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Architectural style

 

The Borough of Saint-Laurent is made up of an industrial sector around which various residential sectors abut. Indeed, its industrial past has given rise to workers’ houses, railroads and major traffic arteries. From the end of the 19th century onwards, this district was modernized, with the emergence of more modern, better-insulated, middle-class homes. With this improvement in mind, the municipality even obliged residents to plant a tree in front of their home. These tree-lined streets will break up the industrial feel and create a warmer, livelier atmosphere. 

In Saint-Laurent, you’ll find an architecturally strong institutional district, with a fine college and a church built of cut stone.

Today, in the heart of Saint-Laurent, you’ll find residences in a variety of styles and materials (wood, brick, stone…), as well as many 2-storey buildings built in series. These new constructions are appreciated by residents for their beauty and affordability (large balconies, large windows, elaborate brickwork, exterior staircases…).

Neighborhood lifestyle

Saint-Laurent is a perfect blend of urbanity and greenery, thanks to its parks (Marcel-Laurin, Bois-de-Liesse) and everything children need to let off steam. That’s why so many families with children live here. Anglophones and francophones mix very well, not least because there are 2 CEGEPs here, one for each language spoken.

As for going out, the proximity of several shopping areas, including IKEA, is very convenient for families who want to shop easily.

House problems

 

As the majority of Montreal homes were built before 1980, one of the most frequent problems is asbestos. This substance, which is harmful to health, is present in the plaster linings of buildings constructed before this period. 

These same homes also have insulation problems. At the time, houses were poorly insulated. Our team is here to guide you step by step.

Renovation style

 

In this district, renovations to younger homes (in their thirties) will focus more on functionality and aesthetics than on depth (insulation, waterproofing…). Owners will be looking to refurbish and modernize their kitchens, bathrooms and living rooms, and create master suites, for example. 

Homes built before the 1980s will need more in-depth renovations, including updating the building envelope. In these homes, we often find partitioned spaces that are no longer really adapted to today’s family lifestyles. It is therefore common practice to open up spaces on the first floor to create common living areas. As this work sometimes involves structural alterations, it’s essential to call in the professionals.