Downtown Yaletown meets North Vancouver

….and here it is. A complete clear out and fresh start. The 1950’s house was gutted and replaced with a modern interior.This was one of those jobs that started small and tripled in size (and budget don’t forget). The creation of an open kitchen concept and finding a place for a laundry led to the whole house being renovated. We added an ensuite bathroom to the Master suite (reducing the number of bedrooms by one) and opened up the whole kitchen, living room and stairwell down to the basement. In the basement we sectioned off a bedroom and media room to belong to the upstairs and created a separate one bedroom suite.

The upstairs hall way. We lifted the ceiling as high as we could (right up to the roof line) to make the entry way grander.

The upstairs common bathroom.

The Master suite. You are looking through a pocket door and into the ensuite bathroom.

Here you are looking through the living room towards the kitchen. This previously had walls separating the kitchen. We removed those,  reinforced the structure and fixed the original oak floor where the walls used to be.

This is the hall/entry leading down the stair well to the basement. Plated glass without a handrail gives a clear open look and with the increase in ceiling height we were able to install an array of bocci lights.

The picture really doesn’t do this bathroom justice. The tile is limestone and the counter tops are marble. The quality of this tile actually makes it a pleasure to put in place.

This is the master suites ensuite bathroom. The same tile and countertops as the common bathroom. The shower is finished with plate glass.

Looking through the living room towards the kitchen. Kitchen cabinetry is custom built in bleached oak with white quartz counter tops.

We built a fireplace out of marble with a gas insert. The gleaming floors you can see are the original oak floors that were stained and refinished.

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Back into North Vancouver

Is North Vancouver a hot spot for renovations? We seem to be spending an awful lot of time there (damn those bridges). This project – like many – but particularly this project started at a moderate size (for us) and then tripled. If the customers budget can withstand it, then its obviously cost effective to tick off your wish list while we are there. You eliminate a chunk of start up and finish up time, streamline the schedule and of course get it all done at once so we don’t invade your home again and make your life a misery! We have heard many times “I wish we had……….”. Remember,  when you are putting the new next to old, it makes the old look really old. Remember its all about a good plan – and that plan can only be made by a contractor if he really knows what the customers wish list is and what the realistic budget is. There are so many consequences in a renovation its very important to know what the customer really wants. Now to our latest North Vancouver foray.

Our customer had just sold in Yaletown and exchanged their down town life for North Vancouver surburbia and family life (an impending baby always keeps us on schedule). Initially the outline was to open up the kitchen walls, put a new kitchen in and create a laundry – somewhere.

See under ‘major projects’ for the befores, during and after.