custom in dunbar : 4056 west 38th avenue

designed by : peter cardew

built by : ? in 2009 [2017-listed for 8.3mil], landscape by considered design, glazing by summit glazing

a short description of  the house by the realtor:

the zinc house. the design of the house was created in responds to both characteristics of the site, and specific requirements of the clients. the main floor, the grand room, includes living and dining areas and is situated from the front to the back of the house, thereby filling the space with daylight. the west wall fireplace is illuminated by a hidden skylight, bringing evening sunlight into the grand room. connected to the grand room, but separated for privacy by a partial change in level, is the main entry with summer and winter closets, as well as the parents’ office overlooking the south facing garden. yet another connection to the outdoors and the grand room is the three storey wood paneled vertical space containing the staircase which is illuminated from above from the east window wall, located at the level of the relaxing rooftop patio and year-round hot tub. through these intriguing ways to capture daylight from all sides of the house, the atmosphere changes from early morning sunlight from the east, to the setting sun from the west. the grand room opens out on to the main garden and outdoor dining terrace with built in year-round barbecue. the garden is elevated above the adjacent lane ensuring total privacy for the garden. the lower garden provides a more intimate sitting area next to the vegetable garden, as well as access to the garage. also accessed from the lower garden are the more inward looking rooms including the multipurpose recreation room, the wood paneled media room, and he temperature controlled wine cellar. the master bedroom suite looks out onto a wide southern panorama through one single fourty foot long window the full width of the house. the exterior of the house is primarily clad with zinc, a traditional material used in european cathedrals for appearance, longevity, and minimal maintenance. the design of the house is made around the opportunities of modern urban living, including large social events, as well as the more relaxed tranquility for daily life.

this peter cardew designed home features a grand room that includes living and dining areas that run the length of the house with a built in west wall fireplace. the three storey vertical space contains a maple wall that leads to the relaxing rooftop patio and year-round hot tub. the grand room opens out on to the main garden and outdoor dining terrace with built in year-round barbecue. you can access the more inward looking rooms including the recreation room, the media room, and the temperature controlled wine cellar from the lower garden. the master bedroom looks out onto a southern panorama through a ribbon window the full width of the house. the exterior of the house is primarily clad with zinc primarily for appearance, longevity, and minimal maintenance.

dan white modern : 1919 west 57th avenue

designed by : daniel evan white

built by : ? in 1991 [2013-listed for 8.88mil, 2017-listed again for 17.8mil] huh? assessed at 8.4mil

a short write-up on the house by the realtors:

welcome to this “one of a kind” concrete mansion designed and built by renowned architect dan white, situated in prime south granville area. exquisite contemporary high-end designed and crafted with luxurious finishings all in this concrete-reinforce construction. this non-replaceable 4 level house features over 12,000 sqft of living space, with 25ft high ceiling grand opened entrance, elevator, 9 bedrooms, 10 bathrooms, 45′ x 23′ indoor swimming pool, grand gourmet kitchen with huge wok-kitchen, steam & sauna room, 1255 sqft. master suite on 4th level, 6 car underground parking, chipping putting and sand bunker golf area and more. if you are someone special you will appreciate something special.

new westminster modern : 314 archer street

designed by : battersby howat

built in : 2015 by ? [listed in 2017 for 2.49mil]

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a short blurb about the house from the realtor:

designed by award winning battershyhowat architects and featured in dwell magazine! 314 archer street is work of art. dramatic living spaces defined by sliding glass doors open to a veranda with a thriving garden and views of the city. detailed white ash millwork, polished concrete flooring, and a cinderblock fireplace wall are only some of the details that make this home special. vaulted ceilings over the large dining room make this home an entertainers dream. double attached garage. centrally located with easy access to transit, walk to the skytrain. this home must be considered by anyone who is captivated by architectural detail. the private roof deck offers excellent river and mountain views.

read more about the house on dwell magazine’s website.

a great detailed write-up on blurealty’s website as well.

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more photos here.

floating house : 3315 west 38th avenue

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re-design during construction by : ruf project

built by : g wilson construction co ltd in 2014

landscape by : paul sangha

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short blurb by the realtor:

one of a kind masterpiece – contemporary concrete villa with zen-like garden. luxurious custom built by renown builder g.wilson and landscaped by paul sangha. this elegant home features modern design: grand foyer with 12′ ceilings on main & basement. italian marble floor, custom millwork. top brand ‘gaggenau’ german appliances. floor to ceiling door creates an intimate indoor/outdoor living space. the master bedroom boasts a lounge area and lunar lit onyx fireplace, spa-inspired ensuite & nice big walk-in closet. smart home system by la scala integrated with entire homes: lighting, hvac, tv, led lights, blinds & curtains. million dollar landscaped with daybeds, built in bbq firepit, hot tub & infinite water feature & waterfall wall. book your private tour & let it be your dream home

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sunken patio with firepit

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floating steps towards entry

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pivot doors into ensuite

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entry door

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floating stairs

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‘floating’ porch

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back window

west coast modern : 6985 isleview road, west vancouver

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designed by : bruno freschi (erickson/massey architects)

built by : tom and nancy staples in 1967

read up on the original house here : staples house heritage conservation plan

now the house has been renovated and is better then ever.check out the listing here.

watch the video tour here.

read about the house here with some photos of the home before renovations, as well as, featured on vancouver lights blog and coast modern blog.

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living room with original concrete walls and fireplace

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view of living room looking north with bar at kitchen on right side

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living room looking south with wall of glass towards view to the west

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completely rebuilt kitchen. sink has view to the entry driveway and walkway from the street

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bedrooms all line up along the length of the house and have floor-to-ceiling glass to take advantage of views and natural light. a continuous skylight runs the length of the bedroom.