MORE LIGHT, MORE SPACE
Mélanie Laberge and her husband Robin wanted to transform their two-storey duplex in Rosemont-La Petite Patrie into a single-family home. Moreover, they wanted the home to be filled with natural light.
A MARRIAGE OF OLD AND NEW
When the current homeowners bought and renovated it eight years ago, it had been previously owned and modified by the famous Québécois architect Roger D’Astous, the only Quebec architect to have studied under acclaimed American architect Frank Lloyd Wright. D’Astous is perhaps best known for having designed the Château Champlain hotel in Montreal and the Olympic Village in the city’s east end, where the athletes lived during the 1976 games.
As Sophia Kelly sips coffee at the small desk off her kitchen, she also drinks in the lovely view of her ravined backyard in Scarborough. She and her husband, Jeffrey Dean Kelly, couldn’t be happier with the way interior designer Cynthia Soda transformed the living space of their 1950s bungalow.
Stunning bay views are easy to come by in the area of Port Moody known as the Golden Mile. But few homes along it can rival the charm and originality of this one. “I knew as soon as I walked in that it was the house for us,” says the homeowner, who lives there with her entrepreneur husband, twin 17-year-old daughters and a rescued dog of mixed pedigree.
In the world of home interiors there is custom design, and then there is custom design. The difference is more than mere emphasis. It is an exercise that reaches past the ordinary or the expected and pushes the boundaries to recast ideas about the fundamentals.
INDUSTRIOUSLY REDESIGNING THE BATHROOM
Industrial design has been making inroads since people began converting former manufacturing spaces into residential lofts. So it was a matter of time before non-loft dwellers would want that creative look in their own homes.
There are renovation stories and then there are renovation stories. The latter are not characterized merely by upgrades and dramatic transformations, but by complete architectural renaissances, in which old buildings are re-imagined and restructured. The process takes a clear concept, plenty of planning, a dash of daring and bit of a budget. But the result is singularly spectacular. It’s almost magic.
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