upcoming tour : west vancouver modern home tour 2018

13th Annual West Coast Modern Home Tour presented by British Pacific Properties
Saturday July 14th 12:00pm – 4:00pm

Explore spectacular mid-century and contemporary West Coast-style homes perched on the rocky slopes of West Vancouver.

The West Vancouver Museum’s 13th Annual West Coast Modern Home Tour presented by British Pacific Properties features a selection of five unique mid-century and contemporary homes that exhibit the best of West Coast modern design.

Registration is limited, so get your tickets now and prepare to meet your fellow tour enthusiasts this summer! To register, please choose one of the following three options and register online at activewestvanrec or by phone at 604-925-7270.
Option 1: Visit tour homes by bus and attend the reception. # 43790 │$136.50 (as of posting, 18 seats left!)
Option 2: Visit tour homes by driving your own car and attend the reception. # 43791 │$126
Option 3: Visit tour homes by driving your own car (reception is not included). # 43792 │$105

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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

port moody goodie : 1122 alderside

1122 alderside - penner

designed by : fook weng chan (fwc architecture ) in 2002

built by : hart tipton construction in 2002 [listed in 2015 for 6.18mil]

short blurb by the realtor :

waterfront masterpiece designed by renowned architect fook weng chan! straddling the 2 most desirable deepwater lots, this one of a kind home is angled to take in the breathtaking views from every room. a “work of art”, the highest quality materials, workmanship and custom details are evident throughout in this post and beam home. highlights of this masterpiece include a waterfront infinity pool, elevator, theatre room, garage, workshop, geothermal in floor heating & deep-water moorage for your yacht. beautiful expression of structure and materials including extensive use of wood, stone, glass and steel. a dream kitchen with wolf, sub zero & miele appliances and automated home control systems at your fingertips. magnificent home!

1122 alderside - living room

view of living room corridor and extensive built-ins.

1122 alderside - interior

floors are stepped to create a variety of ceiling heights

1122 alderside - pool

pool area at back of house

1122 alderside - from street

view of house from street with feature entry portico

1122 alderside - view from water

view of house from dock

goodie : 179 furry creek drive

ok ok i know what you are thinking, this is ‘vancouver’ modern residential blog and here i am writing about a house in furry creek, but i just couldn’t resist. take a look and tell me that this place is not awesome.

lets call this house ‘view hugger’

designed by : fook weng chan

built in : 1997 [2012 – listed for 1.98mil]

here is the blurb from the realtor :

villa kulangsu is the most unique landmark home at furry creek. built w/the finest materials, including limestone floors, edge-grain fir window frames, baseboards & casing, this home captures the full howe sound experience from ocean to snow-capped mountains & glaciers. designed by renowned architect fook weng chan in a half-moon shape, the home has been featured in the tv series “amazing vacation homes” & western living magazine. sky-lit foyer with slate floor, 2-sided fireplace, huge open plan living room & wall of windows where you are awestruck by the fabulous views & built-in custom cabinetry. on the lower level discover the custom spa built into the rock. the architecture is dramatic, private, serene & respects nature with amazing feng shui.

approach to the house from the driveway reaveals its more angular side.

the curvy side of the half-moon shape of the house faces the views and the water.

the floorplans. entry is on the middle floor with living/dining/cooking area, a huge deck and 2 bedrooms with ensuites.

the living room with deck beyond. a few step down lead to the dining room and the kitchen.

view of the living room looking towards the fireplace. built-in shelving closes off the room on  the right. passage around the fireplace leads to den and foyer.

the dining space with kicthen cabinet on the left. more built-ins separate the space from the living room beyond. the view surrounds the space through the arc of windows.

the deck outside the living space. glass railings keep from obscuring the panorama.

up a flight of stairs is the sitting room with another stone fireplace and built in rounded ‘couch’ and again that view dominates the space.

the master bathroom has stone tile throughout. generous corner window at bathtub with a view and if that was not enough look up and stare at the stars! yowza.

stairs even have a view. do you see a theme here?

den and vanity sink with glazing as backspash.

climb down a set of stais and enter a grotto with natural stone pool. yup. the view is ever present in this house.