Type of Project: Kitchen remodel
Location: Montreal, Quebec
Type of building: Ground floor apartment of a triplex, 1,100 square feet
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For our next Renovation Diary, we're taking you north to Montreal, where Christine and Pierre have a charming apartment with a kitchen that leaves a little to be desired. Right now, the kitchen and a neighboring sunroom are awkwardly split into two rooms by a huge pantry that divides the space. Christine and Pierre will be combining the two rooms (while making the kitchen a little more comfortable for those Canadian winters).
The current plan of the kitchen.
Proposed changes to the kitchen floor plan.
The current walk-in pantry. Not going to lie - I love it. But it's a terrible use of space, and hovers around 10 degrees celsius in winter.
The scope of this project is big. We're making structural changes, removing a load-bearing pantry and installing some major load-bearing beams, and changing gas, plumbing and electrical. We'll also be tearing out a stone floor and laying radiant heating and new hardwood. Basically a gut job.
The stone tile we will be removing. I could see this working in some situations, but it's freezing cold in winter and impossible to clean.
We tried to find smaller scale solutions to the space, but while we could have easily improved on the aesthetics, making the room really function well requires some pretty big changes. We'd like to stay in this apartment for as long as we can, so we think the extra investment will be worth it.
There are some aesthetic touches we will be happy to say goodbye to.
Also, there are a few details of the floor plan that still have to be 100% firmed up. We are proceeding with the structural work, and then we'll remeasure and adjust our floor plan as necessary. This means things won't be as efficient as they could be, but we'll hopefully sleep better at night.
Thanks, Christine and Pierre!
(Images & Diary Text: Christine Zoltok)