DRKdesign : 8500 fairdell crescent, richmond

seaside house

designed by : DRKdesign

built by : owner/builder in 2015 [listed for 3.49mil, 2017-relisted for 3.28mil]

photography by : snowchimp creative

the house is currently on the market and here is the link to the listing.

a short blurb by the realtor:
this westcoast contemporary custom built home is located in the reputable seafair neighborhood in richmond. spectacular ocean views from this truly magnificent luxury family residence situated on a professionally landscaped estate property in this most prestigious location. this exceptional modern home offers a stunning open design with spacious principal rooms, large floor to ceiling windows and the patio space on the house with water view is significantly larger than normal. the back yard faces west overlooking georgia straight from sunshine coast to vancouver island. extremely high quality boasts every luxury feature imaginable.


view of house from back yard


house enjoys sweeping views of the dyke and seaside beyond


entry area leads to a double height foyer and floating stairs


sitting room


upstairs living room with clerestory windows bringing in soft eastern natural light


master ensuite


open dining room with wall of sliding glass doors to western deck


the kitchen with eat-in island


open space that connect to sitting room beyond and living room (to the right)


stairs located centrally at upper floor with hallways beyond to bedrooms along the east side of the house


western side of the house with walk-out basement, living space balcony and a roof top open sundeck


street view of the house

goodie : 11720 railway avenue [updated]

a pleasant surprise among the banal gable-ended houses in richmond awaits anyone driving down railway avenue towards steveston.

designed by : ?

built by : revolution developments in 2012. [2013 on market for 1.49mil]

here is the blurb from the realtor:

unique modern home in westwind on the quiet side of railway ave. this custom home boasts open layout living area with built-in yamaha speakers & a dream kitchen for wannabe chefs with viking professional appliances & a huge 10.5′ island. 5 zone radiant heating system & high efficiency boiler. double french doors & see thru fireplace opens up to a beautiful cedar deck & huge backyard, great for entertainments, indoor/outdoor living at it’s best. huge master ensuite with stand alone tub & walk-in shower. one of a kind walk-in closet in the master bedroom. 10 minute stroll to popular steveston village & in excellent school catchments. there is also a legal 2 bdrm suite, great mortgage helper.

check out the listing here and images of the interior below:

the deck off the upper floor bedroom is generous enough for a few lounging peices of furniture.

the master ensuite has a large walking shower with a window for natural light.

the kitchen has natural light with skylights located above the working surfaces.


the house has just been completed and the landscaping is just being put in, but it already looks great.

street view of the property before the house was built. the original house on the property was not utilizing the space very well due to the 2 storey portion being placed within the back yard or the lot.

the new house in context with the adjacent houses. now the storey portion is at the street side allowing for a better private yard and 2nd storey views. windows are facing the street to avoid any overlook issues to neighbor’s yards. a simple palette of materials : stucco and cedar.

the view of the house from the north-west. a dividing wall between the entry and garage create spacial separation & identity for the pedestrian entry, visually breaking down the elements of the facade.

view from the west. porch has an built-in bench on the outside with area underneath for storing of shoes and boots.

view of the house from the south-west. simple wood panels were inserted between windows to create extended horizontal lines.

detail of the side of the house. at the back of the house a roof overhang is extended to provide shading and weather protection for the decks. rhe walls are kept high to ensure privacy. nicely done.

nice work on the garage door, by using the same material as the exterior wall cladding.

goodie : 8631 seafair drive

now i know that this is technically outside of vancouver, but i feel like this example is still worth sharing. i give kudos to the builder and designer of this brand new house (google street view still shows the framing). being located in richmond is a little bit outside of vancouver but i really do like this one.

take a look at the listing and see some photos of the inside.

what really makes this house such a treat is the nice use of millwork inside.

always remember simplicity wins, as does this house!