The demand for housing in the GTA means high land costs, and that has meant that shrinking condominium suites. More and more home buyers are looking for creative, modern solutions to maximize both space and efficiency, without sacrificing aesthetic appeal. As part of their Concord Living Series, Concord Adex and IKEA teamed up last week to provide a seminar to residents of the new Concord Park Place community. Held at the community's presentation centre, ‘Living Big in Small Spaces’ gave Concord Park Place residents a unique opportunity to learn some valuable tips and solutions on how to make the most of their living spaces.

Concord Park Place, Concord Living Series, Living Big in Small Spaces, IKEAConcord Park Place rising behind presentation centre, image by Jack Landau

As with their major downtown master-planned community, Concord CityPlace, Concord Park Place’s on-site presentation centre also doubles as an occasional community event space, allowing for a functioning sales office during business hours, and a modular space for programmed events during evenings and weekends.

Concord Park Place, Concord Living Series, Living Big in Small Spaces, IKEAConcord Park Place's presentation centre doubles as an event space, image by Jack Landau

Playing on the same concept of maximizing space, Concord’s ‘Living Big in Small Spaces’ brought community residents together for a free, catered event complete with a crash course on how to make the most of a small condominium unit.  Brian Fong, Senior Manager of Project Marketing at Concord Adex, kicked off the event by describing an apartment in Hong Kong he once resided in: a three-bedroom unit totaling up to a miniscule 500 square-feet. 

Concord Park Place, Concord Living Series, Living Big in Small Spaces, IKEABrian Fong, Senior Manager of Project Marketing at Concord Adex, image by Jack Landau

As Toronto’s real estate trends continue to shift towards smaller and smaller units, residents are looking for affordable, creative fixes to make their spaces more livable. When discussing price-smart, space saving furniture and storage options for new and downsizing home buyers, one international retail brand is synonymous: IKEA.

Concord Park Place, Concord Living Series, Living Big in Small Spaces, IKEADavid Iceton (right) and Carly James (left) from IKEA, image by Jack Landau

David Iceton and Carly James from IKEA delivered a spirited discussion on the importance of space saving furnishing and storage options to an attentive audience who were also enjoying dinner and drinks. A slideshow presented various ingenious space-saving solutions like loft-beds and fold-away cabinetry, while offering attendees valuable insight into how they view underused spaces like balconies and the area beneath furniture.

Concord Park Place, Concord Living Series, Living Big in Small Spaces, IKEADavid Iceton and Carly James from IKEA, image by Jack Landau

Seminars and events like the one held yesterday evening are just some of the regularly programmed events that residents of Concord Park Place and Concord CityPlace can expect to see a lot more of in the future. 

Concord Park Place, Concord Living Series, Living Big in Small Spaces, IKEADavid Iceton and Carly James giving space-saving tips, image by Jack Landau

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