About ten minutes from downtown Vancouver, BC, sits a simple 1950s post-and-beam home. It resides in a picturesque setting with stands of mature cedar and fir trees alongside two flowing creeks, where a leggy heron might wade or salmon might come to spawn. “It’s an incredible oasis,” says Nigel Parish, designer and founder of Vancouver-based firm Splyce Design. The 2,700-square-foot home, tucked into a hillside, was less so. Over the years, multiple renovations resulted in a butchered interior with a mishmash of styles. By 2014, its new owners were ready for a clean slate.
“You couldn’t understand the original intent of the house,” Parish says. “Our goal was to restore that intent and quiet down the interior to something simple and clean, [with a] focus on the outdoors.” The Splyce team gutted the existing house down to its studs, replacing outdated technology and old single-glazed windows. They added a garage, a mudroom, a main entry, a master bedroom, and more storage. The addition brought the now three-bedroom home to more than 4,500 square feet—and while it’s noticeably offset from the home’s original structure through its subtle floor elevation change, dark-stained cedar exterior, and concrete flooring from the front—it appears as one long, elegant architectural silhouette.
A simple material palette flows throughout: cedar ceilings, white oak and black-stained white oak cabinets, and striking white walls abound. In the kitchen, a soaring new set of windows opens the view to the nearby tall cedar trees and landscape—now the star of the show. “The overall intention was to nestle [the home] into the landscape,” Parish says. “They don’t fight one another, but rather work together for a harmonious relationship.”