Art lessons: A gloomy faux-Tudor is recreated into a sleek home-cum-art-gallery, one that still allows for family life.

Can a traditional home, in style and function, be transformed into a showcase for art, without compromising its original intention as a comfortable and inviting place to raise a family? Taylor Smyth Architects’ renovation to a Tudor Revival house in the Forest Hill area shows it can be done.

The couple had been living in the house for a decade or so before they called the architects in, says principal architect Michael Taylor. Though it was built in the ’60s, the home had been designed to harmonize with older neighbouring homes, with large Tudor gables, a deeply slanted roof and rough stone piers. But the interior featured a lot of dark wood and was a warren of rooms and hallways.

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