2019 CID Award Winner Spotlight: Through House

CID Award Winner: Through House

At Coverings 2019, we honored ten outstanding projects that demonstrated spectacular craftsmanship and creativity in the use of tile & stone. This week we’re putting the spotlight on the Residential Tile Design – Budget Below 15K winner.


Residential Tile Design – Budget Below 15K Winner
Through House
Dubbeldam Architecture + Design
Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Situated on a narrow lot in a dense downtown neighborhood, the renovation of this 1,450 sf. Residence also aimed to provide increased living space on the interior. In order to preserve the intimate rear garden, the design challenge was to expand the interior space without increasing the footprint of the house.

This was accomplished through consistent floor tiling to create a powerful visual connection with the small backyard to extend the living space. The dark, cramped interior was carved out to create bright, airy spaces connected by an open plan.

Materials and built-ins are designed to emphasize linearity horizontal applications of limestone surfaces, linear divisions of cabinets and display units, and long porcelain tiling with a linear pattern; they create the perception of expanding and stretching the space and direct the eye through the house towards the rear garden.

At the rear of the L-shaped house, large floor-to-ceiling glass panes on three sides blur the boundaries between inside and outside, extending the ground floor living space into the modest backyard. A porcelain floor tile was specifically chosen for its application to both the indoors and the outdoors and was used to establish this extension of the living space on the floor.

The tile continues uninterrupted outside to form an outdoor patio, and the stone kitchen counter extends along the south wall d through the dining room and outside, morphing into the built-in BBQ.

Tile was used throughout the entire ground floor, as well as in the bathrooms and laundry room.

Do you have a recently completed project that features innovative design and installation of tile & stone? Consider entering it to the 2020 CID Awards – the submission portal will open this fall.