Builders design and decorate their spec homes to suit as many people as possible. (The term “builder’s beige” says it all.) It’s a sensible approach but one guaranteed not to please at least some potential buyers. Witness the purchasers of this recently built house in Dunbar-Southlands: They liked the house but wanted to change some of the finishes.
If one were to make a movie of Rose Barroso’s life, the title would be “I love what I do.” The owner of Barroso Homes is enthusiastically hands-on, whether it’s during the design of a new house, the renovation of an existing home, or the creation of an interior. She has a zest for contemporary design and a practised eye that’s alert to hidden possibilities.
Marie-Eve Dufour and Claude-Etienne Fournier never tire of the nature that filters through the expansive windows of their unique home in Val d’Or, Quebec. “We live in a regular suburban neighbourhood, but our densely treed lot gave us the privacy to be able to invite the beauty of all those trees into our daily lives,” Marie-Eve says.
Buy the worst house in the best location – it’s one of the mantras of real estate for those with constrained budgets. The owners of this home in the Caulfeild neighbourhood of West Vancouver took heed and couldn’t be happier with the results.
It wasn’t exactly a horrible house; it was quite liveable, but it did have only a small balcony, too many rooms for good flow, one floor and an unfinished basement.