For this renovation project dof the upper floor of a triplex built in the ’30s and renovated in the ’80s, Frédric Clairoux wished to return this residence located in Mile End to its original identity while bringing out its more contemporary characteristics.
To address the lack of light typical of the long architecture on the Plateau-Mont-Royal, new exterior openings were created. The home was reconfigured to receive more natural light. Moreover, two other issues were identified: a significant lack of storage space in the kitchen and bathroom, which were crowded by equipment and removed all functionality from these two cornerstones of the home.
Renovating and transforming an open space
Drawing inspiration from the precision and rigour of old schools, conservatories, and Nordic designs, Frédric Clairoux selected noble materials and designed furnishings using simple lines that will endure the test of time. He also brought in more light by varying light sources. Thanks to the creation of new openings, the kitchen was reoriented toward the rest of the space and was endowed with practical cupboards to make the room functional again while maintaining a streamlined design. A kitchen turned toward the rest of the space is also more adapted to Montreal families’ new lifestyles.
The room adjacent to the bathroom was redesigned to house the appliances (washers, dryers, and so on), and the bathroom was returned to its original function. This freed up space enabled completely rethinking the bathroom furnishings and adding a marble piece and wooden partitions in the room. This streamlined design and new lighting enabled us to give a second life to this previously cluttered space.
The Studio returned functionality that had been lacking in the apartment while maintaining the building’s character and architecture. The space is now completely adapted to its neighborhood and era.
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