In a mature, elite Vancouver locale stands a grand 12,000-square-foot home that is brand new, yet embodies an old-world elegance. First impressions are deceiving — the home seems well-established and gracefully aged, like it’s been there forever.
The designer of this home, Jennifer Heffel, CEO of HB Design, sought out rare professionals skilled in building old-world features. She put much effort into sourcing materials that would create this heritage look.
Inside, the voice of tradition and legacy carries through all 40 of its rooms. It is full of memories from its owners’ 30 years of marriage — paintings, statues, and furniture that represent a lifetime together.
Its prestigious location, the University of British Columbia Endowment Lands, is characterized by mature forest, distance between neighbours, and a peacefulness surrounding great estates.
The clients have lived on this same lot for decades, but they tore down their old house to build anew. “Their familiarity with the lot, with its best view and backyard qualities, were carefully factored into the space planning and design,” Heffel says. “Designing this home was a true collaborative process with the clients.”
Her team has perfected the art of listening to the client, she says, always attentive to what the clients request, and what they do not.
Text by Susan Kime Photography by Janis Nicolay