Put off by Montreal’s rising rents, a young couple turn to first-time homeownership and dive into a design-led renovation.

The kitchen bookends an open-plan layout that also includes a dining area and living room. Full-height windows help create a sense of spaciousness and open the living areas to the backyard.

Emilie Geoffrey and her partner Antoine were in the middle of hunting for rentals in Montreal when it dawned on them that it would be more cost-effective to buy and renovate a duplex in Notre-Dame-de-Grâce and rent out the second floor.

Emboldened by their calculations and the opportunity to craft a space exactly to their liking, the couple purchased an old, two-story duplex that had been virtually left untouched since its construction in 1953.



Seen from the back, the pre-renovation duplex—later dubbed the Bessborough Residence—also included a garage, backyard and a basement that could be accessed from both floors.

Seen from the back, the pre-renovation duplex—later dubbed the Bessborough Residence—also included a garage, backyard, and a basement that could be accessed from both floors.

Emilie Geoffrey

Before, the 900-square-foot ground floor had been divided into six rooms, which gave the interior a dark and cramped feel.

Before, the 900-square-foot ground floor had been divided into six rooms, which gave the interior a dark and cramped feel. 

Emilie Geoffrey

See the full story on Dwell.com: Budget Breakdown: A 1950s Duplex Receives a Striking Makeover For $190K

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