Congratulations to CCI Renovations, winner of our Mad Men-inspired mid-century modern contest! This North Vancouver, B.C., project secured the votes of two out of three of our guest designer judges, as well as REMODELING’s editorial staff. The entry won for the living room pictured above, but the entire layout of the home was designed with a mid-century modern theme in mind.
John Friswell of CCI Renovations and Marlene Bourque of High Design Studio worked together on the kitchen and bath remodel that evolved into an entire home renovation, which also included reworking the exterior landscape. The stone fireplace is the only original element that remains intact.
Bourque said that the clients loved mid-century modern style from the start. They already owned some original period furniture, including an Eames lounge chair. The couple also owned the horse print and other artwork, and the geodes are from the husband’s early career days as a geologist. Bourque incorporated all of these features into one cohesive design and CCI Renovations brought it to life.
The project’s name, L’Orange, comes from Bourque’s choice of orange as a bold accent throughout the home.
From start to finish the interior took about 18 months and the exterior concrete work took three months. All of the floors had to be replaced, countertops were raised and lowered, a backyard pool was removed and turned into an outdoor living space, and the kitchen was reduced in size by about a foot to make room for a deck.
The entire front yard was redesigned by Bourque to match the theme of the interior and completely rebuilt by CCI Renovations. Since the original landscape was at a slope, the concrete had to be tiered. The wood staircase landings mixed with concrete retaining walls help tie the inside and outside together. Friswell said that the concrete was a lot of technical work, but he “really liked how it came out and came together in the end.”
Bourque’s favorite part of the project was the mid-century
modern aspect. “I connected personally to it and it was really easy for me to
merge my design abilities with what the client wanted," she explained. "The client afforded me a
lot of creative license. They had a lot of faith and confidence in me. In this
case our ideas of beauty were aligned."