their doors should be as legitimate a part of elevation design as chimneys, spindle rails, arches, windows, columns, pediments, steps, pavement, and landscaping, HOWEVER, I agree with you completely, it’s time we stopped making garages look like attached barns – especially on high end buildings like this. It’s definitely time for innovation and creativity to be expended in amalgamating the garage into styles that never had garages to contend with eons ago when they were first developed.

        HMMM. How’s’bout framing the garage doors like any other main entry double door. The doors themselves can be solid, or paneled, or set with glass panels, whatever the rest of the elevation calls for, and having them open electrically from the center instead of rising overhead. If they swing open to the outside, they take up no room inside. Put windows matching the rest of the house over the doors.They can be completely integrated into the rest of the design. I’m sure an architect in consultation with an interior designer could come up with something that would work if only they were given the assignment to do so. And once done, if it looks right, the idea will catch on.
        Just a thought.

  • Puresouthern

    This is just ugly, from the stone work chosen, to the garage placement. The entry way has possibilities I will allow. Some color to accentuate the details. But crap you have that much money, buy some taste. Please.

  • Emmanuel

    It’s in Toronto… a place that is already so cold in winter… add all this white and paleness and you have a house that feels like a morgue. Except for the few rooms where they put wood floors and beams on the ceilings…

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