It is an exposed brick wall that act as the visual link between the open living area kitchen and the lovely courtyard just outside. Starting its journey at the kitchen bench the meanders through the living room becomes all too apparent at the barbecue zone and ends it journey by morphing into a long bench seat at the end of the courtyard.
With large glass windows that bring ample sunlight during winter months and a system of shades that can easily switch between privacy and unabated views this four-bedroom family farmhouse proves to be incredibly adaptable.
It is the top floor that serves as the private zone with the master bedroom bathroom and study. With a constant view of the living area below both the levels at the Sussex Street House feel connected at all times. The high ceiling living area also keeps out excessive heat on scorching summer days making the residence energy-efficient as well.
Taking cues from local architecture and the buildings cherished past the was designed by Walker Warner Architects to create a bridge between two different eras. The exterior of the house and its overall silhouette mimic the form of a classic residence that is all too common in this part of California.
As one flips through some of the best lofts and apartments in Vancouver it is industrial style that undoubtedly holds sway. But this lovely condo on moves away from the modern industrial craze and adopts a refined Scandinavian style.
Existing building constraints meant that the street façade of the house was left completely untouched while a modern living area kitchen and dining were added to the rear. Connecting the rear garden smaller inner courtyard and barbecue zone with the living space the revitalized interior is filled with a flood of natural light.