Photo Gallery: Architect David Zacharko’s Projects
Take in modern, west coast designs.
Bring cosy, personal elements into a builder-basic condo.
“This was a renovation to a typical 1980s wood-frame condo in Whistler,” says interior designer David Yustin of David Zacharko Architect. “Two single guys wanted a rustic but swanky pad to entertain family and friends.” These worn leather armchairs add a cosy, textured element to the living room, and a set of Eames dining chairs and unique pendant light add contemporary style.
See more of David Zacharko and David Yustin’s designs in our photo gallery.
Strong modern lines contrast stunningly with wild, rugged nature.
Overlooking West Vancouver's Bachelor Bay, this custom-built, three-storey house appears to emerge from the rock.
A glass terrace wraps around the home, offering views of the water.
When architect David Zacharko conceived his initial concept for this waterfront holiday home with his partner David Yustin, he drew on his travels to California, Hawaii and Southeast Asia. “In those places, walls don’t exist between the outside and inside,” he explains. They don’t seem to exist in this home, either — a breathtaking structure that seems to float on water or air, depending on where you stand.
There’s no need for a patio umbrella when surrounding firs offer shade and greenery.
On the main level, custom-made glass doors disappear into pockets in the wall to fully open the living room to the outdoors. Potted plants bring colour to the backyard, where the homeowners set up a casual dining area.
A streamlined look allows the view to shine.
The kitchen's clean lines and minimalist decor allow the stunning sightlines of the lake to take centre stage. An abundance of wood and natural light keeps the space from feeling cold.
Vintage mid-century modern pieces mix with new classics.
With full-height windows framing beautiful rugged views, it's as though no walls exist. In the living room, a neutral palette and natural materials make the interior almost recede into the leafy landscape.
The B.C. fir walls create a cosy interior.
Directly behind the sofa, a partial wall divides the living area from the kitchen and provides a backdrop for artwork.
Use a glass-tile backsplash to create a light, airy effect.
In the bar area, stemware is concealed behind seamless, sophisticated panels of cherry wood. The dining table is made from the same material for a monochromatic effect.
The silver quartzite stone above the fireplace adds texture and natural sparkle.
A 16-foot-tall chimney rises from the site of the former indoor fireplace and helps support beams that cantilever outward from the main floor, defining and delineating the space as an outdoor room.
Create a gentle glow with a backlit mirror.
The rich fir panelling in the principal bathroom evokes a sauna and is offset by soft white limestone on the floors and tub enclosure.
This spectacular workspace seems to float above the bay.
Not for the easily distracted, Zacharko designed this office to feature panoramic views of the waterfront. A glass waterfall desk disappears against the window, keeping with the ethereal feel of the home.
A traditional exterior belies a contemporary interior.
Two sets of French doors open the upstairs principal bedroom to a balcony overlooking the backyard. The ground floor living room completely opens up to the patio with a set of bifold glass doors.
Translucent, back-lit cabinetry doors add dimension and character.
The light-coloured counters and walls are grounded by dark-stained millwork. Frosted glass pocket doors can close off the prep area from the adjoining dining room when entertaining.
Dark wood cabinets with horizontal pulls contrast with modern white sinks in this contemporary space.
A glass-enclosed shower keeps this chic bathroom open and airy.
Use low furniture to keep sightlines open.
Besides an urban loft look, the only thing husband-and-wife Yasmeen and Andrew Strang knew they wanted for their Vancouver house was a seamless indoor-outdoor transition. Enhancing the openness of the family room, a wall of glass bifold doors opens to a patio that leads to the swimming pool. “Those doors are open almost every day in the spring and summer,” says Yasmeen.
Clerestory windows above storage help with ventilation.
To create an uncluttered space, Zacharko and Yustin incorporated hard-working built-ins wherever possible into this Vancouver home. "They add personality and functionality to a house," Zacharko explains.
Reeded glass windows provide privacy without window coverings.
Low built-in storage made of ribbon-grain red oak runs alongside the dining area and doubles as a buffet for parties. Throughout the main floor, columns delineate the spaces and provide surfaces for mounting built-in cabinetry.