MacDonald Park House

While a traditional exterior complements the other Craftsman-style homes of the neighbourhood, upon entrance a Scandinavian modern look is revealed on the inside, complete with clean drywall lines and unobstructed walls and ceilings.

Location Vancouver, west side Type Residential, single family new construction Size 3,150 sf Designer Falken Reynolds Interiors Completion Summer 2014 Photographer Ema Peter Photography

It's all in the details

Precision was paramount here, as we had to measure accurately for an exact floor-to-ceiling fit of the slat wall stair guard. We used pocket screw fastener connections on both the floor and ceiling to secure the stair guard and recessed the custom steel stringers into the drywall on one side to create a flush, open finish. We custom selected the white-oak tread material and stained it to match the engineered hardwood floor, which came from a different manufacturer, and orchestrated the coordination between the cabinet finisher, millworker and site manager.

All about the flow

Careful planning and forethought, both prior to construction and at the framing stage, allowed us to create this curbless shower that slopes slightly to a hidden drain, which is capped in stone to match the shower floor. The stone wrapped undermount bathtub cleverly tucks into a secluded spot only accessed through the shower and offers a private oasis to relax in. LED backlights above the bathtub and above the dual shower heads expose a skylight appearance at night. After more planning and preparations, we wrapped the floating vanity with half-inch engineered stone on four sides and nestled multiple integrated storage drawers behind the millwork cabinetry.

Clean lines, hidden storage

This bathroom design required an open vanity for this vessel sink to sit on with storage underneath. Coordinating and constructing the custom teak vanity with a complementary stone shelf and exposed plumbing above and below was no small feat. We hid transformers for the Bocci light fixtures in a nearby closet to allow for a clean wall mounting on the flush stone-to-drywall back wall. Recessed into the framing, the mirror conceals a medicine cabinet behind for clutter-free storage.

The full-height, solid core pivot doors allow for full floor-to-ceiling storage without revealing any visible hinges. Recessed into the floor and ceiling, the invisible hinges required precision routering in the top and bottom of the doors. We had to be incredibly accurate in the spacing of the hinges to achieve the perfect 1/8″ door gaps.

This may look like cabinetry, but it’s actually a fridge with two freezer drawers underneath. We lifted an integrated Sub-Zero fridge on a 2.75″ plywood box to ensure the reveal under the fridge door lined up precisely with the top of the drawers under the adjacent counter. Not typical in most kitchens, the detailed stone gable that wraps up on the side of the fridge is an extension of the stone countertop.