430 House by D’Arcy Jones Architecture
D’Arcy Jones Architecture is the studio responsible for the renovation of a ‘Vancouver Special’ home dating back to 1981.
The interior of the 430 House has had its layout flipped in a sense where the kitchen, dining and living rooms were moved from the upper floor down on to the ground floor. This way, the most important and common interior spaces are on the most accessible location.
The backyard was preserved for a landscaped garden and a beautiful terrace with a contemporary patio while an open carport was built off the lane.
This renovation of a 1981 Vancouver Special on a 33 foot wide lot retained the entire foundation and structure of the house. The interior layout was flipped, moving the kitchen, dining and living areas from the upper floor down to the main floor, so the most important interior spaces could be at grade.
A new parallel-parking open carport was built off the lane, to preserve more of the back yard for a new landscaped garden and terrace. The house was wrapped in a new exterior skin with carefully placed windows, to connect all interior spaces to the front and back yards. This house that was once dark and generic is now filled with light and air.