April 3, 2018, Victoria, BC – Interior design firm i3 Design has joined a collaborative team in the development of the new, Belmont Residences part of #My Belmont Masterplan community in Langford, BC.
With many new multi-family developments hitting the marketplace, it’s common for developers and designers to attempt to out-scale and out-design the competition by using wow factors in their application.
For boutique Vancouver-based firm i3 Design, hired to design the interiors of Belmont Residences this was an opportunity to create a direct reflection of the property’s exterior. Their focus was less about outrageous design and more about crafting spaces with livable, durable, and natural materials to reflect and support the outdoor lifestyle of future residents. Taking their 15 years in the multi-family development market and an intuitive approach to every project they touch, i3 Design knew that they had to bring the outdoors in.
#My Belmont comprise rental and privately-owned condos across seven developments, with the adjacent Belmont Market, creating a 24-acre full-amenity community. A blend of urban and natural living will provide residents with direct access to natural attractions, including the bordering Galloping Goose Trail and Langford Lake, among others.
Lisa Perry, director of interior design at i3 Design, and senior project manager Hong Cartmel drew inspiration directly from the exterior. “We carried finishes from outside through to the interiors, with elements like wood panelling on the lobby walls, concrete floor panels, stonework, a neutral palette and finishings that minimize cleanup,” explains Cartmel.
Each unit features concrete-style quartz countertops in bathrooms and kitchen, two-tone kitchen cabinets, matte finishes, and fingerprint-less laminate as well as matte black kitchen faucets for contemporary stay-clean appeal. High-quality flooring in a laminate wood with hand-hued saw marks creates a near-real-look without great expense while keeping day-to-day maintenance low. Even the kitchen backsplash is a wood-look porcelain tile. Environmental responsibility also played a factor for Perry and Cartmel. The duo chose LEED-compatible finishes with LED lights and low-flow toilets and showerheads.
“We had full confidence that i3 Design would bring innovation to the design capturing the essence of the casual, yet sophisticated west coast vibe of our community and they delivered,” says Marcela Corzo, director of development for #MyBelmont.
The amenity spaces in the multi-room Belmont Club have an equally high usability factor. Nothing is fragile, and it appeals directly to multi-generational users. Vinyl plank tiles, wood-look, and concrete-look finishes, colourful artwork, and activity-based design elements create a warm, welcoming atmosphere where hobbies, music, gatherings, and creativity can co-exist and thrive.
The Belmont Club’s hobby room has been designed with the mess in mind. Painting, pottery, car part repairs…they’re all easily hands-on with stainless steel countertops and high tables surrounded by counter-height stools. The Club’s community room conveys a coffee lounge feel. Complemented by soft seating and informal dining tables, it’s a relaxed, inviting space for socializing.
Earthy, casual, Belmont life is the kind of living where you buyers may put down a chilled bottle without fear of leaving a mark. It’s where they may keep and wash a dog. They may maintain those messy hobbies, trudge through after a paddle or gear up to repair their bike. Call it, “livable modern,” or, “upscale casual.”
About #MyBelmont & Belmont Residences
#MyBelmont is an inspiring new 24-acre community created on southern Vancouver Island’s West Shore. #MyBelmont comprises seven residential market and rental buildings targeting first-time home buyers, working professionals, and downsizers. The development is enhanced by commercial amenities (being developed by Crombie REIT), including a landmark Thrifty Foods spanning 53,000 square feet.
Adjacent to the Galloping Goose Regional Trail and numerous parks, lakes, and outdoor spaces, #MyBelmont is set to become a vibrant centre for the City of Langford. The new heart of the West Shore, Belmont Residences will be the “it” place for those seeking a healthy, urban-meets-suburban living.
For more information, visit www.belmontresidences.com.