west vancouver : 3540 creery avenue

designed by : ?

built by : ? in 2017 [listed for 7.88mil]

a short blurb about the house by the realtor:

architecturally significant west bay home

absolutely stunning residence in the heart of west bay. one of the most architecturally significant homes on iconic “creery avenue,’ this property features the very best in quality and design in every room. exquisite detail across all 3 floors of this 5,600 sq.ft home offering 5/6 bedrooms, 7 bathrooms, infared sauna, steam room, infinity edge pool and an elevator. open concept kitchen with custom live edge breakfast bar, massive floor to ceiling windows, countless built ins and gorgeous south westerly city and sea views. a masterpiece in style and quality.

DRKdesign : 4513 james street

designed by : DRKdesign

built by : KFA homes in 2018 [listed for 3.28mil]

a detailed description of the house by the realtor:

stunning build with incredible details
located on one of vancouver’s most coveted streets – james street – perfectly situated between main street and hillcrest park, this home is sure to tick all boxes. built by kfa homes, this home considers the way the modern family lives with a well thought out floor plan, and terrific 1 bedroom suite. main floor is open main living with a separate private den. the kitchen is lovely and unique with a mix of ample full height storage, open display, and loads of working room. dining space incorporates a large built in banquette and opens to a large covered back deck. the foyer which adjoins a stunning powder room, offers contemporary built in storage and a floating mud room bench. upstairs there are 3 very good sized bedrooms, 2 lovely and serene full baths and the stairwell is anchored by oversized feature lighting. lower level provides a terrific rec room with built in counter and wine fridge, separate laundry room and completely private 1 bedroom suite. this home is a unique blend of traditional nods in it’s finishes coupled with contemporary finishes for today’s family. 

-air conditioning
-white washed wide plank engineered hardwood throughout
-crown molding throughout
-radiant heat throughout
-built in sound system with zoned areas
-extensive use of led pot lighting throughout
-sprinkler system
-nest thermostat system
-alarm/security system
-double garage with lane access

main floor:
-lovely 2 piece powder room with sleek lighting
-wall mounted black fixtures 
-kohler toilet
-contemporary vanity with counter top mounted sink
-foyer with built in full height storage and floating bench

living & dining room:
-gorgeous engineered hardwood flooring
-pretty feature gas fireplace with remote control
-delicate wainscotting detailing throughout
-wide banquette seating in dining room
-loads of light from windows across the back of the home
-fisherpaykel stainless steel appliances include: counter depth fridge, wall mounted oven, 5 burner gas cooktop, double drawer dishwasher
-panasonic microwave
-deep undermount sink with rose gold aquabrass pull out faucet
-warm wood finish flat panel cabinetry
-gorgeous quartz counters throughout including oversized island and full backsplash
-soft close drawers

upper floor:
-3 generous bedrooms with oversized windows, 
-master suite is gorgeous with wainscotting detailing, large walk in closet with custom organization
-serene bathrooms include an oversized master retreat
-ensuite – 2 kohler undermount sinks, makeup vanity counter space, oversized walk in shower, contemporary chrome fixtures, porcelain “marble finish” tile work throughout, kohler toilet

lower floor:
-high ceilings
-large rec-room with built in counter area and double door wine fridge
-separate laundry with side by side miele laundry and white shaker cabinetry storage
-separate entry 1 bedroom suite with loads of light
-white wood grain flat panel cabinetry in kitchen
-quartz counters
-whirlpool appliances (includes fridge, built in microwave, flat cooktop stove)
-undermount sink and contemporary fixture

check out the open house this sunday march 4th 2018 (realtor.ca listing)

mid-century modern : 1384 burnside road, west vancouver

designed by : barry downs

built by : ? in 1967 [2018 – listed for 6.34mil]

short write up by the realtor:

barry downs – renowned for melding architecture with landscape & his philosophy of respecting natural topography & nature of the site; designed this 3,000 sq ft 2 level 4 bedroom home in 1967. the innovative design seamlessly blends stunning features of this .8 of an acre sloping lot, with an open plan interior allowing for a continuous flow between living areas, while taking advantage of stunning outdoor vistas; be it an enchanted forest trail set alongside brothers creek or views of the city skyline. with privacy & nature as the theme, a blend of floor to ceiling windows, a linear skylight spanning the roof line, angles & open spaces create an aesthetically exciting & pleasing home. now painstakingly restored to preserve a stunning example of west coast modernism – a rare find in today’s market.

also check out the flip book for the property : quite a nicely produced booklet.

arthur erickson : 1299 west 57th avenue

a nice write-up on the house by the realtor:

1299 west 57th was originally commissioned by arthur erickson for the hwang family in 1982.

“the hwang residence recognizes, for its inspiration, both the ancestry of the client and the native traditions of the soo chow houses of northern china. in soo chow, a pair of traditional houses were oriented in opposite directions from a common back wall, and were composed of a long series of simple rooms oriented towards courtyards or balconies on the second storey.” the living room floats above the reflecting pool with floor to ceiling windows. “

“the residence and its courtyards and gardens were comprehensively planned in the manner of these soo chow houses. each courtyard is different in character and relates to the activities or functions of the spaces it supports.”

each space on the main floor is dappled in the beautiful light reflecting in from the pond, the gardens, the courtyards, and the strategically placed view corridors to the gardens.

along a sky-lit hallway are four large bedrooms and 3 newly renovated luxurious bathrooms plus laundry complete the upper floor. the master suite has a magazine worthy decadent ensuite with stand-alone tub, walk in shower and modern touches that make it sparkle. off the master is a generous sized private deck filled with cherry blossom tree top views.

“tall stucco courtyard walls subdivide the site into a variety of distinct spatial experiences. access to the residence is across a bridge over a large reflecting pool…”.

downstairs features a large play space or guest space with an envious wine cellar and tasting area.

the outdoor space of this property places this gem of a home in a garden of wonder, mystery, and calm.

this house has been meticulously maintained and we have a complete folder with all of the records. st. george’s school – offers a front door pick up on hudson.

this home is a jewel on vancouver’s charm bracelet. arthur erickson was commissioned to create this property in 1982 on the 67’5 x 156’1 lot. each space on the man floor is dappled in the beautiful light reflecting in from the pond, the courtyards and strategically placed view corridors to the gardens. along a sky-lit hallway are 4 large bedrooms and 3 newly renovated luxurious bathrooms and laundry complete the upper floor. downstairs features a large play space/ guest space with an envious wine cellar and tasting area. a home to be seen. first public open sun march 4th 2-4pm

new modern : 4697 west 3rd avenue

designed by : campos studio

built by : overton cnstruction ltd. in 2017 [listed for 8.3mil]

a short description of the house by the realtor:

warm and inviting custom home designed for the modern family by award winning architecture firm campos studio (western living 2017 architect of the year). home engineered and designed to the highest level of detail. inside, this bespoke home you will find impressive millwork throughout, gaggenau appliances including full fridge & freezer, two dishwashers, gas cooktop and microwave. custom integrated leather sofa and marble counters. outside is finished with reclaimed brick. top of the line marvin windows for home and lane way. second story garden and rooftop deck possible. beautifully landscaped. large laneway with custom kitchen, bedroom and den. no expenses spared on this must see home.

west coast modern : hemingway treehouse renovation

photography by p. powles

designed by : original house (1976) by brian hemingway, extensive renovation (2017) by fook weng chan

original house description : spectacular, serene and unique custom designed home by well known architect, brian hemingway, his own private residence known as the treehouse. environmentally inclusive with changes in the seasons, lights, eagles, herons, squirrels, complete ocean view of sparkling ships by day and brightly lit floats drifting by. multi level, 1890 square feet, three full bedrooms, amazing den reading area, wood burning and gas fireplaces, 2 full baths, decks, massive sliding doors to balconies that are extensions of the house to the outdoors. this home is full of detail, interest, and an amazing blend of wood, ambience and a respect for space indoors and out.

photography by p. powles

in 2013, new owner took on the task of renovating this post-and-beam home to a new level of beauty.

few words from the architect about the renovation : brian hemingway built it in 1977.  at the time, at thompson berwick pratt, he and his mentor paul merrick were working on a few projects which explored similar design vocabularies including the macmillan bloedel forestry exhibit centre in van dusen gardens, and the canadian forces officer candidate school in cfb chilliwack.  paul built his treehouse a few years earlier than brian.

fook weng chan started designing the renovation over 2 1/2 years ago, but the end product is very much an ideal team effort with the owners, builder and his team. he had been an associate with thompson berwick pratt for 12 of his 14 years there and was the project architect for the majority of brian’s projects from 1987 – 96 so he was comfortable with the challenge.

at the treehouse, it was important to distill the essence and recognize the daring and genius of the original design whilst imbuing the home with layers that speak to and of the new occupants,  all that while upgrading a home that had not been maintained for almost 4 decades.  the owners are to be congratulated for undertaking this effort to save a piece of bc architectural heritage.

original kitchen before renovation. photo by pixilink

renovated kitchen open to seating area. photography by p. powles

view of treehouse looking up from walkway/stairs from street. photo by david kominek

new decks and charred wood siding throughout. photo by david kominek

dining room with corner window looking out onto yard and forest beyond. photo by david kominek

block wall of fireplace and timber posts in top of treehouse. photo by david kominek

view of back of house with new copper roofing and intriguing scupper detail. photo by david kominek

stone stairs in yard space with scupper lead to water feature. photo by david kominek