victoria modern : metchosin house

designed by : marko simcic

built in : 2006 by bill hustler construction ltd.

metchosin house - reflecting pool

write-up from the realtors :

a contemporary and architecturally award winning design by marko simcic this home blends with over 1400 feet of rugged coastline spanning across 68 acres just outside of victoria, british columbia. exclusive luxury, this is truly one of the finest waterfront estates on the west coast. canyon river runs through the home and masterfully controls the temperature via hydrothermal radiant energy giving the home environmental consciousness through this impressively progressive technology. a radical and forward approach, the home’s mechanical and electrical systems can be accessed from anywhere on the globe via the Internet. this modern 6 bedroom home gracefully coexists with the surrounding natural west coast landscape and maintains an intimate and easily communicable presence on the interior despite the infinite size of the space. 10,700 square feet is wonderfully fluid and provides ease of daily functionality, while housing every luxury, with formal entertaining space, and separate guest accommodations. vaulted ceiling, skylights, intricate bridges, terraces, decks and an impressively sized car port all add to this home’s grandiose allure. tennis courts, hot tub, and pool add to this active retreat; an enclosed boathouse within the home allows you to roll out of bed and into the ocean! this award winning quiet and private waterfront metchosin home is the epitome of excellence; having achieved the canadian architect award in 2003 and a lieutenant-governor’s award in 2008. while seemingly a hidden sanctuary, the home is only 30 minutes outside of the capital city; allowing you to stay connected to amenities, shops, and air travel or enjoy the quiet seclusion.

read about the winner of merit award at canadian architect magazine here.

read about the ribbon cutting at canadian architect magazine here.

some more images at contemporist here.

metchosin house - internal walls

metchosin house - front of house

metchosin house - living room

metchosin house - bedroom

metchosin house - covered deck


goodie : 828 west 19th avenue

828 west 19th - front of housedesigned by : ?

built by : ? in 2013 [2014-listed for 2.49mil]

Here is a rundown of all the features, courtesy of the realtor:

This magnificent home is designed with modernity, function and elegance in one of the best Vancouver neighbourhoods, Douglas Park! Custom Perelli cabinetry, feature staircase, double sided fireplace and incredible kitchen are among the many fine details of this 5 bedroom, 4 bathroom home. Amazing appliances like the Liebherr fridge and Bertazonni range as well as lovely Bocci and Nelson lighting means the best as well as comfort. The Master bedroom is enormous with an ensuite that features a floating tub and huge shower. A must-see! Please visit my website for more info on this elegant space. No GST.


-Front door is a custom built fir pivot door system
-All natural grey travertine tiles in entry
-Engineered Russian White Oak floors
-Beautiful custom built oak waterfall staircase with Bocci lighting on the stairs and a Bocci drop light
-Floating centred gas fireplace
-Dining room featuring a Nelson lamp
-Oversized glass doors leading to a South facing covered deck with gas hook up for a BBQ
-Beautifully integrated transition from indoor living to outdoor living

-Giant built-in Liebherr Fridge and wine cooler
-Stunning Bertazonni range, backsplash and hood fan
-Counters are “Absolute Black” honed granite
-Restoration Hardware lighting over spacious island in the kitchen
-Walk-in pantry includes solid oak shelving and sensor lighting
-Kohler faucet and sink in kitchen
-Custom millwork throughout full cut walnut by Perelli with interiors by Hectic Hardware

Powder Room:
-Toto wall mounted toilet
-White marble basket weave tiled floor
-American Standard wall mounted faucet
-Kohler faucet and sink


Master Suite:
-Walk-in closet with skylight and motion sensitive focussed lighting
-Built-in cabinetry in the extra large Master, in addition oversized walk in closet
-En suite features floating tub with centre drain, custom vanity, extra-large shower with a ceiling mounted giant shower head,
-Extensive use of natural grey travertine tiles
-Views of the North Shore mountains and Heather Park

-2 children’s bedrooms with lovely views to Douglas park
-Bright, functional children’s bathroom
-Closet space for stackable washer /dryer

-Extra large windows
-Polished concrete floors
-Recreation/media room
-Laundry Area
-Fantastic flex space roughed in for a 2 bedroom suite including a separate area for additional laundry

-Custom fitted blinds throughout the house including black out blinds on top level
-Sound system throughout Main floor, media room and roughed in for the outdoor deck
-Radiant heated floors throughout the home
-Air conditioning
-Viessmann boiler

video : postcard from west vancouver

short film by blake joseph sepsei entitled ‘what is west coast?’
starring kim smith & bo helliwell, brad lamoureux,

and a few wonderful houses from west vancouver (merrick residence)(anderson residence)(smith residence ii)(case residence)(sentinel hill house)(harbour house) and a few other surprises.

Houzz article : 11 things to expect with your remodel

written by

If you’ve never remodeled before or are taking on a big project, you may feel a little nervous.How much will it cost?How long will it take? Between the large expense and the excitement of anticipating your finished remodel, it’s hard not to feel a little apprehensive. Knowing what to expect can help allay your fears and make you better prepared for what’s to come.

by Ventana Construction LLC

by Ventana Construction LLC

1. Dust. Even with elaborate ZipWalls, a fine layer of dust can gather in parts of your home far from construction. There are a few ways to control it. If you can, close off the construction area from the rest of your house with a compression-fit temporary wall. Running air filtering systems called air handlers can also pull the dust from the air on the nonconstruction side of the house. Heat the house without your furnace if possible, or completely block the warm-air and cold-air returns in the construction area. If you don’t, you’ll just be pulling dust from that section of the house into the part where you’re living. Consult an HVAC company before blocking ducts to make sure your furnace will still work effectively.

2. Noise. It will be incessant. Whining saws, scratching Sheetrock sanders and thumping nail guns followed by bellowing compressors: in short, little peace or quiet. Find another place to nap and don’t count on working from home unless your home office is far away from the construction zone. If you’re sure it couldn’t possibly be that bad, visit someone else’s home under construction and you’ll see.

Traditional Kitchen by Mueller Nicholls Cabinets and Construction

by Mueller Nicholls Cabinets and Construction

3. Triumphant highs. For you it may be the demolition of the ugly vinyl floors in your kitchen. For others it may be the installation of the carefully selected backsplash tile. Others still may feel elated only when they see Sheetrock go in or get to relax when their project is completely done.

4. Multiple sighs. It may be that you just want to be done, or that you’re tired of answering so many questions and writing so many checks. Or you may just be tired of having so many people in your house. Hang in there — remodeling fatigue will be short lived when you get to move back into your newly remodeled space.

by Ventana Construction LLC

by Ventana Construction LLC

5. The unexpected. If you expect anything, expect this. Asbestos, irregular framing, jerry-rigged wiring, funny plumbing and more unexpected surprises are bound to arise. No, you won’t be laughing, and neither will your contractor. Count on finding something no one could have anticipated in your budget and your time frame, and you will be well prepared when it happens.

Rustic Bathroom by John K. Anderson Design

by John K. Anderson Design

6. Change orders. The unexpected’s cousin is the change order, by which any new and changed work is documented, along with added or reduced cost. Change orders can also be used to resolve allowances, which are placeholders in the budget for particular items. But most often change orders occur because of things that clients decide to add or change. When you absolutely positively have to have that Italian tile, you can bet a change order is on the way.

7. Cash concerns. Even if your project is right on budget, the sheer amount of money you are spending may cause a bit of a freakout. If you’re used to writing four-digit checks, you can easily be writing checks with one or two more zeros during a large remodel. If costs are increasing, along with change orders, it could increase your anxiety. Having cash on hand that’s a bare minimum of 10 percent above contract for contingencies will help alleviate that stress. Have 20 percent if you want to worry less.

8. Delays. Snow falls, people get sick, cars break down and sometimes faucets ordered from the factory take 10 weeks instead of six. You and your contractor will likely be working from a schedule that assumes the world is a perfect place. It’s not, and knowing that will allow you to be resilient when your schedule shifts a bit.

9. Decisions. Where should that outlet be? How high do you want the showerhead? Where do you want the cabinet hardware mounted? Oil-rubbed bronze or chrome or brushed nickel or satin nickel? Is your head spinning yet? Count on hundreds of questions that you’ll need to answer as your project proceeds, or select your architect as your proxy. Just know that your selection of a contractor is the first of many you will make.

10. Outliers. At the end of your project, expect one or two punch-list items that will take longer to resolve than anything else. It may be a light fixture that arrives broken or the very last two pieces of tile. The important thing is to get the final details right, even if they take a little longer.

11. A party! Expect that you will want to show off your newly remodeled kitchen, living room or addition. We have had clients throw parties and invite friends, along with us and our trade partners. It’s gratifying for everyone to see a beautifully finished home filled with people enjoying themselves.

Tell us: What have you learned from your latest remodel?

video : 2185 capilano road, north vancouver

nice and more lively promo realtor video with humans!

check out the listing here.

short blurb about the house from the realtor:

an architectural masterpiece thoughtfully situated amongst the north shore’s finest elements. experience the pleasures of an urban sanctuary within ten minutes proximity from one of the world’s most desirable cities. designed and constructed with the highest quality of execution, this home brings an avant-garde twist to west coast living. exuding luxury and fine taste, this true work of art features ten foot ceilings, commercial-grade curtain wall windows, a green roof and a miele appliance package. a plethora of natural light, exposed steel, polished concrete and brushed-oak flooring combine a multitude of nature’s resources creating a welcoming, west coast feel. the exceptional outdoor space is the ultimate escape from your daily woes and a meeting place with one’s mind. breathe in the river, the mountains, the trees, all from the comfort of your own home. live here.

goodie : 2705 west 30th avenue

2705 west 30th - frontdesigned by : henry + glegg
built in : 2013 by lane cove [2014 – listed for $7.8mil]

highlights of the house:

an extraordinary architectural home perched high atop one of vancouver’s most coveted streets. this sophisticated concrete and glass home offers stunning, unobstructed views of the pacific ocean, north shore mountains and downtown vancouver. the quality of construction is unsurpassed and the generous use of fine high end materials throughout makes this home truly a showpiece. from the large open kitchen to the impressive living room/dining room, beautiful master suite w/balcony, exceptionally finished lower level and serene outdoor spaces, no detail has been overlooked. a private elevator, oversized hot tub and heated three car garage completes this spectacular home.

2705 west 30th - floorplanthe floor plans.

check out the listing here and also here.

2705 west 30th - dining roomthe dining room is separated on one side by an alcove deck area and on the north side by a floor-to-ceiling sliding door to a sundeck.
2705 west 30th - bathtubthis is the way a freestanding bathtub should be done with full view from tub!
2705 west 30th - basement roomeven the basement rec room has a walkout patio
2705 west 30th - stairs and entrythe open tread stairs provide tons of natural light throughout the space.
hot  tubhot tub with a bit of mountain view but ample privacy.

check out jay mcinnes’s analysis of this modern home.