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A series of paintings that will never be finished

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I have been working on a series of paintings that have evolved over a crazy stretch of time.  I probably started this work in the early 90’s, and the final product is nowhere in sight.  Every year, I do a little bit more.  Documenting, slowly, the decay that happens through deep storage and the relentless passage of time.

#artproject #collage #recycling #silverfish

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My Houzz: Coastal-Inspired Floating House in North Vancouver

A couple escapes city life to connect with nature in their marina home
by Jane Vorbrodt
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Photo for Houzz by Jane Vorbrodt

Kevin and Jessica Schmid left their 1898 Victorian and frenzied city life behind to reconnect with nature in North Vancouver. “It’s going to sound silly,” Jessica says. “But ever since I watched Sleepless in Seattle years ago, one of my favorite films, I have had a romanticized vision of living in a float home.”

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My Houzz: Compact House Renovation in East Vancouver

These first-time homeowners blend old with new in a timeless renovation of their 1920s home
by Jane Vorbrodt
photo for Houzz by Jane Vorbrodt

photo for Houzz by Jane Vorbrodt

The feel of Tony and Alexandra Wai’s Vancouver home is a cross between the coziness of a heritage house and the pleasing, functional simplicity of modern design. Tony, a designer, and Alexandra, a university administrator, blended old and new when renovating their first home, creating a new layout with extra square footage and adding clean, warm finishes.

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A few of my photos were featured in the international “World of Design” series on Houzz.  Check it out, in your language of choice:

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My Houzz: Personal Touches Keep Things Fun in a Historic Vancouver Home

DIY updates and bold patterns help transform an 1898 Victorian
by Jane Vorbrodt
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photo for Houzz by Jane Vorbrodt

“A reno project that went on for years didn’t appeal to me,” says first-time homeowner Jessica Schmid. “However, something that would take a few months to renovate did.” Jessica and her husband, Kevin, found an 1898 heritage home in Strathcona, Vancouver’s oldest neighborhood, that was a rare piece of the city’s history.

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My Houzz: Online Finds Help Outfit This Couple’s First Home

East Vancouver homeowners turn to Craigslist to update their 1960s bungalow
by Jane Vorbrodt
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photo for Houzz by Jane Vorbrodt

Mia Thomsett and Oliver Tomas love the thrill of finding unusual stuff on Craigslist. Thomsett, a creative director in advertising, and Tomas, who calls himself a “closet design historian,” focused on secondhand finds from the classifieds website to renovate and furnish their family’s 1964 home in East Vancouver.

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In The Vancouver Sun

Architect finds full potential in standard city lot

Three homes allow occupants to stay connected, but to maintain their privacy
by Jane Vorbrodt
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photo of Ian and Wes by Jane Vorbrodt

When architect Ian McLean designed his house in East Vancouver, the idea was to build a home for his four-year-old daughter — and to surround her with the most important people in her life.

“We jokingly call our home ‘Erindale’ because, basically, the whole house is built for our daughter Erin,” McLean says.

McLean needed a plan that would accommodate not only himself and his partner, but also his parents, who provide on-site daycare, and his former partner Avelle Leason, Erin’s other dad. This meant three separate units would be required.

McLean had worked on dozens of house and renovation projects in Vancouver, so explored the options by tapping into his familiarity with local zoning.

McLean created a home with two side-by-side units, a main suite for himself, Erin and partner Wesley, and a vertically oriented secondary suite for his parents. The third unit on the property is a laneway residence that’s home to Leason.

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The Vancouver Sun, Westcoast Homes, May 7, 2015:  Architect finds full potential in standard city lot

(McLean has his own firm, Ian McLean Architect, which specializes in residential design.)

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Home ripples with energy

Principles of feng shui incorporated into the design of Burnaby house
by Jane Vorbrodt
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photo of Imu Chan of FSOARK by Jane Vorbrodt

Yuen Huang always knew he wanted to build his own home — a space to be enjoyed with wife Jia, three-year-old son Yii and his parents.

Such a home would also be a legacy to pass on to future generations.

Huang selected a site on a hilly area above Brentwood Mall in Burnaby, a quiet neighbourhood where his family had settled after arriving in Canada from Taiwan in 1978. The newly completed home now fits in easily with its neighbours — mainly well-maintained two-storey mid-century houses on wide lots — but it’s far from typical.

Painted a warm grey, it has a low metal roofline running horizontally across its face, a modern nod to traditional Asian architecture.

“When we were designing this house, we could have built a humongous big-box square with three floors,” Huang says. “But I said, don’t try to be the biggest and the baddest. You have to show some respect to the neighbourhood. Blend in, with class and quality.”

It’s clear from the outset that this is no ordinary home.

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The Vancouver Sun, Westcoast Homes, March 6, 2015:  Modern home uses feng shui influences in design

(Project designed by Imu Chan, principal and director of FSOARK, a Vancouver-based architecture firm.)

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Family maximizes their 900 square feet

Woodworking couple micro-customize their east-end Vancouver home
by Jane Vorbrodt
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family organization station at the Watt house (photo by Jane Vorbrodt)

Over the past six years, Phil and Rebecca Watt have been transforming a once-neglected east-side Vancouver house into a cosy and well organized home through the integration of creative storage and living solutions.

The Watts share their 900-square-foot space with their sons — aged four and eight — and an international student.

“It’s a shame when people rip everything out, unnecessarily, not picking and choosing what is good,” Rebecca says. “I like to work with what is existing, to be thoughtful about it, to make it work.”

It’s easy for Rebecca to see the potential in a building. After all, before the couple chose their house, they had already renovated several other homes, condos and kitchens.

For them, this one was perfect: it had good bones and required little adjustment in terms of layout. Most of the work to be done was cosmetic.

It doesn’t hurt that both Rebecca and Phil are woodworkers.

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The Vancouver Sun, Westcoast Homes, February 6, 2015:  Family maximizes their 900 square feet

(The couple runs a busy woodworking and joinery business called Phil and Rebecca Watt.)