Family maximizes their 900 square feet
Woodworking couple micro-customize their east-end Vancouver home
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 couple runs a busy woodworking and joinery business called Phil and Rebecca Watt.)