Check out this remodelling project in Kitsilano, Vancouver – Before and After

The most important part of a larger renovation is to establish your vision and build a plan to achieve it.  When projects span a longer period of time or if there are challenges, your vision will help keep you on the path towards completion.

The owner of this home was an engineer with an eye for detail, and he ended up acting as the General Contractor on the project.  We had the opportunity to see the results of a home that he transformed from a dated multi-level condo into a open, contemporary space.  There were a number of setbacks and contractor changes along the way, but it is pretty clear that the project goals were met: <See below the fold for some links to the key sub-trades>

  • Modern, efficient and organized loft style living – Check
  • More light through open plan design – Check
  • Increased space at entrance way – Check
  • View of mountains while eating breakfast – Check
  • A layout that places a high priority on kitchen entertaining – Check

When we asked the owner to highlight a couple decisions that had the largest impact on their renovation, he responded,

Good: We added custom mill work to maximize both living space and storage. We have a lot of stuff but nobody would ever have known!

Bad: Matte wall paint. Great for hiding defects in the walls but near impossible to live with. Our walls were painted with BM cloud white in washable Ulti-Matte. The washable claim was a little far fetched.



Contractors that made it all come together:

- Jack Falk Design Studios ( Excellent architect with a great sense of modern design and inspired living having lived a period of time in Japan. Jack’s input in generating design concepts, as well as liaison with the City was extremely valuable with initially determining what could be done with the space.

- Alex Goldie Custom Furniture ( Very talented cabinet maker who did a first class job with the millwork and built-ins. Alex’s feedback into the design process made for neat, effective and more affordable work.

- Powerhouse Tile ( The heated floor tiling was a key element of the renovation and Powerhouse nailed it. They’re expertise is unparalleled and every aspect of the design and installation process (with respect to the tiling) was discussed with complete transparency before the work started.

- Optimum Painting ( Not the cheapest but Ronald Whalen of Optimum painting is highly professional and performs first class work.

Lessons Learned:  A few tips from the owners to help you reach the same results:

  1. Be more vigilant to sticking to a budget and create a budget that makes sense with your long term plan.
  2. Have a strong statement of work with clearly defined milestones.
  3. Recognize that not every detail can be written in your statement of work, but you should have open communication with your contractor to help deal with any inconsistencies or deficiencies – work with your installers to avoid frequent misunderstandings…

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