Shelter: Proprietor combines her passions to renovate Decrease Westmount rental


Odile Cloutier purchased a dated rental and eliminated partitions and doorways to open up the lounge, eating room and kitchen.

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Odile Cloutier, a Westmounter born and bred, has two important passions — artwork and structure — they usually have been the main target of her life since her pupil days. She graduated from Université de Montréal with a level in Artwork Historical past. That was adopted by a Bachelor of Arts diploma from Ryerson College in Toronto.

In between, Cloutier picked up a advertising diploma from Concordia College, figuring she’d want an excellent grounding in enterprise, in addition to within the arts.

Now in her 50s, Cloutier has been ready to make use of her to forge a profitable profession, combining the talents she has honed over time into three important areas — inside design, actual property (she additionally holds a residential actual property dealer’s licence), and staging artwork exhibitions that includes her personal work.

Cloutier launched her profession doing inside design work for an organization, however later, with the intention to increase her buyer base, she turned self-employed. She at the moment works as an impartial actual property dealer with a group of brokers at Re/Max Westmount. That brings her into contact with clients who may want renovation providers, residence staging (in the event that they’re promoting their property) or simply recommendation on the way to enhance their houses.

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Odile Cloutier sits at her writing table in her renovated condo.
Odile Cloutier sits at her writing desk in her renovated rental. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

Final winter, Cloutier determined to use a few of her abilities to her newly-purchased rental — a 1,450-square-foot residence with a 1,000-square-foot patio and backyard. Located in a mid-rise constructing (it has 5 storeys) in Decrease Westmount, it’s an open, vivid house with three bedrooms, two loos and a laundry room. It took Cloutier solely three months to renovate her new residence from high to backside.

Query:How did your renovations go so shortly? Lots of people appear to take months and months to do a renovation after which they usually come up in opposition to challenges they hadn’t anticipated.

Reply: That’s true, however due to my line of labor, I knew what was concerned and, in fact, I’ve a community of fine tradespeople — contractors, plumbers, electricians and so forth. I additionally knew the place to seek out high quality supplies and I’ve used solely the perfect of the perfect.

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MONTREAL, QUE.: March 19, 2020 --  The ensuite bathroom in Odile Cloutier's home in Montreal, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Allen McInnis / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 64115
Odile Cloutier had her ensuite lavatory absolutely renovated. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

Q: What was your aim in renovating the inside?

A: Bringing extra mild into the house. I needed the residence to be open and vivid and to provide the inside a extra fashionable look. After I purchased the rental, the lounge, eating room and the kitchen have been all separate rooms so I needed to take away partitions and doorways.

Q: Was the residence outdated?

A: Not outdated, however dated. The constructing was constructed within the 1980s and the flooring have been all coated in broadloom. I needed to rip out all of the carpeting and exchange it with engineered wooden. The couple who owned it earlier than had lived right here for 25 years they usually hadn’t actually performed a lot to the inside in that point.

MONTREAL, QUE.: March 19, 2020 --  The living room area of Odile Cloutier's home in Montreal, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Allen McInnis / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 64115
A view of the lounge space of Odile Cloutier’s renovated rental in Decrease Westmount. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

Q: However you made up for that?

A: (Smiles.) I definitely did.

Q: I discover you’ve chosen a white end for all of your partitions.  That definitely makes the place look very vivid.

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A: I needed to unify the house and to make it very calming, however for those who look intently you’ll discover that many of the partitions are literally not pure white. They’re a delicate shade of pale gray and for those who look down on the wainscotting, which is pure white, you’ll see the distinction between the 2 colors.

(Cloutier’s different rooms are painted in comparable muted shades.)

MONTREAL, QUE.: March 19, 2020 --  The master bedroom and ensuite bathroom and walking closet of Odile Cloutier's home in Montreal, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Allen McInnis / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 64115
Odile Cloutier selected muted shades for her dwelling house, together with the master suite. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

Q: You talked about that your kitchen offered a little bit of problem.

A: In a rental constructing, the plumbing and electrical wiring is often hidden behind a wall that incorporates one lengthy column, stretching from the bottom flooring to the roof. I changed the wiring and the plumbing however I wasn’t capable of take away that wall, so I needed to work with what I had.

(A ceramic-topped range and a financial institution of kitchen cupboards and drawers have been put in in opposition to the wall in query. The galley kitchen additionally has a jet-black sink and a white and gray, veined countertop.)

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Q: Is your countertop fabricated from marble?

A: It’s quartz made to seem like marble. It a brand new product and it got here in the marketplace solely lately. Actual marble, although it seems lovely, isn’t very sensible. It stains simply and is difficult to maintain clear — the alternative of quartz.

Q: And what’s your black sink made out of? It creates fairly a dramatic distinction to its pale environment.

A: That’s a sort of powdered granite, which is engineered right into a composite materials to fabricate issues like this sink. It’s very onerous carrying.

MONTREAL, QUE.: March 19, 2020 --  The kitchen of Odile Cloutier's home in Montreal, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Allen McInnis / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 64115
Odile Cloutier selected powdered granite, a powerful composite materials, for her kitchen sink. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

Q: Inform me about that large-format above what I presume was a hearth?

A: The fireside opening was nonetheless right here, however I put in an electrical fireplace. The is the Vatican. It was taken by Massimo Listri who is thought for his large photos of public areas. The work you see across the residence are mine. I work on these at my studio within the nation.

This text was researched and written in March 2020, earlier than the COVID-19 protocols have been carried out. It has subsequently been up to date.

SHELTER

Occupant: Odile Cloutier

Location: Decrease Westmount

Measurement: 1,450 sq. toes, plus 1,000-square-foot patio and backyard

Worth: Undisclosed

Been there: Since February 2020

A different look at the ensuite master bathroom in Odile Cloutier's condo.
A unique have a look at the ensuite grasp lavatory in Odile Cloutier’s rental. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette
MONTREAL, QUE.: March 19, 2020 --  The dinning room area of Odile Cloutier's home in Montreal, on Thursday, March 19, 2020. (Allen McInnis / MONTREAL GAZETTE) ORG XMIT: 64115
The dinning room space of Odile Cloutier’s rental in Decrease Westmount. The work throughout the house have been performed by Cloutier. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette
The spare room area of Odile Cloutier's home.
The spare room space of Odile Cloutier’s residence. Picture by Allen McInnis /Montreal Gazette

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