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2015 Vancouver (B.C) Modern Home Tour

September 19, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Modern Home Tours is coming back to beautiful British Columbia, Canada!


Presented in association with:



Co-Curated by Anicka Quin of Western Living Magazine. 


DATE: Saturday, September 19, 2015
TIME: 11:00am – 5:00pm
COST: $30 USD Online in advance, $45 CAD day of
LOCATION: Map link will be published here
TRANSPORTATION: Self-driving, Self-paced



Advance tickets are on sale through FRIDAY, September 18 at 8:00 PM for $30 USD each. Tickets purchased after that time MUST be purchased at any of the tour homes beginning at 11:00 am on September 19 for $45 each. Children 12 and under are free.

Featured Homes

A – Vancouver, B.C.

Architect/Interior Designer: One SEED Architecture + Interiors, Allison Holden-Pope 

The 1 000SF, two bed and two bath condo was a true fixer-upper with outdated finishes and a floor plan that needed refinement. The suite was gutted down to concrete and steel studs, and included the removal and relocation of several walls. One SEED Architecture + Interior’s design was influenced by the character and materials of a converted New York loft. Using the vernacular West Coast Modern language, it was infused with warm wood accents, exposed concrete, and framed views of the North Shore mountains.

A playful balance was established between strong geometric shapes and flowing organic elements. This recurring theme draws attention to the design elements through juxtaposition, facilitating a more conscious appreciation of their unique beauty. The orb-like Nelson lamp in the dining room, the airy floor to ceiling drapes in the living room, the hand-crafted ceramic pendant lights at the kitchen island, and the birch forest wallpaper in the nursery, provide whimsical counter-points to the clean lines of the interior, including the white-washed floating plywood shelves and geometric patterns of the feature tiles.

The floor plan was renovated to create an open concept design, where spaces are defined by colour, lighting, and design accents, in lieu of walls and doors. For example, the feature tiled wall and bench at the entry are visible from the moment the door is opened, welcoming guests and creating a desire to see more of the space, not to mention providing ample storage and seating. The kitchen is grounded by the punchy turquoise ceiling canopy. A window seat in the dining area encourages you over, to take a moment to absorb the stunning mountain views, while also providing storage for baby toys and additional seating options. The wood slat wall provides a dynamic contrast to the floating shelves above the couch (dark vs. light, vertical vs. horizontal) while extending the size of the living room and providing a sense of distance and privacy from the master bedroom.

The simple and minimalist design appeals to the owners’ modern taste, and creates a functional and fun, kid-friendly space for a couple with a brand new baby.






B – Vancouver, B.C.

Architect, Landscape Designer, Interior Designer: Lanefab Design/Build, Bryn Davidson

The Yew St. “Two Birds” Lane House is named for the eco-apparel company run by the home’s owners. The laneway house is unique in that the relatively large lot allowed the small home to be designed with two separate wings; a living/dining space with a guest bedroom, and a separate master suite separated by a small pocket garden. The two wings surround a south facing patio that is the hub (and entry) to the home.

The project uses super insulated walls and triple glazed windows, and features reclaimed beams for the structure. Reclaimed wood was also used to create a unique dining table and other interior elements.




C – West Vancouver, B.C.

Architect: Desiree LaCas (Graduate Architect), LCI Design.net
Photography: Brian LaCas, LCI Studios.com

This project involved the updating and renovation of the interior and exterior of a 1960’s Lewis Post and Beam house located in West Vancouver, B.C..

Owners Emily Lapkin and Ryan Loveridge were looking for a home with some architectural character where they could raise their two young daughters – and this was a great fit. Emily was raised in a mid-century ranch home in Palm Springs, California. For her, the mid-mod details (like the white brick fireplace) were comfortingly familiar, but touches like cedar ceilings and wood paneling were also appealingly “Pacific Northwest.” Unlike many homeowners approaching a renovation of a home like this, the couple felt compelled to keep some of the wood details that first attracted them to the property.

The major component of the renovation was the transformation of the previously dirt floor basement into additional living area for a young family which could be converted into a ren tal suite in the future. It was very important to the client to maintain as much of the original mid century charm of the house as possible but at the same time give it a contemporary update. The interior renovation involved the addition of an interior stair to the basement level, the updating of the upper level decor and kitchen, the reconfiguration of the bedroom level to enlarge the master bedroom and the addition of an en suite bathroom. The renovation of the exterior involved the replacement of all the single glazed windows with double glazed and the addition of windows to the basement level, replacing all the decking with cedar decking and the addition of decks to the side and rear of the home. All the exterior guardrails for the deck were replaced with cedar and glass and cedar screens.

2 - South Elevation-new exterior colour & guardrails

26- Living Room

11-Family Room -new exterior windows with fir sills- Basement

21-Stair- Upper Floor

23- Kitchen -custom built-in bench & table

24- Kitchen

 D – Vancouver, B.C.

Builder: Natural Balance Home Builders
Architect: Frits de Vries Architect
Photography: Lucas Finlay

The home is a response to its site: the roof alludes to the stunning mountain view, while the plan addresses the view of downtown Vancouver and then fans out to address the street at the front entry porch. The home internalizes the geological forces of the primeval place, revealing the strength underlying the structure of our City.




ENorth Vancouver, B.C.

Architect: Kevin Vallely Architect
Builder: Econ Group Ltd.
Photography: Nik West

The Cliffhanger Residence
Situated on the steep south facing slopes of North Vancouver’s Indian Arm, the Cliffhanger Residence is a boldly modern home with a surprisingly tiny footprint.
The Cliffhanger Residence realizes the architect’s belief that a key component of any ecologically minded project is extreme efficiency in both its overall planning and in its layout. In a residential building environment that often equates size with grandeur, the design of the Cliffhanger residence establishes itself is a refreshing departure.

The three-level home sits atop a tiny site that would be defined as challenging by size alone – it’s a mere 25ft wide by 100ft long – but the fact that the site drops nearly 60ft over its 100ft length seriously ratcheted up the difficulties for the architect.

The home is laid out on a simple open plan with the key day-to-day activity areas of kitchen, living and dining located on the intermediate level with unobstructed views to the water. At a mere 1986sf in overall area the home is designed to be efficient and multi-functional with no space going unused. The house is rated highly energy efficient by the Canadian Ener-guide energy efficiency program achieving a rating of 85. Conduits run from the mechanical room to the roof for future solar panel installation.

The Cliffhanger Residence was designed with Passive Haus concepts in mind – maximum southern exposure for winter heat gain, robust insulation throughout and a tightly air-sealed structure.

The Cliffhanger residence is a modern home with small footprint that straddles the seemingly incongruous worlds of a big city metropolis and rugged mountain landscape.

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F – North Vancouver, B.C.

Landscape & Interior Design: Wheeler Developments
Architect: Schema Designs
Builder: Sea-Pat Construction & Wheeler Developments

A contemporary cabin retreat or a luxury suburban home?

Actually, it’s both.

Nestled on the placid granite banks and forest of Indian Arm, this waterfront home feels like it’s in the middle of nowhere yet is only 6 minutes from the local Starbucks.

Constructed in 2015, this two-level, 5 bedroom, 3800 sq. ft dwelling exemplifies West Coast Modernity while perfectly reflecting its natural environment. Using green building practices and finishing materials sourced from its immediate surroundings such as fir, cedar, hemlock and granite, this home is a tribute to Cascadian landscape and architecture.

This house is designed to bring the outside in, and the inside out. Interior features include vaulted ceilings, an open main floor plan with a floating fir and metal staircase, custom fir millwork kitchen, an abundance of fir-cased windows, corner windows and Eclipse doors in order to emphasize the forest and waterfront views. There are 3 gas and wood fireplaces with Solus polished concrete surrounds, plus a huge Italian-tiled patio with sweeping views of the water to the east, north, and south.

The exterior features include fire-resistant construction of a metal wrap down roof, metal fascia, open-seam Hardie panel siding, Hardie lap siding, stained architectural-grade hemlock soffits, a massive granite chimney and exterior rock feature walls, and a detached 3-car garage – all enveloped by granite outcroppings and towering fir, cedar and hemlock trees.

After a tour of the interior and exterior, feel free to explore the surrounding forest, creek, and take a walk down to the water’s edge.

This is one home on the Modern Tour not to be missed.







G – North Vancouver, B.C.

Architect: Jason Wexler, Wexler Architecture
Photography: Jason Wexler, Clint Clark

971 Melbourne is a renovation project that added 1,000 sf to an existing North Vancouver bungalo stye home, and replaced the existing roof structure with a heavy timber vaulted glulam roof assembly. The exterior siding, windows and main floor walls were all completely replaced to allow for a spacious, open plan living space, modern master and 2 additional bedrooms. The butterfly roofline soars to 12′ ceiling spaces at the peak and raked windows let in clerestory light illuminating the heavy timber support beams. The home features energy star windows, rain screen construction and large opening nana walls and windows for cross ventilation and indoor outdoor living.



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September 19, 2015
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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