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Transform an attic in to a bookcase

I love a renovation that raises the roof! L. McComber ltée completely reimagined this home in Montreal. Built in 1880, the house, as expected, received numerous alterations as it adapted to the needs of its occupants over the decades. Surprisingly, one of these renovations involved installing a flat roof over the original sloped roof. Their first step in transforming the attic space in to a main bedroom retreat was to remove the roof structure, both the centuries old and more recent. This roof raising added five feet to the height of the spaces inside. It also provided gorgeous hemlock boards, salvaged from the roof deconstruction. Continue reading

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Design of a pastry shop, storefront

This pastry shop is a delicious recipe based upon restraint. Well, at least the architecture is restrained. Atelier Moderno & Anne Sophie Goneau blended elegance with texture to highlight the colorful confections showcased in a shop on a vibrant street. Continue reading

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The Summer House

Imagine a summer house on the Aegean Sea in the northwestern Turkish town of Cesme.. Now picture a home as vibrant as its cultural and natural surroundings. Interior architect and designer Selina Kazazoglu of Unlimited Design has created a home that is pulsating with energy and comfort. Continue reading

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House Sar

This modern home is an exemplary showcase of geometric grace and muted tonality. The palette is as introverted as the house appears to be from the street. Nico Van der Meulen Architects flooded the interiors with light from clerestory windows, without a drop of privacy being compromised. You will never believe it was crafted from a single level gable roofed home! Continue reading

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Saint Sauveur Residence

This remodel gives an entirely new meaning to house flipping. Outside Montreal on a rocky peak in Saint Sauveur, ActDesign has turned this house upside down. The 80s home’s interior takes full advantage of the site by immersing the living areas in to the tree tops. A complete interior remodel and actual trading places has taken place. Private spaces for sleeping and working now occupy the main floor and public areas of lounging, cooking, living, and dining reside upstairs. Continue reading

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Maison De Gaspe

In the heart of Montreal, la SHED architecture transformed a dark duplex in to a bright colorful family home for four. All historic elements of the building were lost in previous restorations, leaving a clean slate for contemporary living and aesthetics. Continue reading

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Atelier House

This is a truly creative and customizable house. The inspiring design by Harry Thaler is the home for artists in residence at the Museum of Modern and Contemporary Art in Bolzano, Italy. Combining studio and home for the needs of a variety of occupants fuels the imagination. Continue reading

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LR Refurbishment

Sometimes just adding light breathes new life in to a 100+ years old building. Designed by Tecto Arhitectura, this newly renovated family home’s classic features are highlighted by the enlarged windows and sky lights. Though always occupied throughout its life, the building suffered from a structure’s greatest enemy, water. A new highly insulated roof and modern high performing windows keep out the weather and city noise. Of course, all the while they’re protecting the layers of personality inside for the current and most fortunate occupants and generations to come. Continue reading

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Steam Kitchen

If you find great joy in cooking, read on! Cuisines Steam can make your kitchen dreams a reality. Kitchen aficionados Brigitte Boulanger and Jean Côté founded the company to bring modern aesthetics and ergonomics to today’s home owners. Continue reading

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The Tire Shop Project

Just 800 square feet in Montreal, this former tire shop is small in size and environmental footprint. Designers Mark Fekete and Viviana de Loera, Mark+Vivi, turned the former industrial space around. Their two level home studio is designed to be an active part of their community and a show place for their work and others’ art as well. Continue reading