Located directly adjacent to Pacific Spirit Park, the project team identified the forest setting of the neighborhood as a driving design element. The house is conceived as a pavilion in a park - a loose arrangement of simple, bold elements that float in a park-like atmosphere. With ample garden and courtyard spaces, the design puts emphasis on outdoor living, with strong visual and physical connections to the natural forest landscape; privacy meticulously balanced with views.
The stone-clad 'solid' half of the house contains the bedrooms, kitchen, bathrooms and other services. The transparent, 'pavilion' half contains the Living and Dinning rooms, and the upper floor roof terrace. The house is sited to the east of the property to allow more natural light into the home, and enables the garden to wrap continuously around the house,creating a naturalized setting for the house that blends with the nature of the parkland. An excavated and landscaped garden courtyard gives the lower floor of the pavilion a direct connection to the garden, while a more structured garden courtyard in the rear allows natural light to lower-level guest bedrooms.
Located on a steep triangular site across from Spanish Banks, this designed and built for a professional couple has exceptional view from every level. The triangular site is the result of the standard City grid intersecting the angled streets running along the ridge.
The main floor is situated so that it can connect back into the garden as well as looking forward to the views. The lower floor connects to the front garden and looks out to the views. The goal of the house is to create a seamless experience of the distant views, the home and its garden.
The roof of the house is designed as a floating plane that has been folded to mimic the North Shore mountains in the distant view. It is meant to draw the experience of the distant view into the house to connect the near and far landscapes. The steel roof is clad with cedar and appears to hover above the walls of the house.
This architectural home was designed for a family with 3 children. Entering through the front door you are introduced to an intimate open layout kitchen, living, dining room with seamless connections to the backyard through a full size folding door system protected by a covered balcony leading to a custom outdoor kitchen and dining area. Across from the kitchen tucked behind the free standing architectural concrete wall is a unique kids work/play area which contains the 'play' while maintaining a connection to the main area. The large mudroom has been strategically located in the basement accessed through a sunken court yard to assist the family in maintaining the cleanliness and organization of the house.
Situated on the West side of Vancouver this family hoe was formed to fit quietly within an established mixed neighborhood. Sitting on a gently sloping site with oblique downtown and mountain views, the house is designed to accentuate its indoor-outdoor living opportunities. A spacious and efficient main floor encompasses the principle living accommodation all within one open, flowing space. Private and public areas are still clearly defined, but without the need for internal walls. Varying ceiling heights and floor levels help define 'room' use and the nature of individual spaces.
Exposed glue-lam beams on the raised living room ceiling help exaggerated the sense of space and add a material warmth to the room. Large glazed bi-fold doors fold back fully to seamlessly transition the internal living space out into the garden. A continuous longitudinal skylight is positioned at the head of the double height atrium, which, when combined with generous glazing to the North and South elevations of the open concept space, combines to provide a seamless visual transition to the garden and flood the main floor with natural light.
This modern house is built with exterior materials selected for contrast, creating a bright, crisp feeling on a typically overcast grey day. The materials and composition emphasize the connection to the garden at the front, and the floating platform feeling the at the rear. Walnut, concrete and white finishes clad the interiors, and harmonize with the cedar, white and zinc exterior finishes.
Let us show you what modern home design and sustainability leadership looks like. The Kerchum Residence, located on an unsuspecting street in Vancouver's Dunbar neighborhood, is the first LEED Platinum single-family residence in Western Canada. The home features clean, modern lines that distinguish it from the surrounding craftsman-style homes, yet with a proportion and scale that feels right at home on this quiet West Side street.
This laneway house is a beautifully crafted little home that can be used as a rental suite, or as a studio for the owner with guest or rental room above. Care was taken to create privacy between the main residence and the laneway house, while ensuring that both have access to their own outdoor space. As well, maintaining the privacy of neighboring yards was given the utmost consideration during the design phase. This small building replaced a standard laneway garage on the lot, so did not compromise yard space for the owner. The laneway house includes a small patio to the side yard, and a roof deck at the upper level, as well as a planted roof facing the back yard. Windows were placed to optimize light and views to landscape while maintaining the privacy of the house. Exposed beams and natural wood finish give the little home a unique character and warmth, with a clean contemporary finish.
These Clients came to Natural Balance because the existing layout of their home was not meeting their family's needs. They hired Natural Balance to achieve their vision: to updated and enhance the interior of their house with a spacious and sleek style. Natural Balance worked with the Client's guidance to make changes to the structure of the building, removing interior walls and creating a more flexible living space. By incorporating its unique green design principles, Natural Balance breathed a new life into the Client's home which now conveys and open and modern feel.
Our Clients at Marinaside chose to downsize from a larger home into a 1115 square-foot condo for retirement, but didn't want the "cookie cutter" design their waterfront Yaletown bhigh-rise had to offer. They asked us to re-invent their condo in a way that made sense for how they wanted to live today with the modern aesthetic they love.
To accomplish this transformation, nothing from the original design was retained. We removed many of the existing partition walls, and explored every inch of the condo to ensure the very best use of space. Even many pieces of furniture were custom built to maintain the aesthetic and maximize the functionality of the space.
The result is a high end, sophisticated and modern space that was a perfect match for our clients.
This customized home effectively maximizes the build-able area on this standard sized corner lot in the Cambie area. Both prominent building facades designed to maximize light and city views. The massing of the house with its offset roof pitches pays tribute the highly popular massing developed in the early 80s. An open and airy space is achieve using a relatively simple structure.