Complete Interior Renovation of a 1980’s Split-Level House

Complete Interior Renovation of a 1980's Split-Level House

Project: Complete Interior Renovation
Architects: DESK architectes
Project managers: Etienne Duclos & Kévin Sylvain
General contractor: Projets H.E.T.A.
Cabinetmaker: Ébénisterie ALD
Flooring: Unik Parquet
Location: Longueuil, Quebec, Canada
Area: 2,010 ft2 (187 m2)
Budget: $ 180,000
Completed 2020
Photographer: Maxime Brouillet

DESK architectes designed the complete interior renovation of this split-level in Vieux-Longueuil as an opportunity to enhance the architectural quality of a typical suburbs residence.

entrance, DESK architectes

In context
Located on the edge of Vieux-Longueuil, this typical 80s split-level had remained virtually unchanged since its construction. This residence deserved a makeover to properly accommodate its new occupants; a couple of young Montrealers wishing to enjoy the qualities of an isolated suburban house while remaining close to the Montreal business center.

living room, DESK architectes

The mandate
The mandate was to design the complete interior renovation of the building. The kitchen, bathroom, and master bedroom had to be completely reshaped. It was necessary not only to replace all the interior finishes but also to create a significant new aesthetic by magnifying the intrinsic qualities of the building and by optimizing the functional relationship between rooms.

Complete Interior Renovation of a 1980's Split-Level House

The project
The architectural concept takes advantage of the typical characteristics of a split-level ground floor. The living room of these buildings is generally a long open space, lacking in a spatial hierarchy. The concept, therefore, proposes to organize the space, without partitioning it, by adding metal claustra and blocks of built-in furniture. Thus, these dark elements are oriented so as to emphasize the link from the front to the back of the room. They frame the views and traffic from the entrance to the terrace without obstructing them.

Complete Interior Renovation of a 1980's Split-Level House

Main Floor plan

The staircase linking the living room to the kitchen served as an opportunity to create, on the living room side, an architectural bench made of white oak in continuity with the steps of the stairs. On the dining room side, a short drywall act as a railing that hides the table from the living room while keeping the visual relationship between the two levels.

Complete Interior Renovation of a 1980's Split-Level House

The kitchen, formerly organized in a “U” shape, has been completely reconfigured. Two large blocks of integrated built-in now face each other to frame a vast functional island. The new configuration of the kitchen provides more storage spaces and freed up the rear wall to allow wider openings to the backyard.

Complete Interior Renovation of a 1980's Split-Level House

Ground Floor plan

The bathroom has been reconfigured to create two distinct areas; the light zone combines the vanity, the medicine cabinet, and the bath while the dark zone combines the toilet and an Italian shower.

Complete Interior Renovation of a 1980's Split-Level HouseThe Renovation C+G is a rehabilitation exercise of a typical suburban split-level. It reveals the potential hiding in older houses in a real estate market where new constructions are often preferred.

Complete Interior Renovation of a 1980's Split-Level House

Complete Interior Renovation of a 1980's Split-Level House

Complete Interior Renovation of a 1980's Split-Level House

Rear facade, DESK architectes

Front facade, DESK architectes

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