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Often times an architect's portfolio seems so unattainable. I was pleasantly surprised when I came across this project by Montreal architects L. McComber, because it appears to be a very attainable renovation - taking an older home and making it current and functional without a bunch of fancy and unnecessary detail. To conserve the best aspects of this post-war worker housing: this is what a young family asked their architect. The wood floors and almost all of the walls and original plaster mouldings have been restored. A series of targeted modifications helped to bring light and a modern feel to the home: a new pantry-wall in the kitchen, sliding doors to the hallway and a serving hatch in the dining room. The bathroom has been expanded underneath the existing skylight dividing it with the bath on one side and a large storage wall on the other. Cascading onto the natural quartz ceramic, the overhead light provides a welcoming depth in this tiny space. A small playroom in the basement covered with birch wood ceiling and fibre board walls created a pleasant refuge for the kids.

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Rustic and refined

There is nothing I like more than a mixture of rustic and modern I am totally enamoured with this 112 year old renovated home in Toronto featured at Style At Home. Purchased by designer Paula Velez two years ago, the 2800 sq ft home endured a 9 month renovation that included some demolition of walls, the top floor gutted to create a master suite, a ridiculously fabulous kitchen renovation and much more. This home has it all. 

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I am not quite sold

I found myself on the website of James Cleary Architecture a while ago and was...dumfounded by this gut renovation of a Park Slope brownstone. To note in particular, the playful pod that wraps the dining area's walls and ceiling. The pod gives this space its own presence within the larger room while concealing HVAC equipment and the building's plumbing risers from sight. Perhaps I am really on the fence with this concept because I cannot tear myself away from the horror of the pale yellow walls, and when combined with red accents and a floral wallpaper that really does nothing for me...but I am finding this "pod" very cavelike and bizarre. I think the kitchen cabinetry set up along the entire space is not really something I would have done either. It is a stunning home and I imagine a vast improvement from before the renovation, but this one is throwing me for a loop. Thoughts?


A Brooklyn townhouse project 

Nandini Bagchee is a New York architect who is working on her own awesome project - the renovation of a 2800 sq ft Brooklyn townhouse. OMG what great bones this place has! Exposed brick, such beautiful woods, lots of light. Even as a work in progress she's a looker. A three story townhouse on a quiet tree lined block in Brooklyn was converted into a parlor floor apartment and a triplex. Within the shell of the existing brick building, we re-worked the interior spaces to let light enter more dramatically and to create a strong sense of movement along the axis of an existing oak stair. The second floor walls were removed to float an open kitchen with adjacent living and dining areas. The upper and lower floors function to house the more secluded activities of sleeping and study. This house is a private project where the arsenal of salvaged doors, hardware, fixtures and other materials that we have collected through our years as dumpster divers, finally found their place. Participating in the physical building process allowed us to work more incrementally, realizing that the art of renovation is just as much about subtraction as it is about addition. The pine floors and white walls, common to a lot of modest Brooklyn apartments provide a canvas of the everyday upon which the more “designed” moves are inscribed.

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Nooks and crannies

The biggest luxury in a kitchen? No not marble benches. No not top of the line European appliances. Storage and lots of it. A place for everything and everything in its place. That's why I love all the nooks and crannies in this kitchen refurb by Hearth.

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