goodie : 11720 railway avenue [updated]

a pleasant surprise among the banal gable-ended houses in richmond awaits anyone driving down railway avenue towards steveston.

designed by : ?

built by : revolution developments in 2012. [2013 on market for 1.49mil]

here is the blurb from the realtor:

unique modern home in westwind on the quiet side of railway ave. this custom home boasts open layout living area with built-in yamaha speakers & a dream kitchen for wannabe chefs with viking professional appliances & a huge 10.5′ island. 5 zone radiant heating system & high efficiency boiler. double french doors & see thru fireplace opens up to a beautiful cedar deck & huge backyard, great for entertainments, indoor/outdoor living at it’s best. huge master ensuite with stand alone tub & walk-in shower. one of a kind walk-in closet in the master bedroom. 10 minute stroll to popular steveston village & in excellent school catchments. there is also a legal 2 bdrm suite, great mortgage helper.

check out the listing here and images of the interior below:

the deck off the upper floor bedroom is generous enough for a few lounging peices of furniture.

the master ensuite has a large walking shower with a window for natural light.

the kitchen has natural light with skylights located above the working surfaces.


the house has just been completed and the landscaping is just being put in, but it already looks great.

street view of the property before the house was built. the original house on the property was not utilizing the space very well due to the 2 storey portion being placed within the back yard or the lot.

the new house in context with the adjacent houses. now the storey portion is at the street side allowing for a better private yard and 2nd storey views. windows are facing the street to avoid any overlook issues to neighbor’s yards. a simple palette of materials : stucco and cedar.

the view of the house from the north-west. a dividing wall between the entry and garage create spacial separation & identity for the pedestrian entry, visually breaking down the elements of the facade.

view from the west. porch has an built-in bench on the outside with area underneath for storing of shoes and boots.

view of the house from the south-west. simple wood panels were inserted between windows to create extended horizontal lines.

detail of the side of the house. at the back of the house a roof overhang is extended to provide shading and weather protection for the decks. rhe walls are kept high to ensure privacy. nicely done.

nice work on the garage door, by using the same material as the exterior wall cladding.



  1. “a pleasant surprise among the banal gable-ended houses”

    Please give me a break. This house sits out like a sore thumb. If they changed the colouring it would be more palatable, but it sill looks like a house in need of a paint job. It is also a house in need of a wider property so trees can be planted along the sides to separate the home from the traditional properties along the road. The neighbours house is by far a more pleasant home. With a new colour, this hose would be acceptable on a beach front.

    • one break coming up!
      sore thumbs are good as they catch your attention. who wants do drive down street after street covered with neo-craftsman wanna-be shacks? i do agree that the landscaping (nonexistent) is awful for this house. The stucco is cheap looking and doesn’t handle the weather very well, which is a shame since the design is good, execution not so much?

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