Multigenerational Age-in-Place Rancher

Multigenerational Age-in-Place Rancher

Custom nouveau rancher — a Burnaby Mountain Inspiration to forever age-in-place

A custom home for a homeowner who wanted an insulated concrete formed (ICF) home that was age-in-place. Atypical of the eclectic style of Singapore homes, this contemporary rancher is airy and luxurious, blending the design elements of art nouveau, industrial and mid-century modern. Finding the existing 2 storey home unsalvageable, TQ started construction of this custom build after demolition in January 2017. The client required age-in-place aspects, inherent with feng-shui considerations throughout the floor plan and a thoughtful layout for multi-generational living. The house is clad with aluminum Longboard™ siding, smooth stucco, concrete and a modern metal pitched roof-line. Belted with wooded land, the new house is centered deep on the property to improve privacy and revel in nature.

Burnaby Lake, North Burnaby

Custom ICF Build, Ranch Home, Certified Age-In-Place


Australasian, Industrial, Mid-Century, Art Deco


The homeowner wanted an insulated concrete formed (ICF) home that offered privacy, seclusion in nature, and a low maintenance property. Build requirements were age-in-place aspects, dedicated design for pets, a Feng Shui influenced floor plan and a cohesive layout for multi-generational living.


The 4 ft foundation and 10 ft walls provide exceptional soundproofing and insulation; unusual in single-family, ICF-construction. This home is purposefully situated well back on a 350 x 100 ft lot — so less visible from street. Surrounded by mature trees and vegetation, this is a desirable urban-setting. The remote-control driveway gate, cameras, and long sightlines appeal to the client’s strong desire for privacy. Shades are installed instead of blinds so the client can see out, without others seeing in. The landscape is low-maintenance with 3 ft high boulders, drought-tolerant plants, and a manageable single lawn-area.

The floor plan is as open as possible within the constraints of Feng Shui; a partition-wall between the foyer entry and rear windows prevents qi from flowing outside; the kitchen is located away from the south-west corner which is an unlucky aspect for food and entertaining; the rooms are all large and airy, loaded with natural light. The flow from common areas and entertaining areas, to private areas and utility areas, is easy and seamless but firmly guided. As the office is not a priority room, it is located in the ‘unlucky’ southwest corner. Green space is found to the west. Mechanical closets are set away from the living spaces.

Constructed for aging-in-place, the width of hallways, room sizes and room entries conform with Certified Aging In Place (CAPS) design standards. As dog-lovers, the clients requested a dedicated, elevated dog-wash in the mud room that is functional at a comfortable, ergonomic working height.


The interior design can be described as transitional, with distinctively modern high-gloss and flat-panel features. A 10-foot-wide framed glass wall divides the living area from a mudroom that hides the pet lover’s personal homey touch of a custom built dog shower. The entire home is kept calm with a cohesive colour palate of warm greens, browns, and en-vogue brass throughout. Consideration to the home’s serenity extended past decor to include the structural soundproofing of an ICF foundation.

The over-sized kitchen boasts lots of modern high-gloss features with gold, marble and black accents. Upscale appliances and lots of custom design tile work keep the home in current design trend. The three-sided fireplace feature can be enjoyed from kitchen, dining room and patio. Floor to ceiling windows at the rear of the home and an indoor-outdoor concept allow a flow between kitchen and back patio. This will increase the enjoyment of a food garden that the avid homeowner looks forward to creating for himself.

A master suite at the front of the house retains the home’s low-maintenance minimalist look while providing a private 2 person luxury experience. Three distinct foyers with dropped- ceiling lighting features add the perception of segregated living quarters to each of the 2 bedrooms providing comfort and privacy in extended family living. Learn more about this project on our blog about Burnaby Mountain Inspiration.

2019 Ovation Awards / “Burnaby Mountain Inspiration”

Finalist – Best Custom Home $1M to $2M
Finalist – Excellence in Building Science / Residential
Finalist – Best Special Feature / Front Foyer

2020 Georgie Awards / “Nouveau Rancher”

Finalist – Custom Home Valued Between $1.3M to $1.9M

Project Recognition

Media Release – Burnaby Board of Trade
Media Release – Vancouver Boulevard Magazine
Media Release – Burnaby Now News
Featured On – Longboard Inspiring Facades

  • 10 ft Insulated Concrete Form (ICF) walls offer exceptional soundproofing/insulation.
  • Specially engineered truss system: 55 ft wide configuration ensures seismic stability.
  • Herringbone-patterned hardwood flooring throughout with full height grand foyer.
  • Built to Certified Aging-in-Place (CAPS) design-standards.
  • Striking foyer: dropped, back-lit, wood-panel-lighting and diamond motif flooring.
  • Snap lock metal roofing, spray foam insulated.
  • Gorgeous en-suite with floral textured wallpaper and walk-in, age-in-place shower.
  • 3 sided, 10 ft long, frameless, free-standing Venetian plaster fireplace.
  • Industrial black grid walk-in-shower with subway tile and brushed bronze fixtures.
  • Aluminum Longboard™ siding, hidden gutter system, longboard cladding soffits.
  • 35 ft truss spans allow for dramatic, open floorplan.
  • Intricate flush-baseboards with shadow-detail perfectly executed.
  • 14 ft mudroom countertop with under-mount sink, art deco inspired backsplash.
  • Flush Baseboards with Flawless Shadow Line Detail
  • As dog-lovers, clients requested dedicated elevated dog-wash at side-door.
  • Intricate mitered-corners, highly skilled craftsmanship and precise installation.
  • Excellent carpentry-skills required to handle 22 ft lengths of longboard.
  • Heat recovery ventilation (HRV), in-floor hot water radiant heat, air-conditioning.
  • Full Ceiling Height Grand Foyer