The quality fit and finish you’ve come to expect from Triple Crown didn’t happen by accident. The builders employed a highly creative design team in Victoria called Spaciz. Carley Petillion is the principal designer and partner with the company, and she has a unique talent her clients attest to; the ability to really listen, then craft distinctive design features and unique combinations of colour, texture and finish that culminates into beautiful, functional spaces.
“We had worked with (the Triple Crown) team on many projects before, so we were very familiar with their product and what they are looking for in terms of materials and aesthetic,” says Petillion. “For this project, we focused on the first-time home buyers, millennials, and Gen x-ers looking for an investment property.”
Asked what inspired her design choices for Triple Crown’s condominiums, she replied, “Location and demographic were key factors, and we wanted them to be fresh and unique while avoiding anything super trendy. We wanted the choices to be neutral enough that a buyer could picture their own furniture in the space, but also include unexpected elements.”
Petillion is called a master of the nitty gritty for a reason. She pays close attention to details, making sure every inch of a space is functional, esthetically beautiful and flows seamlessly throughout.
“We made sure the layouts were highly functional, especially the kitchens.”
What design features or attributes are you most proud of?
“We are very proud of our simple yet impactful fireplace design. Cabinetry design is also something we put a lot of thought and effort into. In condo’s, it’s a challenge to ensure there’s adequate storage and work space so we’re also quite proud of the kitchens and baths. The bathroom mirror frame doubles as a shelf to keep product off the counter!”
What was the most important consideration?
“There is a lot of competition in the condo market so while we needed to be budget conscious, we also wanted to design a space that was different from what the buyers are seeing elsewhere.”
How do you include functionality in the aesthetics of the design?
“Careful design of the cabinetry and consideration of possible furniture layouts.”
What were some of the challenges?
“Incorporating dining/eating space into some of the smaller units, and whether an island was a preferred option over a traditional dining table as some of the units only allowed for one or the other.”
When do you come in on a project, or at what stage should a project manager include you?
“It depends a lot on what they would like help with. Some project managers and developers only want help pulling colours and finishes together, so once they’ve applied for permit, that is when we are often contacted. We prefer to be a part of the project from the beginning so we can iron out any issues from a design perspective before the hole is even in the ground. This tends to save everyone a lot of headache and always gives us the opportunity to ensure the project has a high-end/designer feel.”
How can developers best work with you?
“By including us at the very early stages and allowing us to collaborate with the architects and team on the space planning of the layouts. This is such a critical part of the process. And just being clear on their expectations. We want everyone to be satisfied with the result.”
Spaciz’s tag line says they “aspire to avoid predictable, question existing standards, blend visual influences, listen with fortitude, and nudge you to go further.” They succeeded with their design of Triple Crown’s Residences.
They designed a space you will be delighted to call your own.