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

new video and images : 1505 tolmie

designed by : frits de vries

built by : natural balance in 2015 [2017-relisted for 7.79mil]

check out the original blog post from 2015

here is the listing write-up by the realtor:

nothing compares to this. the view from every floor, from the decks, the jetted tub in the ensuite, the pool, even the lower floor guest room – every ocean view point was considered when fritz de vries designed this georgie award winning home.

the location on the corner of belmont and tolmie is one of the best point grey’s spots to live and enjoy the access to the beach and the point grey amenities. built with precision, this home sits up high on a point that strategically captures the ocean, the beach, the mountains, and the sparkling city scape. the decks with expansive views, landscaped gardens and the stepping stone pathways encircled with crawling thyme all make living outside in this home a gardeners dream. in addition, the home owners enjoy the outdoor pool, the raised hot tub, and the gym/garage as part of their experience at this property.

the construction of this home is also a dream. entirely built of concrete, steel, glass, 1505 tolmie has a butterfly-floating roof with wood soffits and customized precision of each angle and line. when viewing this home, the buyer has to look at every corner, recessed lighting and roofline to appreciate the talent and design that when into creating this home. local builders, natural balance, constructed this home with certified built green to the platinum – the highest level.

the layout of this home is unique with many different opportunities. the main floor you enter on has an open den with a fireplace and views to the garden and beyond. also featured are a large bedroom with private deck, 4 piece bath, laundry room, climate controlled wine room and access to the garage/gym. up the floating staircase, takes you to the open-concept living room, kitchen and dining spaces. each entertaining space faces either the spectacular water views or the ambient lit swimming pool area. the kitchen is top of the line – subzero, wolf and bosch appliances, modern pendant lighting and white custom cabinetry and solid stone counters. the expansive glass doors to the decks open up off the living space creating the indoor-outdoor feel. the room can also feel cozy with the beautiful modern floating fireplace and the custom millwork which hides the tv.

the top floor is heavenly. picture lying in bed and watching whales go by, picture soaking in the tub and watching sailboats go by or working from your office/3rd bedroom and enjoying the sunsets.

this home is the perfect fit for those that appreciate unforgettable views, architecture at its finest, a solid build with every modern feature and a location that west coast lifestyle was named for.

goodie : 2861 west 13th avenue

designed by : alexandre ravkov

built by : nrt developments in 2017 (listed for 3.85mil)

here is the write-up by the realtor:

this modern nrt development home sits on a beautiful tree-lined street in the heart of kits. the open concept main floor is highlighted by the stunning chevron floors and a beautiful glass enclosed staircase with floating oak treads. the state of the art kitchen has a full gaggenau appliance pkg, an oversized 5 burner cooktop, and an abundance of storage. the efficient upstairs plan, allows for 3 en-suited bedrooms, generous sized bathrooms, and a good amount of closet space. downstairs you will find a theatre room/bedroom, large laundry room and guest suite with separate entrance. the energy star certified home features, top of the line insulation, air con, speakers, security camera system, and a beautiful japanese garden

check out the open house this weekend.

west vancouver modern : 1071 groveland road

designed by : mcleod bovell

built by : rimrock developments ltd. in 2013 [2017-listed for 14.8mil]

short description of the house by the realtor :

one of west vancouver’s finest residences. this modern masterpiece was the dream of the current owners and was brought to life by mcleod bovell modern houses. built to exacting standards by rimrock developments ltd., this incredible home offers over 10,000 sq. ft. of exquisite luxury and design, set on a very gently sloping 27,094 sq. ft. property with stunning city and harbor views. features include soaring ceilings, seamless transition from indoor to outdoor living, incredible private indoor and outdoor dining rooms, gourmet kitchen, huge (25’) overhangs that create tremendous covered outdoor space with gourmet bbq center, 2 fire pits, stunning architectural concrete patios, all overlooking the pool and spa and southerly views. the home offers 7 bedrooms and can be adapted to meet the needs of any large family. the landscaping is perfectly done in the modernist theme, the driveway and auto court are large, leading to a 4-car garage. very rarely does a home of this quality and style come to the market. call for your appointment to show your discerning clients.

open tread stairs and hallway at front of house

back of house view from pool deck

variety of levels and outdoor spaces at rear of house

view south from back of house

 

victoria modern : 1851 crescent road

designed by : DeHoog and Keirulf

built by : ? in 2008 [2017-listed for 6.4mil]

short description of the house by realtor, brett jones :

1851 crescent road sits at the apex of gonzales bay, victoria’s finest urban waterfront. an area entwined in the history of victoria, the bay was once home to rum-runners, bath houses, tea rooms and dance halls. today this balmy, sandy bay remains full of life, beauty and intrigue. sheltered from ocean breezes, it is the perfect spot for kayaking and swimming.
from the road you are presented with a mere glimpse of the property. to fully appreciate the location you need only step through the custom stainless gates. once inside you’ll discover a stunning view across the juan defuca strait to the olympic peninsula of washington state that very few have the opportunity to experience.
from top to bottom this home is designed to make the most of its location. start your day with your favourite cuppa and front-row seats to the daytime maritime activities of passing cruise ships, sailboats and local craft. end your day in the infinity pool, or sip a glass of wine by the patio fireplace, while you watch the glowing sunset give way to the twinkling lights of port angeles on the far shore. then make your way up to roof-top deck for a little star gazing.
and while the vistas are magnificent, the inside won’t disappoint either. the home offers a generous 4,810 square feet plus an additional 2,341 square feet of outdoor living. designed by preeminent victoria architects dehoog and keirulf, this home is a breathtaking example of west coast contemporary style. best practices in architectural design are evident throughout. solid construction features include commercial-grade steel with sacked and parged concrete and locally sourced natural materials, large overhangs shade the floor-to-ceiling windows to maintain a comfortable living environment.
fourteen-foot sliding doors glide elegantly into pre-formed niches in the concrete structure at the touch of a finger. floors are a mix of hardwood and terrazzo concrete with in-floor radiant heat.
1851 crescent road was thoughtfully designed to take advantage of this idyllic location. the outdoor spaces have been considered as carefully as the interior. the gas fireplace on the main deck allows you to extend your enjoyment of this glorious space year-round.

the upper deck view

sauna in basement

fireplace in living room

warm kitchen

front of house

upper gallery