Whether you are moving to another house or want to improve the one you live in, it can be very useful to tackle the layout or structure of your home to make it modular or opt for multifunctional furniture! Decryption.
A retractable bed, a sliding table, removable partitions… here are some examples of decoration and layout which can optimize your space. A contemporary touch which is both practical and very on trend!
Why rethink the structure of your home?
Do you want to move to enjoy a more pleasant, more spacious environment, in line with your current needs?
What if moving house was not the only solution? Naturally, it is not necessarily a question of pushing back the walls of your home, but rather of optimizing your space, making it flexible, changeable, and multi-purpose, for a more functional and pleasant home, which corresponds perfectly to your way of life.
Don’t underestimate the potential added value of your property, both in terms of the quality of life it offers and its monetary value.
As well as offering an innovative and pleasant home, which will be a firm favorite with your guests, you offer functional and optimized spaces that will appeal to potential buyers in the event of a sale.
Because if a house is above all a living space, it is nonetheless a financial investment that can be made to grow.
In a context where the real estate market is particularly tense, with prices that are constantly rising, opting for a flexible home offers you new perspectives.
Organization solutions: review your furniture or modify it to save space
Movable and multifunctional furniture for optimal use of each room
Movable furniture is a particularly practical asset. As well as being charming, it can evolve depending on your desires at the time. Here are some examples of movable or modular decoration:
Structural solutions: projects which affect the structure of the house
Beyond an optimized layout to “dress” or decorate the house, you can actually use the structure of the home, to extend the field of possibilities even further: a desk which is perfectly camouflaged within the wall and which only takes up space when needed, entire pieces of furniture (table, sofa, storage furniture, etc.) hidden under your floor, or even a staircase that retracts to disappear into the wall...
Using the structure is the perfect opportunity to really transform the base of a house and adapt it perfectly to your needs and desires (additions or optimizations of space, light, ergonomics, comfort, etc.).
Specializing in renovation and space optimization projects, David Caroni has been developing real expertise for years in the layout and construction of unique structures which are adapted to your needs.
“Optimizing space while respecting the integrity of the structure is one of the objectives of Maisons Contemporaines. By rethinking the layout of your home, the different rooms can serve more than one function”.
- David Caroni
Do you need to rearrange your home? Do you dream of a feature, but it seems impossible? Would you like to transform your house to make it unique and pleasant, but you lack ideas? Contact us to discuss your project, and we will support you to make it happen!
With few apartments available in Quebec and an increase in rental costs, transforming your basement into rental housing can be a great idea to enhance your real estate.
Whether it is to benefit from an additional monthly income or to increase the resale value of your real estate, the advantages of converting your basement into an apartment will undeniably outweigh the few challenges to overcome.
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What regulations need to be respected in Montreal?
Before starting the work to convert your basement into an apartment, it is important to seek proper information from your municipality about the different regulations to be respected.
In Montreal, authorization can be obtained to create a dwelling in the basement of a property, but the dwelling must be identified by an address which is distinct from that of the main dwelling and a separate exterior access must be provided for entry. Certain specific rules concerning ventilation, lighting, the presence of basic equipment (e.g. heating system, functional toilets), etc. must also be respected.
Regardless of the type of dwelling, all buildings in the province, including basement apartments, must meet the standards of the Régie des bâtiments du Québec. In particular, certain fire safety requirements must be followed.
More specifically, what are the advantages of renting out your basement?
The value of your real estate will increase
When you wish to resell your property, your rental unit in the basement is bound to attract a good number of buyers. Many families are looking for a second housing unit to rent it when the children leave the family nest or to benefit from it if they desire to live in an intergenerational way.
You will benefit from an additional source of revenue
In the meantime, even if the work related to the development of a dwelling in your basement determine certain costs, remember that the additional income you will benefit from with the rental is not to be underestimated. You’ll be able to use it to pay for part of your mortgage or for a future project.
Are you now ready to go forward?
Although the standards to be met may seem complex, renovating your basement to accommodate tenants does not have to be a complicated project. David Caroni will be pleased to support you in your renovation work. Thanks to his expertise in construction and renovation, he will know how to make your basement attractive.
Entrepreneurs will be able to think outside the box while not forgetting the practicality of the premises, which will appeal to potential tenants looking for unusual premises. As he is also a real estate broker, David Caroni will be able to assist you in the resale or rental of your property.
“Throughout the pandemic, several people have wanted to start renovations in their home. Why not combine this desire for change with a project which will guarantee a profit? Although it may seem expensive to meet all the standards and regulations needed to legalize your project, this is a worthwhile investment”. - David Caroni
Aware of the impact of natural light on human mood, David Caroni has always taken care to ensure there is sunlight in each and every one of his construction or renovation projects.
“A source of life and good health, natural light has a significant impact on our mood. So when the lack of light and vitamin D are felt for 3 or even 4 months each year, our sleep, our mood, our immunity and even our memory lack energy! Being able to take advantage of natural light all year round is essential for our well-being”. - David Caroni
So here is a series of solutions that will allow you to optimize the natural light in your home.
Decorative solutions to increase the brightness in your home
1. Rearrange the space
An overly cluttered environment is often the first thing responsible for the lack of light. By rearranging your interior so that the rooms are tidy and decluttered, you will make your living space much brighter.
Freeing up space near windows so as not to obstruct the passage of light and arranging large pieces of furniture near dark walls so that they blend in can be other ideas.
2. Choosing the right color
Even if they are particularly warm, dark shades are guilty of absorbing the sun's rays. It is therefore better to focus on THE best color to reflect natural light: white. By adding some elements of absolute whiteness, you will have the impression that the room is much brighter.
3. Take advantage of the reflective effect of mirrors
In addition to visually enlarging the space, mirrors reflect the light that enters the room. The larger the mirror, the better the effect. By simply adding this decorative object with multiple functions, you could feel the benefits of better interior light.
Even if the sun's rays are undeniably the best light source, you should not hesitate to multiply the lighting or any other artificial light source. There is a solution for every darker room! Whatever advice is taken, this can only help your feeling of well-being thanks to good interior light.
Renovation solutions to make your home even brighter
Having said that, it is not always possible to bring in a large amount of light without transforming what already exists. So here are other ways, certainly more restrictive to achieve, but which will effectively redefine the brightness of your home.
1. Opt for large windows
Although there are 1001 tricks to promote the entry of natural light into your home, opting for large windows remains one of the best ways to achieve this. In addition to increasing comfort and a good mood, the environment and your electricity bill can only benefit.
However, there are several factors to consider for windows to have the desired effect. One factor involves considering the best orientation based on the rotation of the sun and the four seasons.
2. Creation of skylights
If the architecture of your building allows it, adding skylights can be an optimal source of natural light to illuminate your darkest rooms. Whereas it requires a minimum of ceiling height, it is relatively simple to install skylights and will rarely take more than a day. In addition, the variety of existing formats and dimensions will allow you to find the most suitable opening for your home.
3. Bring light into a windowless room
Sometimes it is not possible to create openings in one of the rooms of your home: no skylights, no windows to let in natural light...
At this point, you still have an alternative to artificial light: take advantage of the brightness of another room, to illuminate the latter. How? Quite simply by creating windows in windowless rooms, or by completely transforming a wall, to replace it with a glass wall.
Naturally, if you are not sure of the best solution, don’t hesitate to contact David Caroni! His innovative ideas will enhance your property and brighten up your daily life.
If you live in Montreal or West Island, and you like exceptional houses, you probably know Maisons Contemporaines, or its founder David Caroni.
The construction and renovation projects entrusted to him are always remarkable, future-oriented and rich in innovation.
A successful entrepreneur who followed his dream, to build up yours with Maisons Contemporaines
Coming from a family of builders, he has been immersed in this environment since his childhood. A successful entrepreneur, he first created and developed an IT services company. After this success, he decided to sell his company, and to cross the Atlantic to chase his dream: to build and renovate houses with combining technology and design.
He has now been in Canada for more than 20 years, becoming a general contractor. David’s dream comes true with Maisons Contemporaines, to the satisfaction of his customers.
That's why David never travels without his toolbox of new construction methods and technologies.
Maisons Contemporaines, a company with a clear DNA: design and technology
According to the entrepreneur, a contemporary home is a bright, warm and functional interior. Maisons Contemporaines excels in the realization of its projects by perfectly combining design and new technologies, and by always offering its customers breathtaking results at affordable prices.
New technologies at the service of functionality and comfort
It has already been several years since new technologies with home automation were introduced into the homes. Today's homes are no longer just warm and cozy, they have become smart homes.
But with Maisons Contemporaines, David Caroni allows you to go much further. He imagines and carries out the projects of interior designing with more unusual demands: a storage elevator in the kitchen island that unveils your appliances, a removable living room floor to reorganize the space, and even a sparkling water source from the tap of your kitchen.
For Maisons Contemporaines, it's no longer a matter of being at the forefront of technology, but of constantly pushing back the limits.
The design according to Maisons Contemporaines: simple lines, natural light, and functional, refined spaces
Design is one of the main foundations of Maisons Contemporaines.
Because comfort requires both useful and beautiful, David Caroni makes it a point of honor to create beauty. He favors simple lines, natural light and refined spaces without ever neglecting the functional aspect.
The use of innovative materials, new construction methods, and the perpetual search for new inspirations, allow David to propose solutions to optimize your spaces and make them more comfortable and pleasant.
Modular interior design, raised ceilings, large openings, replacement of windows by bay windows, redefinition of spaces... So many possibilities to renovate and transform your daily life, or build your dream home.
Maisons Contemporaines relies on transparency to offer you a comfortable and warm interior
Maisons Contemporaines offers its customers a future-oriented service, focused on creative solutions, with the objective of improving the comfort of your home and optimizing its functionality.
A turnkey service that takes into account and respects your budget, while optimizing the value of your real estate investment. Above all, Maisons Contemporaines' service will offer breathtaking results that will enchant your daily life and impress your guests.
If you wish to discover the approach of Maisons Contemporaines and its various achievements, it's here!