Before & After

June 26, 2023

A Vancouver Craftsman Gets A Modern Makeover That Honors Its Heritage Roots

Lawyers Claire and Matthew Good adored their beachside Kitsilano neighborhood in Vancouver — but their new house, not so much. In fact, it was uninhabitable. “The kitchen and bathrooms were straight out of The Shining,” deadpans Ben Leavitt, the creative director of design firm PlaidFox Studio. With architect Jason Skladan, Ben was enlisted to transform the neglected, century-old Craftsman into a modern family home. Over a 21-month renovation, the 3,500-square-foot, five-bedroom, five-bathroom house was stripped to the studs, hoisted to shoehorn in a full-height basement, then designed and decorated with modern details and sassy colors.

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Author: Iris Benaroia

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Ben Leavitt; Architecture by Jason Skladan