La Petite Maison Co-op cooking happily in new kitchens

  8 January 2020

  • “The membership is resoundingly positive about the end result of this project”
    – La Petite Maison president, Carl Ott.
    Living in a co-op home like La Petite Maison is a dream come true for Vancouver’s Charan family.

    The young parents have discovered the safety and familiarity of their Champlain Heights neighbourhood is exactly what they were hoping for to raise their children.

    “I grew up around here and went to the high school and I remember all my friends already knew each other – that’s because they all lived in co-ops around Champlain Heights and played together,” said Matt Charan. “It’s a great place to raise a family.’

    “We can send our kids outside to play and we don’t have to worry – there are lots of other kids and parents around,” added Erin Charan.

    Built in the late 1970s, La Petite Maison Co-op is a 66-unit co-op of two, three and four bedroom townhouses arranged so they all face a wide inner yard with a playground and a large common building for co-op meetings. Mature leafy trees give a rural feel to the setting of this urban co-op.

    But the flooring, cabinets and countertops were beginning to show their age, prompting the co-op to look to CHF BC’s Group Buying partners for expertise and cost-savings.

    Danube Kitchens offers a range of cabinets and countertops that, regardless of budget, will provide co-ops with high-quality products for members’ kitchens and bathrooms. K&A Flooring is one of CHF BC’s two Lower Mainland flooring partners that offer preferential prices to CHF BC members for all their flooring needs, whether for one unit or the whole co-op.

    CHF BC’s partners offer high quality products with 30% discounts and two-year labour warranties. Being part of the program also means co-ops can turn to CHF BC if they have questions.

    The members of La Petite Maison had options of dark or light vinyl plank flooring and their kitchen included new sinks and back splash.

    “Danube Kitchens and K&A Flooring did a great job both with the quality of materials selected and the fit and finish of the final product,” said Carl Ott, La Petite Maison’s president. “Any deficiencies were quickly remedied and various challenges with differences in individual units were accommodated for and worked around. The membership is resoundingly positive about the end result of this project.”

    “Our unit is so much brighter now,” said Matt, adding the new flooring is durable, looks great and is easy to clean.

    Erin was happy to get rid of a freestanding shelving unit after the new cabinets created more usable space. “It feels so much roomier – like a brand new place with clean colours.”

    For more information about CHF BC’s cabinets, countertops and flooring group buying programs, please visit or contact Arnold Sang at