Photo Gallery: Renovation Restores Splendour to Historic Shaughnessy Home

Check out this spectacular reimagining of an outdated West Side property by TQ Construction

on behalf of TQ Construction
November 2, 2016

The brand new kitchen in this restored home has stunning finishings and eclipse doors to the patio
The previous kitchen and segregated mud-room were combined into open-concept culinary centre/social hub
TQ Construction created a sophisticated, Manhattan-inspired interior that honoured the heritage elements of this Shaughnessy home
Traditional curved ceiling corners and high-relief crown moulding (lost during a previous renovation) were restored throughout the main floor; complete rejuvenation brought the traditional home up to date
A more formal living space/library embraces dark wood panelling and wallpaper for an opulent but cozy ambiance
The four-foot globe chandelier and Swarovski crystal railings give the foyer old-world grandeur: refracted light creates visual interplay with tone-on-tone geometric wallpaper
The sleeping area’s timeless colour palette and double French doors feel elegant and stately, enhancing the ambiance of a private sanctuary
The reconfigured, larger ensuite features dual vessel-style sinks with wall-mount faucets and a floating vanity. The frameless-glass steam shower has no threshold, making it elegantly spacious now and invisibly allowing for future aging in place
The walk-in closet was created by stealing space from an under-used upstairs office; the remainder of that space was used to create proper stairs to the attic
The unused attic space was transformed into a lovely chill-out area and music room, which is much more easily accessible via the new stairs
The three new dormer windows that light up the attic space also lend a new elegance to the exterior of this graceful and understated home

These images showcase a truly spectacular renovation of a 4,000-square-foot West Side house by local contractor TQ Construction.

What originally began as a simple job, intended to add a splash of color and renewed shapes and finishes to a dated home, turned into the complete rebuild of one-and-a-half storeys of this historical home in Vancouver’s prestigious Shaughnessy neighbourhood.

Many features of the home’s heritage detailing were lost during a previous renovation. The restoration of original high-relief plaster details, high-relief crown mouldings and curved ceilings required patient attention to detail.

The kitchen previously had a small segregated mud-room that has been combined into the open concept culinary hub with an extension of the custom cabinetry that now serves the purpose of ‘drop-zone’ without having the entry closed off and impeding the space. Non-structural refinishing transformed main floor den into a dramatic masculine retreat.

A sophisticated master suite was created, including a walk-in closet and dressing room created using space claimed from adjacent office, with on-demand hot water for morning coffee/tea. The ensuite bathroom features a frameless glass shower and dual sink vanities; the freestanding soaker tub (relocated to exterior wall) is framed by a stone bench that extends through the shower. The remainder of the office was used to allow for a proper staircase to replace the folding ladder-style hatch access to an attic space, which was increased to create a tranquil meditation/music room with three new dormer windows.

The home has a sophisticated Manhattan inspired aesthetic that, although heritage in flavour, has used bold punches of colour and timeless classic furnishings to bring the home completely up to date.

In this case, pictures speak a thousand words, so check out this jaw-dropping renovation in the photo gallery above. And if you love this renovation as much as we do, you can go to to check out the "before" photos with a cool slider to show how they compare with the "after" images.

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