The demand was great: updating the Victorian townhouse; restore certain period details that had been removed during a poorly designed renovation of the 1980s; bring more light into the building, which had only two exhibits (front and rear); carve out a functional and ready-to-use office space for the client who feels separated from the rest of the house And P.S., the building has a footprint of only 10 by 50 feet.
Fortunately, the architect, Michael Godmer, was more than ready to take on the challenge. It was his house, after all. Michael shares the radiance of a house – three stories high but as lean as possible – with his partner Mathieu Turgeon. The two originally planned to overhaul the kitchen only, but then, in Michael’s words, “we started to eliminate everything, including the exterior.”
Fortunately they did, because the results are transformative. Let’s take a tour of Maison Boutique Coloniale, their name for the project, and see how they transformed their small, dreary townhouse in Montreal into a clean, well-lit space for work and House.
Photograph of Maxime Brouillette, courtesy of Michael Godmer.