new modern : 3442 quesnel drive

designed by : kore residential & DRKdesign

built by : kore residential in 2014 [2018-listed for 6.78mil]

short blurb about the house by the realtor:

built in 2014 by kore construction this 4 level contemporary home is exceptional in every way. situated on the prestigious quesnel drive, this stunning property has post card quality views over the city towards downtown, burrard inlet and the north shore mountains. architecturally, the exterior of this beautiful home has clean lines, hardy board exterior with cedar wood accents. upon entering the home the sleek design and light finishing are all classic features of homes built by kore construction. the magnificent kitchen is an open plan attached to the living area with a bank of full height windows and sliding doors taking advantage of the magnificent vistas and access to the exterior deck. quartzite countertops run throughout the surfaces with a prominent island, which centres the kitchen. high-end appliances and vertical grain wood bottom cabinetry with white lacquer upper cabinets create a wonderful contrast with accent lighting throughout. the second level is home to 3 bedrooms, all with ensuites, including a luxurious master suite overlooking the city. the bonus fourth level is a stunning sitting room and patio complete with an outdoor bath with large sitting area. the views are tremendous from the top floor. a recreation room, exercise room, guest bedroom and home office complete the home on the lower level. with pristine landscaping and large garage this dream home is a perfect collection of outstanding design and livability in a wonderful vancouver neighbourhood.

1.454.37.466.689.45.5914.7022.38

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. 

features: 
-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
kitchen:
-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)

DRKdesign : 8500 fairdell crescent, richmond

seaside house

designed by : DRKdesign

built by : owner/builder in 2015 [listed for 3.49mil, 2017-relisted for 3.28mil]

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.

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view of house from back yard

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house enjoys sweeping views of the dyke and seaside beyond

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entry area leads to a double height foyer and floating stairs

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sitting room

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

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master ensuite

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

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the kitchen with eat-in island

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

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

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

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street view of the house

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.

DRKDesign – new motto

i have decided to update my motto to something even more simpler : sustainable & beautiful. why you may ask? well these are the 2 things that really drive my design and things i am passionate about.
recently completing the passive house design course has really showed me just how important a well designed (envelope) building is.

1. sustainable = if we are all building homes that are less demanding on the energy uses, we can not only same ourselves lots of $$ which is great, as we know that the price of energy is only going to rise in the future; but also we can reduce co2 emissions and help the planet breathe better. keeping the air clean is good for us but even more crucial to the future generations!

2. beautiful = if something is not well designed and ugly, no one (at least in the long run) will care for it. If buildings aren’t nurtured and cared for and fall into dismay, they will be taken down sooner than they would if they were beautiful, because no one cares for ugly things. the constant tearing down of not-so-old houses is not a sustainable way of building. we need to build homes that will be sturdy and well-built so that they may be around for 100s of years.

so, “sustainable & beautiful“. what do you think?