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A warning: this Vancouver mansion is not for the faint of heart. With more than 7,300 square feet of living space, this six-bedroom, eight-bathroom masterpiece is—scientifically speaking—a whole lot of house. (And we didn’t even mention the wet bar, wine cellar, rec room, home spa and personal gym.) Talk about a flex.
But this Vancouver West home smoke-show (currently for sale for $10-million-plus) wasn’t always this glamorous. Originally built in 1999, the Hudson House underwent a major transformation thanks to dynamic design duo Patrick Warren and Sita Walia. Warren is a senior associate with the award-winning Frits de Vries Architects and Associates (fun fact: they’ve been shortlisted for our Designer of the Year Awards eight straight years), and Walia works as an architectural and interior designer and is co-founder of Awoke Company. Together, this dream team set out to rebuild the dated dwelling from the ground up, preserving as much of its previous character as they could while tearing down walls and opening up rooms—breathing new life and flow into the home.
Originally built with a conventional “boxy” design, Warren and Walia wanted to transform the space to create a feeling of openness and freedom for the future occupants—likely a bustling family with kids running around through the open-concept spaces. This was their guiding principle as they disassembled the defined enclosure, allowing the house to flow seamlessly. “It’s never functional at the expense of being beautiful,” says Warren.
One of the most impressive features of the home is the expansive open-concept indoor-outdoor living space. With a 33-foot glass wall that opens up to a serene terrace and garden featuring a soothing waterfall, this space is perfect for either hosting a fabulous party or finding a moment of personal zen.
But don’t be fooled by the minimalist aesthetic. With thoughtful attention to detail, the pair were able to transform the space into a snug and personal sanctuary that radiates comfort and elegance. “We were able to create bases for personalization where the homeowner can make it their own home,” says Walia. “But at the same time, you wouldn’t have to fill a wall or a ledge with all your photos and all your objects to make it feel like your own necessarily.”
Throughout the home, you’ll find many unifying details. The white oak hardwood floors can be found everywhere but the lobby (here, you’ll spot Italian porcelain tiles and Brass inlays), for a cohesive look and feel. The white Laminam marble that’s featured in the living room fireplace can also be found featured on walls in both the second kitchen (above) and in the family room for a subtle, elegant synergy.
There are cleverly hidden storage spaces throughout, like a large linen closet on the upper floor that’s tucked away behind a panel. The primary ensuite is also concealed behind wall panelling that runs from the entrance of the bedroom to the headboard. The full-height doors and openings with no headers create a gap between functional objects, allowing movement around the environment of objects.
Their goal for the Hudson House rebuild was to create a space that was both functional and beautiful, never sacrificing one for the other. The result is a unique home that the homeowners can truly make their own… for the cool price of $10,880,000. “It would be a place that allows someone to feel safe and comfortable, but also has a distinctive character where you can imagine being at home,” says Walia. “You’re retreating to this oasis that you’ve created and that you call home.”
So go ahead: check out the rest of these incredible before and after photos and let the envy flow.
Architect: Patrick Warren, frits.ca
Interior Design: Sita Walia @sitawalia
Real Estate Agent: Faith Wilson
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