It all started when owners and designers of the residence, Martin (artistic director of the film world) and Marc (a talented cabinetmaker), worked together on the set of the film Magic!. Not finding a suitable house to fit the script, they decided to build a “century-old” house on a protected agricultural land, forcing them to demolish the masterpiece after the shoot. Having lit in them a thirst of building at a human scale, they soon began renovating and designing homes for a living.

Always seeking for new challenges, Martin and Marc design by collections, each collection comprising from 2 to 4 houses and having a specific theme and style. Thanks to realtor Valérie Lacasse of équipe Bardagi at RE/MAX, we were able to have a tour by the owners of their latest project located in the Saint-Henri district.

Hidden behind a subtle brick facade near Atwater Market and Lachine Canal is the 311 St-Ferdinand, a 19th century heritage residence that was transformed into a contemporary dwelling, confirming that modern design can indeed live anywhere.

311 facade

Entering the property, we are immersed in this spacious open-plan layout with a refined decor combining ultra modern and rustic character creating a friendly living environment.

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311 salon

The residence was brought back to its original rustic charm and the plan was reworked to make it a flexible space filled with natural light. The exposed original wooden joists enhance the character of the residence while paying an homage to the structure’s history. To allow a complete opening of the ground floor, a cast iron beam and column were integrated in the center of the main living space helping to divide the functions of the rooms up.

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311 beams

The owners and designers of the 311 Ferdinand have at heart good design and we can tell from the high-end finishes used throughout the house like the solid pine imported from BC and granite used on the work surfaces or the exotic cherry wood that spans on both floors. The living area also contains furniture of their own design adding cachet to the space.

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The main living area accesses the immense deck (soon incorporating an exterior bar) and the beautifully landscaped yard where we find the original and restored, one and only in Saint-Henri, in ground pool.

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The new staircase creates a sense of separation within the interior, while tying in materials like cast iron and wood, which you find throughout the space. The staircase also allows for light to filter down in graceful rays.

311 stairs

Upstairs account three spacious bedrooms including a master suite with a 16 ‘ wall unit and a private bathroom equipped with a freestanding bath and a rain shower.

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The raw materials combined with neutral elements creates a soothing, minimal space that allows for flexibility, luxury and comfort; this could be your oasis of tranquility in the middle of the city.

Thank you very much to our host and for more details, Équipe Bardagi has more information about this listing here on their official website.

Additional images by RE/MAX Québec Inc.
Frédérique Gravier
Architecture & Design
Frédérique is a recent architecture graduate from McGill University. She’s interested in the story, the people and their thinking behind the aesthetics of places she explore.