intergenerational house : 4638 west 15th avenue

designed by : dsk architecture

built by: econ group in 2012 [2016-listed for 4.58mil]

check out the article on the house in sabmag (published back in april 2014)

here is a short blurb from the realtor:

masterfully designed green built 7 bed/6 bath home & coach house nestled on a quiet tree lined street in point grey. this sustainable warm & inviting family home was thoughtfully built in 2012 by one vancouver’s premier passive house builders. boasting roughly 30% of its energy usage from sustainable sources including roof top solar panel. 2 private roof top decks, modern open concept living space with strategically placed windows to maximize sunlight and cross ventilation. the home was built with mindfully selected materials, sustainably sourced with healthy living/contemporary lifestyle as the main objective. this home offers incredible versatility with 2 bed suite, 1 bed coach house.


Visio-Floorplan - 4638 West 15th Avenue, Vancouver.vsd

DRKdesign : 8500 fairdell crescent, richmond

seaside house

designed by : DRKdesign

built by : owner/builder in 2015 [listed for 3.49mil]

photography by : snowchimp creative

the house is currently on the market and here is the link to the listing.

a short blurb by the realtor:
this westcoast contemporary custom built home is located in the reputable seafair neighborhood in richmond. spectacular ocean views from this truly magnificent luxury family residence situated on a professionally landscaped estate property in this most prestigious location. this exceptional modern home offers a stunning open design with spacious principal rooms, large floor to ceiling windows and the patio space on the house with water view is significantly larger than normal. the back yard faces west overlooking georgia straight from sunshine coast to vancouver island. extremely high quality boasts every luxury feature imaginable.


view of house from back yard


house enjoys sweeping views of the dyke and seaside beyond


entry area leads to a double height foyer and floating stairs


sitting room


upstairs living room with clerestory windows bringing in soft eastern natural light


master ensuite


open dining room with wall of sliding glass doors to western deck


the kitchen with eat-in island


open space that connect to sitting room beyond and living room (to the right)


stairs located centrally at upper floor with hallways beyond to bedrooms along the east side of the house


western side of the house with walk-out basement, living space balcony and a roof top open sundeck


street view of the house

west vancouver modern home tour 2016

another fantastic set of houses was featured at this year’s tour. all were modern yet with lots of history as they all had been renovated throughout their life.

The 1956 Switzer/Hermanville Residence was built by Henry A. Switzer, who would later gain local fame with his second pink-exterior house on Mathers Street at Taylor Way. Before building that four-wing cantilevered house in the Googie architectural style, Switzer designed a classic 1950s house with some unique features on Sentinel Hill. Original elements of the home include curving, wood-paneled walls, open living spaces and a gourmet kitchen boasting scenic mountain views.


The 1958 Dawson/Purdie Residence is by renowned architect Ron Thom, who designed the house to feature traditional wood framing, stud walls and a low pitched roof. Inside the house are distinctly angular forms arranged by a hexagonal grid. The main living area is set high above a rocky knoll to take advantage of stunning ocean views. Renovations by Russell Hollingsworth simplified the divisions of space and introduced a skylight that brightens and animates the interior. Barry Downs designed an entry garden, walls and gateway, making the approach to the house a pleasant experience.


Set into sloping bedrock, the three-level 1961 Ray Residence by Daniel White is a fine example of West Coast modern architecture influenced by a Japanese aesthetic. After fifty years, the house had badly deteriorated and needed a great deal of work. Jim Ferguson and Jan Pidhirny, whose previous renovations include Ron Thom’s 1957 Carmichael Residence, took up the challenge over a year ago and have completely transformed the house into a stunning contemporary West Coast modern home.


The 1966 Dick/Smith Residence, designed by Barry Downs while he was a partner at Hollingsworth and Downs, embodies sensitive West Coast modern design principles. The house is approached through a mature stand of Douglas firs and has terraced gardens covering the sloped site. Living spaces feel seamlessly connected to the lush landscape and views of nature are carried indoors through strip windows with mitered-glass projections. Cedar woodwork throughout the house adds warmth and texture.


One of fourteen waterfront units comprising seven duplexes designed by Russell Hollingsworth in 1988, our fifth home on the tour was recently renovated to showcase the best of West Coast modern style. Featuring expansive views of Burrard Inlet to the south and the mountains to the north, this three-storey home features wood framing, high ceilings and miles of windows to bring the outside in.

From its understated entrance through a leafy-green courtyard, to its elegant, open plan interiors featuring newly-installed custom cabinetry, fixtures, furnishings, and flooring inspired by the textures and colours of the beach nearby, the home’s renovations embody the architect’s original vision for the complex as a perfect confluence of building and site, materials and style.

the houses weren’t as photogenic as other years so I will leave it to the experts this time:

check out hadani ditmar’s wallpaper article here.

check out western living’s article on the dick/smith residence here.

check out western living’s article on the russell hollingsworth duplex here.

west vancouver museum’s facebook photo page has oodles of images from the tour here.

goodie : 1920 mcnicoll avenue


designed by: evoke international design

built by : west point developments ltd. in 2012 [2016-listed for 2.78mil]

this is a buddy to 1922 mcnicoll avenue featured a few years ago on this blog.

a short blurb by the realtor:

contemporary architecture by evoke international design -david nicolay. gorgeous! no wasted space in this 2 bed & office with 3 baths. sits on 3 floors and has a very functional floorplan with all new state-of-the-art appliances & lighting & sound system throughout. attention to detail with all finishings with beautiful porcelain tile floors throughout & loads of hideaway storage and pantry. in addition, full crawl space of roughly 400 sq. ft. runs under the home. offering a beautiful rooftop deck of 352 sq.ft with great southerly exposure & also back yard and garden with lovely terrace for outdoor dining & hot tub at nights. host 1 car private heated garage. this is one of the great addresses in vancouver, just steps to the best beach & great restaurants, shopping & more.


looks like a fun place to live

west vancouver modern : 363 st. james crescent

designed by : randy bens architect

built by : ? in 2013 [2016-listed for 5.99mil]

a short blurb from the realtor:

stunning contemporary masterpiece located on one of the most desirable streets in the lower british properties. this 2 level architectural home boasts exceptional quality throughout & offers almost 5,000sqft of living space including 6 bdrms & 6 spa-like bathrms. this open floor plan is perfect for indoor/outdoor entertaining! the main living area opens to a private south facing courtyard w/ serene reflecting pond & patio. other luxurious features include infloor radiant heated concrete floors, gourmet chef’s kitchen with top of the line appliances, home theatre room, 3 car garage and so much more on an ultra private estate sized 19,600sqft flat lot with beautiful gardens. only minutes to park royal, top schools, capilano & hollyburn country clubs. open houses: sat jul 23/sun jul 24, 2-5pm


mid-century modern : 3030 west 45th avenue


tucked behind lush landscaping at the street, this house features wonderful living spaces beyond this outwardly solid facade

designed by : fred dalla-lana

built by : the zack family in 1973

short blurb by the realtor :

once in a while something special comes along. this stunning example of a west coast modern design is nestled into a private and mature landscaped setting on a 52’ lot. the seamless connection between the indoors and outdoors and the abundance of natural light make you feel like you are living among nature. the large master suite is on the main floor with a generous ensuite and walk-in closet. head upstairs to find two bedrooms that share a hall bathroom plus a large open den overlooking an upper deck. the open living concept on the main floor offers entertainment sized rooms with the added bonus of a large covered patio for the warm summer months. the attached double garage provides plenty of storage as well.

short description from the 2007 vancouver heritage foundation’s  mid-century home tour:

designed by fred dalla-lana for the zack family, this unique west coast home won architectural awards and editorial recognition during the 1970s. enclosed by neighbouring houses and shadowed by tall cedars, this 50’ lot has few hours of actual sunlight. this aspect coupled with the zack family’s wishes to remove no tress and to have complete privacy (“a summer cabin in the city” was their vision) were the essential motivators of the design. the result is a large courtyard garden open to the sky with the house looking inwards, not out to the neighbours. this arboretum is partly open to the weather so that potted trees and greenery of all kinds can flourish, but it’s roofed with glass like a high shed or greenhouse to give it shelter from the winds and rains. thus, outdoor living is possible not only on hot summer days but for most of the year. natural light is maximized through the extensive use of skylights and the introduction of the large reflecting pool and travertine floor tiles which return light into the house. probably the only home in vancouver built and finished entirely in re-sawn mahogany, the home has a very warm quality to it, while the white travertine marble floors and simple earth coloured furnishings bring a sophisticated air to the space as well.


great sunken conversation space in the living room


large open spaces in the back of the house offer privacy


retro kitchen in excellent condition


upstairs sitting room overlooks the skylight-covered patio below