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

port moody goodie : 1122 alderside

1122 alderside - penner

designed by : fook weng chan (fwc architecture ) in 2002

built by : hart tipton construction in 2002 [listed in 2015 for 6.18mil]

short blurb by the realtor :

waterfront masterpiece designed by renowned architect fook weng chan! straddling the 2 most desirable deepwater lots, this one of a kind home is angled to take in the breathtaking views from every room. a “work of art”, the highest quality materials, workmanship and custom details are evident throughout in this post and beam home. highlights of this masterpiece include a waterfront infinity pool, elevator, theatre room, garage, workshop, geothermal in floor heating & deep-water moorage for your yacht. beautiful expression of structure and materials including extensive use of wood, stone, glass and steel. a dream kitchen with wolf, sub zero & miele appliances and automated home control systems at your fingertips. magnificent home!

1122 alderside - living room

view of living room corridor and extensive built-ins.

1122 alderside - interior

floors are stepped to create a variety of ceiling heights

1122 alderside - pool

pool area at back of house

1122 alderside - from street

view of house from street with feature entry portico

1122 alderside - view from water

view of house from dock

goodie again : 1460 chartwell drive, west vancouver

1460 chartwell drive - drivewaydesigned by : james cheng

built by : ? in 2002

back on the market again, but worth another post (see previous 2011 post)

realtor listing here and write-up by the realtor on the house :

absolutely stunning contemporary home designed by james cheng & associates. this incredible gated residence, with spectacular view, features, on the main floor, formal living & dining rooms, separate poggenpohl kitchen with the very best appliances, pantry/plumbed wok kitchen & family room, spectacular insulated media room, huge master bedroom with private sitting room & stunning en-suite all overlooking the incredible view.

the upper floor features 3 en-suited bedrooms (each with stunning view & 2 with spacious decks). the lower floor features large rec-room, plus 2 generous bedrooms (1 en-suited). 

additional features include exquisite courtyard in centre of the home with stunning japanese maple, folding nanawall doors, limestone flooring, interior stairways & exterior tiling, incredible millwork & wooden windows, extraordinary cherry closets & cabinetry throughout, metal roof, and much more. rarely does a home with this quality and design come to market…

goodie : 3691 west 48th avenue

designed by : fred dalla-lana

built in : 1997 [2012 – listed for 2.39mil]

originally caught this house on a walk around town, thanks to dunbar-vancouver.

here is a blurb from the realtor :

a southlands retreat, surrounded by parkland & gardens, only 20 minutes from downtown. it has an open floor plan, sliding walls, floor to ceiling wood windows w/ sliding doors & decks off nearly every room. main floor features an open plan w/ a 2-storey ceiling in dining room. the kitchen is a bright space w/ a granite island, eating area, small office nook all open to a private south facing garden & pond. the living room & den, surrounded by floor to ceiling windows, face another private garden space. upstairs is a 4 piece bath & 4 bedrooms, including a master bedroom w/ 5 piece ensuite. all bedrooms connect to a wrap around deck w/ views to the park. 50′ X 120′ lot.

the house was designed for the architect and his family and in his own words “the house carries a dialogue with the park”. the park is located to the west of the house, and most of the upper floor orientates towards that direction by the implementation of a wrap-around deck.

the west elevation from the park. the wrap-around deck is clearly visible with the feature round window that brings light into the 2 storey atrium portion of the main floor plan.

the kitchen is located at the south-west corner of the house and has access to a small patio off the entry at the south side.

the living room with direct access to the patio on the north side of the house

the stairs at the dining area.

the office area allows abundance of natural light due to west-facing wrap-around deck adjoining the space.

goodie : 179 furry creek drive

ok ok i know what you are thinking, this is ‘vancouver’ modern residential blog and here i am writing about a house in furry creek, but i just couldn’t resist. take a look and tell me that this place is not awesome.

lets call this house ‘view hugger’

designed by : fook weng chan

built in : 1997 [2012 – listed for 1.98mil]

here is the blurb from the realtor :

villa kulangsu is the most unique landmark home at furry creek. built w/the finest materials, including limestone floors, edge-grain fir window frames, baseboards & casing, this home captures the full howe sound experience from ocean to snow-capped mountains & glaciers. designed by renowned architect fook weng chan in a half-moon shape, the home has been featured in the tv series “amazing vacation homes” & western living magazine. sky-lit foyer with slate floor, 2-sided fireplace, huge open plan living room & wall of windows where you are awestruck by the fabulous views & built-in custom cabinetry. on the lower level discover the custom spa built into the rock. the architecture is dramatic, private, serene & respects nature with amazing feng shui.

approach to the house from the driveway reaveals its more angular side.

the curvy side of the half-moon shape of the house faces the views and the water.

the floorplans. entry is on the middle floor with living/dining/cooking area, a huge deck and 2 bedrooms with ensuites.

the living room with deck beyond. a few step down lead to the dining room and the kitchen.

view of the living room looking towards the fireplace. built-in shelving closes off the room on  the right. passage around the fireplace leads to den and foyer.

the dining space with kicthen cabinet on the left. more built-ins separate the space from the living room beyond. the view surrounds the space through the arc of windows.

the deck outside the living space. glass railings keep from obscuring the panorama.

up a flight of stairs is the sitting room with another stone fireplace and built in rounded ‘couch’ and again that view dominates the space.

the master bathroom has stone tile throughout. generous corner window at bathtub with a view and if that was not enough look up and stare at the stars! yowza.

stairs even have a view. do you see a theme here?

den and vanity sink with glazing as backspash.

climb down a set of stais and enter a grotto with natural stone pool. yup. the view is ever present in this house.


goodie : 7062 osler street

mid-century gem – a masterpiece of a house designed originally by ron thom in 1952. a major renovation was done by the architect in 1980’s. the exterior features a wall of glass along the eastern side of the house which brings in natural light all year long. the interior features classic mid-century touches such as ceramic floor, wood ceilings, indirect lighting and a massive stone fireplace/hearth.

a link to cam mclellan’s blog post which goes into great detail about the house.

here is the link to the realtor’s listing. currently priced at $2,750,000. this home will be sure to keep some mid-century modern enthusiast very happy as it seems to be in extremely good condition.

the layout is very well though-out. a split level keeps the house from seeming overwhelmingly tall from the street or backyard, with the master bedroom being the only 2 storey portion. one bedroom at same floor level as living room enables age-in-place opportunities. limited hallways keep the bedrooms well sized and reduce circulation. a solid wall along the west side of the bedroom creates a porch for the entry of the house. the kitchen is located in a corner of the house to provide separation and its own access to garden. very very cool!