It’s like the Michael Jackson of houses, who says old-school Specials can’t come back big and glam?
Vancouver Specials were introduced in the Vancouver area in the 1960′s when new Canadians favoured an efficient way to buy their new first home. Usually the Specials have features like a balcone across the front of the house on the second floor, low-pitched roofs, brick/stone finishes, kitchens on both levels, self-sustained bottom floor with seperate bedrooms. The floor plan is very similar in all the Specials, and they are very simple and practical, leading to popularity in the old days for the new Canadians can lower their costs to rent out the second floor. In the 1990′s they were criticized as “monster homes” as they ruined the aesthetics of the neighbourhoods with its dull and unpretty look. Style and viewline were obvious not the Specials’ priority.
The boxiness and spaciousness marks the versatility of the Specials, and thus creative designers and homeowners saw them as a “perfect candidate for architectural makeovers”-Adele Weder, Globe and Mail, Sept 10, 2010. Architect Stephanie Robb transformed her own home in the East end from a double-suite Special into a single-family modernized home, and won a Lieutenant-Governer’s Award for Architecture.
Many people are interested in a makeover for their Specials due to its new recognition and popularity. The volume and simple floor plans allows the designers and homeowners a lot of creative space for renovation.
VictorEric has done one of these transformations. Some new and stylish features include an expanded kitchen with marble-top island, opening dining area with backdoor into the rear patio allowing a lot of light into the house, and fireplace at the ensuite tub to add modernism to home.
For the full project portfolio on Vancouver Special Renovation please go to link:http://victoreric.com/renovations/barjaktarovic
Showing appreciation for the new design and the conservation of old buildings, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation holds annual Vancouver Special Tours in town. This year the event takes place on Saturday September 24th. Details: http://www.vancouverheritagefoundation.org/projects/vancouver_special.html
Go get them old-school Specials!