Renovation of common areas
As interior designers specialized in urban housing, we have the pleasure of working on many creative and stimulating projects. In this article, we have chosen to show you the renovation project of the common areas of Club Marin. Work started on October 21! Our expertise and creativity were harnessed to enhance the market value of this prominent project on Nuns’ Island.
One of the first projects on Nuns’ Island
To set the scene, the Club Marin condominium complex was built in 1989 by Proment Corporation, one of the main developers behind the development of Nuns’ Island. It’s one of the province’s first condominium projects. Although built according to high quality standards, its common areas were nonetheless due for a transformation. Our interior design firm was called upon to undertake this large restoration project.
Water, waves and sand
In terms of design, we decided to focus on the themes of water, waves and sand to create an environment that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional. The challenge for the project was to use the existing shapes and angles of the original design to achieve a modern layout that would bring added value to the units. Given the location along the shores of the St. Lawrence—the building’s namesake—,we drew inspiration from the movement of water to shape the angles. The condominium association selected our interior design firm following an RFP. Our plans, ideas and budget proposal were preferred among others submitted by well-known agencies.
A stimulating and challenging project
With the refurbishing of existing buildings come great challenges and even greater advantages. One of these major challenges is to use a structure built 30 years ago to create a modern style while preserving and revamping its distinctive features. Creativity is vital to break away from the beaten path and achieve renewal. As for the advantages, the condominium association in charge of the project is seeking to optimize the common areas in order to increase the value of every unit in the development. Since the owners are focused on delivering a flawless result, they are more mindful of allocating the necessary resources and attention to the project. Collective progression and the quality of the final result are at the heart of every step of construction. There’s a strong desire to enjoy spaces that are both practical and pleasant.
The Clairoux team is highly motivated by these types of renovation projects. We guide and develop a strong connection with those representing the condominium owners in an effort to make them feel at ease with managing such projects. Step by step, we support them through a complex process that can sometimes prove quite stressful. Also, we take special care to understand and optimize the user experience.
An evolving market
We believe that the coming years will bring more such mandates our way. In fact, condominium associations are becoming more and more aware that 10% of condo fees are to be set aside in a renovation fund to maintain an attractive market value in the housing market. Given that the condo housing boom started some 15 years ago, we know that common area renovations in themselves form a growing market! See this article in Journal Les Affaires to learn more about ongoing projects in downtown Montreal.