new westminster modern : 314 archer street

designed by : battersby howat

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


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.



more photos here.

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

goodie : 1081 west 7th avenue

designed by : battersbyhowat

built by : trasolini chetner in 2009 [listed for [april2016] 16mil, then [june2016] 13.8mil, [august2016] 11.3mil] see article in province on ‘ego pricing’


check out the dedicated website for this house:

realtor says:

this is a rare offering of a concrete and steel city home designed by one of canada’s most noted architectural firms, battersby howat, whose design hallmarks are the interplay between natural materials, light and view. careful consideration was given to the design of the open concept living and master levels to maximize functionality and views. secondary bedrooms and a home gym are located below the main living level. the functional and flexible planing allows for multiple living arrangements with an entire level dedicated to a nanny or rental suite, or even a home office. abundant outdoor decks are located on every level. this home is enhanced by custom millwork, polished concrete flooring, high ceilings, and protected panoramic views of the city, mountains & false creek.





tranquil entry space


living room features a northerly view of false creek and a wall of builtin cabinets with fireplace insert


master bedroom takes the entire floor level with an open ensuite behind the bed

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.

goodie : 3669 maxwell street

key design feature was the strong silhouette of these homes.

built in : 2012 [listed for 899k]

here is a blurb from the realtor:

scandinavian inspired modern home in cedar cottage. enjoy the bright open design with mountain views from the master bedroom. the details include aluminum windows, vaulted ceilings, radiant heating, concrete floors & crystal led lights on the stairs. this 2 bedroom, 2 bathroom home is great for entertaining as it includes a 240 square foot patio off the living room. all appliances are high-end such as aeg, fisher paykel, bloomberg dishwashet including samsung keyless door & security system. this modern home is walking distance to trout lake & the new community centre.

kitchen and stairs with view to the back of the house (the living room).

the living area features smooth polished concrete floors and large sliding doors to a private patio.

the ground level open space with horizontal cedar fencing

view of kitchen looking towards the street.

the upper floor hallway to the bedrooms and bathroom. the narrow horizontal orientation of the cladding and fencing is mimicked by the use of elongated subway tiles in the bathroom. nice touch.

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.