north vancouver modern : 5606 indian river drive

designed by : danel evan white in 1979

built by : ? in 1982 [2015-listed for 6.5mil]

check out the listing here.

short blurb about the property by the realtor:

indian arm’s most iconic home. a dan white original architectural piece of art. 200 ft of water frontage, and a private beach in the exclusive woodlands community. 1/2 hour from downtown vancouver, this estate offers complete exposure and complete privacy at the same time. recently restored and renovated with over a $1,000,000 spent. features include a custom galley kitchen, natural rock, wood ceilings, two 2 car garages and 180 degree view. 42,115 square ft south facing flat lot, includes two titles(Eligible to apply for shared dock for your two lots).

tumblr_mfcprs35kd1qmj4h2o2_1280.pngconstruction photo, 1980

goodie : 1505 tolmie street

designed by : frits de vries

built by : natural balance in 2015 [listed for 8.98mil]

check out the listing here, short description about the house:

breathtaking views of water, mountain and spanish banks beach from all three levels of an open concept contemporary living space. a rare corner property in point grey perched high on tolmie and belmont with 270 degree view overlooking the city. 2,870 sf concrete and steel custom built home. gourmet kitchen with subzero, wolf and bosch, triple-glazed floor to ceiling windows throughout, wired for sound, automation and security systems and elevator ready. perfect entertaining space with over 1,000 square ft of patios/decks, hot tub and endless swim jet pool. built green certified to platinum level.

1505 tolmie - entry side of house

from the architect : the home is a response to its site: the roof alludes to the stunning mountain view, while the plan addresses the view of downtown vancouver and then fans out to address the street at the front entry porch. the home internalizes the geological forces of the primeval place, revealing the strength underlying the structure of our city.

from the builder : perched high above spanish banks with expansive ocean and mountain views from all levels, this meticulously designed home enhances the homeowner’s experience at every turn. designed with a diamond shaped roof to compliment the uniquely shaped lot, this home is truly a work of art.


1505 tolmie - floorplans
1505 tolmie - living spacethe corner angled kitchen
1505 tolmie - main floorthe living space with stairs separating dining and living areas.

eyesores to scare you away

i hope these houses will take their masks off after halloween.

3947 west 20th - i wonder what i will dress up as this year? perhaps a bandit that only pulls his eyemask down halfway

3947 west 20th – i wonder what i will dress up as this year? perhaps a bandit that only pulls his eyemask down halfway

4659 west 9th - this year i will be a castle

4659 west 9th – this year i will be a castle

3299 west 29th - i am so hideous i dare not show you my other side

3299 west 29th – i am so hideous i dare not show you my other side

so bizarre.

6487 mccleery - i like curves, arcs and lots of dainty details. don't you think i'm pretty?

6487 mccleery – i like curves, arcs and lots of dainty details. don’t you think i’m pretty?

1199 west 59th - there are two spooky entries into this palace of fear. i wonder what goes on in the minuscule room above the porch.

1199 west 59th – there are two spooky entries into this palace of fear. i wonder what goes on in the minuscule room above the porch.

4810 osler - do you like sharp and pointy things? good.

4810 osler – do you like sharp and pointy things? good.

east vancouver bonus, if you need the extra scare:

2576 east 24th - i weep for all the neighbors of so many of these cookiecutter beasts

2576 east 24th – i weep for all the neighbors of so many of these cookiecutter beasts

and if you still want another scare, check out this out-of-towner:

a weird house that just needs some cobwebs and lights and is ready for a scare every night.  does it feel like the house is watching you?

a weird house that just needs some cobwebs and lights and is ready for a scare every night. does it feel like the house is watching you?

here, no one can hear your scream.

DRKdesign : 969 west 18th avenue

969 west 18th - frontdouglas park twins

designed by : DRKdesign

built by : marman developments in 2015 [listed for 2.19mil]

photography by : silvija crnjak

969 west 18th - contexttaking an existing site of 49.5′ and subdividing into two lots of 24.75′ wide and then building a new home on each lot with RS-7 zoning was the challenge here.

969 west 18th - siteplanboth houses utilize thick walls with exterior rigid insulation for greater thermal performance, as well as, durability.

969 west 18th - floor plan 0969 west 18th - floor plan 1969 west 18th - floor plan 2there were a few challenges beyond the zoning requirements.

969 west 18th - front bedroomdue to the narrow floorplate, making bedroom spacious enough was a key concern, which was solved by offsetting the two front bedrooms with a balcony filling in the space and allowing a large corner window in the bedroom while ensuring neighbor’s privacy.

969 west 18th - upper landing

in order to bring natural light into the center of the building, a large rectangular skylight was used in combination with an open stairs extending down two floors.

969 west 18th - basement suite

the basement included a secondary suite with a living space and kitchen and one bedroom and bath, with a sunken patio off the back of the house. In order for a functional layout below grade, the sunken patio was made as wide as possible and full height glazing extend the space visually beyond.

969 west 18th - kitchen island

the main floor consisting of entry, living/kitchen/dining space and powder room was kept as open as possible yet, spaces feel separated due to location of kitchen in center of the space but visually open through to back of house and to the yard beyond.


exterior features a flat roofline with expansive windows to bring in light.

here is the blurb on the house from the realtor:

unique “cube house” with the perfect family feel in sought-after cambie! this modern home has clean lines, upscale finishings and millwork throughout with a thoughtful floor plan. the “lawn free” landscaping creates a low maintenance, but gorgeous front and back yard. main floor is open and bright with high ceilings and a stunning chef’s kitchen. use of millwork is extensive and topped off with a feature floating fireplace in the living room. a stunning staircase leads you to the upper level where you’ll find 3 bedrooms with high ceilings again and two full well appointed baths. lower level is perfect with a flexible rec room/media room or play room. downstairs a 1 bedroom legal suite adds wonderful revenue potential. a double garage and walkability to cambie’s best parks complete the package.

general features:
– roxul cavityrock md 1.5″ exterior insulation provides superior long-term thermal & acoustic performance
– venmar avs heat recovery ventilator system with advanced blower design for quiet operation
– radiant in-floor heating
– ‘nest’ smart thermostat
– viessman on demand heat
– monitored security alarm system with dsc touchscreen pad with 7″ full color display, slim modern design (800×480 resolution), intuitive led indication of security system status, picture frame feature, intuitive user interface
– aiphone hands-free color video intercom
– 4x high definition night vision cameras with digital video recorder
– built-in sound system
– professionally designed lawn-free landscaping
– millwork and cabinetry by q point

main floor features:
– custom millwork with whitewashed maple and cherry wood wall paneling, and matching pocket door for main floor powder room
– imported italian tribeca porcelain tiles throughout the entire main floor
– custom side-mount steel and glass stair railings
– solid white oak stairs and runners with built in stair lighting
– oversized milgard windows and sliding doors with roller blinds
– 50” electric linear fireplace
– outfitted with hdmi cords above fireplace

kitchen features:
– fisherpaykel activesmart refrigerator
– fisherpaykel double drawer smart wash dishwasher
– fisherpaykel 30″ gas range convection oven
– panasonic built-in microwave
– miele stainless steel hood fan
– gorgeous granite counters
– double undermount stainless steel sink with grohe pulldown faucet
– oversized long working centre island
– excellent storage and work surface space

upper floor features:
– oversized elongated skylight above stairs for loads of light
– 3 excellent bedrooms with generous closets
– lovely master suite with double closet with frosted glass doors
– oversized private balcony off the master with privacy frosted glass
– engineered flooring throughout
– whirlpool steam stacker washer/dryer in extra deep closet

master ensuite features:
– double kohler undermount sinks
– granite counters
– kohler toilet
– walk in oversized shower
– grohe rainhead shower and faucet
– oversized window provides loads of light

bathroom features:
– high quality bathroom fixtures including duravit bathtub and grohe faucets.
– use of hohler sinks, toilets
– granite counters

lower floor features:
– excellent space for media room, play room, rec room with over height ceilings and closet
– self contained legal basement suite. suite kitchen features stainless steel appliance package and cabinets matching with main floor kitchen.

DRKdesign : 959 west 18th avenue

959 west 18th avenue - front of house

view of house from street – photo by pixilink solutions

designed by : DRKdesign

built by : marman developments in 2015 [listed for 2.23mil]

959 west 18th avenue - kitchen

view of kitchen towards living space beyond – photo by pixilink solutions

here is the realtor’s take on one of these modern homes : (check out the listing here and pixilink tour here)

modern living at its finest in desirable douglas park! open layout with 10 ft ceiling on main, tons of natural light from oversized windows and glass panelled interior doors, custom millwork featuring whitewashed maple and cherry, imported Italian tiles, premium kitchen appliances including double drawer dishwasher. three bedrooms above, mountain view from master. basement legal suite with option as 1 or 2 bedrooms. downtown, trendy main st, queen elizabeth park, granville island, you’ll be in the middle of it all from this stunning new home.

959 west 18th avenue - living room

living space with fireplace hearth that doubles as a bench and custom millwork – photo by pixilink solutions

959 west 18th avenue - view from main floor deck

deck extends the full width of the house at the back yard – photo by pixilink solutions

959 west 18th avenue - ensuite

ensuite bathroom has lots of natural light due to large north-facing window – photo by pixilink solutions

959 west 18th avenue - suite kitchen

basement suite features full kitchen – photo by pixilink solutions

959 west 18th avenue - suite living space

basement suite open living-dining-kitchen space with sunken patio – photo by pixilink solutions

959 west 18th avenue - back of homes

the back of the houses have obscure glass at balconies and decks for increased privacy – photo by pixilink solutions

look forward to another post with professional photos of both houses and a more architectural point of view of this project.

goodie : 1964 west 3rd avenue

1964 west 3rd - front of house

designed by : evoke design (david nicolay)

built by : revolution developments ? in 2014 [2015-listed for 3.19mil]

description of the house by the realtor : (listing here)

custom built modern kItsilano home. over 3,000 square feet of pure luxury and meticulous design. open floor plan and the oversized gourmet kitchen is ideal for entertaining. high ceilings and floor to ceiling glass bring the outdoors in with abundant natural light. top floor features 3 bedrooms with 2 full bathrooms including a stunning master ensuite. lower level is ideal as a family room or a recreation room. bonus a legal self-contained 1 bedroom suite. this home is a must see for those who appreciate superb modern architecture and great design.

features : stainless steel sub-zero fridge, bosch gas cooktop, aeg 30″ multifunction oven, aeg 24″ multifunction oven with steam, broan fan, built-in panasonic microwave, marvel beverage fridge, fisherpaykel 2 drawer dishwasher, caesarstone quartz counter-tops, lg front loading washer and steam dryer, hot water radiant heat, built-in central vacuum, security system, built in speakers in the dining area, living area, kitchen, master bedroom and master ensuite, 1-bedroom legal suite with lg fridge, frigidaire electric cooktop, bosch electric oven and caesarstone quartz counter-tops, fenced-in patio and 2-car garage.

1964 west 3rd - floorplan

it’s a noodle-y plan but works real well, i would say.

1964 west 3rd - living room

living space features a divider wall of wood slats and slick built-ins.

1964 west 3rd - kitchen

kitchen has a long island within the centre of the main floor level. open stairs lead to the bedroom level, and another set of stairs to the lower level rec. room.

1964 west 3rd - back 1964 west 3rd - deckback area of the house has a fenced and level patio area. bamboo planting will provide excellent screening from the neighbours across the lane.

1964 west 3rd - hallwayhallway on top floor features a linear skylight.

1964 west 3rd - master bedroommaster bedroom is kept simple with floor-to-ceiling cabinets and full-height sliding doors. check out the frosted glass partition between the tub area and the room.

1964 west 3rd - suite kitcheneven the suite has a nice kitchen and cool concrete floors.

port moody goodie : 1122 alderside

1122 alderside - penner

designed by : fook weng chan (fwc architecture ) in 2002

built by : hart tipton construction in 2002 [listed in 2015 for 6.18mil]

short blurb by the realtor :

waterfront masterpiece designed by renowned architect fook weng chan! straddling the 2 most desirable deepwater lots, this one of a kind home is angled to take in the breathtaking views from every room. a “work of art”, the highest quality materials, workmanship and custom details are evident throughout in this post and beam home. highlights of this masterpiece include a waterfront infinity pool, elevator, theatre room, garage, workshop, geothermal in floor heating & deep-water moorage for your yacht. beautiful expression of structure and materials including extensive use of wood, stone, glass and steel. a dream kitchen with wolf, sub zero & miele appliances and automated home control systems at your fingertips. magnificent home!

1122 alderside - living room

view of living room corridor and extensive built-ins.

1122 alderside - interior

floors are stepped to create a variety of ceiling heights

1122 alderside - pool

pool area at back of house

1122 alderside - from street

view of house from street with feature entry portico

1122 alderside - view from water

view of house from dock