new modern : 3234 west 21st avenue

designed by : battersbyhowat

built by : natural balance in 2018 [2018-listed for 9.99mil]

here is a short blurb about the house by the realtor:

main floor ft. oak millwork, 36 feet of exposed concrete, & an abundance of natural light. entertaining & living spaces are flanked by incredible northern views, as well as a sunny backyard to the south. open kitchen ft. dual faber hood fans, oversized island & a discretely hidden wok kitchen. 4 ensuited beds upstairs (2nd master bed is possible) w/ a zen-like master bedroom retreat ft. incredible views. on the elliptical rooftop deck, you’ll find yourself at the highest point in the area, w/ breathtaking 360 degree views. this leed platinum certified home includes pv solar panels, 6,000 litre water retention tank, top quality insulation & window systems.

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 : 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 : 3987 west 21st avenue (updated)

the kerchum residence designed by frits de vries is up for grabs.

built in : 2009 [2012 – listed in aug for 3.99mil – relisted in oct for 3.75mil]

built by : natural balance builders

check out the realtor listing here – open house today and this saturday!

the house received a raic 2011 awards of excellence in green building (honorable mention) award.

an article from the globe and mail by hadani ditmars originally published may 29 2011 is here.