Lazard Avenue House

Catlin Stothers Design transitioned this family home into its next phase by instilling a refreshing modern aesthetic for empty nesters in Montreal, Canada.

  • Year 2016
  • Location Montreal, Canada,
  • Type House,
  • The option to downsize was not an option for the empty nesters who have resided in this home for over twenty-five years. Situated in a prestigious neighbourhood in Montreal, the sprawling residence has been the venue for many social events, dinner parties and family gatherings. With grandchildren on the way, the homeowners elected to embark on a renovation that included several rooms in the home. The objective was to inject a modern aesthetic into a new kitchen, library, master bedroom and en suite, while respecting the classic architectural details throughout the rest of the home.

    Creating a highly efficient space for cooking and an atmosphere conducive to entertaining both large and intimate gatherings were the primary design criteria for the kitchen. The floor to ceiling matte white cabinetry conceal appliances and an abundance of storage, while providing contrast to the warm hues of the blonde wood. Handle free cabinetry maintains a minimal design while an integrated ash butcher block in the island allows two people to simultaneously prep meals.

    Walls were relocated on the second-floor plan and reconfigured to include a library, spacious closets, and a luxurious en suite of dramatic proportions. The custom teak library leading into the master bedroom, stores a prolific collection of drawings and art books. To eliminate the feeling of separate rooms, all door openings were raised to full height and maximum widths.

    The minimal design of the master bedroom marries old and new, and is anchored by white oak engineered floors. A shortage of closet space had previously forced the homeowners to use other bedroom closets for storage. Reclaiming a third of the library, created a spacious walk-in closet for her, and a generous wall of closets for him in the master bedroom.

    Large white oak panels dominate the bedroom and wrap around the partition wall into the master en suite. Consistent materials create a visual flow and unify the two rooms as a single volume. The en suite is easily accessed from two entries, with full-height pocket doors providing privacy as needed.

    Spacious yet intimate, the master en suite features materials selected for their respective organic compositions, which enhance an inviting atmosphere. Oversized porcelain tiles maintain classic characteristics in a modern format. The veining of each tile was scrutinized in advance of the installation to ensure both a sense of movement and a seamless flow between the walls and floors. Radiant floors transition seamlessly into the European shower and towards a concealed linear drain.

    To create a sense of fluidity and openness, several elements were designed to float within the room. The vanity, cantilevered quartz bench, and hand-blown glass pendants feel weightless. The shower glass and smoked glass partitions, were meticulously recessed into the floor and ceiling to avoid visible frames.

    Smoked grey glass partitions provide contrast to the warm wood paneling and relate to the charcoal veining of the tiles. They also provide privacy in the toilet and bidet area, while maintaining both natural light and a sense of openness.

    A meticulous execution of the concepts was integral to the success of this renovation.

    Challenges presented to the team of trades were resolved with great attention to detail and precision.

    Design: Catlin Stothers Design
    Contractor: Newsam Construction
    PhotographyDrew Hadley