When artist Stephen Waddell first laid eyes on the Vancouver house he and his wife, landscape designer Isabel Kunigk, wound up buying, there was no lightbulb moment, no hint of a diamond waiting to be unearthed. "Nothing about the existing house convinced me it would work," he admits. But their architect, D’Arcy Jones, had a vision for the 1,300-square-foot 1940s bungalow: He’d raise the structure, transform the basement into the main level, and turn the former main floor into a bedroom level. "Basements are such a dreary tradition in Vancouver," says Jones. "It’s hard to bring in natural light in a way that makes it a space you’d want to spend time in."