Tiered Retaining Walls in North Vancouver

The second (and final) tier of retaining walls has been poured and the formwork stripped to cure.  Prior to backfilling, damp proofing will be applied and drain pipes installed.  Once the backfilling is complete and permits are in place, we can begging the new deck and roof structure.

West Vancouver Allows Coach Houses

During their July 21 Council meeting, the District of West Vancouver adopted two new coach house bylaws.  This is great news for home owners who would like to provide more affordable accommodation for adult children or an opportunity for downsizing and aging in place while remaining in the community.

The bylaws are now in effect but the application process will be developed over the summer with a rollout of the program slated for some time in the fall.  Applications won’t be taken until November 3, 2014.

There appears to be enough information provided in these bylaws to begin planning and designing in preparation for getting in to the permit approval process as soon as it is up and running. If you are interested in adding a coach house to your property don’t hesitate to contact us to help you through the process.

A Small North Vancouver Renovation Continues

Formwork for footings quickly follow the excavator as he backfills and compacts the soil, preparing for the second tier of retaining walls.  A big plus of this stage is that the mountain of soil taking up the entire yard is slowly disappearing.

Small Doesn’t Mean Unimportant

The past few months have been spent developing a design for a series of retaining walls and new covered deck to a post & beam home here in North Vancouver.  The home was built in 1963 and designed by the late Vancouver Architect Ken Terriss, who I had the pleasure of working with shortly after graduating from Architecture school.

Excavation quickly turned the back yard into a mountain of soil, leaving just enough room for the first of two tiers of concrete retaining walls to be poured.  Now that concrete has cured for a sufficient period and damp proofing and drainage is in place, backfilling and compacting can get underway to prepare for the second tier of footings and retaining walls.  Once these are in place, construction of the new deck can begin.