An affluent neighborhood in Montreal, is renowned for its upscale residences, picturesque streets, and a vibrant community. This affluent neighborhood attracts discerning residents who appreciate its elegant architecture, well-manicured parks, and proximity to high-end amenities, making it one of the most sought-after and prestigious areas in the city.

Westmount is characterized by its iconic Greene Avenue, which serves as a vibrant hub for shopping, dining, and socializing. Nestled near the majestic Mount Royal, residents and visitors can enjoy the serene ambiance of George Park, a green oasis perfect for recreational activities and leisurely strolls.

PLANNING A RENOVATION IN WESTMOUNT

 

When undertaking renovations in Westmount, one of the first things we do for our clients is to check with the municipality of Westmount to see if the home is considered heritage or governed by a specific bylaw. The houses in Westmount are old, they have special needs and the municipality of Westmount requires that their regulations be respected.

Advantages and opportunities of a renovation in Westmount

 

Westmount, a neighbourhood known for its elegance and charm, has seen various renovation projects throughout its prestigious streets, including Westmount Square, Murray Hill avenue,  Westmount park, sherbrooke street, Murray Hill Park, Balmoral Castle, Kitchener Avenue, and Victoria Avenue. These renovations have enhanced the beauty and functionality of the area, ensuring that residents and visitors can appreciate the timeless appeal of Westmount while enjoying the amenities and attractions these streets have to offer.

Here are 8 advantages and opportunities of renovating your heritage house in Westmount, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Quebec & Canada.

1. Historical charm preservation

 

Renovating the interior of a heritage house allows you to preserve and restore its original architectural features. They can be ornate mouldings, wood fireplaces, hardwood floors, or grand staircases. This helps maintain the historical charm and authenticity of the property. Westmount offers a variety of educational options, including reputable private schools and public schools that provide a high-quality and personalized learning experience for students.
During the summer months, Westmount residents take advantage of the warm weather by enjoying their swimming pools. With its affluent community and beautiful residences, Westmount boasts an array of stunning swimming pools that become popular gathering spots for residents to relax, unwind, and make the most of summer..

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2. Modern customization

 

Heritage houses often have layouts that may not align with contemporary lifestyles. So, why don’t you think of reconfiguring or renovating the interior spaces to better suit modern needs? It can be open-plan ground floors, updated kitchens, or additional bathrooms while respecting the original character. Westmount offers a range of luxurious properties, including condominiums, featuring beautifully designed bathrooms that epitomize elegance and sophistication. Whether it’s a spacious bathroom in a condo or a stunning bathroom in a private property, Westmount ensures that residents can enjoy a refined and comfortable bathing experience in their exclusive living spaces.

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3. Enhanced functionality and comfort of the interior

 

Upgrades such as insulation, HVAC systems, or windows can improve energy efficiency, and comfort, and reduce utility costs.

4. Modern amenities integration

 

The renovation project allows the owners to integrate modern amenities and technologies while maintaining authentic architecture. For example, installing smart home systems, or featuring sustainable design features can enhance the livability and efficiency of living spaces.

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5. Facade restoration and repairs

 

Over time, the exterior of the antique houses may require repairs and restoration. Any structural issues or damaged materials should be detected and fixed flawlessly. Therefore, this is an opportunity for you to not only retain the longevity of the property, but also convey the fresh look to the original architectural elements such as intricate facades, unique rooflines, or decorative accents. Our team of residential architects in Montréal will guide you through this project.

6. Upgraded materials

 

After years of fighting with weather conditions, it’s time to replace worn-out materials with high-quality, durable alternatives. For example, updating roofing, windows, or siding can advance the weather resistance and overall maintenance of the property.

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7. Landscaping spaces renovation

 

The enhancement of outdoor living spaces, gardens, or landscaping can elevate the aesthetics of the property and create inviting outdoor areas. Westmount is renowned for its meticulously manicured landscapes, which not only add to the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhood but also ensure that the outdoor spaces are wheelchair accessible.

8. Adapting to zoning and bylaws

 

Due to the continuous development of infrastructure, it may require the modernization of accommodations. This can include modifying the property to meet accessibility standards and incorporating sustainable design practices. In order to undertake a heritage renovation project in Westmount, an affluent municipality, it is required to submit a permit application to the Planning Advisory Committee. 

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Here are 8 advantages and opportunities of renovating your heritage house in Westmount, one of the most prestigious neighborhoods in Quebec & Canada.

1. Historical charm preservation

 

Renovating the interior of a heritage house allows you to preserve and restore its original architectural features. They can be ornate mouldings, wood fireplaces, hardwood floors, or grand staircases. This helps maintain the historical charm and authenticity of the property. Westmount offers a variety of educational options, including reputable private schools and public schools that provide a high-quality and personalized learning experience for students.
During the summer months, Westmount residents take advantage of the warm weather by enjoying their swimming pools. With its affluent community and beautiful residences, Westmount boasts an array of stunning swimming pools that become popular gathering spots for residents to relax, unwind, and make the most of summer..

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2. Modern customization

 

Heritage houses often have layouts that may not align with contemporary lifestyles. So, why don’t you think of reconfiguring or renovating the interior spaces to better suit modern needs? It can be open-plan ground floors, updated kitchens, or additional bathrooms while respecting the original character. Westmount offers a range of luxurious properties, including condominiums, featuring beautifully designed bathrooms that epitomize elegance and sophistication. Whether it’s a spacious bathroom in a condo or a stunning bathroom in a private property, Westmount ensures that residents can enjoy a refined and comfortable bathing experience in their exclusive living spaces.

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3. Enhanced functionality and comfort of the interior

 

Upgrades such as insulation, HVAC systems, or windows can improve energy efficiency, and comfort, and reduce utility costs.

4. Modern amenities integration

 

The renovation project allows the owners to integrate modern amenities and technologies while maintaining authentic architecture. For example, installing smart home systems, or featuring sustainable design features can enhance the livability and efficiency of living spaces.

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5. Facade restoration and repairs

 

Over time, the exterior of the antique houses may require repairs and restoration. Any structural issues or damaged materials should be detected and fixed flawlessly. Therefore, this is an opportunity for you to not only retain the longevity of the property, but also convey the fresh look to the original architectural elements such as intricate facades, unique rooflines, or decorative accents. Our team of residential architects in Montréal will guide you through this project.

6. Upgraded materials

 

After years of fighting with weather conditions, it’s time to replace worn-out materials with high-quality, durable alternatives. For example, updating roofing, windows, or siding can advance the weather resistance and overall maintenance of the property.

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7. Landscaping spaces renovation

 

The enhancement of outdoor living spaces, gardens, or landscaping can elevate the aesthetics of the property and create inviting outdoor areas. Westmount is renowned for its meticulously manicured landscapes, which not only add to the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhood but also ensure that the outdoor spaces are wheelchair accessible.

8. Adapting to zoning and bylaws

 

Due to the continuous development of infrastructure, it may require the modernization of accommodations. This can include modifying the property to meet accessibility standards and incorporating sustainable design practices. In order to undertake a heritage renovation project in Westmount, an affluent municipality, it is required to submit a permit application to the Planning Advisory Committee. 

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When undertaking renovation projects in Westmount that involve significant changes or demolition, it is crucial to obtain the necessary demolition permit. This permit ensures that the renovation or demolition is carried out in compliance with local regulations, preserving the integrity of the neighborhood and maintaining the high standards of construction and preservation that Westmount is known for.

Westmount is an ideal location for various project types, including renovations, due to its rich architectural heritage and commitment to preserving its historic charm. Whether it’s restoring a heritage home, modernizing a property, or undertaking a renovation project, Westmount provides a perfect backdrop for homeowners and contractors to bring their renovation visions to life while respecting the neighborhood’s unique character.

It is essential to work with professionals experienced in heritage restoration and high-end renovation, and construction, and knowledgeable about local regulations. ESPE’s team has over 20 years of experience in the industry and can manage all aspects of the renovation project within your budget and timeline. We listen to your tastes, needs and ideas and transform them into a refreshing look and vibe while keeping the architectural significance of the house. 

HOW TO PLAN YOUR RENOVATION PROJECT IN WESTMOUNT ?

Obtaining a building permit

Any good renovation project begins with good planning, and this is even more true when it comes to renovations in Westmount. We begin by determining and making a detailed list of everything we want to include in the renovation project. 

From this list, it will be possible to determine everything that will affect the heritage and architectural components. If the renovation project includes one of these components, the municipality of Westmount will require approval of the renovation project by the Westmount CCU (Urban Planning Advisory Committee) to approve your renovation project. In addition, the municipality of Westmount now requires an asbestos test in most cases in order to protect you and the workers who will carry out the renovation project in your home. It is important to check this before the work begins.

Indeed, before undertaking any renovation project in Westmount, it is essential to ensure compliance with local regulations by obtaining the necessary building permit. This permit serves as official approval from the local authorities and guarantees that the renovation adheres to the building codes and regulations in Westmount, ensuring a smooth and legal renovation process.

Architectural Heritage in Westmount

 

The Municipality of Westmount will obligate you to keep some key elements characteristic of Westmount’s architecture. This refers to any exterior modifications, such as walls, doors and windows, roofing and landscaping. Some minor changes may be permitted without going to the CCU, but you must make sure that your project is in compliance with the Westmount Architectural Heritage Regulations.

No major external changes will be permitted without the approval of the Westmount CCU. Preparing this type of project can seem long and arduous, but by working with the right contractor for the renovation project, you will be guided through the process. Our team will make it simple and consistent with the architectural and regulatory heritage of the Town of Westmount.

Westmount, as a bilingual municipality, not only values its linguistic diversity but also takes pride in its rich architectural heritage. The city showcases a harmonious blend of English and French influences in its historic buildings, preserving the unique character and charm of the community. This bilingual municipality embraces its architectural heritage, making Westmount a truly captivating destination for those who appreciate both cultural diversity and stunning architectural landmarks.

Consult the Municipality of Westmount prior to the renovation

 

No renovation work can be done in Westmount without a permit. We consult with the Westmount Permit Office to find out what regulations will apply to our clients’ projects. Each project is unique and regulations are always changing. We propose projects that respect the regulations in effect for each house that is entrusted to us. Once we have established the needs, the budget and the schedule of our client’s project, we produce plans that will be useful for the permit application.

Contact us to assist you in your process to make your renovation project a success, and within the Westmount by-laws.