Masculine style loft with fresh design inspiration in Montreal


This masculine style loft was given a complete overhaul by interior designer Manon Bélanger, located in historic Old Montreal, the oldest area in the city of Montreal, Quebec, Canada. This sensational loft offers its inhabitants a spacious terrace to sit back, relax and enjoy the views overlooking the Saint Lawrence River and the Port of Montreal. The building that houses this loft was once an old fire station, which was converted into livable condos.

The new homeowner that purchased this home found themselves living in a home that had not been renovated since the 1970s. In need of an update, the designer was tasked with preserving historical features while giving the home a modern look. A key component to a home with few windows was the addition of a large skylight in the living area. A spiral staircase takes you up to a small bedroom loft with a private terrace.


The project required the designer to open up the living spaces and to increase the richness of architecture as well as the material elements. Preserve the history of the structure while at the same time infusing it with masculine details. Previously there was a wooden staircase that connected the main living area with the upstairs loft. It was replaced with a spiral staircase comprised of steel.

Replacing the staircase helped to give the space luminosity without any visual barriers. Additionally, restoring the wooden flooring by applying a whitewash finish also helped to make the home feel bright and airy. The finished result: a loft apartment that dominates with personality.


What We Love: This masculine style loft features an impressive open layout that flows harmoniously from one space to the next. It feels bright and airy thanks to white painted wood flooring and soaring ceilings. Industrial nuances are felt with exposed ductwork, raw brick walls, exposed ceiling rafters and the steel of the spiral staircase. There are some fantastic details to admire, especially the reading nook. A cozy spot to curl up with a good book and unwind after a long day at work. Those plush leather chairs sure look comfortable and helps soften the hardness of the exposed brick.

Readers, what do you find most appealing in the loft apartment? Any particular details that you find noteworthy? Please share with us in the comments below.


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Photos: Courtesy of Manon Bélanger

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