Craig Pearce and Kendra Patton were once enamoured with the city. They loved living in a loft in downtown Vancouver where they both worked — Craig, the owner of custom furniture company Union Wood Co., and Kendra, an interior designer for Fluevog Shoes. As time went on, though, they started to dream about building a vacation cabin close by. That dream led them to Bowen Island, only 20 minutes away from Vancouver by ferry. They purchased land in 2016, on the island’s oldest road, up a rugged trail and at the edge of a dense forest of fir trees.
Designed by architect Peter Atkinson of Human Studio and built by Kennedy Construction, The Trail House, their two-bedroom, two-bathroom abode, has a gable style that suits the unspoiled terrain. “On the ferry from Vancouver, you can often see the sun reflecting off our galvanized roof in the hills on Bowen,” says Kendra. “It’s a beacon leading the way home.”