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.


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 : 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


concrete modern : 1708 west parkway


designed by : iconstrux (now  arno matis architecture) in 2013?

built by: ? [listed for 12.88mil]

check out the video tour here.

short blurb from realtor:

an architectural world class masterpiece by renowned architect who is experienced in designing high-end homes around the world, teamed with reputable builder, built this unique executive residence! this excellent concrete-built contemporary mansion is located in the heart of ubc on the most beautiful & quiet street facing park like green belt. huge 13800 sqft lot offers 3-levels of luxury living spaces, well-manicured yard, deck & a lovely reflecting pool. featuring top brand appliances, big windows & huge balconies for all the bedrooms up for the best look at the mountain and water view. top school catchment – uhill elementary and secondary. rare opportunity to own such a wonderful home & freehold land in such a peaceful environment. this is the ultimate dream home to settle your family!


back of house


concrete walls flank interior hallway


minimal bath


floating steps over water to backyard

saanichton modern : 8407 lochsidedrive

click here to view video from platiumhd.tv

designed by : 519 design +, chris foyd and peter johannknecht

built by : 519 design in 2013 [2016 – listed for 2.79mil]

8407 lochside - view from back of property

brief description of the house by the realtors :

exclusive gated waterfront home elegantly captures the haro straight from this remarkable modern architectural design from 519 design +, chris foyd and peter johannknecht. this fresh design is amplified by the natural light that cascades into the home from floor to ceiling windows allowing for stunning views throughout. glass is used throughout the home to maintain a bright and open appeal and the use of a variety of natural wood materials inspire this stunning contemporary west coast scheme. the modern kitchen creates a statement with custom wood cabinetry, granite countertops, top of the line stainless steel appliances and a chic dacor gas range with faber hood fan; a platform for entertaining or intimate dining. a glass encased wine cellar and fully wired media room bring additional luxury. the upper level offers a luxurious master and ensuite, with two additional bedrooms, allowing the classic family home and utmost style to unite in this modern home. a spacious 4,900 square feet, this 5 bedroom estate has ample room for family or a separate two bedroom suite for guests. walk out to a striking infinity pool and hot tub and revel in this picture-perfect setting, fully fenced and landscaped with a full irrigation system this efficient home is designed for your luxury enjoyment.


the front of the house has a car court and same swooping roof shapes continuous across entire structure.


the living room features a double-height space with niches for owner’s art collection.


the bedroom has a corner window. see ho well it works with furniture placement and book case. imagine if the designer would have plunked a window on the center of the wall.

goodie : 3736 west 26th avenue

originally built in : 1969 [2010 – sold for $1.19m]

renovation by : scott ponso in 2011 [2012 – for sale for $2.39m]

here is the blurb from the realtors : [mls listing]

contemporary masterpiece west of dunbar. this essentially new home was completely stripped to the studs and rebuilt in 2011 with loads of custom features, new foundation and full rainscreen. brand new mechanical system throughout including in-floor radiant heat on both levels with a high-efficiency veissmann boiler, new windows, custom doors, roof structure, the list goes on. wonderful open floor plan perfect for casual family living and entertaining. large sun-filled kitchen features a huge island/breakfast bar, top notch appliances including six-burner wolfe stove, liebherr fridge and sub-zero freezer drawers. terrific breakfast room with custom nanawall doors to bring the outdoors in. main floor also features a 400 s.f. flex space ideal for nanny quarters or media room.Polished concrete floors on main and maple hardwood floors up. three bedrooms plus playroom (could easily be 4th bedroom) and office up. 1 bedroom on main. incredible master suite with dream ensuite bath and large deck overlooking the southern rear garden.

read more about the renovation in western living magazine.

goodie : 4038 west 38th avenue (updated)

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architect : alan endall

built in : 2007 by davidson walker construction [2010 – sold for 2.87mil, 2012 – listed in jun for 3.99mil – relisted in oct for 3.48mil, 2013 – sold in feb for 3.24mil]

interior designer : celine interiors

a short blurb on the house by the realtor:

designed by award winning vancouver architect alan endall, this home is an incomparable piece of architectural genius. steel beam construction with extensive use of travertine, basal and concrete. high end finishings and incomparable attention to detail. breathtaking main floor with sky high ceilings surrounded by unreachable windows. a glass nano wall opens to escalating terraces of fantastic entertaining spaces surrounded by manicured gardens. sophistication and artistic features encompass the almost 3,000sq. ft. of luxurious living space opening freely into designer gardens that speak of privacy and the best things in life. quietly secluded in this upscale neighbourhood, you must see it to understand.

a few good links to follow:

celine interiors website and click on kerrisdale house, as well as, article in homebydesign magazine, article in western living magazine, on the house.

2013-02-09 update : The house has recently been sold for 3.24mil. Vancouver sun article mentions the sale.

goodie : 5188 maple street

a simple modest box design with lush and exciting green space surrounding it, once again in a sea of gag-inducing craftsman houses.

architect : norman hotson who lives in  the house.

built in : 2011

the entry sequence. from the sidewalk, one is greeted by a narrow opening in the fence. fence material is continuous along the wall that separates the walkway and stairs down into the yard and the landscape area west of the entry. the walkway and stairs are concrete, a continuation of the of the tactility of the sidewalk. along the south side of the walkway towards the front entry, a water feature creates audible separation from the street. a simple glazed door and full-height window provide access to the house at the entryway.

the corner of the house with cedar fence. a well screened yard-space offers a place to go out from the living room with floor-to-ceiling glazing. windows along the upper floors are reduces in size to ensure privacy.

the garage from the lane and back gate blends in with the fence. to reduce visual impact of the garage, a flush-panel roll-up door is implemented. the side door to the yard is cleverly designed and built to match the fence and blend in.