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Home in the Fraser/Kingsway area of Vancouver renovated by architect Michel Laflamme. 'Restraint in terms of space, time and budget,' says Mr. Laflamme 'can bring out the best in a project.'

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Mr. Laflamme's transformation of the two upper floors of the Kennedy residence took 4 months and a budget of about $150,000.

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The 900 sq. ft.space is now a light filled aerie that his clients say is 'a joy to come home to.'

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The kitchen and the dining room were once separated by a wall but are now part of a single 'entertainment 'zone.

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White corian and laminate and clear stained salvaged fir flooringprovides a muted palette. 'Modern and minimal,' says Mr. Laflamme, 'does not have to be unlivable.'

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For 900 square feet, it's a surprisingly open and uncluttered space.

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For the upstairs bedroom, Mr. Laflamme designed the compact space 'as if it were a ship,' with custom cabinetry and built in closets streamlining storage areas.

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