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Grey Residence


RobitailleCurtis presents Grey residence, a renovated 1905 residence in Montreal’s Notre-Dame-de-Grâce neighbourhood. Purchased by a young doctor couple during the pandemic, the home required expansion and reorganisation to undo the work of a poor renovation 10 years previous, and to make it fit their needs—which shifted while the project progressed with the growth of their family. A seven-foot addition to the back of the property allowed for a larger and more open kitchen and dining area, with access to a new raised outdoor deck through a huge, west-facing sliding glass door.

Organizing the kitchen is a central island anchored by an enclosed volume concealing a powder room. Both of these are rounded at their ends, softening the architecture and creating a better flow around the space. Extending this visual language, curves abound, and a coat closet was also added with a similar filleted corner that reflects daylight and opens up the adjacent built-in dining area. The sinuous lines continue under the stone island counter, which is meticulously detailed with white oak slats that flow gracefully around the recess that permits leg room for stools. Storage cabinets and drawers are also concealed behind the slats.

Oak is also used across the main kitchen service wall, running floor to ceiling and extending behind the powder room to form a coffee bar. Flush handles for the generous cabinets and pantries are subtly curved, again beautifully detailed by our long-time millwork collaborator, Kastella. Together with the porcelain tile flooring, white walls and large expanses of glass, the result is a bright, minimal, and contemporary space that’s highly functional for the users.

Downstairs is a granny suite with a living area, bedroom, bathroom, and small kitchen, as well as service areas—all of which were refreshed as part of the project scope. On the upper level, the primary suite at the back of the house was rejigged to create dual closets on either side of the bathroom entrance, through which more oak slats were installed along a new central axis across the ceiling. Two further bedrooms at the front and the main bathroom remained as found, with light cosmetic updates.

Technical sheet

Architecture – RobitailleCurtis

General Contractor – Lexa Construction

Custom Millwork – Kastella

About RobitailleCurtis

RobitailleCurtis is an architecture and landscape architecture studio founded in 2013 by American architect Andrew Curtis and Canadian landscape architect Sophie Robitaille, a husband-and-wife duo. RC’s work is thoughtful and authentic, comprising spaces derived from a profound sense of place, and a deep appreciation for the built environment and the natural world.

Working under one roof, their talented team of architects and landscape architects intermingle, share ideas, and problem-solve together. This cross-pollination of disciplines results in contextually appropriate architecture and carefully detailed landscapes that sit comfortably in their surroundings and contribute positively to them.


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