The Grande 300 Morrissey Road Port Moody 220 homes in a 26 storey tower by Onni Group

Thursday, October 5th, 2017

The Grande a merging of the contemporary and the timeless

Mary Frances Hill
The Province

The Grande

Where: 300 Morrissey Road, Port Moody

What: 26-storey tower with 220 homes in the Suter Brook Village community

Developer and builder: Onni Group

Residence sizes and prices: 1, 2 and 3 bedrooms, 600 — 2,100 sq. ft., up to $2.7 million

Sales centre address: 601 – 220 Brew Street, Suter Brook Village

Sales centre hours: noon — 6 p.m., Sat — Thurs

After years of building in Port Moody, it’s clear the Onni Group knew it was on to a good thing.

By the time The Grande rises at Suter Brook Village, the neighbourhood will comprise some 1,500 homes, catering to a range of buyers, including downsizers and young families. Since 2005, when the first of the Suter Brook Village buildings took root, the real estate market has boomed. Yet Onni has made sure the original vision of interior layouts remains true to its origins — for the most part.

“As buildings have continued to rise in the neighbourhood, suite layouts have actually not seen a substantial change, except with the most recent focus on creating even larger living [area] floor plans for a more mature demographic,” says Maxime Zentner, an interior designer with the Onni Group.

Zentner led the design on The Grande’s display vignettes, which show exact kitchen layouts and two types of washrooms at the Suter Brook Village display space.

Another dramatic change over the years can be seen in the quality of finishes, she says. Today, buyers are looking for finishes that simultaneously keep up with contemporary trends and always look luxurious, but still come off as timeless. That is a difficult balance, but Zentner is confident Onni achieved it through simplifying the designs in the details.


 “Elements such as handles and hardware have the potential to become dated over time, so by minimizing those details, we’ve learned to create designs which stand the test of time even more successfully,” Zentner says.
“With The Grande, we also ventured into incorporating new high-end details never done before in Port Moody, such as integrated appliances and authentic marble washroom tiles, backsplashes and vanities.”
The West Coast finishing scheme is marked by its chocolate wood-toned cabinetry “and evokes a sense of drama and luxury through contrast, which draws your eye to the luxe marble as a distinct focal point,” Zentner says. “The Evergreen scheme creates a calm sophistication and elegance through timeless material subtlety,” she says.

The ensuite bathroom in the display space appeals to visitors, thanks to Zentner’s and fun mix of materials, such as the tile that covers one side of the bathroom (encompassing the tub, tub wall and shower), which offers a bold contrast to the darker marble countertop atop the sleek, more monotone light cabinetry.

“The selection of warm chocolate-tinted vanity marble paired with the light grey marble wall tile and natural wood cabinetry offers a balance of material tones in the master ensuite,” she says. “Your eye is drawn to the unique beauty of the countertop stone, then easily flows through the rest of the bathroom details and finishes.”

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