Rustic Modern Condo Update from the Heart

Rustic Modern Condo Update from the Heart

The owners of this beautiful Port Moody two-storey condo love their home

and as retirees, they wanted to stay here and enjoy the views, as well as fulfill lifelong travel dreams.
With that in mind, the decision was made to update and upgrade various elements of the apartment, and stay in the place they love.

Port Moody, BC

2 storey condo makeover, Age-in-place updates


One of the main objectives of the reno, was to make the living space more efficient, as well as other considerations as the couple ages-in-place. The kitchen should be a feature of the home, and needed to be the showpiece of the project. Without wanting to refurnish the whole home, design concepts needed to consider some existing vintage furniture pieces that would remain, complementing them rather than making them stand out.


With the kitchen showpiece needing to really pop, a rare-looking natural stone was chosen for the countertop and all decisions revolved around it.

‘Fusion Red’ quartzite was the basis for the entire colour-scheme. A challenge of the condo is how the slab couldn’t be craned in, and needed to be installed in two pieces, with a seamless join.

The inclusion of warm-whites and soft greys, a rustic modern look, hammered copper sinks and carefully curated faucets, handles and hardware, as well as gold-veined marble tiling, helped connect the older furniture pieces, with a clean, more modern look.

Removal of the dividing wall to the dining area extended the kitchen and allowed room for a deeper island and better pathing.

Homeowners accumulated multiple small appliances that were previously stored in the front-closet and wanted these appliances incorporated into the kitchen. The island was designed with full storage on both-sides to hold all their favourite small appliances right at their fingertips – and now with microwave-drawer, pullout-fridge/freezer and dishwasher.


Deeper closets on the second floor allow for full-sized washer and dryer, and fully renovated bathrooms improved the functionality and storage space in each.

Each bathroom has its own personality. Ensuite vanity unit features a toe-kick drawer, and the powder room has a vintage-vanity and the same hammered-copper style, drop-in sink as the kitchen for a rustic look.

  • ‘Fusion Red’ quartzite
  • Hammered copper, apron-front sinks
  • Rich-toned rift cut oak upper cabinetry
  • Hickory engineered hardwood throughout main level
  • Classic, soft grey 12-inch-by-24-inch floor tile
  • Luxurious Calacatta-marble countertop and floor-tile have gold-veining
  • Striking vertical blue/green tiles
  • Shiplap finishing on stairway, repeated on bedroom wall
  • In-floor heat
  • Upgraded baseboard heater – more energy-efficient, fits under existing sill
  • Motorized blinds – low-voltage
  • All new light-fixtures, Bocci plugs
  • Expanded ceiling drop