For the renovation of this home in North Vancouver, British Columbia, designer Corey Klassen had quite the challenge as the house had an awkward layout following four substantial, unpermitted renovations. Klassen rose to the challenge and the resulting space is a warm, minimalist home with a striking fireplace and carefully considered color.
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A main goal for the home was editing down the design to create a clean, balanced look. In the foyer, Klassen used custom milled douglas fir for the floor and painted the banister and railing a deep color for balance and contrast.
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Klassen removed extra millwork, drywall and brick around the fireplace, freeing it of distraction. Painting the brick a dark color helped establish a focal point for the main floor.
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In the dining room, a change in paint color and flooring increased the sense of space and created a comfortable spot for family dinners.
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The kitchen was completely transformed into a open galley with a countertop on one side and higher custom cabinets to fit the taller family. Klassen used douglas fir in a natural stain to create the base cabinetry and match with the existing window frames, but painted the upper cabinets white. On the opposite side of the kitchen, the cabinetry was finished in a dark blue/gray paint to balance the space.
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Klassen relocated the laundry room upstairs and turned the space into a powder room. A bookshelf next to the sink provided a creative solution to the client’s storage needs.
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At the entry door, the design team used Ogassian tile to add texture and break up the large space without introducing extraneous decoration.
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Klassen streamlined the design of the master bathroom, editing the look from eight types of tile down to two. Contributing to the simple elegance of the space is the no-threshold shower and floating vanity.