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. However, when it came time to design the interiors of the Belmont Residences’ new master-planned community in Langford, the developers saw it as an opportunity to create a reflection of the property’s exterior—crafting spaces with livable, durable, and natural materials to support the lifestyle of future residents.
To this end, Belmont hired boutique, Vancouver-based firm i3 design to bring innovation to a design that would capture the essence of the casual, yet sophisticated west coast vibe of our West Shore community.
Lisa Perry, director of interior design at i3 design and senior project manager, Hong Cartmel, drew inspiration directly from the exterior. They carried outside finishes through to the interiors, with elements like wood paneling on the lobby walls, concrete floor panels, stone work, a neutral palette and finishings that minimize cleanup.
Each home 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 a contemporary, stay-clean appeal.
High-quality flooring in a laminate wood with hand-hued saw marks creates an authentic 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 with the selection of LEED-compatible finishes with LED lights and low-flow toilets and showerheads.
BELMONT CLUB AMENITIES
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 and concrete-look finishes, colourful artwork, and activitybased design elements create a warm, welcoming aura where hobbies, music, gatherings, and creativity can co-exist and thrive.
- The Community Room conveys a coffee lounge feel. Complemented by soft seating and informal dining tables, it’s a relaxed, inviting space for working or socializing.
- The Hobby Room has been designed with stainless steel countertops and high tables surrounded by counter-height stools to handle whatever creative endeavours residents may have in mind: painting, ceramics, floral design or other crafting.
- Earthy, casual, Belmont life is the kind of living where you may put down a chilled bottle without fear of leaving a mark. It’s where you can keep and wash a dog. Go ahead and maintain those messy hobbies, trudge through after a paddle or gear up to repair your bike.
Whether you call it, “liveable modern” or “upscale casual”, the heart of the Belmont Residences development will be the “it” place for those seeking a healthy, urban-meets-suburban living on southern Vancouver Island’s West Shore.