Client: Private Homeowner
Location: Vancouver, BC
This house on Sophia Street was a classic ‘Vancouver Special’. The owners found that the house’s layout of small dark rooms didn’t suit their needs and with their children were getting older, fewer bedrooms were required. They wanted a flexible open-plan space for entertaining with abundant storage space and improved access to daylight.
The upper floor of the house was reimagined as an open space with abundant daylight that contains the social spaces of kitchen, dining room and living room. More private spaces such as bedrooms, a home office and a media room were relocated to the shadier and quieter ground floor. A portion of the upper floor can now be separated using large sliding doors to serve as a guest room. A central feature of the renovation is the custom millwork along the stairwell that anchors the space and provides a showcase for precious items as well as concealed storage. The project scope also included upgrading the windows and roof to improve energy efficiency and thermal comfort. This combined with the improved access to daylight and natural cross-ventilation has greatly improved the house’s livability. Since the project’s completion, the owners have enjoyed hosting house concerts and parties in their new yet familiar house’s spacious upper floor.
Team: Local Practice (Architect), Boydco Renovations Inc. (Contractor)
Project Completion: 2014