Collection by Sarah Akkoush

An Old Row House in Montreal Gets a Colorful Modern Upgrade


Warm, repurposed building materials are favored in this savvy renovation by MARK + VIVI.

Mark Fekete and Viviana de Loera, co-founders of interdisciplinary design firm MARK + VIVI, happily took on the challenge of building their dream home in a transitioning Montreal neighborhood. Working with a relatively small footprint that gave them just 1,100 total square feet of finished living space, the couple used simple and minimal materials to embrace and celebrate the original character of the 1880 home. Space was thoughtfully maximized by opening up the ceiling to expose both the original and new beams, removing partition walls to create an open floor plan, and converting the crawlspace beneath the home into usable storage. The result is a bright, quirky, and imaginative blend of old and new.

Light from a new skylight pours into the home's entryway and living room.
"I always wanted to have my very own yellow brick road," says Viviana de Loera, whose favorite part of the home is the...
Locally sourced Canadian plywood was used for the flooring throughout the home, and all doors and windows were replaced...
In the living room, and throughout the home, recessed "book nooks" are used to provide space-saving storage.
The couple's kitchen is an exercise in both sustainability and creativity.
Stainless steel was selected for the kitchen countertops, and the pair relied on a local industrial sheet metal...
The chalkboard wall also acts as a sliding pocket door to the first floor bathroom.
The bathroom vanities were crafted from salvaged partition wall framing and original floorboards.
Boasting 11-foot ceilings, the master bedroom showcases and celebrates numerous antiques unearthed from the home during...
A new clawfoot tub sits next to an old wooden ladder that serves as a towel and magazine rack.
The outside of the home is illuminated at night.