The house sits on a steep site above Seatoun Heights Road, perched above the harbour. The owners were attracted to the property because of the spectacular views and the existing established vegetation. The bedroom level is excavated back into the hillside forming a base to the upper more, open and light, living level.
The bedroom level undulates in and out, allowing light in and views out, giving each bedroom a different character and aspect. Clad in dark vertical corrugated iron it anchors the form into the site and is intended to develop a relationship with the established trees.
The lighter form of the living level above flows across the bedroom level wrapping around an existing small flat lawn and garden to the northwest of the house. The floor level steps down towards the lawn and allows views back through the house and out to the harbour beyond.
Jon Dykstra owns an interior design company in North Vancouver, British Columbia. He's fascinated by architecture and interiors. He also enjoys gardening at his "house in the burbs" and "homesteading" at his off-the-grid boat-access cabin.
Combine all that with a love of writing and Homestratsophere.com was born. He balances his working time between running his interior design company, working on his off-the-grid cabin and publishing homestratosphere.com.