Being able to provide a renovation that truly makes a difference to a client and their way of living is always a dream come true. So when we renovated this entire condo in Kitsilano and learned just how much it would impact the client’s life, we were thrilled.
Condos are not always the best lit, despite the high ceilings. This was one point we immediately wanted to rectify with this renovation. The two bed, two bath space had little in the way of sufficient lighting so our client was relying on lamps to bring enough light into the property.
We immediately lowered the ceilings throughout. This might sound counterintuitive but it allowed us to install recessed lighting throughout. The client told us that this was one of the best things about the whole renovation that we could have done for her.
In the kitchen, we kept things light, bright and practical, adding a bar area by the window. In the bathrooms, we installed lots of storage as well as giving each room some personality with interesting tiles and paint colours. We also put in a light oak wood floor everywhere, which really created a feeling of warmth.
In the living room, we overhauled the fireplace by installing a linear line tile which we mitred on the corners to create a “wrap around” effect. A new mantle and carefully chosen tile for the hearth was added to complete the look and complement the wood flooring.
For added warmth, we included a wallpaper feature wall in the master bedroom and chose a super-soft carpet for that extra luxurious feel. We also painted and installed moldings and trims throughout, a big feature light and built-in cupboards in the dining room, as well as floating shelves for the client to store some of her more precious handmade items and pieces she’d collected on her travels.
Overall, we wanted to bring the client’s interior in-line with the beautiful view outside her living room window. The amazing big trees out there bloom in the spring and summer, so her interiors really had a lot to live up to! We really felt, too, that the location added something extra to this project. Kitsilano is a great neighbourhood, perfect for walking, beautiful streets with lots of nature and really great energy. That feeling of zen is what we wanted to bring to this condo and we feel we achieved that meditative state well with this renovation.
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