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The home of Julie Dyck and Michael Humprhies on Trefann St., Toronto.

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Inside the first floor stairwell. The five-storey home sits on a cozy 25-foot-square lot in downtown Toronto just off busy Queen Street.

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Ground level. To the right is the door to a precious inner-city extra - a garage.

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Julie Dyck (L) and Michael Humprhies at their home on Trefann St., Toronto.

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The kitchen. Stone here and in the bathroom was salvaged from the Bank of Montreal headquarters building that was replacing its marble facade.

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Ms. Dyck sought out the contractors who are removing the bianco Carrera marble slabs from the bank building, arranged to buy some and had it milled and installed by mason Walter Gibson.

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The bank building marble, seen here in the bathroom, came in large 2- by 4-foot slabs. 'It is gorgeous,' says Ms. Dyck.

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A view down from the fourth floor. Ms. Dyck found the empty lot on Trefann while living across the street in a 12-foot-wide home directly on Queen Street. She paid $50,000 for property.

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The view out the staircase window is mostly back lots.

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The top-floor deck overlooks St. Paul's Basilica.

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St. Paul's Basilica, visible to the right.

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The fireside dining area, with built-in seating.

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The master bedroom.

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