Take a peek at tricked out homes
The Greater Vancouver Home Builders’ Association (GVHBA) invites the public to tour eight professionally renovated homes in Surrey, Burnaby, North Vancouver and Vancouver on Sunday, June 10 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
The 19th annual Parade of Renovated Homes, produced by the GVHBA Renovation Council and sponsored by FortisBC, showcases leading-edge design, advanced construction techniques and products, and energy-saving features.
"FortisBC is extremely excited to again be the presenting sponsor of this popular consumer event. We look forward to combining the strengths of GVHBA and FortisBC to help the renovation industry in Metro Vancouver achieve innovative and successful results when it comes to their projects and energy requirements," said Dan Noel, FortisBC regional energy solutions manager.
Renovations on display include the revitalization of a 1950s bungalow, restoration of a 1920s Vancouver heritage home, eco-chic kitchen, bathroom makeover, conversion of a Westside basement suite, an extensive interior and exterior renovation, and a contemporary whole-house transformation.
GVHBA President and CEO Peter Simpson said Metro Vancouver homeowners will spend $3.8 billion sprucing up their homes this year, and this popular one-day event offers exceptional sample renovations.
“Professional RenoMark renovators, many of them award winners, will be on site to offer expert advice and discuss their craftsmanship. Project values range from $135,000 to more than $800,000, offering homeowners an abundance of ideas they can incorporate into their own renovations,” said Simpson.
Admission is by passport, available at each home for $10 per person. Children 17 and under are free. Passports can be purchased at any home, and then used for entry to the remaining homes. Part proceeds from passport sales will help fund the purchase of tools, building materials and safety gear for a carpentry training program offered by Guildford Park and Frank Hurt secondary schools in Surrey.
The event is limited to six hours, so visit www.gvhba.org to review the full list of participating homes, including project descriptions and before-and-after photos, then plan your route to ensure you have sufficient time to visit specific homes that capture your interest.
Home locations and renovator contact, listed by municipality:
4778 HARKEN DRIVE
The original poorly laid out kitchen had the sink window staring at the neighbour's roof, and a sunken TV room was under-utilized. The RJR design team creatively reconfigured the entire area so it is now both well designed and functional. The sunken floor was raised and the kitchen was relocated to capture the private backyard view. Walls enclosing a formal dining room were removed, opening up the space. Beautiful shaker-style cabinetry and spectacular granite incorporate two extremely different types and styles, yet complement each other in a unique way. New skylights bring in warm natural light. RJR Construction Management Ltd., (604) 254-1760, www.rjrrenovator.com
4382 SOUTHWOOD STREET
This kitchen-dining room renovation is the second phase of a large-scale transformation of the contractor’s own home. Chic and contemporary styling elevates this typical 1959 bungalow, while the period’s design characteristics were retained and restored. Picturesque windows, large doors and a spacious open plan capture the spectacular south-slope view. This phased renovation also features a huge deck, tasteful landscaping and a grade-level patio with a serene water feature, perfect for outdoor entertaining. TQ Construction Ltd., (604) 430-9900, www.tqconstruction.ca
4366 CANTERBURY CRESCENT
This 1954 rancher needed to be modernized to accommodate the client’s lifestyle and design sensibilities. The homeowners’ love of mid-century modern architecture and style was the compass. The interior was opened up to create contemporary social spaces for family and friends. Initially, the plan was to only renovate the interior, but the homeowners decided to landscape the property as well, including an outdoor living room with gas firepit. Front retaining walls replaced aging stone walls. A kidney-shaped pool was filled in to create three separate outdoor living spaces. The kitchen/BBQ area is sheltered by a cedar pergola with a smoked glass roof. CCI Renovations, (604) 980-8384, www.ccirenos.com
12166 57 AVENUE
This stately home has been restored to its former grandeur with an extensive interior and exterior renovation. At the heart of this home is a kitchen that would delight any gourmet chef with professional appliances and wine buffet. The dining room opens onto an enclosed lanai which, in turn, opens onto an expansive outdoor area for informal entertaining. The home features a luxuriously appointed master suite with marble steam shower, free-standing tub and crystal chandeliers. Exquisite detailing abounds in the coffered ceilings and four uniquely finished fireplaces. My House Design / Build Team Ltd., (604) 694-6873, www.myhousedesignbuild.com
2148 GRAVELY STREET
This 1908 family home makes a stunning entrance into the 21st century with an eco-chic dream kitchen and bathroom renovation. Naturally crafted white-shaker custom kitchen cabinets, pantry and island are framed with complementary mouldings. Corner-drawer cabinets and recycling centre complete the details. Bath cabinets extend the length of the room providing ample storage space. Cabinetry is made from eco-friendly maple plywood and solid alder with low-VOC paint and durable lacquer finish for easy cleaning. There are also Douglas fir floors and a Tuscan dining table built from wood reclaimed from a Penticton high school. Eco Country Tables Inc., (604) 809-4125, www.ecocountrytables.com
4785 WEST 2 AVENUE
Designed by a prestigious Vancouver-based architectural firm, the house was originally built in 1932. Having never undergone any upgrades, the home’s plumbing, electrical and mechanical systems had to be upgraded, the roof replaced and the extensive water damage fixed. The owners’ vision and appreciation of the home’s heritage was incorporated into this whole-home renovation, as much of the original house as possible was rescued. As a result, the renovation created an updated open living space for a modern family, while respecting this beautiful home’s heritage.
G. Wilson Construction Co. Ltd., (604) 873-8013, www.gwilsonconstruction.com
2982 WEST 27 AVENUE
These clients wanted to convert their typical Westside basement (damp with a low ceiling) into a well-appointed rental suite for investment purposes. The foundation was lowered by two feet then the space was completely modernized with up-to-date engineering and insulation. The totally transformed suite is now beautifully appointed with granite countertops, hardwood floors, stainless-steel appliances and tile finishes. To add extra comfort to the basement suite, in-floor and ceiling radiant heating were added. Nearing completion is a backyard laneway home that is open for viewing. Kemp Construction Management Ltd., (604) 948-1124, www.kempconstruction.ca
4930 WALDEN STREET
This home was completely transformed to allow for an open-concept main floor. The home was updated in a funky contemporary style, including a larger kitchen that offers seating for six at the island. The dining room and living room were opened up to the kitchen, which provides a great ambiance for entertaining. A floating glass partition offers privacy to the powder room. The upper floor consists of a reconfigured master ensuite complete with a large walk-in shower, floating vanity with an eight-inch-deep countertop and a makeup counter. The kids’ bathroom was redone with vivid accents to create a more playful feel. My House Design / Build Team Ltd., (604) 694-6873, www.myhousedesignbuild.com