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 : 1505 tolmie street

designed by : frits de vries

built by : natural balance in 2015 [listed for 8.98mil]

check out the listing here, short description about the house:

breathtaking views of water, mountain and spanish banks beach from all three levels of an open concept contemporary living space. a rare corner property in point grey perched high on tolmie and belmont with 270 degree view overlooking the city. 2,870 sf concrete and steel custom built home. gourmet kitchen with subzero, wolf and bosch, triple-glazed floor to ceiling windows throughout, wired for sound, automation and security systems and elevator ready. perfect entertaining space with over 1,000 square ft of patios/decks, hot tub and endless swim jet pool. built green certified to platinum level.

1505 tolmie - entry side of house

from the architect : the home is a response to its site: the roof alludes to the stunning mountain view, while the plan addresses the view of downtown vancouver and then fans out to address the street at the front entry porch. the home internalizes the geological forces of the primeval place, revealing the strength underlying the structure of our city.

from the builder : perched high above spanish banks with expansive ocean and mountain views from all levels, this meticulously designed home enhances the homeowner’s experience at every turn. designed with a diamond shaped roof to compliment the uniquely shaped lot, this home is truly a work of art.

 

 
1505 tolmie - floorplans
 
1505 tolmie - living spacethe corner angled kitchen
1505 tolmie - main floorthe living space with stairs separating dining and living areas.

west vancouver goodie : 5939 marine drive

5939 marine drive - overall view of house

designed by : frits de vries

built by : eden pacific developments, corbett homes in 2015 [2015-listed for 5.88mil]

short blurb about the house by the realtor:

stunning 180 ocean view contemporary 5 bedroom home by eden pacific developments, corbett homes builder & georgie award winning architect frits de vries. soaring butterfly wing ceilings and walls of glass of this unique design make you feel like you are floating over the water. centre stage is the gorgeous kitchen/family/wok kitchen that walks out in both directions to massive stone tile patios. one takes advantage of sweeping ocean views with hot tub & fireplace. the other surrounded by natural landscape with fireplace walks thru walls of glass to office & living room with see thru fireplace. spectacular master suite with private ocean view patio,fireplace & spa like ensuite. media/guest suite & elevator completes this masterpiece.

5939 marine drive - back court

5939 marine drive - open living area

5939 marine drive - fireplace and view of patio with rockface beyond

5939 marine drive - bedroom with a view

5939 marine drive - dining tabel with view

5939 marine drive - aerial view

goodie : 3455 west 15th avenue

3455 west 15th - front of housedesigned by : frits de vries

built by : natural balance homes in 2014 [2015-listed for 3.29mil]

short blurb about the project from the realtor:

sensational, brand new, 2800sqft. 4 bedroom / 4 bath home centrally located between kitsilano and point grey, one of vancouver west’s best neighbourhoods. this home designed by renowned architect, frits de vries, is the epitome of opulence and modernity featuring custom italian millwork, control 4 home automation and beautiful use of glass throughout providing an abundance of natural light and an open concept feel. ample outdoor spaces including 3 decks, a patio and a rooftop deck where you can enjoy stunning mountain and city views. bonus is a flexible nanny suite in the basement.

3455 west 15th - interiorinterior of space features concrete slab floor and floating stairs. view looking towards the front of the house.

3455 west 15th - fireplace and dining setthe dining room features a wall with builtin and fireplace that extends into the living space.

3455 west 15th - stairsthe stairs are open-riser and beyond have a small office with a view to the front garden.

3455 west 15th - back of house

the back of the house is full three storeys due to the slope of the land with allows for a keen walk-out basement.

awards : georgies 2014

another round of georgie finalists & winners has been announced. take a look at all the winners here. (thumbnails would go a long way on their website)

after sifting through all the contenders, i feel worn out, but here is my list of worthy mentions:

the nookian housewinner – best single family detached home up to 2,000 sq.ft. under $500,000
the nookian house – naikoon contracting
check out the listing (2211 larson crescent, north vancouver here & here and video here) coldstream residencefinalist – custom home valued under $750,000
the coldstream residence – keith dahlen construction ltd.d’arcy jones architecture inc. oak bayfinalist – custom home valued under $750,000
oak bay – frits de vries architect ltd.

fir tree glenfinalist – custom home valued between $750,000 – $1,500,000
fir tree glen – horizon pacific contracting & sunrooms inc.

deep cove contemporary finalist – best residential renovation $100,000 – $299,999
deep cove contemporary – vision built construction ltd.d’arcy jones architecture inc.

vancouver specialized finalist – best residential renovation over $800,000
vancouver specialized – vision built construction ltd.d’arcy jones architecture inc.
(no, this is not a typo… seems like there are only a few cats out there doing remarkable work …)

blaine housefinalist – best single family kitchen under $100,000
blaine house – kalu interiors

union street eco heritagefinalist – best innovative certified home – production or custom
union street eco heritage – natural balance home buildersshape architecture
also featured in canadian architect here.

well there you have it. after all, there were some shiny gems found.

goodie : 3843 heather street (updated)

3834 heather - front viewdesigned by : frits de vries

built in : 2011/2012 by ? [2016-relisted for 3.99mil]

new modern house with a curved roof on a standard 33×118′ lot in south cambie area of vancouver west.

here is a short blurb from realtors, rob zwick and ben chimes:

located just steps from douglas park, this frits de vries designed home sets a new benchmark for the area. the 2,725 square foot, 5-bed, 4.5-bath home features some of the finest concrete and steel construction, beautiful millwork, matte oak floors, exposed solid wood structural beams, and top quality fixtures. in addition, this home features park, mountain and city views, which can be seen from every level. the property also boasts a very unique 485 square foot laneway house, with it’s own patio and rooftop deck.

3834 heather - entry and stairsthe entry area is nicely separated from the living room by a semi-transparent glazing panel and open stairs.

3834 heather - kitchenthe kitchen features white upper cabinets and white countertops. the backsplash at the living room side has been raised to avoid visual clutter.

3834 heather - bathroomthe bathroom features gray tiles from floor to ceiling. similar palette of materials from kitchen is used here.

3834 heather - patiothe back patio of the laneway house has built-in concrete bench and steps.

2824 heather - back of housethe back of the house with covered patio for outdoor dining and second floor deck from the bedroom.