Ten Very Special Renovated Vancouver Specials

Although practical, Vancouver Specials are often regarded as an architectural ugly duckling. Here are 10 examples that prove they can be beautiful homes

March 24, 2015

Realtor Rob Swick and his wife Sharon fell in love with a Vancouver Special and poured some TLC into the home over the course of seven months. Check out his blog that documents the entire experience.
Source: Rob Swick

For a closer look, this home is going to be one of the stops of the 2015 Vancouver Special Tour.
Source: Vancouver Special Tour

Vancouver Specials are known for their efficient use of space. This Kitsilano home is no exception, with 3,400 square feet of space that the owners meticulously updated.
Source: Huffington Post

The co-owner of the fabulous YYoga chain gave this Vancouver Special a grand makeover that - surprise, surprise - includes a home yoga studio.
Source: Your Vancouver Real Estate

It is hard to believe that this is a Vancouver Special. Click the source link for some gorgeous photos of this modernized home.
Source: Houzz

The difference between the before and after is night and day. The building permit was received in two weeks and the renovations only took six months because the owners did not add-on to the house. The end result is a family of four's home haven that even has an indoor pool.
Source: Matthews Special

This Vancouver Special is actually in Burnaby. Before renovations, the home looked dark and dated. But with a 270-degree view of the city and water, this home had great potential. The owners saw that potential and gave it a fresh, open, bright new look.
Source: Matthews Special

This Vancouver Special is almost unrecognizable. There were extensive renovations done to the entire home that gave a lot more drama and intrigue to the exterior of the building and brought in tons of light and a minimalist style to the interior.
Source: Contemporist

Here's an example of a common renovation done to the exterior of Vancouver Specials. A combo of wood and stucco creates an interesting contrast of texture.
Source: Your Vancouver Real Estate

This is actually a live listing of a renovated Vancouver Special in Renfrew Heights. The exterior has been moderately updated but the real difference can be seen in the interior. It feels warm and inviting with its bright windows and open floor plan.

Are you looking for inspiration for your own Vancouver Special? Do you wonder about the process that gets the "before" picture to the amazing "after" result? Here's your opportunity: the Vancouver Heritage Foundation is hosting its annual Vancouver Specials Tour on April 18 from 1pm until 5pm. It is a self-guided tour of five uniquely renovated Vancouver Specials. Get inspired by the design, technologies and reimagination of something passé made cool again. For tickets and more information, click here.

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