Story by Jeff Lee
Pictures by Jack Jérôme
Because municipalities like Le Plateau Mont-Royal hold strict building and aesthetic rules when it comes to conversions, some of the most interesting projects simply blend in, behind their conventional former facades. Nevertheless, once you step inside, projects like this new single-family townhouse on rue Rivard by l’Abri Design & Construction always make for a pleasant surprise. I had the chance to tour the just completed project with Francis N. Labrecque & Nicolas Lapierre.
“One interesting aspect of a conversion is that you have to deal with an existing canvas” explains Nicolas Lapierre. “Making some new with the old, working within the limitations of space is what forces the whole process to be creative” completed Francis N. Labrecque.
Open to the challenge
Obviously it sometimes comes with a certain burden. In this case, in order to create the open concept they first envisioned, l’Abri had to redo the foundations and solidify the whole structure with support beams in order to finally open the floor plan. The result is flawless and creates this volume effect, amplified by the sunlight that showers down from the skylight above.
“The client here trusted us and our expertise, which means we didn’t had to hard sell our ideas beforehand. Since we play the double role of conception and construction, it saves us a lot of the friction usually encountered internally” explained Francis.
Sunny sky with strong chance of showers
A reflection-free skylight was installed above the shower head, creating this infinite view up to the sky. I couldn’t believe how clear the view was, as if there was absolutely nothing between me and the birdies. This conceptual detail also bathe the whole bathroom in divine rays. Absolutely my favorite detail of the house.
The wooden passerelle
Again, you wouldn’t expect this from outside, but an interesting passerelle connects the master bedroom that spans though the full width of the building, while the secondary rooms are separated, on the back of the house. The master also enjoys 10ft ceilings, a walk-in closet and a cute balcony.
“We see ourselves taking on more and more of these 360 projects”, explained the two entrepreneurs as we were climbing up the stairs to the rooftop patio. “This sets a new standard for our work and clear mission statement.”
All in all, this 1900 built with originally small and dark rooms was completely gutted and transformed into an inviting, modern and perfectly crafted home. The completed project is currently on the market, listed by Marc-Emmanuel Jean-Baptiste and offered at 985 000$. See the official listing for more details!