Sunset House by Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

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Location : West Vancouver, BC, Canada

Area : 6300.0 ft2

Year : 2015

Designers : Mcleod Bovell

Designers in Charge : Matt Mcleod, Lisa Bovell

Manufacturers : Accoya, Benjamin Moore, Caesarstone, Lightolier, Resysta

Photographs : Ema Peter


Situated on a steep and technically challenging site, this single family home was designed to capture views of the outer harbour and heavy marine traffic along the jagged West Vancouver coast line. The home’s irregular shape traces the site boundary, coming to an angled blinder that provides privacy from tight adjacent properties. A natural, minimalist palate of raw concrete, steel, leather and wood creates a calm interior space that doesn’t distract from the framed ocean view beyond.

Movement into the house is carefully choreographed to disguise the considerable elevation change from street to living space – no individual stair run is greater than 1/2 story, allowing an unobstructed sightline from the oversized pivot entrance door through to the terrace. Similarly, the split level arrangement allows for generous volumes in the main living spaces and a closer connection between upper and main floor, while also providing dramatic elements such as the 40 foot elevation drop from the suspended deck and plunge pool to the rear garden below.

Due to its concrete construction, the home has a cave-like feeling with carefully carved spaces that feel intimate. Limited materiality creates a meditative and calming experience, with contrast between solid and soft elements throughout. Board-formed concrete mimics the texture of the wood siding both on the exterior and interior of the home, its directionality used to either elongate surfaces or emphasize double height spaces between floor levels. Leather pulls on white millwork panels are paired with carved wood handrails, and hand-scraped wide plank oak flooring. The palette has been stripped to the essentials, allowing the home to feel cohesive and solid.

McLeod Bovell Modern Houses

Mcleod Bovell Modern Houses

A custom house begins with ideas.

Designing a complete environment that fully expresses the way you want to live means we enter each project without an agenda. We begin by locating the ideas that will shape the process. Ideas arise from close communication with clients and a careful consideration of the site. Good ideas exploit embedded opportunities which give the projects purpose and drama.

Our role is to find these ideas and use them to inform the thousands of good decisions that create a successful, custom results. We manage this process from initial design meeting to final interior detail to provide an experience for our clients that is smooth, fulfilling, and aligned with who they are.

Matt McLeod and Lisa Bovell have a combined 30 years of experience designing complete residential environments- building, interiors, and landscapes. We are committed to a personal approach with clients, builders and trades. As principles, we are directly involved with your project bringing persistence, enthusiasm, and care to every aspect of the work.


293 Columbia Street

Vancouver, BC

V6A 2R5


phone: 1 604 723 4645



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