Polygon?s low-rise homes offer buyers a cosy haven from stresses of city life
Mary Frances Hill
Juniper at Timber Court
What: 68 homes in a low-rise wood-frame development, the first of four planned residential buildings by Polygon in Lynn Valley to be collectively called Timber Court
Where: 2632 Library Lane, North Vancouver
Residence sizes and prices: One to three bedrooms, between 638 and 1,147 square feet; one-bedrooms priced from $479,900, two-bedrooms priced from $659,900
Developer and builder: Polygon Juniper Homes Ltd.
Sales centre: 2517 Mountain Highway
Hours: noon — 6 p.m., Sat — Thurs
At Juniper at Timber Court, Celia Dawson and her team of designers marry urban sensibilities with the lush appeal of North Vancouver’s outdoors.
“We were asked to design to an outdoors mindset, but to bring in an urban lifestyle and connection,” says Dawson, the senior vice-president of Design at Polygon, who heads the developer’s design team.
They crafted a home that feels like a cosy haven, an escape from the everyday stresses of the city, and a reminder of the surrounding beauty of Lynn Valley. Those reflections of North Vancouver’s surroundings come in the form of well-designed pieces like the dining room chandelier, its shape resembling that of a gently drooping willow tree, or a fragile Lily of the Valley.
“This choice, and the choices of accessories, were all in keeping with the outdoors and the one-with-nature feeling, while still giving the home an urban direction,” Dawson says.
On either side of the television, mounted in dark millwork, stands a bright tower-like, sculptural touch — a harder, more contemporary contrast to the gentler, natural theme. Though two full walls have expansive windows, that contrast offers a coziness, a sense of enclosure to the living room.
“Given the mountainous, treed setting, we definitely aimed to create coziness and a calm and serenity with nature.”
Furnishings and sculptural effects in the open concept living room offer a sense of airiness — and reveals Dawson’s touch for the urban – by letting the eye move in and around the décor, via the chrome legs of a coffee table and side tables; the clear glass tabletop in the dining area adds to this feeling of weightlessness.
“We were aiming for a light, bright, and fresh take to the home, and given the proportions it seemed to lend to open base or ‘leggy’ furniture and glass tops to not weigh down the space.”
Indeed, North Vancouver homebuyers are looking for a bright airy feel to their residences: many of the two-bedroom homes are over 900 square feet; larger three-bedrooms are also available at Juniper, as Polygon’s responds to the demand from young families and downsizers who now reside in their recently built communities in North Vancouver.
The designers used wholesale sources for the furnishings in the display home, but Dawson says shoppers can easily find interesting pieces at stores around Greater Vancouver that offer unique items at reasonable prices. A careful search through Chapters’ curio and gift section, or Urban Barn and the Bay can yield some high quality conversation pieces that won’t break the bank, she adds.
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