When my Fiance's family saw this Rancher House on an Acreage in South Surrey they fell in love with the long tree lined driveway and the house at the end of it. In spite of the paint color and the modest exterior, the inside of the house boasted 14 feet high vaulted ceilings with tall windows overlooking a beautiful large backyard. When everyone else in the neighborhood chose to tear their houses down and build a new house, we decided to renovate the house.
On the exterior, we decided to add a covered entry to give prominence to the front entry. We added a dormer to increase the visual height of the building as well as to allow more light in. We upgraded the roof to a metal roof and repainted the entire house. I got a first hand look into build plans, building permits and building codes and bylaws.
On the interior, we took down the fireplace between the kitchen and the family room and the wall between the family and dining room to create an open concept great room. The newly added windows on the dormer as well as a new skylight brought more natural light into the core living space. We patched up the hardwood floor and refinished it. We replaced the old kitchen cabinets and counter top. Since we did not have a general contractors, we all were heavily involved with the planning and logistics of the renovation.
We are very pleased at the end result. The hardest thing about a renovation is knowing when to stop. It was difficult but ultimately a very fulfilling and educational experience
BCIT - Lottery Home Project
As warmth, sunlight and nature are essential to my well-being, I have selected a beachfront location for my lottery prize home that will allow me to have close access to these three elements. The concept of this residence is based on my idea of the perfect beach side cafe. For me, there is no greater pleasure than sitting at a sunny cafe by the beach with a coffee in one hand and not a care in the world. I have always sat inside these cafes and wished I could stay forever, and with this home I will be able to do just that.
The overall feeling of the space will be warm, bright, relaxing and uplifting. Taking inspiration from creamy lattes, sandy beaches and wooden beach huts, the colour scheme will feature warm neutrals of white, brown and gray. Faded and distressed finishes throughout will mimic an environment under constant exposure to sunlight. Copper fixtures will simulate the sun's golden rays, while open spaces and light hues will amplify the natural light and heat brought in by large west-facing windows. Asymmetric layouts and metallic accents will impart a sense of stylish casualness, while horizontal lines and soft textures will invite users to recline and repose. Expansive views of the ocean from the interior, alongside accents of yellow, green and blue-green, will cheer and uplift the spirit.
Using a combination of the above materials and finishes, users of the space will feel transported to a place filled with the sights, tastes and sensations of a perfect summer day; a place where they can sit back, sip on a latte, unwind to sunny beats and while away the hours
BCIT - Vancouver Island Residence Project
A Vancouver Island beach home with a west coast twist.
BCIT - Rendering Exercises
BCIT - Drafting Exercises
BCIT - Detailing
A complete millwork package for a custom, traditional style kitchen.
BCIT - Construction Drawings
A complete construction drawing package for a residential renovation project.