goodie : 4451 walden street

4451 walden - frontdesigned and built by : kore residential with construction drawings produced by yours truly.

link to the listing. here is a blurb from the realtors, mazaheri soo team :

it’s truly the details that differentiate this stunning new home. the curb appeal is accentuated by the custom entrance door, exterior pot lights & sconces, cantilevered decks & awnings, all of which accent the architecture. the interior is flawless and each finish was chosen to inspire. this sophisticated 3-level, 3-bed home is wired for all your technology needs, including a sonos sound system for distributed audio. modern white oak engineered wood floors on the main level set the stage for the designer inspired kitchen including fisher/paykel appliances, & modular creations cabinetry. the master retreat above has soaring vaulted ceilings, and this home features radiant heat with air-conditioning! this modern home has a very inviting feel.

4451 walden - floor planthe basement, main and upper floor plans are laid out for maximum efficiency for a narrow site.

4451 walden - kitchenthe kitchen is located in the centre of the house for access to dining room at east side of house (by the entry) and the main family living space.

4451 walden - living roomthe living room features a linear fireplace and tv alcove. large doors open onto deck with access to the western yard.

4451 walden - bedroomthe bedroom has a high ceiling to give a visual/spacial comfort in an otherwise small footprint.

4451 walden - basementthe basement living room has a large linear window for natural light.

4451 walden- backyardthe backyard has been enclosed with horizontally-applied fencing, and ensures adequate privacy even with adjacent homes within a few feet.

goodie : 198 east windsor road, north vancouver

198 east windsor road - side yardlooks like michael green’s house is up for grabs and what a bargain, to live in a superbly designed home!

198 east windsor road - living roomdesigned by : michael green of mg architecture

renovated by : michael green (renovation of 1926 original house)

here is the blurb on the house from the realtor, even though this house needs no words as the photos speak for themselves:

stunning contemporary home in elegant upper lonsdale with views of the mountains, city and ocean. award winning (aibc award, western living designer of the year award) architecture featured in dwell, western living, architecture magazine, hgtv and vancouver sun. the perfect blend of modern and heritage in this 5 bedroom, 4 bath corner lot home designed for comfort and convenience. extensive custom millwork, heated slate/solid oak floors, zinc roof, nanny suite and large workshop. spectacular detached office / artist studio won the prestigious lieutenant governor award for architecture. lush and private yard with koi pond, hot tub, flowering trees, japanese maples, bamboo, lavender beds & pear tree. beautiful neighbourhood with excellent schools and amenities.

from the looks of it, last weekend’s open house produced no takers? what’s going on? it’s not every day you can own a piece of award-winning modern architecture!

check out the western living article here.

198 east windosr street - floorplans198 east windsor street - tvfrom living room looking west toward the library. the entry door is on the left side of the image.198 east windsor street - stairsfrom family room looking east towards the kitchen198 east windsor street - accessory buildingthe house comes with the one and only now very famous accessory building. sweet!

good effort : 7412 government road, burnaby

a nice attempt a trying modern design, but in my eyes, there are a few flaws i cannot get over such as all those interior trims, funny overhangs and elevations that looks like 2 different houses.

7412 government road - street side‘let’s just throw every idea into one house’ the designer must have thought. the front of the house looks like this but…

7412 government road - side of housethis is the side of the house. i do wish they would have framed out the jog above the 1st storey window to create a nice straight line for the overhang. pet peeve of mine : the railing for the sunken patio bumps up against the window of the living room.

7412 government road - bedroomso there is more ceiling height in the bedroom with the C-shaped window. why not move this window up of make it bigger? seems odd to me.

so is this still worth of a goodie title or should be toss it into the eyersore heap?

goodie : 1007 west 26th avenue

1007 west 26th - view from streetdesigned by : neil banish of wensley architecture

built by : ? in 2007

check out the listing by vaune kolber here.

short write-up of the house by the realtor :

welcome to this stunning shaughnessy home designed by the principal architect of wensley architecture. featured in western living and a nissan tv ad, the home is inspired by mid-20th century masters with a distinct 21st century flare. features main level live-dine area with 20 ft. ceiling, 10′ x 7′ caesarstone island, foscarini ‘big bang’ fixture, gorgeous walnut cabinetry, town and country fireplace. home theatre, office and huge covered patio complete the main level. porcelain floors on main, teak on upper level and fir floating staircase. 3 beds up including lofted master and large deck. bonus large 1 bed in-law suite with own patio. extremely private.

1007 west 26th - entry side of housethe entry of the house is from west 26th and along the side to a covered open porch.

1007 west 26th - living roomthe ground floor is very open and all rooms flow from one another. when the weather is warm, doors can be open onto the covered patio and provide breezes throughout the house.

1007 west 26th - covered deckthe large covered deck is a special treat that can be used all year round. even the built-in music system is integrated into the deck space.

1007  west 26th - bedroomthe main bedroom overlooks the living space. a very open concept with no doors between bathing space, closet and sleeping area. lots of natural light comes from all directions including the operable skylights.

check out the western living article here.

garden wall house : 1519 west 33rd avenue

1519 west 33rd - frontthe garden wall house is finally finished construction and put up for sale already. somehow i feel to me that the execution of peter cardew’s design isn’t up to snuff. you be the judge.

designed by : peter cardew and winner of 2006 canadian architect award of excellence for this design.

built in : 2013 (listed for 3.68mil which is absolute madness!)

check out the link to the realtor’s listing here and some interior images here.

1519 west 33rd - gatethose who know a bit about peter cardew’s quality of work will be surprised to see this. painted bricks? cheesy address signage, ridiculous mailbox and ornate gate.

1519 west 33rd - roof flashings

somewhere between the excellent design by peter cardew and execution, something went horribly wrong.

check out an article in canadian architect magazine about the house design here.

oh, what could have been. everybody should know by know it’s all about the details!

goodie : 3843 heather street

3834 heather - front viewdesigned by : frits de vries

built in : 2011/2012 by ?

new modern house with a curved roof on a standard 33×118′ lot in south cambie area of vancouver west.

here is a short blurb from realtors, rob zwick and ben chimes:

located just steps from douglas park, this frits de vries designed home sets a new benchmark for the area. the 2,725 square foot, 5-bed, 4.5-bath home features some of the finest concrete and steel construction, beautiful millwork, matte oak floors, exposed solid wood structural beams, and top quality fixtures. in addition, this home features park, mountain and city views, which can be seen from every level. the property also boasts a very unique 485 square foot laneway house, with it’s own patio and rooftop deck.

3834 heather - entry and stairsthe entry area is nicely separated from the living room by a semi-transparent glazing panel and open stairs.

3834 heather - kitchenthe kitchen features white upper cabinets and white countertops. the backsplash at the living room side has been raised to avoid visual clutter.

3834 heather - bathroomthe bathroom features gray tiles from floor to ceiling. similar palette of materials from kitchen is used here.

3834 heather - patiothe back patio of the laneway house has built-in concrete bench and steps.

2824 heather - back of housethe back of the house with covered patio for outdoor dining and second floor deck from the bedroom.