My client Derek, a young professional, called on my services as an interior designer to reimagine a two-floor apartment in a 5-plex that he owes in the St-Henri district of Montreal. The areas that needed the most consideration were the bathroom and the kitchen, both of which were in dire need of some TLC and value-added upgrades.


The client gave me carte-blanche to conceive a complete renovation of the space to make it more livable and functional. The key elements that needed to be addressed were:

– Bringing light and air circulation into the space

– Reducing the feeling of claustrophobia

– Incorporating storage

– Reducing the long-and-narrow feeling of the space

– Making the flow of the space more functional


The main floor area that encompasses the kitchen dining room and living room was a similar configuration of long and narrow with no delineation between the spaces. So the eye travelled all the way to the back of the apartment.

Starting from scratch: The plan was created to reconfigure the living space into four distinct (yet congruous) areas:

  • Small entry (foyer)
  • Kitchen
  • Dining area
  • Living room (this room was not part of the mandate)


“ Roger has designed two rooms for me; a kitchen and a bathroom, and they are amazing. Both projects were DIY and Roger was very patient and willing to help me so that I could build the designs, use the right materials, and answer any and all questions that always pop up.

He cared about what I thought and he cared about the projects, we worked together the whole way. Thanks a million Roger, I can’t wait for the next one 🙂 ”

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