Industrial Modern


Smithwood Builders


North Vancouver, BC






2023 CHBA National Awards for Housing Excellence

What was the challenge?

The homeowners wanted to stay in a trendy neighbourhood but the post-war home was not keeping up with a growing family. Reclaiming the basement suite and turning it into the hub with a centrally located kitchen was the ideal solution.

What was delivered?

The open concept design was made possible by introducing steel beams and columns that patina over time. In order to achieve an Industrial look, they decided to go with concrete floors, leaving joists and plumbing exposed as well as installing wood/metal clad windows.

The new kitchen was designed to be functional, aesthetically pleasing, and big enough to accommodate a growing family. Industrial and modern in style, high quality finishes and materials enhance the design. Industrial elements are carried through the space – exposed joists and beams; plumbing and pot-lights; concrete floors and patina posts.

The wood/metal clad windows and doors bring in warmth and the floor to ceiling height lets in ample natural light. The simple palette of white perimeter cabinetry, including panel ready dishwasher and white Fisher & Paykel fridge is
juxtaposed with the oversized fir island left unhindered by appliances for ample prepping. Countertops are in durable white quartz and the walls behind, typically clad in tile or quartz were treated with a sealer to resist stains. The sunken patio off the kitchen and dining area gives extra visual sq.footage and provides indoor/outdoor living.

Kitchen before After kitchen

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