goodie : 4296 quesnel drive

4296 quesnel drive - front

designed by : stuart howard architects

built by: jeff henderson construction ltd in 2012 [listed for 4.29mil]

a description of the house by the realtor, jay mcinnes:

4296 quesnel drive offers a contemporary design built to the highest detailed standard, on this arbutus neighborhood view-lot. stuart howard architects inc have created yet another custom home unmatched in every detail. this is a 6 Bedroom (all with ensuites), 5.5 Bathroom home with unobstructed views of the west side of vancouver, downtown vancouver, burrard inlet & north shore mountains. completed in 2012 by jeff henderson construction ltd, this new home has the capability to be completely run via touch-screen integrated ipads. this state-of-the-art system can control the lighting, heating, air-conditioning, security, televisions & surround sound stereo system. in addition to the external security monitoring (4 security cameras), this home offers a visual door-bell system allowing you to view who is at the front door from within. with its perfectly designed reverse plan, you can entertain on the top floor (living, dining & kitchen) with a perfect view of the city as your back-drop. the main floor offers the front entrance to the home, the master bedroom & ensuite + 3 other bedrooms all with ensuites. the ground level offers a large media room, mud room with kitchenette & laundry/storage room.

open house is this weekend (february 9 & 10, 2013) from 2pm to 4pm.

C:UsersHomeDropboxpixilinkfiles out4296 Quesnel DRIVE, Vanthe house has living spaces on the top floor and ground floor has the entry foyer and sleeping rooms, while the basement is jam packed with media room, a rec room and two more bedrooms.

click above to a view of a walkthrough of the house.

4296 quesnel drive - north side

the back of the house has extensive glazing to take advantage of the mountain/city view to the north. patio from the rec room connects to the front of the house via stairs along the south side.4296 quesnel drive - living room

the living room features exposed glulam beams that support the curved roof. feature window at the end of the room showcases the amazing view of the city beyond.4296 quesnel drive - kitchen

the kitchen is tucked in next to the dining room on the top floor. efficient linear layout with skylights above ensure sufficient natural daylight and a comfortable cooking space.4296 quesnel drive - stairs

the stairs are an architectural feature in the house and are located centrally with a window along the south-east elevation to provide natural light.4296 quesnel drive - bedroom

the main bedroom has large windows and double doors to a juliet balcony to enjoy the view. a large walk-in-closet and ensuite is located just off to the left on the image above.

goodie : 4432 west 3rd avenue

four floors of living. this house is stacked!

designed by : stuart howard

built in : 1997 [2012 – listed for 5.6mil, 2013 – relisted for 4.98mil]

The realtor’s listing is here. The direct link to the floorplans is here.

A video of the house (from previous listing) is here. (glad they got rid of all that overbearing furniture)

a short blurb form the realtor : [mls listing]

rare opportunity to own in the prestigious west point grey with stunning panoramic water, downtown and mountain views from every level & patio of this contemporary home situated on a 33′ x 168.8′ perfectly landscaped lot. this 5 bedroom/4.5 bath custom masterpiece designed by architect stuart howard and built with steel frame by keystone construction. meticulously cared for by the builder/owner, every detail is hand picked of the highest quality. open spacious concept with lots of well integrated temp control crawl spaces (+ 2 car detached garage with flat lane access) offer maximum storage. just steps from jericho and minutes from ubc as well as queen mary elementary and lord byng secondary.

the lower two floors feature some creative space / circulation planning. two crawlspaces since the house is situated on a steep slope. a secondary level entry on the second floor eating area from the side yard is a nice touch.

the upper two floors continue with more decks towards the view. the top floor is solely dedicated to the master bedroom with an option of turning the dressing room into the prime spot in the house to enjoy those amazing views of the city.

the living room with view.

living room with dining room off to the right.

the kitchen with double refrigerators? there is that mini deck off to the left.

fine detailing with the glass guards. no blocking of the view!

even the dressing room has a view! how great is that?

the back of the house looks more modest at only 2 floor height. nice steel canopy details make this home unique. it’s too bad that the glass blocks make the house look dated (80’s ?) but i [secretly] do hope they make a comeback.

goodie : 2868 west king edward

designed : stuart howard architect with john blackmore 2006

located on a very steep site with amazing views to the north-east. i really like to treatment of the “chimney” elements and the restrained palate of materials.

take a look at the virtual tour here which is great!

even for such a sloped site, all the floors are level, meaning no split level within the floor plates. take a look at the backyard and check out how well designed this is. by the use of large level landings/patios; even on such a steep site most of the yard is very usable! sure there is lots of structural concrete retaining walls, but they are mitigated by some nice landscaping features.

inside exposed wood beams add warmth to what would have otherwise been a less visually interesting interior. the use of wood windows is also a great benefit to the interiors in regards to the feel inside when we have those long cold grey rainy days.