house beautiful: a modern hilltop perch (with video)
In fact, not only does their spacious living room have one, but it also has a range of views ---
Each picture is framed by a window that captures a unique ocean or Sky.
The visual composition extends from the floor to the ceiling along the front of the house.
It transmits its eyes through the Juan de Fuka Strait as if the entire outside world were a great gallery.
This is the perfect choice for Nowicka, an artist who finds herself happily gazing at the perfect frame view.
1/2 years ago, she and Paran bought the former cabin in Oak Bay.
When they lived there for the first year and enjoyed 170-
They felt that the small window was not fair enough.
When they hired designer Bruce Wilkin (Bruce Wilkin) to oversee the major renovations of the 1950 family, the first thing he did was to explain that their point was not just about the water and the coastline.
It\'s also about the sky.
He suggested doubling the height of the living room and stacking the windows in the bank of three people.
This is an iconic Wilkin treatment, and the theme is repeated not only in the window, but also in the main staircase of the stair well.
This device allows light to pass through and extend the line of sight on the main floor.
\"I did a lot of big stacked windows,\" said Wilkin . \".
They are simple but magnificent.
I think the combination of a more compressed view puts the windows on a more human scale, rather than having a huge piece of glass that can overwhelm everything.
\"Where he likes\" stack \"best is that each segment makes up a different view.
He also repeated the effect in nine smaller restaurants.
\"There\'s something very appealing about repetition and patterns.
It\'s like in a camera with a big observation box.
\"Paran was the first person to live in the house.
\"This is almost a no.
Smarter because of exposure.
\"This site is an ideal place to watch the sunset and sunrise, not to mention the sunset of all time
Changing ocean traffic, racing boats, cruises, and dark clouds
The changing weather structure in the sky.
At first, ickicka didn\'t even want to peek at ordinary things --
It looked like a house, but it also quickly aroused her imagination.
On the main floor, covering an area of 2,400 square feet, the decoration area has been expanded but has not been expanded.
Upstairs, an additional 600 square feet allowed an office for Paran, who resigned as commissioner B. children in 2003. C.
Bored after retirement, he is now a private consultant.
\"This office is too bad,\" he joked . \".
\"I was going to use it for all my work, but I was distracted. . .
I began to stare out, unconsciously, I lost my mind.
If I need to work hard, I will go to the office in the city center.
\"The renovated house feels spacious, quiet and quiet,\" he said.
\"This is our sanctuary.
\"One of the couple\'s favorite places to watch the sunset is the second --
Like a crow\'s nest, the floor observation deck soaring above the living room.
Nowicka, who works from home, has a similar view in her studio: \"It\'s a very happy, stimulating environment.
We all love the light and the open space.
Paran estimated total renovation costs close to $500,000-
\"The meter is still ticking \"--
But he said the money was well spent as a new house cost about $800,000.
\"Every penny is worth it, although it ends up being much more expensive than we expected,\" Nowicka said . \".
\"We finally finished about three-
Several quarters of the House
\"They increased their height. energy-
Efficient windows, so the house is warm even if the top of the mountain is exposed and windy.
\"Any Little Sun is almost like a prism, capturing the sun and heating the house,\" said Paran . \".
\"There is always a breeze in summer, the hottest days, and we have good cross ventilation.
\"One reason for the success of this project is that they took the time to plan the redesign and stayed in the house for more than a year while discussing the options.
\"Nowicka is very creative and open to new ideas,\" Wilkin said . \".
His biggest challenge is to put some \"very simple and modern things with 1950 s-style bungalow.
Nowicka does not want the added content to be a slave to the past, or even to be told by it.
\"So we blew out the existing front of the house and removed a huge fireplace in the middle, which made a big disconnect between the kitchen and the living room.
We made the front box two floors high and set up a lookout above the living room.
\"It\'s a viewing platform that creates a bit of scale and hangs in space like jagged points.
\"It feels like you\'re at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, standing in a glass corridor,\" Wilkin said . \".
\"We push the second floor forward so you can look out from the master bedroom that had no previous view. . .
Moved a strange staircase from the kitchen and blocked the view.
\"One of the most striking new elements is a long white cabinet suspended between the two structural pillars between the kitchen and the dining room.
Wilkin said it solved the problem of two lonely pillars in the middle of the room.
Jason Good makes all the cabinets, including this one, which has a unique art display front door access.
\"I won\'t give up control easily, but Jason said trust me and go ahead and build this ---
I think it\'s great now . \"
The inside is red sandalwood, Maple Leaf box is placed in the cabinet, and Caesar Stone quartz is placed on it.
\"The Kitchen started when I bought this Ferrari red collection,\" she said happily.
\"It\'s a blue star with six burners, all the gas, very powerful.
Jason made all the cabinets and made huge drawers to fit in to China I\'m from Poland.
\"Good added a slender red cabinet for breakfast items (like cups and cereal bowls), and above the sink, Wilkin added a strong red line for Mondrian touch. (
The Dutch artist is known for his bold primary colors, horizontal and vertical lines. )
\"Every good picture has a red pen in it,\" said Wilkin . \".
\"This is the artist\'s trick. \" Nowicka --
He sells paintings at the West End gallery in Victoria and Edmonton, House Gallery in Banff, Canada, and Shayne Gallery in Montreal-agrees.
Most of her paintings and decorations are filled with fresh red water flowers.
There is a time in the design room. no matter where the glass is placed, she is fearless.
On a zebra table in the corner of her kitchen, or on an old Indonesian work, put a round glass as a table.
Her coffee table is a replica of the Italian coffee table she saw for $3,000.
She found a table at Value Village for $30, covered with two layers of glass and a mirror sphere in the middle.
A long corridor downstairs is lined with rows of cabinets to store Ikea\'s white wardrobe.
In the master bedroom, she made non-fading curtains with a duvet decorated with vertical sand.
\"This is a very nice, fully functional House,\" said Wilkin . \".
\"The kind of place to show yourself immediately. . .
There are not many things hidden in this space.
\"Beautiful House \".