Beach Drive

Although a very challenging build, the construction of this airy loft space atop a 1931 heritage apartment in Oak Bay was one of the more satisfying projects we’ve taken on. Overlooking Haro Strait with views of Mt Baker in the distance, the architect proposed an enormous window measuring 25’ x 16’ to capture all the beauty of the ocean, and the San Juan Islands beyond. We started with an ambitious demolition phase that involved removing over half of the roof of the building. This allowed us to combine the top two suites and the attic above into one big open space, with ceilings over 20’ high. With no elevator in the building, we relied on a massive scaffold system with a lift, augmented by cranes to get material up the 3 storeys to the work site. After considerable structural work, the completed space was treated with high-end finishes throughout, highlighted by a huge 6’x 14’ granite island in the centre of the gourmet kitchen. The end result of a year’s construction was a truly one-of-a-kind pied-á-terre for the happy owner.