Along with renovations for homes that our clients live in themselves, we get project for our clients income properties.
Rental apartments are an interesting challenge because the goal is resilience and durability and the confine is budget and attention. In other words, we’d better choose finishes and upgrades that will stand up to hard-wearing tenants and the clients shouldn’t need to renovate again soon.
We tend to enjoy this type of project because its rewarding to work on making better living environments for our city. Recently we completed a project at Queen and Ossington that is a perfect case in point. The house is a spacious three storey with basement that was previously chopped into two apartments – a one bedroom in the basement, an upper suite shared across the first to third stories. The house had great potential in that both suites had access to outdoor space, it’s located on a quiet side street across from a school, has a garage with laneway-accessed parking, and was in decent structural condition.
Our work involved altering the interior into two larger, brighter, updated three bedroom apartments. The lower suite is now comprised of the basement and first floor with bedrooms in the basement and public spaces on the first floor. The upper suite is accessed by an interior entry door off of a small vestibule. The 2nd floor plan is made up of a generous open concept Living/Kitchen/Dining area with rear deck, one bedroom, and one full bath. The 3rd floor houses two more bedrooms and another full bathroom.
What we did to update + upgrade:
- New modern high efficiency heating and cooling system with HRV for better air interior quality
- New wider interior stairs for each storey
- New higher performance windows. Awning and casement windows were chosen for a better seal and higher security and views to the exterior unobstructed by mullions or hardware.
- Skylights over the upper unit’s stair were installed for additional natural light
- Paints and stains throughout were Zero VOC
- Durable Canadian hardwood (maple) flooring with a durable Zero VOC matte finish replaced the tired parquet and carpets throughout
- Solid surface countertops which resist stains, burns, and wear replaced laminate surfaces in the kitchens
- Tiled backsplashes in kitchens and tiled walls in bathrooms provide durable long-lasting protection to wall surfaces in wet zones
We’ve put together a slideshow of before and after shots.