An architectural guide to 
Leaside house styles | Part III

As part of our House Style Series, we would like to showcase two completely different styles that can be recognized in different areas of the neighbourhood.

The Bungalow Craftsman Style derives from the original Arts & Crafts movement in Great Britain in the late 1800s and early 1900s as a reaction to the decreasing importance given to decorative arts and traditional artisans in the face of industrialization. It soon traveled to America where it was known simply as Craftsman.

The Modernist Style was created at the beginning of the 20th century in response to the use of new materials stripping away the decorations and showing the building for what it is. Little by little this style has become more visible in the city and Leaside is no exception, where a few of these contemporary houses have been built.

Main characteristics and identifiable features

A bungalow built in the Craftsman style.
A bungalow built in the Craftsman style.


1 Low pitched roof
2 Decorative beams under gables
3 Full porch framed by tapered square columns
4 Exposed roof rafters
5 Sash windows
6 Blended materials such as brick and stone
7 Use of local materials
8 Usually smaller footprints

A house built in the Modernist style.
A house built in the Modernist style.


1 Boxy designs
2 Outer form of building indicates the shape of the rooms within 3 right angles
4 Large glass surfaces
5 Frameless ribbon windows
6 Exposed steel frames
7 Clear simple lines
8 Flat roofs
9 Simple open plan layouts

Should you want to know more about your own house style, please feel free to drop us a line!

Alex Pino, Arch FRI Broker, is Senior Vice President, Sales for Sotheby’s International Realty Canada. .