A full renovation of a turn of the century craftsman house in Vancouver's Point Grey neighbourhood. The informality, openness and cross functionality of the modern spaces contrast with the formality of the original spaces; giving the family the opportunity to have the best of both worlds - a cozy character home and a modern light filled home. The upstairs master bedroom, with its panoramic view, was reconfigured as a single open space. The character of the original house is juxtaposed with the new modern layer making room for quirky spaces and unexpected moments while embracing a modern way of living.
Vintage in the front, modern in the back: the house represents a resolution of dual architectural identities while remaining cohesive in its design. Perched on a sloping lot, its early 20th century facade hidden from the street by a dense tangle of trees. The dining room, situated between the living room and the kitchen /deck area is a transition point - a hybrid of new and old elements. The original window and casing were retained by are now framed by a modern bookshelf. This house wasn’t about making things big, rather it was about making things work harder. The design approach was to not recreate the past, but at the same time, to not destroy it either. The front of the house remained in tact, its traditional arts and crafts bones and period-specific details preserved. Walking from the front to the back of the home moves you through the eras : with the rear of the house entirely modern.