A lower-floor duplex unit in Montreal’s lively Plateau Mont Royal borough recently underwent a major renovation when its owner, a woman who had bought the property 30 years ago, retired and decided she wanted to enjoy her home as she had never been able to do during her working years.
Key to her future enjoyment of the property near Jean Talon Market would be a sleek new kitchen. And that’s what she got: The end result is a contemporary kitchen measuring 18-feet long by 13-feet wide and boasting an attractive long, narrow island that doubles as a workspace and casual dining area.
Done by Centre Design Realité, a Laval-based company specializing in kitchen and bath makeovers, the renovation required that a wall be demolished to open the kitchen to the adjoining dining and living spaces. The main living space is now open-concept and runs from the front of the building, where the living room is located, to the back of the property, where the kitchen is positioned.
Two stunning new floor-to-ceiling windows were installed on the back wall of the kitchen, as well as a matching glass door to allow the morning light to stream in. The homeowner wanted to brighten the space.
Decorated in a neutral palette, the kitchen has an airy feel, and its openness makes it a natural spot for entertaining. However, the owner says she wasn’t looking for a kitchen where she could entertain large crowds; instead, she simply wanted to treat herself, for her own daily enjoyment, after years of hard work.
Centre Design Réalité, which has a large showroom in Laval, provides, designs and installs everything needed to create a space such as this one, from cabinets through ceramics, sinks and faucets.
The company installed such features as Dekton countertops and backsplash with marble-like veining; custom floor-to-ceiling laminate cabinetry; a granite double-basin, slate-coloured sink; spot lighting; modern new light fixtures; stainless-steel appliances, including a wine cooler; porcelain-tiled, heated flooring; and a made-to-measure walnut-veneer butcher-block countertop delineating the eating area at the end of the island. The careful attention to detail speaks to how this kitchen project was an important part of this woman’s transition from working years to retirement. Home is definitely where her heart is now. •
Centre Design Réalité