A Classic Shaughnessy Heyday with Great Bones

A Classic Shaughnessy Heyday with Great Bones

1920’s home gets a contemporary addition designed for maximum functionality

The owners of this home desired to retain the character value in their house while adding space for functionality and updating to a contemporary design.

Shaughnessy, South Vancouver

Whole Home, 3 Level Addition and Addition


Indian, Transitional, Modernist, Shabby Chic


This 1920’s home needed careful consideration in design to retain the character value of certain rooms and facades, while making the home more functional for family use and entertaining. There were 3 bedrooms that were original to 1920s design but they were run down and uninviting.


During construction, we were careful to retain certain rooms and facades of the home for their high character value. Close attention was paid to aligning the design with the owner’s budget during the planning process which was very successful in controlling the overall project cost. This renovation grabbed Georgie Award judges’ attention with additions over 3 levels that create space for ensuites for 3 existing bedrooms and new ’20’s style’ stairs add drama to the kitchen and dining areas.


This award winning renovation features a 700 sq ft addition where the removal of old stairwell allowed space for creating ensuites in 3 existing upper level bedrooms. The project was approached with careful consideration kept to retain character value in certain room and facade details. New Contemporary, multi-use kitchen is designed for family use and multiple work-spaces assist when entertaining. The new stairs, designed with traditional 1920s styling add drama to kitchen/dining entry and create a social landing area on the upper level. Ready access from hot tub to ground level washroom lends ease to entertaining on back patio.

Project Recognition

CHBA-BC Georgie Award 2005 FINALIST – Best Residential Renovation

  • addition to 3 floors added 700 sq ft
  • contemporary Multi-use Kitchen
  • spacious formal dining room
  • new stairway retains character styling
  • refined woodwork
  • luxury marble clad jetted tub
  • in-floor radiant heating
  • functional landing area on upper level
  • plenty of storage and efficient laundry area
  • ready convenient access to hot tub
  • revised landscaping for privacy and beauty
  • modernized services; electric, data, media, security, plumbing