The entrance to the living area is through the fabulous roof garden and the central courtyard that sits 6 feet below ground. As you descend into this secure space street noises and the sound of trains hurrying in the distance slowly starts to disappear.
The 720-sqaure-foot apartment boasts of 10-foot high ceilings giving it a cheerful and spacious visual appeal. This is enhanced by the use of a monochromatic white backdrop that cuts down on visual fragmentation. Internal partitions are kept to a bare minimum with even the bedroom feeling like an extension of the large living area. A small kitchen in the corner bathroom dinning space and foyer complete this altered Vancouver home.
Life at this dreamy dwelling is all about self-sustenance with four wood-burning stoves powering the heating needs of the entire house. Wood sourced from the landscape around the house is used here even as an array of photovoltaic panels brings solar energy to this British home. Timeless and yet adapting to changing times this is a makeover that weaves together past present and future!
The courtyard sits at the heart of the house and a ventilation duct on the second floor brings in light and natural breeze. While hitting the house is gently drawn into the courtyard it is the slightly curved outward roof of the south side that directs the air outside. This also helps in cooling the house naturally on less boisterous days!
As is the case with most heritage homes it is the rear addition that comes to the rescue here extending the living area even while leaving the two bedrooms at the front of the house largely untouched.
It is the direction of the wind from the west that defines the main access of the house and its overall silhouette. It is this spatial arrangement that also shapes the floor plan on the inside with two different wings containing the private and public areas of the home.
The lot on which Cest La Vie sits is surrounded by tall trees giving those inside ample privacy while also offering a natural acoustic barrier. This cloak of green allows for the design of an open home where pavilion-style interiors flow into the fabulous courtyard the expansive pool deck and the rejuvenating Jacuzzi outside.