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A Vancouver Renovation Transforms a Backyard into a Giant Living Room

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Sliding glass doors and new landscaping fulfill a family's outdoor needs.

Traditional homes are a common sight in the Dunbar neighborhood of Vancouver, British Columbia, and this home once fit that standard. But after a few years of living here, the owners felt that the layout didn’t exactly meet their needs. They couldn’t observe their two young children when they played in the backyard and there was no space adjacent the kitchen where their family could relax. According to Nigel Parish, architect and founder of Splyce Design, the owners contemplated moving or rebuilding from scratch, but ultimately, they decided that the property “had the potential to sustain their requirements.” Parish made renovations throughout the house but the biggest changes came in an addition alongside the kitchen and a detached garage studio. The latter now invites the family to spend more time outdoors.

“The backyard, which was kind of the focus of the project, was overgrown and quite disconnected from the house itself,”...
The addition of a living room beside the kitchen lets mom and dad spend more time with their kids – and watch over...
The landscaped backyard acts as a second, open-air living space between the home and garage studio.
The garage studio shares a space for the owners’ car with a multitude of functions ranging from gym to playroom.
“Before, the house turned its back on the landscape,” said Parish.
The backyard’s emphasis on nature is mirrored in the front of the home, which also underwent extensive landscaping by...
Interior walls were repainted and flooring was repaired, but the master bathroom received the most attention in the...
The whole exterior of the home, including the trim, is painted Wrought Iron by Benjamin Moore for a monochromic, quiet...
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