As Sophia Kelly sips coffee at the small desk off her kitchen, she also drinks in the lovely view of her ravined backyard in Scarborough. She and her husband, Jeffrey Dean Kelly, couldn’t be happier with the way interior designer Cynthia Soda transformed the living space of their 1950s bungalow.
Stunning bay views are easy to come by in the area of Port Moody known as the Golden Mile. But few homes along it can rival the charm and originality of this one. “I knew as soon as I walked in that it was the house for us,” says the homeowner, who lives there with her entrepreneur husband, twin 17-year-old daughters and a rescued dog of mixed pedigree.
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.
AN EXCELLENT USE OF SPACE
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.
EMBRACING THE ICONIC BUNGALOW
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A Beloved Family Home
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.
A Kirkland kitchen is redesigned and enlarged to welcome friends BY JULIE GEDEON STYLING: KARINE GRAVEL A Kirkland homeowner who loves to cook is delighted with the large and luminous kitchen she has after a renovation doubled its original space. “The house was divided into…
CRISP AND CLEAN IN BLACK AND WHITE
Condo apartment kitchen gets an unfussy but clever makeover BY PHILLIPA RISPIN PHOTOGRAPHY: DREW HADLEY STYLING: JEAN MONET Floral arrangements: Le Marché aux Fleurs du Village The homeowner of this kitchen is “a straight shooter,” according to designer Jean Monet. “Black and white, no middle…
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