All About The View from Strathcona Condo


View from the condos great room window

Renovations do not need to be all about replacing everything and starting over. Our client loved the openness of her condo space, which really took advantage of her amazing view over the river valley. But, she was overwhelmed with how to utilize the space while still creating a distinct living room, dining space and home office in the open concept. We loved that she was also keen on using natural, quality finishes that would work with any of the existing materials to be kept.


Honed mottled purple mix slate, supplied from the family quarry (gorgeous!) was the jumping off point for all the rest of the finish selections throughout. In the kitchen we coordinated natural wood, clean Cambria countertops and the handmade Heath backsplash tile for strong lines. The wood trim on the tile and small shelves to display her mom’s pottery add the finishing touches. Reusing the original cast iron sink keep the personal touch and kept yet another item out of the land fill.


MCM inspired kitchen refresh

Display shelves for family pottery and much loved cook books

Handmade tile from Heath adds a beautiful depth edged by the narrow wood trim

We carried the wood tones through with a custom storage unit from COI. The piece not only acts as an office/dining room storage unit but also creates a visual division between the dining room and office without interfering with the view from the kitchen. The vibrant custom wool area rugs define the dining and living room further and soften the existing tile floors. Swivel chairs in the living room can swivel to encourage conversation with the office and dining space.


Custom unit from COI provides tons of storage as well as a visual divider to create an office space while not interfering with the view

A long desk from Urban Timber, made exactly for the clients best ergonomic height and required length. They measured to ensure the legs set back off the radiator to fit perfectly, but still look just as amazing in any future spaces.


Custom desk from Urban Timber

At the initial planning we cataloged her existing furniture to determine what was worth keeping, what would be refurbished and what was used as is. Phat Fingers did an amazing job bringing many of the beautiful antique pieces back to life and we highlighted them in the furniture plan by layering them in with the new pieces.


Marble dining table with reupholstered dining chairs and custom wool area rug

Great room furniture plan to create living zones taking full advantage of the amazing view

Antique marble coffee table nested with new wood table and custom wool area rug

The half bath and ensuite both received the same slate flooring, wood cabinets and reused the existing limestone countertops. We also reused the exciting cast iron soaker tub but upgraded the tiles to open up the shower a bit more while incorporating a deep shampoo niche. The variegated tile from Centura keeps the authentic handmade feel while bringing some much loved color into the daily routine.


Ensuite Bathroom

Ensuite tub/shower

Half bath

The final touch was the gorgeous dining light fixture - Puppet from Vistosi through Vivid Lighting - which can be seen from all areas. The client did not want LED lighting and we were able to provide layers of soft layers of lighting with pendants, lamps and wall sconces.


Dining Light Fixture

Kitchen Before

Ensuite Before