We’re about to go in for permit for an addition and renovation to a late 60’s post & beam backing on to one of many creeks that run through our community. This will be providing a new Entry Foyer, Master Suite and updates to the existing bedrooms and bathroom. Stay tuned for construction updates!
With our help, a North Vancouver Craftsman gets a modern addition.
Not only did we add square footage to the existing home, we improved the floor plan of the home to marry the new with the old, creating a more usable space for the homeowners and their family.
Here’s a look at the home before construction:
Here’s a look at the home now:
The addition adds space to the rear of the house, creating a larger kitchen and a new den for the homeowner. It also adds a new walk-in closet and master bathroom to the master Bedroom. We’ve also added a new powder room by closing the old stair to the basement and adding a new, wider feature stair to the basement off the kitchen and open to the den.
The new skylight really helps bring a lot of natural light into a North facing space. As do the large windows that connect the Kitchen with the back yard.
The homeowner is a Landscape designer and will be tackling the back yard once construction wraps up. The patio will receive porcelain tile that matches the tile used in the kitchen, lending the appearance of the inside space seamlessly merging with the outdoor space. There is promise of a summer gathering once the work is complete and I look forward to seeing how all of the pieces come together.
Retaining walls are long complete and the new deck with roof are in the final stages of completion. We carried the existing post and beam structure from the interior of the home to the new addition giving the appearance of a continuity of space form inside to out. A floating deck is yet to be built to the left side and will be connected to the main deck and lawn with broad steps, spanning the width of the deck. All carefully planned to eliminate the need for view-blocking guard rails.
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.
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.
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.
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.
This North Vancouver three unit infill was completed 5 years ago and I was noticing how much it has changed from the photos taken in 2009 (see our photos on the ‘What We’ve Done’ page). Of course the structure hasn’t changed but the landscaping has matured and lends the house a more settled look.
Here are a few perspectives showing the North Vancouver coach house case study I’m developing. The intent is to create a series of styles and floor plans that meet our zoning bylaws and designed to suit 33′ and 50′ standard lots. This example is fairly simple with a shed roof and panelized rain screen sheathing. If you, or anyone you know, are considering a coach house for the back yard, don’t hesitate to contact us and we can discuss your needs.
Work has wrapped up on a small interior renovation of this home which was originally built in 1987 and ready for a refresh. We were able to combine the two existing bathrooms into one spacious master ensuite with a soaker tub, separate shower an a vanity with double sinks. A new 3-piece guest bathroom was created out of wasted space over a stair to the basement combined with a small coset/home office. The kitchen and eating area were gutted and refreshed with new cabinets an appliances. We even had enough room for an island, home office and sitting area. Finishes were updated throughout the main floor and hardwoods were installed through the living room and kitchen. Tile with underfloor heat were provided in the two new bathrooms and front entry. A new, more efficient gas fireplace insert replaced the old, which allowed us to eliminate the electric baseboard heating registers in the living spaces, thus allowing better furniture placement and drapes that reach the floors. Simon LeMare, the general contractor, and his crew did a great job and were instrumental in a smooth renovation that the owner is very pleased with.