When renovating a home, you want and wish for the process to go as smoothly as possible, but sometimes you can hit a roadblock. In April, Gary’s renovation of his Vancouver Special was put to a halt when he received a Stop Work order from the City Of Vancouver, due to a lot of activity on his property from asbestos removal.  After months of applying for the right work permits, working with the city and waiting for them to get approved, we are excited to announce that the Stop Work order has been lifted and the renovation will continue!

Since there was so much asbestos in the house, it was taken down to the studs leaving Gary with a blank canvas, allowing him to build his house exactly the way he wants it. With work being allowed to continue, the next step was to get the whole house framed according to the floor plan, which has now been completed. The roof joists in the living area and kitchen did have to be raised due to a few inches of sagging, which will also allow for the extra insulation that is required by the city.

What Is The Plan For The House?

The main living area, which will include the living room, dining room and kitchen, will be open-concept.  Just off of the dining room, there are plans to have a 16 ft. infinity door with glass panels as well as another glass door, creating a wall of glass leading onto the deck. Along the living room wall, there will be an entrance to the washer/dryer area with some built-in storage, which will also lead into the main bathroom.

The entrance way has been completely reworked to include a vaulted ceiling, and what used to be an entryway closet is now a hallway that leads to the master and second bedroom. The second bedroom which has been made a little smaller will be used as a home office. The master bedroom features another vaulted ceiling which will create a dramatic look, and there will also be a huge walk-in closet. As an extension of the master bedroom, part of the hallway, the old walk-in closet and the two-piece powder room were combined to create the ultimate master ensuite. Gary is planning to have a big 6 ft. walk-in shower built with a rain shower and shower jets, there will also be a double vanity put in and a toilet with a pocket door.

The downstairs is still currently a shell which is waiting to be framed.

What is Gary’s Advice for You?

Have a great framing team do the work for you to make sure everything is up to code and built exactly the way you want it to be.

Make sure you stay tuned for more updates as we continue following Gary’s journey, as he takes steps towards fulfilling his lifelong dream of owning a Vancouver Special and making it truly feel like home! If you are interested in working with our team to find your perfect home, connect with us for a free consultation!


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