Our lead architect, John Henshaw, wanted to create a classic Traditional Shaughnessy Residence which paid homage to the unique residential style of estate homes in Second Shaughnessy. He accomplished this by using the corner exposure of the property and surrounding mature landscape, which balances feelings of luxury, and lush West Coast wilderness.
Traditional Shaughnessy Details
The stately façade of the home was inspired by the extensive collection of Craftsman and Victorian-style homes throughout Vancouver. To reflect the style of a traditional Shaughnessy residence our team opted for fish-scale shingles, Tudor trim boards, pebble-dashed stucco, stone lintel header over windows, and a substantially sized front porch. We combined all of these elements to create the grand appearance our client aimed for.
We blended existing mature trees with newly planted greenery showcases stunning seasonal colours. The landscaping also creates a perfect frame for the home’s architectural features. Installing a small pond by the back yard pathway created lovely sounds and visual interest.
The Back Yard
Our team determined perfect placement for a resistance pool and hot tub on the south side for sun exposure to extend the usable season. Both the hot tub and the pool have their own in-ground automatic covers. This was done to increase their energy-efficiency and safety.
Intentional placement of the garden room next to the garage means pool users have quick access to the changing and shower area. The planting area was strategically positioned at side yards in front of the garage/garden room and back of the pool area for visual interest and to soften the hardscape. We used glass handrails for basement access to minimize backyard visual obstruction. The entire property was hedged and fenced for both privacy and security.
Curious how we achieve back yard excellence in a more contemporary project? Check out our Puget II Residence.
A Traditional Veranda
Thanks to local bylaws we were able to design a 30-foot long veranda. It was outfitted with ample lighting and a built-in sound system for all-season usage and enjoyment. This veranda also provides easy viewing access to the pool area to keep watch on children playing in the pool.
Bi-folding doors were strategically placed by the main kitchen for indoor-outdoor access. The outdoor barbeque and dining area is accessible with a pair of French doors which provide seamless indoor-outdoor entertaining.
As part of the backyard patio set above the cellar living space, 2″ thick, large format porcelain tiles on pedestals have been specified overall with cast-in-place concrete borders around the pool, basement well, and planting area. The porcelain tiles are frost proof, easy to maintain, and provide easy access for waterproofing below. The tiles can also be replaced by pieces as required.