goodie : 4497 west 6th avenue

designed by : battersby howat

built by : ? in 2011


write ups from the realtor :

stunning custom home & laneway designed by battersbyhowat, finished to the highest standard by the owners. main house boasts 2,523 sq. ft. & spectacular views from the large rooftop deck. the home is bathed in light, emphasizing the selection of warm, natural, and clean finishes throughout. main level features an open plan with large living & dining areas, a gourmet kitchen and high-end appliances. second level offers 3 bedrooms & 2 bathrooms, including a beautifully finished ensuite and large walk-in closet. lower level is comprised of a family room, bedroom with ensuite and loads of storage. the laneway house, currently used as a studio would also make an ideal home office or guest quarters. too many extras to list. homes of this quality are rare. don?t miss this exceptional opportunity!

stunning point grey custom home and laneway house finished to the highest standards. located on a prime corner at 6th & sasamat, the main house boasts over 2,500 square feet of living space and spectacular views from the large rooftop deck. this home is bathed in light, emphasizing the selection of warm, natural, and clean finishes throughout. the main level features an open plan with large living and dining areas and a large gourmet kitchen offering lots of work space, tons of cabinetry, and high-end miele appliances. the second level offers 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, including a beautifully finished ensuite and large walk-in closet. the lower level is comprised of a family room, bedroom with ensuite and loads of storage. incredible views to the professionally landscaped garden from this level too! the laneway house, currently used as a studio would also make an ideal home office or guest quarters. exterior finishes include neolith porcelain tile, acrylic stucco and cor-ten® steel. air conditioning, hrv, hot water on demand, crestron automation are just some of the additional features. homes of this quality are rare. don’t miss this exceptional opportunity! lord byng catchment, close to top private schools and ubc. short walk to 10th avenue shops, parks, and beaches. call today for your private appointment.



floating house : 3315 west 38th avenue

2010130_w38_int_h4_0009copyoriginal architectural design by : arno matis ( iconstrux )

re-design during construction by : ruf project

built by : g wilson construction co ltd in 2014

landscape by : paul sangha


short blurb by the realtor:

one of a kind masterpiece – contemporary concrete villa with zen-like garden. luxurious custom built by renown builder g.wilson and landscaped by paul sangha. this elegant home features modern design: grand foyer with 12′ ceilings on main & basement. italian marble floor, custom millwork. top brand ‘gaggenau’ german appliances. floor to ceiling door creates an intimate indoor/outdoor living space. the master bedroom boasts a lounge area and lunar lit onyx fireplace, spa-inspired ensuite & nice big walk-in closet. smart home system by la scala integrated with entire homes: lighting, hvac, tv, led lights, blinds & curtains. million dollar landscaped with daybeds, built in bbq firepit, hot tub & infinite water feature & waterfall wall. book your private tour & let it be your dream home


sunken patio with firepit


floating steps towards entry


pivot doors into ensuite


entry door


floating stairs


‘floating’ porch


back window

mid-century modern : 3030 west 45th avenue


tucked behind lush landscaping at the street, this house features wonderful living spaces beyond this outwardly solid facade

designed by : fred dalla-lana

built by : the zack family in 1973

short blurb by the realtor :

once in a while something special comes along. this stunning example of a west coast modern design is nestled into a private and mature landscaped setting on a 52’ lot. the seamless connection between the indoors and outdoors and the abundance of natural light make you feel like you are living among nature. the large master suite is on the main floor with a generous ensuite and walk-in closet. head upstairs to find two bedrooms that share a hall bathroom plus a large open den overlooking an upper deck. the open living concept on the main floor offers entertainment sized rooms with the added bonus of a large covered patio for the warm summer months. the attached double garage provides plenty of storage as well.

short description from the 2007 vancouver heritage foundation’s  mid-century home tour:

designed by fred dalla-lana for the zack family, this unique west coast home won architectural awards and editorial recognition during the 1970s. enclosed by neighbouring houses and shadowed by tall cedars, this 50’ lot has few hours of actual sunlight. this aspect coupled with the zack family’s wishes to remove no tress and to have complete privacy (“a summer cabin in the city” was their vision) were the essential motivators of the design. the result is a large courtyard garden open to the sky with the house looking inwards, not out to the neighbours. this arboretum is partly open to the weather so that potted trees and greenery of all kinds can flourish, but it’s roofed with glass like a high shed or greenhouse to give it shelter from the winds and rains. thus, outdoor living is possible not only on hot summer days but for most of the year. natural light is maximized through the extensive use of skylights and the introduction of the large reflecting pool and travertine floor tiles which return light into the house. probably the only home in vancouver built and finished entirely in re-sawn mahogany, the home has a very warm quality to it, while the white travertine marble floors and simple earth coloured furnishings bring a sophisticated air to the space as well.


great sunken conversation space in the living room


large open spaces in the back of the house offer privacy


retro kitchen in excellent condition


upstairs sitting room overlooks the skylight-covered patio below

almost passive house : 2941 east 5th avenue


designed by : lanefab

built by : stone creek construction in 2015 [listed for 1.85mil]

check out more about this house and passive house in the news.

here is a short description of the house from it’s own feature website :

Own one of Vancouver’s most efficient and comfortable homes. Built using German ‘Passivhaus’ energy efficiency techniques, this home features super-insulated walls and triple glazed windows – creating a new level of comfort year round. Save money every month on utilities, while gaining comfort and contributing to a healthier environment and climate.

Become the owner of this special home, and become a leader in your community. This is the first detached Passive Solar House built in British Columbia to be available on the market to purchase.

Though built to Passive House principles*, this home does offer a radiant heating system. This leading construction design is seen all over the world – including many cold, wet, harsh climates. These homes do not require a primary heating source at all, nor do we expect you to need/use one here. However, given it is the first of its kind locally on the market, you will have the choice to turn the heat on, for peace of mind – though we’re confident daring you not to.

Enjoy Passive House comfort in style. Besides top-quality energy efficiency, this home is sleek, modern, open, and perfect for entertaining. The main floor has a large, luxury kitchen looking out to a family room, impressive dining area, and connected formal living space. With glass stairway accents, top-tier appliances, and beautifully unique wide window spaces on both the North and South side of the home, you can not only take pride in your low carbon footprint, but in your fabulous space too.

Dramatic vaulted ceilings upstairs bring a serious cool factor to the 3 large bedrooms + den/office. The master suite offers an exceptional view of the North Shore mountains, modern built-in storage solutions, and a pretty, spa-inspired ensuite.

This home offers a versatile basement with a large flex room, complete with full bathroom. Easily enjoyed by either the primary residence or basement tenants, it makes an ideal media room or even a second master suite. The kitchen below is roughed in, and can be installed at the buyer’s discretion.

E5th Plans - Basement

E5th Plans - Main

E5th Plans - Upper

thick walls are sexy #thickwallsaresexy and this house implements 17″ thick walls

IMG_2502the living space next to the entry.

f4829836400d04300af794ccdbdc7846the view from the living room.

IMG_2524kitchen features symmetrical cabinet design.

IMG_2605family room at back of house.

IMG_2613bedroom at front of house.

IMG_2633master bedroom at back of house has mountain views.


the laneway house:

ff9c88830fb04fe6611669031fbc062cthe laneway house features a sunken entry at internal yard side.

E5th Plans - LWH Lower

E5th Plans - LWH Upper

0dd785436d947333a5f3a9f1a325aa4dopen living space on upper floor of laneway house.

DRKdesign : 969 west 18th avenue

969 west 18th - frontdouglas park twins

designed by : DRKdesign

built by : marman developments in 2015 [listed for 2.19mil]

photography by : silvija crnjak

969 west 18th - contexttaking an existing site of 49.5′ and subdividing into two lots of 24.75′ wide and then building a new home on each lot with RS-7 zoning was the challenge here.

969 west 18th - siteplanboth houses utilize thick walls with exterior rigid insulation for greater thermal performance, as well as, durability.

969 west 18th - floor plan 0969 west 18th - floor plan 1969 west 18th - floor plan 2there were a few challenges beyond the zoning requirements.

969 west 18th - front bedroomdue to the narrow floorplate, making bedroom spacious enough was a key concern, which was solved by offsetting the two front bedrooms with a balcony filling in the space and allowing a large corner window in the bedroom while ensuring neighbor’s privacy.

969 west 18th - upper landing

in order to bring natural light into the center of the building, a large rectangular skylight was used in combination with an open stairs extending down two floors.

969 west 18th - basement suite

the basement included a secondary suite with a living space and kitchen and one bedroom and bath, with a sunken patio off the back of the house. In order for a functional layout below grade, the sunken patio was made as wide as possible and full height glazing extend the space visually beyond.

969 west 18th - kitchen island

the main floor consisting of entry, living/kitchen/dining space and powder room was kept as open as possible yet, spaces feel separated due to location of kitchen in center of the space but visually open through to back of house and to the yard beyond.


exterior features a flat roofline with expansive windows to bring in light.

here is the blurb on the house from the realtor:

unique “cube house” with the perfect family feel in sought-after cambie! this modern home has clean lines, upscale finishings and millwork throughout with a thoughtful floor plan. the “lawn free” landscaping creates a low maintenance, but gorgeous front and back yard. main floor is open and bright with high ceilings and a stunning chef’s kitchen. use of millwork is extensive and topped off with a feature floating fireplace in the living room. a stunning staircase leads you to the upper level where you’ll find 3 bedrooms with high ceilings again and two full well appointed baths. lower level is perfect with a flexible rec room/media room or play room. downstairs a 1 bedroom legal suite adds wonderful revenue potential. a double garage and walkability to cambie’s best parks complete the package.

general features:
– roxul cavityrock md 1.5″ exterior insulation provides superior long-term thermal & acoustic performance
– venmar avs heat recovery ventilator system with advanced blower design for quiet operation
– radiant in-floor heating
– ‘nest’ smart thermostat
– viessman on demand heat
– monitored security alarm system with dsc touchscreen pad with 7″ full color display, slim modern design (800×480 resolution), intuitive led indication of security system status, picture frame feature, intuitive user interface
– aiphone hands-free color video intercom
– 4x high definition night vision cameras with digital video recorder
– built-in sound system
– professionally designed lawn-free landscaping
– millwork and cabinetry by q point

main floor features:
– custom millwork with whitewashed maple and cherry wood wall paneling, and matching pocket door for main floor powder room
– imported italian tribeca porcelain tiles throughout the entire main floor
– custom side-mount steel and glass stair railings
– solid white oak stairs and runners with built in stair lighting
– oversized milgard windows and sliding doors with roller blinds
– 50” electric linear fireplace
– outfitted with hdmi cords above fireplace

kitchen features:
– fisherpaykel activesmart refrigerator
– fisherpaykel double drawer smart wash dishwasher
– fisherpaykel 30″ gas range convection oven
– panasonic built-in microwave
– miele stainless steel hood fan
– gorgeous granite counters
– double undermount stainless steel sink with grohe pulldown faucet
– oversized long working centre island
– excellent storage and work surface space

upper floor features:
– oversized elongated skylight above stairs for loads of light
– 3 excellent bedrooms with generous closets
– lovely master suite with double closet with frosted glass doors
– oversized private balcony off the master with privacy frosted glass
– engineered flooring throughout
– whirlpool steam stacker washer/dryer in extra deep closet

master ensuite features:
– double kohler undermount sinks
– granite counters
– kohler toilet
– walk in oversized shower
– grohe rainhead shower and faucet
– oversized window provides loads of light

bathroom features:
– high quality bathroom fixtures including duravit bathtub and grohe faucets.
– use of hohler sinks, toilets
– granite counters

lower floor features:
– excellent space for media room, play room, rec room with over height ceilings and closet
– self contained legal basement suite. suite kitchen features stainless steel appliance package and cabinets matching with main floor kitchen.

DRKdesign : 959 west 18th avenue

959 west 18th avenue - front of house

view of house from street – photo by pixilink solutions

designed by : DRKdesign

built by : marman developments in 2015 [listed for 2.23mil]

959 west 18th avenue - kitchen

view of kitchen towards living space beyond – photo by pixilink solutions

here is the realtor’s take on one of these modern homes : (check out the listing here and pixilink tour here)

modern living at its finest in desirable douglas park! open layout with 10 ft ceiling on main, tons of natural light from oversized windows and glass panelled interior doors, custom millwork featuring whitewashed maple and cherry, imported Italian tiles, premium kitchen appliances including double drawer dishwasher. three bedrooms above, mountain view from master. basement legal suite with option as 1 or 2 bedrooms. downtown, trendy main st, queen elizabeth park, granville island, you’ll be in the middle of it all from this stunning new home.

959 west 18th avenue - living room

living space with fireplace hearth that doubles as a bench and custom millwork – photo by pixilink solutions

959 west 18th avenue - view from main floor deck

deck extends the full width of the house at the back yard – photo by pixilink solutions

959 west 18th avenue - ensuite

ensuite bathroom has lots of natural light due to large north-facing window – photo by pixilink solutions

959 west 18th avenue - suite kitchen

basement suite features full kitchen – photo by pixilink solutions

959 west 18th avenue - suite living space

basement suite open living-dining-kitchen space with sunken patio – photo by pixilink solutions

959 west 18th avenue - back of homes

the back of the houses have obscure glass at balconies and decks for increased privacy – photo by pixilink solutions

look forward to another post with professional photos of both houses and a more architectural point of view of this project.