Renovation project of a 1909 single family house located in Parc Extension in Montreal. For this project, we aimed to maintain the typology of the Montreal "shoe box" house known for being low rise, having a small footprint and for being surrounded by garden space. This is a simple one storey building. It has a quirky look mainly because of a symmetrical facade and much taller neighbours.
The guiding principle of this project was to generate more space while maintaining the existing overall volume and footprint. Rather than building up, we turned to the basement for more room. Instead of digging further the existing 5' 5" basement, we maintained the level of the basement and the ground floor level was raised without changing the existing interior ceiling height or exterior envelope. The house went from being about 1000sf to a sizeable 2000 sf.
In addition, each floor is a split level. The vestibule maintained the level of the former ground floor to keep the access to the front door. The middle of the house is raised 21" and the back of the house (kitchen and dining room) is raised by 15" to keep a good connection to the garden.
Design: Marie-Eve Lamarre / Atelier SUWA
Structure: DENA consultants en construction - Nader Najafizadeh
Métal architectural: Solutions Gallant
Construction: Brodsky& Bond