Name: Jane and family
Location: St. Henri neighborhood of Montreal
Size: 3-bdrm home, painting studio, and gallery in a 19th century 3-story building
Years lived in: 8 years
Jane, her husband, and three children moved into their St. Henri home eight years ago. At the time, the building was made up of three apartments that were cut into cramped little rooms. The family lived on the third floor while renovating it and the first floor. When the second floor tenant's lease was up, they took to the whole building, creating their live-work dream with a home on the upper two floors and a studio, workshop, and gallery on the first...
Jane, an artist, and her husband, an investor who is also handy in his home workshop, did the great majority of the work themselves. Jane's work is displayed throughout the house, except for the small landscape painting in the dining room. After years of hard work the conversion continues, even while the family occupies their home.
Favorite Element: The view from the deck.
Proudest DIY: The entire house, as the entire project is one big DIY.
Kitchen: The entire (nearly new) kitchen was given to the family by a friend.
Hardware: Recovered from the original building and salvaged from off site.
Furniture: Antiques collected from local Montreal shops and from trips to France.
Window Treatments: Jane hand-stitched a delicate lace border onto the curtains over the kitchen sink.
Beds: Daughter's bed is an antique brought from France.
Artwork: Jane's own work.