ST-LAZARE FLIP

Former clients purchased this house as a "flip" and hired RMI to redesign its awkward and dated layout. Read the story behind the reno below.

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The front entrance of the home was uninviting and uninspiring. We replaced the boring floor tiles with striking marble "bubble" tiles with a black border to define the space. By repainting the doors and the staircase newel posts and handrails black, we created the "wow" entrance to welcome visitors to this updated home. And that black wall mirror in the new "breakfast room" - we repurposed it from the upstairs master bedroom dressing room!

Mismatched floors throughout didn't help this home's case. So the floors were replaced on the main floor to match the colour of the dining room floor, which itself was refinished to a matte shine (versus polished). The second floor was refinished to match the main floor. The same marble "bubble tiles" are used for the powder room floor. And all the existing doors were repainted dramatic black and the hardware changed to modern chrome levers. Never underestimate the power of paint! The entire home was repainted the same colour and trim to create a unified flow.

 

Next, the wall between the two "living room"s had to come down to create one larger and brighter (with front and back windows) space. Custom wall units along the entire wall were commissioned from Arbor Woodworks to unify the two spaces. The old fireplace was replaced with marble-look porcelain tiles, a gas insert and prepped for a wall mounted television. A bar was built on the front side of the built-ins to create symmetry.

The kitchen cabinetry was in excellent condition but it was dark. Experts from Factory Finish Kitchens were brought in to professionally repaint the cabinets white and the island was repainted a striking black. The backsplash was replaced with marble herringbone tiles and there are now two different quartz counters (one statement counter for the island and a more subdued one for the perimeter). The floor tiles were replaced with the same tiles (different size) used on the new gas fireplace. As everywhere in the home, all the lighting was replaced with glamorous and unique fixtures.

All the bathrooms were gutted and renovated but the most dramatic has to be the master bathroom. This was one of the most awkward layouts we have ever had to redesign,  but by relocating the door, enlarging the width of the bathroom where possible, extending the length into the rear walk in closet and creating a wall to hide the toilet, we succeeded.  It is now one of the most glamorous and functional bathrooms we have ever designed. The photos speak for themselves.

The master bedroom was redesigned to steal some square footage from the overly generous "dressing room" and custom cabinets (also by Arbor Woodworks) were installed for a walk in closet to entice any potential buyer. The bedroom itself was brightened by adding windows between the two existing ones (my client's idea!).

The basement was updated with drop ceiling tiles, laminate flooring and a fresh coat of paint. and this applies even more to the pool house. All we did was repaint the entire space white for a spectacular improvement. Again, never underestimate the power of paint.

This was a fun project to work on, my only disappointment is that we didn't get to furnish it after all the hard work was done. But who knows, maybe the new buyers will hire us back if we are lucky!

© 2017 Rebecca Mitchell Interiors Inc.

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