A Late 80s Toronto Condo Gets A RAD Design Refresh

The influx of shiny new condominiums coming to market can make it easy to overlook the many older suites dating from the late 1980s that pepper Toronto's downtown area, which are often in superior locations.

This project by RAD design, completed on a modest $30K budget, demonstrates how a tired space in the city’s St. Lawrence neighbourhood was elevated to be just as fresh and contemporary as a more costly new build.






After stripping outdated carpeting and vertical blinds, the bedroom corner was squared off and the framed sliding doors replaced with frosted glass panels in a cool bluish hue.

This new glass separation boasts minimal stainless steel framing, creating a light and airy contrast to the dark wood floors.





The bathroom, in the image below, was updated with a new vanity, floating a little higher off the floor than its predecessor, and larger format white tiles with pale grout lines.




There’s something quite satisfying about a kitchen reno that manages to revitalize a space, without sending perfectly functioning appliances curbside.

All the cabinetry was replaced with high-gloss upper units in a graphite tone, while lower cabinets and countertops were completed with a white finish, so that it blends in with the existing dishwasher and stove.





RAD Design conceptualized a beautiful space: I love how all the colours come together so organically. The grey and black accents of the living room naturally compliment the white walls of the unit.





The results are very impressive, making a strong case for the livability of the city’s mature condominiums – many of which are in prime locations and boast significantly larger footprints than their contemporary counterparts.

My verdict? Don't overlook the older condominiums, as you would be surprised at what you can spruce up with the help of our friends at RAD Design!

To learn more, or to view other brilliant projects, visit RAD Design.


All pictures courtesy of RAD Design


Researched and written by Miranda Corcoran, an industrial design and digital media student at OCAD University.

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