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

DIY updates and bold patterns help transform an 1898 Victorian
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“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
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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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