Making your new home industrial chic!

No need to buy into an already converted space – Sarah Gallop Design Inc. (SGDI) and New Vision Projects offer up advice on how you can incorporate industrial elements into your home with their Ovation finalist project, “Industrial Funk.”

Try Steel and Play with Your Lighting. Stick to simple steel accessories and furnishings to give your home an understated industrial touch. Search for a big pendant light and place it over a dining area or in an entryway or hallway. Brandon Smith, co-founder of New Vision Projects, explains, “Given the theme of the project, it was decided that we would use a steel beam instead of a wooden beam. A number of coats of stain were applied on site to give it the colour and style we were looking to achieve.” The cleaner the lines, the closer you are to the industrial look. “Details like the steel light fixtures helped bring this look to life,” adds Sarah Gallop, owner of SGDI.

Exposed Brick. Consider adding bricks or brick veneer. If you’re not up for a focal wall, try limiting this material to a kitchen backsplash, fireplace surround or entryway. “We used a porcelain tile that is made to look like brick without having the thickness of an authentic brick,” Gallop says. “We decided to use a charcoal-coloured window trim on the brick walls to provide depth to the wall.”

Repurposed Furnishings. Gears, mechanical devices, tile and hardware are just a few of the elements that make for creative furnishing opportunities. Try tipping an old gear over on its side and top it with a piece of glass for an impromptu side table or put a collection of old tools out on display. “We used pipe and plank shelving made from custom-designed re-purposed pipe. The family had quite a few pieces that they wanted to display and using the open shelves highlighted those items in an eclectic way,” says Gallop.

Want to take your condo to new industrial heights, or consider a more substantial condo renovation? Under the BC Strata Property Act, an owner must obtain written approval before altering a strata lot; each strata will have its own approval process and schedule of bylaws. Be sure to talk to your professional contractor for more information on renovations within a strata.

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