As you can imagine from the title, this project stemmed from a water leak. This forced the homeowners to get the ball rolling on the renovation they’ve always wanted. Moore is not a typo, but it also happens to be the last name of one of our clients. This renovation started off small and snowballed into a renovation of the main floor and a full basement remodel.
This classic NDG row house had so much character to begin with, it didn’t take much to bring it all to life. We changed the flooring throughout on the main floor and opened up what used to be a closed kitchen. We redid the existing small powder room and we installed some beautiful cabinetry right throughout.
The layout was a challenge because the goal was to enlarge the kitchen while still maintaining a good flow to the rest of the house. The final product provided a kitchen that was open to the dining room and living room but closed off to the entrance, to allow for some privacy as you walk in. A key element to gaining the space required to make the kitchen bigger is the dining room banquette. By installing a banquette in the dining room, it bought us at least an extra three feet of kitchen space.
The door adjacent to the kitchen leads to the yard and is often used. With two young boys who love to play outside, making that entrance functional was a requirement. We used the side of the island facing that exit for storage and installed a cozy banquette integrated into the kitchen cabinetry that can be used both for additional storage and a place for the boys to take off their shoes.
Part of the mandate was to create an über functional entrance storage solution for this young family of four. We opted for custom cabinetry to further add to the beautiful architecture of the home and to squeeze in some seating. The custom bench as you walk in is practical and adds a decorative touch to what would otherwise be a heavier wall of cabinetry.
I hate to keep rambling on about how great our clients are but over the last few years, we’ve been blessed with some pretty awesome clients. Karen & Sebastien were so easy to work with. They were clear about what they wanted their home to feel like and were also open to our suggestions. They confirmed exactly what was initially presented to them, without making any modifications to our concepts – except for the colour of the island. We originally presented a deeper shade of green. During the presentation, we played with some lighter hues since our clients weren’t sure about committing to the bolder option. Together, we selected “At Ease Soldier” by Sherwin Williams, which suits Karen & Sebastien’s laid back, almost beach vibe.
The project was realized by Construction Archetype, a contractor that our clients brought in. They played an essential role in the success of this project. They were as easy-going as our clients. David, the owner, and Pete, the project manager, were organized, efficient, and a true pleasure to work with. The cabinet company was no different. Jean-Francois at Atelier Boisteck is someone we’ve started working with since the realization of this project. With so much cabinetry that we specified, he also played an integral role in the success of this remodel. Renovating is really a team effort and all of the cards fell into place with this one.
Our clients moved into their new home just in time for Christmas and we photographed the project at the beginning of the year. This renovation lasted about four months including the asbestos removal, with very minimal surprises along the way.
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