A House Lift Home Renovation For a Custom Home in West Vancouver
Do you live in an older or heritage home? Are you considering a home renovation? Do you need more space for your family?
West Vancouver is a beautiful area filled with architecturally stunning heritage homes. There are several options available to you to find that space you need, while maintaining your homes’ beautiful heritage appeal.
Consider a house lift renovation – lifting your home for more space – plus, you can add in all of the other renovation touches that you want.
Here are a few things to think about in considering a house lift renovation:
First: determine if your home is classified as ‘heritage’. You can do this online by visiting your local city hall building department webpage.
Second: Contact a design /build team to walk you through the design, budgeting and the permit process.
8 Advantages to Renovating Your West Vancouver Home With a Lift
- Higher ceiling heights. If you choose to pour a new foundation you can gain ceiling height by digging down as well as by shifting the house up further out of grade level. Or, if you leave your existing foundation you may be able to place your home back onto the foundation higher out of grade level, leaving you with more clear ceiling height. This will all be determined by your design + build team, based on what your particular house will be granted with the city.
- This is an opportunity to rebuild your foundation. Often heritage homes with have a stone foundation, or they have foundation issues and leaks.
- This is also your opportunity to incorporate radiant floor heating. Good quality heat for the new lifted areas, and it keeps the toes warm!
- Modifications to your electrical, heating, venting or plumbing can be done at this point with ease. This is especially true if you pour a new foundation. Then you will have the ability to customize your new basement area with a more efficient layout and whatever new special details you want or need.
- With a new foundation you will be able to place windows in new and different areas. This will be done according to the zoning by-laws; keeping in mind the wall closest to your neighbors will have some restrictions on the amount of glazing area for fire protection.
- Incorporating window wells, and therefore enlarging the size of windows. To ensure enjoyment of your new windows, consider a top down style of privacy blind if you are close to your neighbor. This type of window covering will allow light in and block the view of the inside of the well, if that’s an issue.
- Old city zoning restrictions weren’t as stringent as they are now. So your heritage home may have features that could not be replicated under the new rules. For example, expansive porches close the property lines. A house lift renovation keeps those fabulous older home design style / heritage features.
- Architectural style. Some newer homes today are built to max out the zoning rules and allowable floor area and therefore aren’t placing a priority on the architectural style or appearance of the exterior. Sometimes they almost become great big boring boxes! Your heritage home was most likely designed with great curb appeal, and perhaps by a well-known architect. Those special details that set it apart from other homes in the area are worth maintaining! If we don’t’ we will soon be left with a ‘builders box’ and suburban feel in our downtown heritage neighborhoods like West Vancouver.
So, before you consider tearing down your older or heritage home in West Vancouver take a moment to ponder what you may gain in doing a house lift renovation instead.
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Nisha MacNeil is the lead custom home designer at Kerr Construction, award winning renovation company and custom home builder in Vancouver.
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