Nestled in the middle of the urban oasis that makes up the West Point Grey neighbourhood in Vancouver, BC, this single family dwelling and its accompanying laneway house at the rear serves as the principal residence and guest house, respectively, for a young growing family that desired a house in which they can entertain friends and family and has a modern and contemporary look -- a style unlike the conventional A-framed traditional cookie cutter homes that are so prevalent and replicated in this and other neighbourhoods around the city of Vancouver.

This C-House's West Coast contemporariness is characterized by its large overhangs, expansive windows and modular aluminum composite metal (ACM) panels juxtaposed to the warm cedar siding. With fascias faced with dark sheet metal and soffits outfitted with clear-stained cedar planks, the distinct C-shaped overhangs strategically provide walls and windows with protection from the elements.

Stepping in through the front door and into the living room, you get a brief sense that you never even entered the house at all as the massive Kolbe VistaLuxe floor-to-ceiling windows in the living room (and similarly in the master bedroom above) not only welcome in the cool ambient light from the North but they also immerse you in the views of the lush green foliage in the front yard and the mature maple trees standing in attention out on the boulevard. In a sense, these large windows act like an ever-changing canvas painting that shows off the distinctive four seasons of Vancouver.

Then when you want to retire from the scenic views of the north to a more reserved yet immersive part of the house, the suspended wood slat ceiling above the living and dining rooms direct you to the rear of the house where the action in the kitchen and the family room continues. Accessorized with Gaggenau appliances, the kitchen welcomes its guests with a deep waterfall countertop that acts as a magnet for socializing. The large screen TV in the family room pulls its own weight with the game of the day or the movie of evening. Finally, the 12ft wide folding window, floating inches above the kitchen counter, and the adjacent 10ft wide folding door set in the family room lets the action in these respective interior spaces spill out onto the rear yard patio where infrared heaters installed in the soffits will keep its guests warm until the wee hours of the night.

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Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, and Wood Siding Material. View from down the street of the C-House blending right in with its natural setting. Photo  of The C-HouseView Photos

View from down the street of the C-House blending right in with its natural setting.

Modern home with Exterior, Flat RoofLine, Metal Siding Material, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and House Building Type. Front façade as you approach the house. Photo 2 of The C-HouseView Photos

Front façade as you approach the house.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Walking by the house during the day doing a double-take. Photo 3 of The C-HouseView Photos

Walking by the house during the day doing a double-take.

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, Metal Siding Material, Flat RoofLine, and House Building Type. Frolicking in the rear yard. Photo 4 of The C-HouseView Photos

Frolicking in the rear yard.

Modern home with Exterior, House Building Type, Flat RoofLine, Metal Roof Material, Metal Siding Material, and Wood Siding Material. Envious view of the rear of the Main House from the Guest House. Photo 5 of The C-HouseView Photos

Envious view of the rear of the Main House from the Guest House.

Modern home with Exterior, Metal Siding Material, House Building Type, Metal Roof Material, Wood Siding Material, and Flat RoofLine. Walking by the front of the Main House during twilight doing a double-take. Photo 6 of The C-HouseView Photos

Walking by the front of the Main House during twilight doing a double-take.

Modern home with Living Room, Coffee Tables, Porcelain Tile Floor, Sofa, Accent Lighting, Floor Lighting, Recessed Lighting, Chair, and Lamps. Immersive view out to the lush front yard and boulevard from the Living Room. Photo 7 of The C-HouseView Photos

Immersive view out to the lush front yard and boulevard from the Living Room.

Modern home with Dining Room, Porcelain Tile Floor, Chair, Recessed Lighting, Pendant Lighting, Table, and Ceiling Lighting. Dialing back some privacy in the Dining Room with a slit window. Photo 8 of The C-HouseView Photos

Dialing back some privacy in the Dining Room with a slit window.

Modern home with Dining Room, Chair, Table, Porcelain Tile Floor, Recessed Lighting, Pendant Lighting, and Ceiling Lighting. Natural light still making its way back to the Dining Room. Photo 9 of The C-HouseView Photos

Natural light still making its way back to the Dining Room.

Modern home with Kitchen, Dishwasher, Quartzite Counter, Range Hood, Ceiling Lighting, Range, Porcelain Tile Floor, Wall Oven, Wood Cabinet, Porcelain Tile Backsplashe, Undermount Sink, Refrigerator, Cooktops, and Recessed Lighting. A peek of the Guest House from the Kitchen's waterfall island counter. Photo 10 of The C-HouseView Photos

A peek of the Guest House from the Kitchen's waterfall island counter.

Modern home with Kitchen, Wood Cabinet, Refrigerator, Range Hood, Porcelain Tile Floor, Quartzite Counter, Wall Oven, Porcelain Tile Backsplashe, Undermount Sink, Recessed Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, and Range. Natural light filling the Main Floor from the front, side and rear of the house. Photo 11 of The C-HouseView Photos

Natural light filling the Main Floor from the front, side and rear of the house.

Modern home with Dining Room, Ceiling Lighting, Chair, Porcelain Tile Floor, Table, Pendant Lighting, and Recessed Lighting. Evening arrives just in time for dinner. Photo 12 of The C-HouseView Photos

Evening arrives just in time for dinner.

Modern home with Kitchen, Porcelain Tile Backsplashe, Refrigerator, Wood Cabinet, Quartzite Counter, Porcelain Tile Floor, Range, Recessed Lighting, Ceiling Lighting, Range Hood, Wall Oven, and Undermount Sink. The Kitchen and Family Room welcoming the evening with open windows and doors. Photo 13 of The C-HouseView Photos

The Kitchen and Family Room welcoming the evening with open windows and doors.

Modern home with Kitchen, Undermount Sink, Wood Cabinet, Quartzite Counter, Porcelain Tile Backsplashe, Ceiling Lighting, Recessed Lighting, and Porcelain Tile Floor. The Main Floor panorama. Photo 14 of The C-HouseView Photos

The Main Floor panorama.

Modern home with Bedroom, Night Stands, Bed, Ceiling Lighting, Wall Lighting, Carpet Floor, and Storage. In the Master Bedroom, being selfish with as much of the beautiful view as possible. Photo 15 of The C-HouseView Photos

In the Master Bedroom, being selfish with as much of the beautiful view as possible.

Modern home with Bath Room, Porcelain Tile Wall, Porcelain Tile Floor, Drop In Sink, Quartzite Counter, Recessed Lighting, Accent Lighting, and Ceiling Lighting. Making even more room in the Master Ensuite by setting the vanity into an alcove. Photo 16 of The C-HouseView Photos

Making even more room in the Master Ensuite by setting the vanity into an alcove.

Modern home with Bath Room, Porcelain Tile Floor, Quartzite Counter, Ceiling Lighting, Undermount Tub, Porcelain Tile Wall, and Recessed Lighting. In the Master Ensuite's Japanese soaker, being selfish with as much of the beautiful view as possible. Photo 17 of The C-HouseView Photos

In the Master Ensuite's Japanese soaker, being selfish with as much of the beautiful view as possible.

Modern home with Bath Room, Undermount Tub, Porcelain Tile Wall, Ceiling Lighting, Porcelain Tile Floor, Recessed Lighting, Quartzite Counter, and Enclosed Shower. Private enclosed steam shower entices with its clear glass door. Photo 18 of The C-HouseView Photos

Private enclosed steam shower entices with its clear glass door.

Modern home with Outdoor, Grass, Back Yard, Wood Fences, Wall, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck, and Shrubs. The Guest House sharing a moment with the guests on the Main House's rear yard patio. Photo 19 of The C-HouseView Photos

The Guest House sharing a moment with the guests on the Main House's rear yard patio.

Modern home with Outdoor, Wood Fences, Wall, Shrubs, Back Yard, Small Patio, Porch, Deck, Grass, and Pavers Patio, Porch, Deck. The Guest House enjoying the wee hours of the night with guests on the Main House's rear yard patio. Photo 20 of The C-HouseView Photos

The Guest House enjoying the wee hours of the night with guests on the Main House's rear yard patio.

Credits

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Architect
  • Janvin Lowe | kree8 Design Inc.
Interior Design
  • CMGT Construction Group
Builder
  • CMGT Construction Group
Photographer
  • CMGT Construction Group
Bedrooms
  • 4
  • Full Baths
  • 4
  • Partial Baths
  • 1
  • Structure
  • House (Single Residence)
  • Style
  • Modern
  • Year
  • 2016
  • Square Feet
  • 2820
  • Lot Size
  • 4028