Family property gets ready for another century


It’s obvious to see how a family with architectural roots in the heart of Vancouver, once made this property the place to spend time to getaway as long ago as the great depression. With its stunning island, ocean and mountain views what better place to set the weekend anchor, relax and create memories? Fast forward a hundred years and what has changed? Not too much, except that maybe it’s time to retire the old cottage and create a space that will service the needs for the present and future generations.

Building goal: To remove the aging family cottage and replace with an 1800 square foot architecturally designed dwelling that connects the space between land and sea.

Challenges: Singe point access to the steeply sloped building site from a sporadically busy road meant that every step of site preparation and build needed precision planning. Starting with the removal of the existing cottage and installing a new septic field to putting the finishing touches on the driveway, access was our biggest challenge.

Charms: With the use of a folding door system and an open floor and deck plan, interiors flow seamlessly to exteriors. Views of the rugged North Shore mountains and summer sailing activity are captured from every angle. A curtain wall glass system, more commonly seen in commercial applications and topples/post less glass railings allow for unobstructed vistas. Large decks, outdoor patio heaters and even an outdoor shower all lend themselves to the homes intended purpose of connecting the family, with each other, ocean and nature. Every family has their story. For this one a new chapter has begun.