There are renovation stories and then there are renovation stories. The latter are not characterized merely by upgrades and dramatic transformations, but by complete architectural renaissances, in which old buildings are re-imagined and restructured. The process takes a clear concept, plenty of planning, a dash of daring and bit of a budget. But the result is singularly spectacular. It’s almost magic.
Rather than immediately beginning the renovations, the couple lived in the house for a year to get a feel for the place. “As soon as winter arrived, I knew we had to find ways to create more natural light or the place would be too depressing for me,” Anick says.
First, there were family rec rooms – with their thrown-together look, beaten-up furniture and hand-me-down items. Next, came the themed man caves. Over the generations, basements have had different looks and functions.
Homeowner updates a Kerrisdale home inherited from parents. Modern architecture, with its geometric angles and gleaming metal surfaces, may appear soulless to some. The intent was just the opposite when it came to renovating this two-storey home in the Kerrisdale area on Vancouver’s west side.