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Vancouver Modern Home Tour

September 20, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 5:00 pm

| $30



Modern Home Tours is pleased to announce the 2014 Vancouver Modern Home Tour in conjunction with Western Living Magazine’s Design Week and Vancouver Design Week.

Curated by Western Living Magazine Editor-in-Chief Anicka Quin and Modern Home Tours, the second annual Vancouver Modern Home Tour offers tourgoers the opportunity for a rare look inside some of the most cutting-edge dwellings in the city.

DATE: Saturday, September 20, 2014
TIME: 11:00am – 5:00pm
COST: $30 (USD)  Online in advance, $40 (CAN) Day of
LOCATION: A link to the tour homes’ locations will be posted here
TRANSPORTATION: Self-driving, Self-paced

Advance tickets are on sale through FRIDAY, September 19 AT 8:00 PM for $30 each. Tickets purchased after that time MUST be purchased at any of the tour homes beginning at 11:00 am on September 20 for $40 each. Children 12 and under are free.

Tickets get you into all homes on the tour.

Advance tickets WILL NOT BE MAILED. You MUST pick up your advance tickets at any of the three WILL CALL locations on the day of the tour (September 20, 2014) beginning at 11:00 am. Will call locations will be announced as soon as the home lineup is finalized.




135 East 17th Avenue – WILL-CALL LOCATION

Architect: LWPAC – Oliver Lang
Builder/Interior Designer: Vanglo Sustainable Construction Ltd.

This Vanglo house is situated on a unique lot and designed to take full advantage of its sixty-six feet of sunny southern exposure by laying out a linear floor plan. With a three-bedroom house above, one bedroom self-contained garden suite below and a four hundred square foot flex room, the home totals two thousand two hundred & fifty square feet.

The main floor comprises a master bedroom with spacious en-suite, second bathroom servicing two bedrooms or one bedroom and large home office for the work at home professional. The top floor is an open living and entertaining space, boasting a peak ceiling height of thirteen feet. A chef’s kitchen includes Liebherr, Wolf and Viking appliances. The dining and living areas flow effortlessly through a folding door system to a large outdoor lounge.

The one-bedroom garden suite has a private entrance, patio and in-suite laundry. The flex room is fully insulated, heated, sound proofed, fully trimmed and equipped to be a either a media room, office, storage, yoga studio, suite extension (second bedroom), car garage or combo.

All floors are fitted with radiant heating, polished concrete floors, custom cabinetry, triple glazed windows and wired for media. The exterior is clad with an engineered fibre cement panel, offering elegance without maintenance.







1114 Hillside Road

Architect: Iredale Group Architecture
Landscape  Design: Bearmark Design & Landscape
Contractor: R.D Constr. Surveys

Located on a site with stunning views over Vancouver and Mount Baker beyond, this house is orientated and opened up to take maximum advantage of this exposure while providing a sense of privacy from the neighbouring sites. The strong roof form is designed to contain the three levels as it wraps itself around and down the east side, effectively grounding the horizontal plains of the three floor levels. Passive solar shades have been incorporated on the exterior to control heat gain and glare while adding another level of texture that enhances the detail of the overall composition.

The main spaces have been kept fairly shallow to allow good light penetration into the building and an oversized skylight is located above the two-story main entrance flooding it with natural light right down to the lowest level. The main stair winds itself down this vaulted space with cascading globes of light dripping from the upper most ceiling down to the wine cellar in the basement. The palette is restrained with muted colours and materials, allowing the strength of the form language to come through.








1316 Arbutus Street

Architect: Sheridan Macrae
Interior Designer: Kelly Deck Design
Contractor: Horrock’s Construction

“Grace” as the homeowner so lovingly refers to this home was originally constructed in the early 1900’s. From 2013 – 2014 the property was lifted and completely overhauled into a contemporary beach house with two suites – one executive rental and one owner-occupied loft style unit on the upper floors.

Inside the home is has a truly west coast tranquility – white oak floors, glass rails, beautifully integrated mill work walls and modern furnishings all contribute to the light and elegant character of Grace.






5768 Primrose Place

Architect, Interior Design: Anja Henche, ah-design

This is a modernized 1978 house in unique setting on rock with harbour view. The house is very square and tall – it feels like living in a large “treehouse”. The interiors are very open and bright. White washed oak floors and white walls are dominant. The baths are tiled with light green mosaique glass tile. The furnishings are minimalistic and add bold colour to the home.








 3140 West 23rd WILL-CALL LOCATION

Architect: Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.
Builder/Contractor: Natural Balance Home Builders
Structural Engineer: Chiu Hippmann Engineering Inc.

Situated on the West side of Vancouver, this family home sits on a gently sloping site with oblique downtown and mountain views from the front of the house. The rear garden faces south. The house is designed for ample indoor-outdoor living opportunities, as well as a sense of connection to the gardens and view.

The main floor level is placed low enough for easy access to the rear garden, but high enough to allow light into the lower floor. Two courtyards and a lightwell further enhance the lower floor, making it as livable as the other floor levels in the house. The lower level rear courtyard slopes up to join the rear garden, giving an exterior connection between the floor levels.

The front of the main floor is oriented to the distant views of downtown Vancouver and the mountains to the Northeast, captured through extensive corner glazing. The rear of the house is focussed on the private garden and entertaining patio. The West side of the main floor contains the active functions of the house: mudroom, kitchen, powder room, office, stairs, and has a 9’-0” ceiling height. The East half contains the Living, Dining and Family Rooms and has an 11’-0” ceiling height with exposed wood beams. A linear skylight brings light through the exposed timber beams in the vaulted Living room ceiling. Folding doors open up the Family Room to the patio and built-in barbeque. The garage was designed to enhance the outdoor living space and to create a courtyard effect.

The upper floor is divided into two floating volumes, separated by a double-height slot with a continuous skylight running the length of the house. The two halves are split level, lending excitement to the main floor space below; they are connected by a stair-bridge. One half houses the private master bedroom suite, and the other contains the two bedrooms, bathrooms and a small convenience laundry.

The rooftop deck offers more outdoor living, and includes a large seating area and a hot tub. Where the main garden patio will be used for entertaining and outdoor dining, the rooftop provides the family a private retreat.







5012 Marguerite Street

Architect: David Thom, IBI Group
Interior Design: Hodgson Design Associates
Home Builder & Interior Millwork: Stirling Millwork
Pool: Transolini Pools

The steep lot offers unique perspectives of the outdoor elements from inside the house through large windows and sliding glass doors. Case in point, the lawn sits right at window height outside the living room window, offering a great expanse of green as a backdrop, and the pool is at the same height of the dining table in the dining area, giving diners a unique across the water views. Along with these intimate views of its surroundings, the house also offers breathtaking vistas of the mountains and the ocean from the second floor. To keep in sync with the indoor-outdoor vibe and the clean lined modern architecture, interior designer and homeowner Juli decided to use a limited palette of sleek and natural finishes in the homes interior.







Architect: Frits de Vries Architect Ltd.
Builder/Contractor: Brent Developments, Brent Pascall
Landcape Design: Botanica, Karin Hers-Schaffner, Otto Schaffner

Set on a moderately sloped lot, this single-family house is organized around a feature interior double-height division, bisecting social from functional spaces, private from public rituals.
The main floor is continuous from front patio through to the back garden, providing a generous mix of covered and uncovered exterior lounging spaces. The lot has been carefully landscaped to provide privacy within while softening the crisp roof and deck lines. Familiar materials of wood, stucco, stone, and glass create a warm, unforced aesthetic for all to enjoy.


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September 20, 2014
11:00 am - 5:00 pm
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