When first walking into this oceanfront condo located in front of a well known marina in Victoria BC, you felt that you were in a time warp. Flocked velvet wallpaper, and shag carpets along with a very tiny kitchen were not the only challenges in this concrete encased home.
Everything was removed top, to bottom, including a wall between the kitchen and living room. Through the demolition, additional space was found that allowed for a small home office off the kitchen which came as a pleasant surprise to the homeowner.
This weekend getaway had one main requirement – to feel completely different than their main residence, and have a spa-like interior design. The opulence of cherry wood floors and dark cabinetry were a perfect backdrop for watery soft walls and finishes.
The greatest challenge was that the condo had concrete walls AND floors. Relocating lighting was a huge undertaking. Clever soffit drops created avenues for wiring and ventilation, and a highly detailed coved ceiling in the kitchen added to style, but was imagined initially for function. The drops were left shallow as the ceiling height was below 8’ to start with – so not a lot of room left to maneuver. Plumbing had to be cleverly placed, near or adjacent to existing with a few added chases.
The use of frosted glass and floating vanities with accent lighting in the Master Ensuite provided a sense of openness and space in a tight area, while white marble tile and accents were used in the main bath to offset the lack of natural light.
Attention to detail was important in this restricted space. This was readily apparent in custom made baseboard heat covers and crown molding throughout. Quality was high on the list of priorities, no room was left untouched.