Yew Street House was executed as a collaboration between Campos Studio and Toronto based industrial designer, Tom Chung. The house is situated on a small corner lot in Kitslano, one of Vancouver’s original working class neighbourhoods. Originally built in 1907, the house underwent a patchwork of renovations and in the 1970’s most of its land was sold off to accommodate a neighbouring development. Due to the sale of this land it is now impossible to build a new house on the lot. Therefore, the plan became to upgrade the existing house by gutting it down to the studs, re-insulating and seismically upgrading the shell.
During the demolition, an original fireplace was discovered hidden behind drywall. It was restored and helps to define the dining and living areas.
Having raised their family in this walkable neighbourhood, the owners wanted to find a way to renovate the house to suit their transition to being semi-retired empty nesters through retirement to aging in place.
The plan became to create a bright, modern, open-plan loft style living area with an unobtrusive and private guest area for visiting children and friends. The main floor was designed to convert to one level living by anticipating the eventual conversion of the TV room and powder room into a master bedroom so that the couple could age in place.
Finishes were kept hardwearing and timeless throughout. The floors, including the stairs, are European white oak. The millwork is a combination of Oak and Baltic Birch. The ceiling was braced with black metal turnbuckles which echoed the black metal screens and metalwork.
The project includes a number of custom lights by Tom Chung while the furniture is a mixture of client-owned vintage pieces and contemporary design pieces.
The previous attic den was converted into a master bedroom and ensuite loft with hidden storage while the ground floor bedrooms are now a self-sufficient guest area connected to the main living space through a concealed door in the kitchen millwork.