saanichton modern : 8407 lochsidedrive

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designed by : 519 design +, chris foyd and peter johannknecht

built by : 519 design in 2013 [2016 – listed for 2.79mil]

8407 lochside - view from back of property

brief description of the house by the realtors :

exclusive gated waterfront home elegantly captures the haro straight from this remarkable modern architectural design from 519 design +, chris foyd and peter johannknecht. this fresh design is amplified by the natural light that cascades into the home from floor to ceiling windows allowing for stunning views throughout. glass is used throughout the home to maintain a bright and open appeal and the use of a variety of natural wood materials inspire this stunning contemporary west coast scheme. the modern kitchen creates a statement with custom wood cabinetry, granite countertops, top of the line stainless steel appliances and a chic dacor gas range with faber hood fan; a platform for entertaining or intimate dining. a glass encased wine cellar and fully wired media room bring additional luxury. the upper level offers a luxurious master and ensuite, with two additional bedrooms, allowing the classic family home and utmost style to unite in this modern home. a spacious 4,900 square feet, this 5 bedroom estate has ample room for family or a separate two bedroom suite for guests. walk out to a striking infinity pool and hot tub and revel in this picture-perfect setting, fully fenced and landscaped with a full irrigation system this efficient home is designed for your luxury enjoyment.

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the front of the house has a car court and same swooping roof shapes continuous across entire structure.

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the living room features a double-height space with niches for owner’s art collection.

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the bedroom has a corner window. see ho well it works with furniture placement and book case. imagine if the designer would have plunked a window on the center of the wall.

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).

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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.

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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.