Originally built in 1908, this apartment was ready for a renovation. Found in the suburban Montreal neighborhood of Outremont, the home needed to work as a flexible living space for both work and play. With a home office tucked away behind folding doors, the remaining floor plan is a centralized living space that allows for fluidity between the zones.
“The mandate was to create a new flexible space within a tight floor plan for the owners who work from home,” describe designers from Atelier SUWA. The front entrance lets in plenty of light, with a cute monochrome mosaic tile pattern that mimics some of its Victorian heritage.
Skipping past the bedrooms and bathroom, to the end of the corridor, and you find an open plan living room, kitchen and dining area. Breaking down some of the walls from the previous configuration, the renovation brings these rooms together. It’s bright and cheerful, with some fun design elements, such as the brick wall on one side and the mounted bear head.
Using a kitchen island to create extra counter top space works well for this family, as anybody preparing the meal can watch over the living room at the same time. To make the room flow nicely, the wood varnish used for the dining table matches too! A long marble counter structures the room and maximizes storage.
At the far end of the house, this is where the home office is located on the garden side. Just behind the folding doors. Separating the private living spaces such as the bedrooms was intentional, while allowing fluidity between the home office and kitchen, thanks to the folded steel doors.
Back in the private spaces, “the architects took advantage of the lack of sunlight along the corridor to place storage and a laundry room” just opposite the bathroom.
“The goal was to create a timeless space that will age gracefully,” explain Atelier SUWA. “Special attention was paid to textures, motifs and finishes to achieve an overall composition that speaks of the age of the building while staying current and fresh.”
With an overall contemporary style to the home, and the sprinkling of brick wall and the entryway mosaics, this has definitely been achieved!