A downtown Toronto house and its front garden work together to offer a clean-lined, current look Photos by Michael Graydon (except accessories, Carlo Mendoza and Daniel Harrison)
**The small, urban garden** and modern design of architect Dean Goodman’s house, built four years ago in midtown Toronto, were created to work hand in hand. The house’s streamlined facade boasts an intriguing mix of glass, plastic, concrete and stained pine. While huge windows flood the interior with light, the garden, designed by landscape designer Terry McGlade of Gardens in the Sky, includes plantings, such as river birches, a red maple and a zelkova, that offer both shade and privacy. A river-rock dry stream that runs through the middle of the yard is both decorative and functional. It collects runoff from sources like the house’s three green roofs—a sustainable feature that reduces heating and cooling costs.
**A mix of concrete, horizontal pine slats, patterned plastic panels and large expanses of glass enhances the house’s modern look. The garden’s trees and shrubs, chosen for their ability to cope with occasional wet feet, offer both shade and privacy.**