April 2011

Coast Hotel Lobby Renovation – Before and After


Before renovations

Check out the before and after photos of one of our latest projects, The Coast Surrey Hotel. The lobby hadn’t seen a renovation in over 25 years and was congested and outdated.  Our goal was to create a spacious and open lobby that would exceed that of the competition in the area.

The major design challenge in this space was the large structural column right in the middle of the space.  This threatened the open space concept we hoped to create, but the team pulled through with some great solutions.


After renovations

The first solution was to create areas of interest around the column such as a feature fireplace, an inviting seating area, and a unique check in desk. These spaces draw your eye away from the prominent column and around the entire space.  In order to create a more open feeling we chose a light colour palette and installed a polished marble floor to allow for reflection throughout the space. Semi-transparent drapery fabric was installed to allow a greater amount of natural light into the space.  This creates a bright and uplifting environment to welcome guests with.  The space was enlarged in order to accommodate larger groups with luggage and to allow plenty of circulation area for ease of entry to the hotel.

Overall the renovations created a more functional and welcoming place for the guests at the Coast Surrey Hotel.

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Designer Profile – Lisa Juan

Lisa_webMeet one of our Interior Designers Lisa!  With and artistic family background, Lisa always knew she would find a career in design.  Lisa attended the prestigious Academy of Art University in San Francisco (Barbara Barry was a former student) and is accredited through the National Council for Interior Design Qualification. Her International experience in San Francisco, Taipei, and London have broadened her view of design as she has worked with different environments, needs, and styles.  Lisa believes in simple, clean line design that both meet her client’s needs and design aesthetic.  Her favourite part of the design process is creating conceptual ideas, and seeing them through to the end. Lisa is also a busy mom of two and is currently working on the penthouse suites of one of Vancouver’s premier properties.

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