Vancouver Special Renovations – Huffington Post

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Take a look at this Huffington Post article about Vancouver Special Renovations – I’m featured thanks to my Vancouver Special Renovation blog that I did about my own house.

Here are a few excerpts from the article:

Vancouver Specials used to be the ugly stepsister of the city’s housing stock, snubbed because of its working class roots and boxy utilitarian design. But the distinctive houses have blossomed into a hot Cinderella with plenty of potential.

A Vancouver Special typically features a low-pitched roof, metal railing balcony across the front, brick or stone finish on the ground floor, and stucco on the second level. Despite its name, the style is found not only in Vancouver but also all over the suburbs. An estimated 10,000 Vancouver Specials were built from roughly 1965 to 1984.

“Perhaps the biggest draw was that these homes were built in an era when they were built really well and simply,” Zwick told “We ended up gutting the entire house, and took two major walls out on the upper floor.”

Take a look at the full Huffington Post Article: Vancouver Special Renovations Transform Reviled Design


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