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
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.
Architect finds full potential in standard city lot
Three homes allow occupants to stay connected, but to maintain their privacy
by Jane Vorbrodt
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.