west coast modern : 3575 emerald drive, north vancouver

designed by : barry griblin

built by : ? in 1950 [2018-listed for 3.19mil]

a short blurb on the house by the realtor:

welcome to the coleman home on emerald, a delightful modernist home that exudes craftsmanship from barry griblin, renowned designer of west coast architecture. this custom renovation features everything needed for a young family who appreciates west coast modern, and the specially built room for a music producer is just the start. the house nestles into its setting: from a u-shaped entry court, through free-flowing living spaces, to layered, glass covered trellises and decks leading to the landscaped rear yard. to call emerald drive one of the most desirable streets in edgemont is an understatement-minutes walk to the village, and minutes drive to the freeway and local schools. the home has one of the grandest backyard gardens of north vancouver.

check out the open house this weekend.


video : 2185 capilano road, north vancouver

nice and more lively promo realtor video with humans!

check out the listing here.

short blurb about the house from the realtor:

an architectural masterpiece thoughtfully situated amongst the north shore’s finest elements. experience the pleasures of an urban sanctuary within ten minutes proximity from one of the world’s most desirable cities. designed and constructed with the highest quality of execution, this home brings an avant-garde twist to west coast living. exuding luxury and fine taste, this true work of art features ten foot ceilings, commercial-grade curtain wall windows, a green roof and a miele appliance package. a plethora of natural light, exposed steel, polished concrete and brushed-oak flooring combine a multitude of nature’s resources creating a welcoming, west coast feel. the exceptional outdoor space is the ultimate escape from your daily woes and a meeting place with one’s mind. breathe in the river, the mountains, the trees, all from the comfort of your own home. live here.

goodie : 2063 parkside lane, north vancouver

2063 parkside lane

designed by : battersby howat
built in : 2013 by ? [2014-listed for 2.69mil, 04/2015-relisted for 2.49mil]

a short blurb on the house by the realtor / re-listing realtor :

flawless semi-waterfront deep cove masterpiece designed by battersby howat architects. the open concept main floor boasts soaring vaulted ceilings with a wall of sliding doors opening up to a wonderfully private and tranquil patio. impeccable chef’s kitchen with miele appliances. spectacular upper floor master bedroom for complete privacy. 2 other large bedrooms as well as a legal, 1 bedroom suite. only the highest quality products and appliances were used in creating this warm, modern, hypoallergenic high efficiency home which even has a heated garage ready for an electric car charging station. perfect location for outdoor enthusiasts who enjoy the smell of fresh ocean air; and steps to trails, parks, boating, shopping and schools.

the most beautiful home in the cove? If you know battersby howatt designs, you know this house will be exquisite and built with incredible attention to detail. the layout is fantastic; the finishings amazing and the location and view provide the perfect setting for your deep cove lifestyle. built on a quiet lane bordering a creek and steps from the ocean, the home features an open floor plan; vaulted ceilings; beautiful wood; and tons of windows to bring the beauty of the ocean and forest into the home. walk to the cove shops, restaurants, schools and parks or plug in your electric car for the quick drive to downtown vancouver

check out the photo gallery here.


goodie : 198 east windsor road, north vancouver

198 east windsor road - side yardlooks like michael green’s house is up for grabs and what a bargain, to live in a superbly designed home!

198 east windsor road - living roomdesigned by : michael green of mg architecture

renovated by : michael green (renovation of 1926 original house)

here is the blurb on the house from the realtor, even though this house needs no words as the photos speak for themselves:

stunning contemporary home in elegant upper lonsdale with views of the mountains, city and ocean. award winning (aibc award, western living designer of the year award) architecture featured in dwell, western living, architecture magazine, hgtv and vancouver sun. the perfect blend of modern and heritage in this 5 bedroom, 4 bath corner lot home designed for comfort and convenience. extensive custom millwork, heated slate/solid oak floors, zinc roof, nanny suite and large workshop. spectacular detached office / artist studio won the prestigious lieutenant governor award for architecture. lush and private yard with koi pond, hot tub, flowering trees, japanese maples, bamboo, lavender beds & pear tree. beautiful neighbourhood with excellent schools and amenities.

from the looks of it, last weekend’s open house produced no takers? what’s going on? it’s not every day you can own a piece of award-winning modern architecture!

check out the western living article here.

198 east windosr street - floorplans198 east windsor street - tvfrom living room looking west toward the library. the entry door is on the left side of the image.198 east windsor street - stairsfrom family room looking east towards the kitchen198 east windsor street - accessory buildingthe house comes with the one and only now very famous accessory building. sweet!

west vancouver modern home tour 2012

Norman Residence, Ron Thom Architect, 1958 – renovations by Susan Gushe and Eric Stedman Architects, 2000-2012

The house is currently seeking new owners. The link to the listing is here and here.

Pratt Residence, Ned Pratt Architect, 1951 – renovation and addition by Peter Pratt architect, 2010-2012

A great article by Adele Weder in the globe and mail is here.

Good-Middleton Residence, 1958 – renovations and additions by E.G. Poskitt architect, 1964 – renovation by Aimee Middleton and John Good, 2003-2008

Article in the vancouver sun here and a soon-to-be listing? here and a video tour illustrating the house.

Granite House, part of the Montiverdi Estates, Arthur Erickson Architect, 1983 – renovation/restoration in 2008, 2011, 2012

The house is currently [2012] on the market for $2.079mil. Check out the listing here.

LaCas Residence, part of the Montiverdi Estates, Arthur Erickson Architect, 1983 – renovation by Desiree LaCas, 2003-2012

from the west vancouver museum website :

The West Vancouver Museum’s seventh annual home tour takes place Saturday, July 14th from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. and features six significant West Coast modern homes on the North Shore.  Through this tour, you will visit the recently renovated 1951 Pratt residence by Ned Pratt, the 1958 Norman residence by Ron Thom, the eclectic 1958 Mills residence remodelled by Edward Poskitt, the 1967 McLeod residence by Barclay McLeod and two 1982 homes in Montiverdi Estates by Arthur Erickson.

For over thirty years, Net Pratt headed Thompson, Berwick, Pratt (TBP), an important architectural firm that designed a number of residences, offices and public institutions in Vancouver and beyond. The house Pratt built for his family represents one of the first uses of standard plywood sheeting as a siding material, and his architect son Peter Pratt recently restored it and built an addition to the house.

In 1958, Ron Thom, a principal of TBP at the time, designed a simple, modular, prefabricated house using engineered plywood panels and beams for Mr. Norman, who was a local cabinetmaker. This modest house has been meticulously restored and updated by an architect couple for their young family.

Montiverdi Estates includes twenty custom-built homes nestled into a forested hillside setting.  The unique development includes homes designed by Arthur Erickson with landscape design by Cornelia Oberlander.  Visiting two of the Montiverdi homes allows you to see Erickson’s approach to specific site requirements and to explore the architectural similarities and differences between the two homes.

The house architect Barclay McLeod designed for his family was featured on the cover of House Beautiful’s Building Manual in 1967. The article describes that the house floats above the ground on an irregularly shaped outcrop by the sea, and its open plan offers efficient and economical family living space.

In addition to these four homes, tour participants will visit a unique 1958 house with a well-matured Japanese garden overlooking Burrard Inlet.  Built for Bob Mills, the original owner of Waldorf Hotel in east Vancouver, this house is a dazzling showcase of Polynesian and Asian-inspired custom detailing. The current owners of this house have taken on an extensive renovation to restore it while maintaining its original features.

goodie : 4885 cove cliff place

architect : paul merrick

built in : 1982

here is a short blurb from the listing on the house in north vancouver by the realtor:

deep cove waterfront at its best! stunning paul merrick designed contemporary on private cul-de-sac lot of over 10,000 sq.ft. dramatic open plan living, dining and kitchen with floor-to-ceiling glass exposed posts and beams, full opening sliders open onto over 1,600 sq. ft. of entertainment decks. three bedrooms plus self-contained guest/office – the large master with its own covered workout/yoga deck. over 91 feet of irreplaceable waterfront with new 45′ commercial-grade dock. level driveway with double carport and single garage. stunning water views from every window. lifestyle plus!

the plan is based on a very simple grid which creates the post and beam structure for the house. the amount of deck space is impressive. notice that even the top floor has the back wall buried into the mountainside. this was not an easy site to build on but paul merrick made the best of it, with every room having a south-facing view.

the entry to the house is unassuming. coming down a long flight of stairs which spill out onto the first of many decks, one enters though a single door directly into the main dining/living space of the house. a skylight over the entryway offers views up tot the sky and northern light. the deck continues around the house to access the lower floor decks and beach/dock.

the dining room with deck to the left and entry just beyond the wall to the right. between the dining room and living room beyond is the staircase going down to the lower floor. exposed wood structure in the house reveals the organizational grid for the layout of the house.

the living room with exposed posts and beams.

even the bedrooms feature the exposed wood structure.

a clever design feature in the stairs is placing a large pane of glass along the wall.

the south side of the house with a huge cantilever deck. carefully selected trees were kept/removed to ensure a house within the forest, but also for allowing views and natural sunlight into the house at the same time.