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THE URBAN CRAFTSMAN

Site Area: 7,306 sq ft
Built Area: 2,605 sq ft (principal) / 500 sq ft (garage)
Builder: Ledo General Contractors
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This craftsman-styled urban home tucked away in the quiet neighbourhood of North Burnaby, BC, Canada came about as a result of the clients not wanting something that most folks in this and many other Vancouver suburbs were constructing – big box spec. homes. The clients had a very specific program in mind but with a limited budget, a fairly stringent zoning by-law and a big-box spec home (their current home at the time) to compete with, the challenge was on to design their custom dream home!

One of the initial requests early on was the homeowners' desire to have the Master Bedroom on the main floor which would help for aging-in-place. The accompanying master ensuite achieves a spa-like retreat that is filled with natural light from the double skylight above in the vaulted ceiling. The floor level of the living spaces towards the rear conforms to the contours of the lot as you drop a couple of steps from the front of the house to the back resulting in an airy 10-foot ceiling for the kitchen, family room and dining room providing an increasing sense of openness in the spaces.

An auxiliary study centre with a built-in desk and shelving hangs out in the upper floor vestibule. From there, the children could break out into their respective rooms, the eldest being rewarded with the master-like bedroom complete with a walk-in closet and 3-piece ensuite. Another request was to provide space in their children’s bedrooms where they could sit and look out the window while reading their favourite books. So naturally, we incorporated bay windows to each of the bedrooms to help serve two functions; 1. to open up the bedroom walls to give that feeling of a larger room and 2. to provide alcove-like spaces for the kids to immerse themselves in their favourite books.

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