This 10 acre site on Bowen’s west coast is spectacular in it’s diversity, from the long winding driveway through the woodlands, to the vast ocean views from the home and garden. A stunning Frits de Vries home, designed and situated to enhance the clients enjoyment of their environment from every room. Stone patios and paths flow seamlessly from the house and through large swaths of grasses and perennials. The garden was designed to be drought tolerant, deer resistant, textural and island appropriate.
Horseshoe Bay, West Vancouver, B.C. 2012 - 2015
Architect - Michel Laflamme
Architect Interiors - Nelson Design
Landscapers - Wild Shore Landscaping
Landscaping Hardscape - Paul George & crew
Photography - Luke Potter
There was a wonderful collaboration between designers and clients, to create this special project. The rocky outcroppings were the key element in the landscape. The house was designed and situated to strengthen that relationship, which was accomplished beautifully. The garden had to be quiet and enhance, not compete, with these amazing natural features.
North Vancouver, B.C. 2009 - 2011
Architects - Matthew T. Hansen
Lead designers (architectural & interiors) Chart & Pat McCulloch
Landscape designers - Kate Markham-Zantvoort & Claire Kennedy
Landscapers - Artistic Stone Works
With the mountains looming high to the North and the views to the ocean and city to the south, this project offered the designers and clients an opportunity for diverse experiences as you move through the spaces. A beautiful family home enhanced by the talented designers, Chart & Pat McCulloch, who touched all aspects of this project. The property features many outdoor areas for the children and adults to enjoy, including a pool, hot tub, fire pit and play court. Michael Dennis' sculptures grace the front entry with their calm presence, while James Moore’s Three Graces are a playful addition to the sunny hot tub patio.
Vancouver, B.C. 2009-2010
Landscapers - Artistic Stone Works
The majestic Maple sitting in the middle of the 2.5 acre garden was the inspiration for this wonderful project. The design mandate for this project was ‘a garden to enjoy with the family, particularly the eight grandchildren’, so we set about creating a garden that would surprise and delight. With grass paths to meander slowly, or race bikes and trikes, we created many ways to move through the garden. We planted a beautiful fruit tree allée in the lower garden, a meadow and a curvy grape arbour to relax under. A generous bulb display gives this garden year round interest and endless bouquets to fill the house. We redesigned the front garden to give the house more distance from the driveway, by introducing more generous planting beds in front, stone walkways to the house, and a new circular driveway.
Architect - Frits de Vries Architects
Contractors - Natural Balance Home Builders
Green Roof Installation - Architek
The Kerchum residence was an exciting project to be involved in, with Frits de Vries Architects & Nick Kerchum – founder of Natural Balance Home Builders – creating a stunning, contemporary home and garden. Winning many awards, it was B.C.’s first recipient of a Leed Platinum certification. This being Nick’s family home, and a showcase for Natural Balance’s green building practices, we approached the garden with the same contemporary, green, aesthetic.
Three green roofs were installed, featuring sedums and blue fescues; enhancing the view from the house and providing many environmental benefits. The rear garden is framed with pleached Carpinus (Hornbeams) and gives a contemporary solution to screening. Huge glass doors connect the house to the back patio and invite you to relax on the wooden slatted, rammed earth benches nestled into the corner. Grasses, Echinacea & Rudbeckia were planted to provide summer colour. Espaliered Apple trees were planted against two sides of the garage with additional vegetable gardens on the south wall.
A long curving driveway winds through enormous conifers on this 2.5 acre property offering a view of the ‘Red Dancers’, sculptures by Michael Dennis, which animate the meadow. Woodland gardens were filled with many varieties of ferns, Witch Hazels, Dogwoods, Oak leaf Hydrangeas over a rich tapestry of green. At the entrance to the house a large pond, stream and waterfall was originally designed in collaboration with Paul Sangha and installed by ASW Stone works.
This stream terminates at the in-ground pool where we added a tropical feel with palms, grasses, huge gunnera, hardy ginger and bananas. Generous entertaining patios and an outdoor kitchen surround the pool, and are enjoyed during the warm summer months. Purple, orange and chartreuse flowers were used in abundance in the richly layered garden beds to add beautiful colour. Terraced vegetable gardens were planted to provide an abundance of fresh produce and herbs for the family. A tennis court with patio, putting green, and cutting garden complete the lower garden.
Whistler Ski House
Alta Lake, Whistler, B.C. 2014
Architects - Olsen Kundig
Interiors - Van Sickle Design Consultants
Landscapers - Whistler Landscaping
Floating above the landscape is this amazing home made of board form concrete, corten steel & beams by Tom Kundig. Views to the lake and garden abound from huge windows and an 80’ bridge which separates the two wings of the house. Large swaths of coniferous trees were planted to recreate a forest and screen from the road. A birch grove was planted to be enjoyed from the house, whether snow covered, or green in summer. A meadow and many native shrubs and perennials come to life in the garden, when the snow melts.
In Progress - Hornby Island
Hornby Island, B.C. 2016 - 2017
Interiors - Richard & Diane Salter
Contractors - AFC Construction
I am very excited to be involved in this project located on a spectacular piece of ocean front, just around the corner from Whaling Station Beach. Under construction now, it will be completed this summer. With views to Texada Island, this family vacation home will be have a relaxed feel appropriate to its locale.
In Progress - Yellow Point
In Progress, Yellow Point, Vancouver Island 2015 - 2017
Contractors - Collins Custom Contracting
This contemporary home is being built on 15 acres of the most beautiful waterfront. The oceanfront garden will be broad brushstrokes of grasses, perennials and low growing shrubs. Orchards, meadows, flowering trees, ponds, vegetable beds, bee hives and goats will all become part of this landscape.