Inspired by the constraints of a narrow building lot, the Forest Hill Residence delineates distinct public and private areas inside and out. Situated north of downtown Toronto, the home contains living and working spaces for a young family. Set back and elevated from the street, its front court maximizes privacy from the road. The double height central hall separates busy family areas from quieter parts of the house. An adjacent living/dining room connects to a rear garden court. The sheltered, landscaped court is spatially contained but open to the sky, expanding the private domain outdoors.