4067 West 33rd Avenue by PTL Design Inc

4067 West 33rd Avenue is quietly nestled “West of Dunbar” on Vancouver’s desirable West Side. This is a quiet neighbourhood pocket of the Dunbar Vancouver community that entitles the home owners to Southlands Elementary & Lord Byng Secondary School catchments. These are some of the most desirable schools on the West Side as well as Vancouver as a whole. This West Coast Contemporary House is a short 15 minute drive to the heart of Downtown Vancouver & 25 minute drive to YVR Vancouver International Airport. This prime location is surrounded with a variety of parks, quiet tree lined streets & the university endowment lands filled with walking & biking trails amongst this large forested reserve.

This 3072 SqFt open concept home is perfect for entertaining & has all the essentials for raising a family at the same time. Meticulously designed by PTL DESIGN INC & built by AC PROJECTS, this is a 5 Bedroom / 4 Bathroom modern dream home spread over three levels. 4067 W 33rd Ave offers Radiant in-floor heating on all levels, HRV System (Heat Recovery Ventilation) throughout the home, Air Conditioning in the 3 upstairs bedrooms all to make for the most comfortable living experience. The double sliding door system opens the living room up to the over sized entertaining patio with sunken outdoor lounge for the summer months. This home offers over heigh ceilings (9.5 Ft) on all levels & the luxuries of Walnut Floors through the main & 2nd level with a hidden master walk-in closet for the largest wardrobes. The luxuries of this ivory white kitchen are Meile stainless steel integrated appliances, Corian white stone counter tops & white custom cabinet units with soft touch drawer systems & integrated storage units throughout. This open concept Kitchen / Eating area / Living Room & entertaining patio make for a flowing day to day use in the summers when indoor out door living is at its best in Vancouver.

4067 West 33rd Avenue offers a very contemporary curb appeal that holds a very unique spot on the block. With extremely straight sight lines, and the use of what looks to be two large rectangles side by side this home comes alive with all aspects of its exposed architecture in the spot light. Through the use of dark blue & beige stucco outlining the two exterior sections of this house & dark blue aluminum framed windows throughout this home offers somewhat of an industrial appeal. Softened by its extensive use in both the front & back of cedar siding & cedar doors this industrial look is taken down a notch. The Japanese influenced front yard is one entire rock garden perfectly integrating the trees and exposed concrete retaining wall, stepping stones & front stair way of the home. The back yard is of a softer nature with an abundance of cedar decking & large grassed area offering only small stone detailing throughout. The large two car garage also in a navy stucco is softened by the cedar siding feature facing the house.

All in all this house was built custom by the owner / architect and it shows with the luxury detailing & use of space that you only find when building with ones own lifestyle in mind.

Architect/Studio: Scott Lin / PTL Design Inc
Project Name: 4067 West 33rd Avenue


3608 Quesnel Drive by EDG Homes Inc.

Welcome to the latest Contemporary Masterpiece on the West Side of Vancouver. 3608 Quesnel Drive is located in the heart of the Arbutus neighbourhood on Vancouver’s West Side. This is a custom built home perched on a 6395 SqFt IRR corner view lot at 20th Ave & Quesnel Drive. Modern living is showcased in both the inside & outside of this property. The house is 3835 SqFt over three levels. The main floor is a completely open concept entertainers dream with Kitchen, Living Room, Dining Room, sunken TV lounge & VIEW corner of folding doors out to your feature patio. From both this main level & the Master Bedroom above you have completely unobstructed view of the West Side, Downtown, Burrard Inlet WATER & North Shore Mountains. The main level additionally offers an office space & powder room. As you enter your sun drenched southern exposed back yard from this level you are greeted yet again with a space that demands the gatherings of family and friends. From expansive green space to the built in BBQ & Fire Pit, you will be spending many nights at home in this very private and secluded space. The stairway to the second level is a key architectural feature through the centre of the home, that is framed in steel & glass. The top floor offers the Master Bedroom a completely open concept En suite & walk through closet + 2 more Bedrooms & 2 more Washrooms. For your modern living convenience you will also find a second set of Washer / Dryer on this level. The Basement houses the 4th Bedroom + Workshop (could be used as 5th Bedroom – built in closet), 4 piece Washroom, Media Room & Laundry Room / Mud Room. You also have access to your mechanical room & Cold Room for wine storage. One of the many conveniences of this house is that the double car garage is attached at the basement. So pulling right into the house & out of the elements with the family & groceries has never been easier. This Modern Home additionally offers Radiant Hot Water Heating throughout with air conditioning units delegated to all key living areas of the home. Central stereo system ensures that you are never without the possibility of music, & you also have your Heat Recovery Ventilation (HRV) System running to keep the fresh air moving!

This modern home has exposed Cedar Siding, Exposed Concrete & dark grey stucco.

The Architect is EDG Homes Inc.
The house is 3608 Quesnel Drive, Arbutus Vancouver. BC Canada, V6L-2W8. 4 Bedroom / 5 Bathroom / 3835 SqFt House / 6395 SqFt View Lot / $4,389,999.


Mini House by LineBox


A unique mini house by architectural studio LineBox sits on Craven Road in Toronto, Canada. Its name gives away almost everything about it. Mini House is the first modern living space in this part of the city and also proves that quality is not always connected to quantity. The owner chose this place deliberately as he felt something extraordinary about it. The architects tried to turn his ideas of compact, loft living into reality to make his dreams come true. The budget was set to match the cost of owning a comparably sized flat which meant that creativity and resourcefulness were needed in design development.

The contractor was also included early on in the conversations and design process so could with his practical ideas modify the project. Inexpensive and recycled materials were salvaged from demolished houses which lowered the costs. Mini house embodies a “hard loft” style with a flexible floor plan and although it is small it feels open and spacious. All the floors are poured concrete, the walls are concrete block or white painted drywall. Natural ventilation and passive solar gain in the winter prove that the house is also environment friendly.

photos: LineBox

Mies van der Rohe gas station conversion by les architectes FABG

The Canadian atelier Les Architestes FABG is responsible for reconstruction of an old gas station. Even though all of its components were retained and renovated, the building serves now a different purpose. The building on the Nun’s Island lost its use in 2008, so the architects decided to pay a tribute to the original author Mies van der Rohe and keep the original structure. Instead of a gas station, a store and a car repair workshop it now houses a youth and senior activity center.

Due to the flexible nature of the programming, the big volumes were left with an open layout with a modular and foldable furniture. The seniors use the larger space – the white room, while the youth occupies the smaller black room. Two opposing ends are connected by a subtle steel cantilevered roof. ‘The project is not about the faithful restoration of a monument. It is an interpretation trying to touch and communicate the essence of an artistic vision formulated by someone else in response to a world that is no longer the same. Musicians do this every day.’ – Les Architectes FABG.

photo: designboom.com

Challenger by OS1 design

Challenger is name of a new type of housing. These houses are eco-friendly and custom made reflecting desires of their owners. They were designed by a well-known architect Herb Enns from architecture studio OS1 Design. Aside sustainable design and approved methods they provide comfort and privacy.

Constructed according to the highest quality standards they offer 15 years guarantee. The prototype was constructed in Alberta, Canada. Its owners have a fabulous view at surrounding mountains.The interior is quite simple, the predominating material is wood. Operational charges are lower up to 30% comparing to a standard house, even it serves as a weekend house.

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The “Lighthouse” was designed by a Canadian architecture studio LineBox for a family of five members that decided to move from the countryside to a modern city house. It was constructed near-by the city of Ottawa in the area so destined for them, called Lindenlea.The parcel has an asymmetric shape, so the house have been embedded between a parking of a municipal community center on the southwest and a woody cliff on the north. This situation was a unique challenge for architects. Glazed facades are north oriented, what provides enough privacy for owners in the south part of the house and at the same time it ensures enough light in the interior space. This orientation prevents from reheating of the interior in the summer. The shape of the windows helps the sunlight to enter the interior. Construction is based on vertical storing of open and closed spaces. Teenagers have their own back entrance with a lime flooring leading to an open dining-room and a kitchen. The overall impression is very warm and charming. This place creates unique conditions and life style for modern families because it concentrates on their needs of privacy, connection and harmony. The house is very fresh comparing to the most of city or countryside houses.

photos: linebox.ca

Penthouse renovation

A successful renovation project of a rooftop penthouse by architect Robert Bailey situated in the city of Coal Harbour near Vancouver, Canada. The original apartment was completely demolished to the concrete support construction. The new interior design was inspired by Scandinavian style. The apartment of 360 square meters houses four bedrooms, each one with its own bathroom and four terraces, so that owners could personalize them. The new interior design has a minimum of decorative elements but thanks to a mixture of materials it was created an interesting, rich and cosy environment. Quality furniture was designed and made-to-measure for this project. The simply-shaped fire-place made from limestone is set in the living-room area as a center-piece. A solid walnut wood was used for flooring and wall-coverings.

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LPP office

Today`s office space is diametrically different to that from the past. People have found out that the place where they spend most of their time cannot be boring or stoic. Working space affects the efficiency of one`s work performance and that is why a number of companies invests substantial amounts of money into the furnishings to make its employees feel comfortable and satisfied. The prestigious law firm Heenan Blaikie in Toronto, Canada got inspired by Facebook or Google and engaged the Montreal firm ID+S Design Solutions to design the interior. This office space is located in a LEED-certified building in Bay Adelaide Center that spans 125,000 square feet. Heenan Blaikie specifically requested that furniture in varying colours should be arrayed throughout the office to provide for bursts of colors. It ranges from orange rugs, red shelves to green sofas but everything is fitted, nothing sticks out but and all the elements match the surroundings which is mostly in soft earthy shades. Designers used a number of various materials such as glass, ceramics, wood and steel to enhance the overall impression.

photos: chictip.com

Folded House by Andrew Reeves

Folded house is located at the peripheries of the Canadian capital Ottawa. Architecture of the neighbourhood is diverse, beginning from modern design residences to working quarters form the beginning of the 20th century. This project has been created for clients with interest in urban environment. Architect Andrew Reeves created an open and continuous space with simple and clean forms. Reeves designed a compact composition of volumes at a narrow parcel of an irregular shape. The main volume of the building is parallel with the street side what enables to enter the house from the western side. Second floor volume overlap the entrance on the ground floor what forms a sheltered leeward. Layering of contrasting materials forms a geometric game of linear elements accentuating the entrance. A garage stands out on the other side of the house while copying the angle of the parcel. As for the used materials, natural materials predominate, a combination of pine-tree wood and plaster imitates the modernism of Alvar Aalto.

photos: yankodesign.com