Over the years we have been commissioned to design a number of condominium renovations. Generally the clients have been downsizing from a larger home, or are just looking to update an older flat that they own. In Greater Vancouver, a lot of condominiums were cheaply built and need a little TLC in the form of new flooring, door hardware, light fixtures, updated fireplaces, bathrooms and kitchens, and possibly removing or cutting openings in walls to create the impression of larger spaces.
These are before and after photos taken from the living room looking through the dining room towards the kitchen. The wall was removed to create a feeling of space, a greater sense of drama, and a social atmosphere where someone working in the kitchen would be more connected to people in the dining and living area. The removal of the wall also helped distribute natural light throughout the space.
In this kitchen we created an arched opening in a kitchen wall for similar spacial, social and natural lighting reasons. Here we opted for a partial opening instead of removing the wall to allow room for upper cabinets. In condominium buildings, unless the apartment is on the upper floor, there are often plumbing and electrical services running through the kitchen walls to units above which can limit the size of the possible openings.
In this condominium the dining room wall has again been opened up to the kitchen beyond. The elegant panelled wall also hides a storage area under the stair, making use of every square foot of space available. In small spaces this is a must!
This fireplace surround in copper glazed ceramic tile and concrete stone adds flair to the entertaining space as well as storage for wood and books. An extended raised hearth provides additional seating in a room with limited space for additional chairs.
Renovations can change the feeling of homes as well as upgrading them functionally. These projects show how otherwise drab, outdated apartments can be transformed, extending the life of the building and increasing the enjoyment of the spaces.