This renovation to a North Shore home began with an addition of a second floor and the redesign of the main floor. The master bedroom, walk in closet and bath occupy the newly added floor space, but the redesign of the main floor incorporated extensive changes to the structure of the home, including a suspended steel beam, allowing for the removal of that floor’s supporting walls and opening up the area completely.
The owners of this home on upper Lonsdale wanted to completely modernize the look and feel of this home to piece of modern art. The architect started by transforming the exterior envelope and structure in a way that changed it from just “old” to contemporary. The new cube-like symmetrical look was enhanced with new glass and new entrance on the ground floor.
Exterior cladding changes included stain grade clear cedar and custom weathered zinc metal flashing, while the structure changes helped the heat loss from the existing windows and solarium.
Many changes were made to the interior floor design: removal of some partition walls; adding deck space; new structural beams (opening up the main living area); and relocating the bathrooms. All of the windows and doors were replaced during the renovation, meeting the new building codes and vastly improving heat loss. The furnace waqs also upgraded to a new high-efficiency unit. The kitchen was completely changed with a new layout and new energuide appliances. With a new 200amp electrical service, the lighting throughout the home was also upgraded LED fixtures.