Situated on a spacious corner lot in the upscale municipality of Oak Bay (Victoria), this Modern rancher had been occupied by its original owners since its construction in 1961. When it was sold in 2012, there had been little to no modifications over the previous 50 years. The house required extensive renovations to make it a suitable ‘home’ for the new owner - a father with his two young daughters.
The renovation includes a new kitchen, bathrooms, bedrooms, windows, flooring, built-ins, lighting, exterior decks and landscaping. By opening up the vaulted wood ceiling of the main floor and installing large sliding glass doors to the rear yard, the design invites daylight into the house while establishing a strong connection between inside (kitchen and dining) and outside (vegetable gardens). This initial design move also pays homage to the original intent of the Cliff May-style rancher with its Modern, open floor plan. A central service core (with laundry, pantry and storage) acts as the anchor around which the public spaces of the house are arranged. Upstairs, a split-use bathroom solves the dilemma of a father and two young daughters sharing a single bathroom. Appropriating the flat roof of the garage, a new deck provides the Master Bedroom with a south-facing retreat among the canopies of Garry Oaks.
Principal Architect: Matthew Stanley, S.O.A