This new home is presently under construction - to be completed in October. We will add more photos as the construction progresses.\r\r854 Royal York is an ideal fit for the conscientious homeowner who values sustainability, serenity, and balance. This home has been designed with a singular purpose: to blend seamlessly with its natural surroundings. Each element of this special home is deliberate, and nothing is wasted—neither energy nor space. Each component has been constructed in service to meaningful, ethical living.\r\rThe exterior of this home, clad in rich, dark wood treated with the Shou Sugi Ban method, immediately catches your eye and beckons you inside. Shou Sugi Ban is a Japanese technique that involves burning the surface of cedar planks, then sanding, cleaning, and finishing them with natural oil. The benefits of Shou Sugi Ban are clear: not only is cedar a renewable natural resource that doesn’t require any chemical finishes, the Shou Sugi Ban treatment makes it extremely durable. The home’s exterior is resistant to fire, water, mold, insect infestation, warping and shrinkage - the Shou Sugi ban wood surfaces will last at least eighty years with only minimal maintenance.\r\rNatural light is essential for synthesis with one’s surroundings, and as you enter the bright foyer and walk through to the living area, you’ll feel the sense of calm that comes from being close to nature. Forty percent of the walls and ceilings are composed of energy-efficient glass, with awning windows for natural ventilation, creating an airy indoor space that is bathed in natural light. As you relax in this tranquil living space, enjoying the warmth of the fireplace, you’ll immediately feel composed and restful. You can further soothe the stress of your day by unwinding in the custom yoga room, followed by a calming steam bath in the spa-like bathroom.\r\rAs you make your way upstairs, you are struck by the multiple skylights and the vaulted, wood-paneled ceilings that lend a sense of airy spaciousness to the entire upper level.\r\rYou realize that the rich dark Shou Sugi Ban flooring you saw on the main floor has been continued all through the upper level, and you can see how this serves to tie all the areas of the home into a harmonious whole.\r\rWandering into the sumptuous master suite, you find a large walk-in closet and a luxurious ensuite bathroom. The master bedroom’s tall wide windows draw your eye to a large balcony that features an extensive green roof for added cooling effect, energy savings, reduced greenhouse gas emissions, and improved air quality.\r\rAs you walk out onto the balcony and gaze down, you realize that one of the most alluring characteristics of this home is its immersive green space: the lot itself has mature, undisturbed trees, and its careful landscaping creates a sense of peaceful nature with low maintenance. Also, you notice the large deck that connects to the kitchen and extends into the yard is made with the same beautiful and long-lasting Shou Sugi Ban wood that you have seen on home’s exterior walls and throughout the interior flooring.\r\rContinuing further into the upper level, you discover two more generous bedrooms, another full bathroom, and a second large green roof balcony at the opposite end of the house.\r\rEfficiency, durability and elegance are interwoven in this home. There is white cedar paneling on the ceilings throughout, as well as on the flooring and walls of the bathrooms, all with custom stains. The kitchen features sleek, stainless steel appliances and quartz countertops, and the bathrooms are fitted with top quality contemporary fixtures.\r\rThe heating system has also been designed for maximum efficiency and little waste. The home uses an air handler with a HEPA filter, a heat recovery system that pre-heats the air with exhaust so the furnace doesn’t have to work as hard. The HEPA filter thoroughly purifies the air before it circulates through the home. The insulation is also energy efficient: on the second floor, the walls and ceilings have been constructed using structural insulated panels (SIP), a method that uses thirty percent less lumber but provides better insulation, with eighty-five percent less air leakage compared to traditional stick-frame construction.\r\rThe roof is made of galvanized steel and is one hundred percent recyclable. It is, of course, much more durable than typical asphalt roofs, which need to be resurfaced regularly.\r\r854 Royal York Road is located in Thompson Orchard, the most exclusive neighbourhood in the Sunnylea area. The home falls into the sought-after Sunnylea Public School catchment, and it’s steps from public transit (walking distance to the Bloor-Danforth subway line) and from the Kingsway shops and restaurants.\r\rIf you are seeking a home that is more than just a house, but a careful endeavor to live efficiently and deliberately in harmony with nature, 854 Royal York is the perfect reflection of your values.