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.


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

modern renovation : 480 east 24th avenue

designed by : d’arcy jones architecture

built by : ? in 1910, renovated in 2016 [2017-listed for 1.89mil]

photography by : sama jim canzian

house featured on archdaily.

short blurb by the realtor on the property:

one of a kind show home in prime main st. location. this effectively new, contemporary home was designed by renowned architect d’arcy jones. the home was lifted and entirely rebuilt including all 4 outer walls. the ceiling was raised exposing the 110 year old wood beams which were sandblasted and incorporated into the design. features include all new foundation, plumbing & electrical, windows, rainscreening, exterior cladding & roof. radiant heat concrete floors, on demand hot water system, full size laundry room, wolfe & sub zero appl. & custom cabinetry. due to its modern design & tall ceilings, this home feels much larger than its sq ft suggests. house has 3 bedrooms, and den, 2 1/2 baths and clever built-in storage. sunny south facing patio.

floor plans

west coast modern : 6985 isleview road, west vancouver


designed by : bruno freschi (erickson/massey architects)

built by : tom and nancy staples in 1967

read up on the original house here : staples house heritage conservation plan

now the house has been renovated and is better then ever.check out the listing here.

watch the video tour here.

read about the house here with some photos of the home before renovations, as well as, featured on vancouver lights blog and coast modern blog.


living room with original concrete walls and fireplace


view of living room looking north with bar at kitchen on right side


living room looking south with wall of glass towards view to the west


completely rebuilt kitchen. sink has view to the entry driveway and walkway from the street


bedrooms all line up along the length of the house and have floor-to-ceiling glass to take advantage of views and natural light. a continuous skylight runs the length of the bedroom.


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!

goodie : 6109 highbury street

this amazing renovation of house is something you do not want to miss.

designed and renovation by : kore residential

built in : 2012 [listed for 2.98mil]

this wonderful modern house was recently completed and just put on the market. i had the privilege of touring the house last weekend and was truly impressed.

here is a blurb from the realtor, andrew carros, which sums up the house up quite nicely:

gorgeous contemporary home designed for entertaining and comfort on a 7,656sqft lot in a secluded area of southlands. this stunning 4 bedroom home was substantially rebuilt from the foundation up. all mechanical components and materials use in this home are brand new. gracious main level is an open floor plan with 10ft ceilings, oak hardwood flooring, built in sound system and a stunning kitchen with high end appliances and finishing. back yard is west facing with a large composite deck. 3 magnificent bedrooms and laundry are upstairs. the master is luxurious with a large walk in closet and a marble filled spa inspired ensuite. the entrance of this 4 bedroom home is spectacular; a double sided glass fireplace separates the entry from the main living area. the bespoke kitchen features quartzite countertops and viking and bosch appliances and the extra pantry off the kitchen could easily be converted into a wok kitchen. large patio doors allow the living, dining and family rooms to flow straight to the landscaped gardens outside. upstairs there are 3 large bedrooms including a sumptuous master suite with walk-in closet and stunning ensuite with marble flooring and countertops, free standing tub and rainforest shower. a full second bathroom and laundry compose the remainder of the top level. downstairs the fully finished basement (that comes complete with a wet bar!) would be perfect for a games room or gym. also included in the basement is a fully wired media room roughed in for 7.1 surround sound and projector. additional features of this unbelievable home are the built-in speakers throughout, high-definition wired television outlets, air conditioning, built-in vacuum, security system and an attached 2 car garage.

check out the listing here and make sure not to miss the walkthroughs. pdf brochure link here.

the floor plans above show the amount of space in this house. the basement is left very open, free of structural columns for variable furniture layouts. the main floor features a bedroom and bathroom for guests or aging-in-place. top floor has 3 generous bedrooms where no two bedrooms share a wall for excellent privacy/sound isolation from noisy teenagers/musicality inclined kids or adults.

the living room with a see-thru fireplace clad in smooth stone provides a clever separation to the entry.

the kitchen has been designed for minimal visual clutter while being extremely functional. a small walk-in party provides abundant amount of storage and a great option for conversion to a wok kitchen.

the dining nook located off the kitchen with doors to a private outdoor bistro space.

the family room just behind the kitchen space is a nice reclusive space for watching tv and relaxing. doors open onto a private deck which then empties out onto a large open west-facing yard.

the stairs feature some fine detailing.

the main bedroom has been designed with ultimate privacy by placing the bead around the corner from the door.

the bedroom features a sitting area next to the bed with a door to a south-facing deck sure to be a favorite spot for the king and queen of this castle.

main ensuite bathroom is generous and with the high windows bring in plenty of natural light.

the basement space is sure to be inspiring for many games and activities.