An amazing luxury house overlooking the sea in West Vancouver Canada

minimalist home exterior at dusk

McLeod Bovell Modern Houses in collaboration with JBannisterHomes has designed this minimalist waterfront home located in West Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. Nestled on a steep waterfront property, this two-story, 6,600-square-foot dwelling is surrounded by a suburban context.

The Four & Four House seamlessly blends the homeowner’s love for mid-century, post-and-beam construction with contemporary adaptations. The site’s generous width with its semi-naturalized condition presented an opportunity for landscape elements to organize the sequence of the house in the form of four distinct courtyards.

Above: A good vantage point from the Four & Four House’s raised pool deck and living space.⁠


minimalist home exterior

Clad in locally-milled yellow cedar, four massive beams frame these spaces:

  • A sunken courtyard at the entrance framed by concrete walls provides lateral and vertical separation between vehicular movement and guest arrival.
  • A naturally planted garden courtyard opens up toward the sky in a double-height atrium to bring in filtered south light to the interior spaces below.
  • A sheltered outdoor living room immediately next to the garden provides the setting for multi-seasonal activities.
  • A lounge deck hanging over the concrete base of the house gives way to unobstructed views of the water and its ever-changing conditions.

minimalist home exterior

Spatially, the central courtyard separates the flanking formal and informal living areas while still allowing visual connection through full-height glazing.

minimalist home exterior

A fully glazed gallery acts as the intersection between the living spaces, sunken courtyard, and garden. The upper floor—a screened volume that contains the bedrooms—spans the outdoor living room below like a bridge.

minimalist home exterior with a covered walkway

This volume is strategically shifted toward the street so that the monolithic façade at the south elevation conveys a sense of privacy when viewed from the street.

minimalist home exterior with a paver pathway

Meanwhile, lowered window heads visually reduce the house’s massing from the water’s edge to give it the appearance of a single-story volume following the homeowner’s appreciation for mid-century aesthetics.

minimalist home exterior with a covered outdoor walkway

Above: A private courtyard with rustling plants brings life to the home’s glass hallway.⁠

minimalist home exterior with a paver pathway

What We Love: This beautifully designed waterfront home provides a modern take on mid-century West Coast post and beam architecture. ⁠During the day, the open interior space seamlessly flows into the West Coast landscape. At night it lends a feeling of peaceful enclosure.⁠ Overall, the project team did a fantastic job of creating a home with open and interconnected living spaces that blur indoor-outdoor boundaries.

Tell Us: What are your overall thoughts on the design of this West Vancouver house? Let us know in the Comments below!

Note: Have a look at a couple of other awesome home tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign in the province of British Columbia: Tour this astounding rustic-modern retreat on Vancouver Island and See this beyond spectacular coastal modern residence in West Vancouver.

modern hallway with glass on either side

minimalist home exterior glass wall

minimalist home exterior with a courtyard

minimalist living room with an ocean view

minimalist home covered terrace

minimalist great room

minimalist kitchen

minimalist bedroom

minimalist home exterior

minimalist living room

minimalist home covered terrace at dusk

Above: Rain or shine this covered outdoor space provides the perfect spot to watch night fall.⁠

minimalist home exterior with a pool at dusk

minimalist home exterior with a pool at dusk

minimalist home exterior at dusk

minimalist home exterior at dusk

PHOTOGRAPHER Andrew Latreille Photographer

minimalist home lower floor plan

minimalist home upper floor plan

minimalist home section plan

minimalist home section plan

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