Category Archives: Residential Renovations

A North Vancouver Mid-Century Gets a New Addition

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!

Here are a couple of photos of the existing home.

Belvedere addition
A North Vancouver Mid-Century Gets a New Addition
Belvedere addition
A North Vancouver Mid-Century Gets a New Addition

 

And a sketch showing the proposed addition.

 

Belvedere addition
A North Vancouver Mid-Century Gets a New Addition

A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition

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:
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition
Front of the home from the street
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition
Back of home where addition is to be added.
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.

A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition – Rear addition under construction.
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition – Rear addition under construction.
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition – rear addition under construction.
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition – Interior with new stairs to basement.
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition
A North Vancouver Craftsman Gets a Modern Addition – Interior of new kitchen with counter height windows.

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.

Post & Beam Deck Addition in North Vancouver

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.

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.

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.

St. Georges Townhouse

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.

This is the Living Room before the renovation.  Unfortunately it's out of focus, but gives you a general idea of how it looked.  Note the old fireplace and tile surround.
This is the Living Room before the renovation. Unfortunately it’s out of focus, but gives you a general idea of how it looked. Note the old fireplace and tile surround.
Looking from the Living Room to Dining area.
Looking from the Living Room to Dining area.
Kitchen eating area
Kitchen eating area
Kitchen. Note the door to the left of the fridge.  We opened that opening to improve the connection to the Dining Room beyond.
Kitchen. Note the door to the left of the fridge. We opened that opening to improve the connection to the Dining Room beyond.
One of two back-to-back bathrooms which were combined to form a new master ensuite.
One of two back-to-back bathrooms which were combined to form a new master ensuite.
The new Living Room c/w new fireplace, surround and mantle.
The new Living Room c/w new fireplace, surround and mantle.
View from Living to Dining
View from Living to Dining
Fireplace
Fireplace
Living Room
Living Room
Kitchen with all new millwork and appliances. Note increased opening to Kitchen, allowing better access to Dining Room.
Kitchen with all new millwork and appliances. Note increased opening to Kitchen, allowing better access to Dining Room.

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Kitchen towards new sitting area and home office.
Kitchen towards new sitting area and home office.
New Guest Bath
New Guest Bath
New master Ensuite showing new frosted glass pocket door to bedroom.
New master Ensuite showing new frosted glass pocket door to bedroom.
New Master Ensuite
New Master Ensuite
Millwork at entrance to Kitchen
Millwork at entrance to Kitchen