Courtenay 3101 Burfield Place West Vancouver 39 homes in this 7 storey complex by British Pacific Properties

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

Stellar outlooks will be on offer at British Pacific Properties? Courtenay

Mary Frances Hill
The Province


What: 39 residences in the Mulgrave Park neighbourhood of West Vancouver

Where: 3101 Burfield Place, West Vancouver

Developer and builder: British Pacific Properties

Residence sizes and prices: one-bedroom; two-bedroom; two-bedroom and flex; three-bedroom; three-bedroom and flex, from 700 to 3,700 sq. ft; two bedrooms from $1,380,000

Sales centre: 2989 Cypress Bowl Lane, West Vancouver

Sales centre hours: Monday —Thursday 10 a.m. — 2 p.m.; Saturday and Sunday noon — 5 p.m.; closed Friday

Phone: 604-925-8002

Katrina Podmore brought the flavour of West Coast modern exteriors to the indoor space at the Courtenay new-home project in West Vancouver by sticking to a basic principle: keep it simple, spare and uncomplicated. Ramsay Warden Architects’ plans for the condominiums rely on that esthetic, thanks to the dominant natural timber, stone and generous glazing.

The look inspired Podmore, an associate at Insight Design Group, in her work in the interior design. “We wanted to make sure the relationship between modern clean lines and natural materials was seamless and intentional,” Podmore says.

Podmore uses the simplicity of the display area space as a canvas, giving the spotlight to stellar features — the view being just one.

The massive windows in many suites will offer a coveted West Vancouver outlook of mountains and water.

“The use of finishes found in nature brought the outdoors in. Combining this with the open-plan concept, the main living space opening to the view makes for an extraordinary experience.”

The interiors show a balance between sculptural lines with soft circular shapes. In particular, there’s a contrast between the simple lines in the wall artwork arrangement against a large round dining table. The bold chandelier also stands out according to plan: Insight Design Group enjoyed using the simplicity of the finishes as a backdrop, allowing these bold pieces command attention against the restrained style.

“Because the cabinetry is so simple and quiet, we brought sculptural pieces to the forefront to add dimension and volume to the space,” Podmore says.

The same goes for the kitchen. Sleek, and free of hardware, the cabinetry acts as a quiet canvas for the backsplash. While it isn’t ornate by any means, the appeal of the backsplash is magnified against the solid, clean finishes.

“We introduced a free-form natural pattern in here with the marble-look backsplash.  But the veining we chose is still subtle and it complemented the solid light tone island,” she explains.

While the details were critical to the overall look, Insight Design Group ensured the materials were tough enough to withstand ordinary daily use.

“Porcelain and engineered quartz materials are less porous and are stain-resistant compared to its natural counterparts,” she says.

“The kitchen island features a soft finish laminate surface, the hardwood floor is engineered and the finish surface is durable.”

The long, unadorned lines that define the interiors of the bathroom were fashioned to lure visitors further inside. Much credit for this inviting look goes to Podmore’s placement of two framed mirrors, side by side, above the vanity.

“We wanted to create a visual focal point in this room as soon as you enter.  The cantilevered wood grained vanity against the dark stone-look backdrop of the wall and matching floor made the cabinets and mirror pop. You are drawn to it immediately.”

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