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Adolphus Duclos House

Strathcona, East Vancouver, BC

Builder: Maestro Development

Formerly owned by a carpenter by the name of Adolphus Duclos in the late 1800s, this 120 year old home is now being restored and renovated by Joshua Young of Maestro Development. Josh enlisted the services of a heritage consultant to provide historical references and context for how he would tackle this not so easy job. It was determined that the house was originally a Queen Anne cottage, which is a type of Victorian style home, with a city water connection service record dating back to 1892. The Queen Anne cottage is prevalent in the Strathcona area of Vancouver, one of the cities most historical neighbourhoods.

The main challenges for this restoration were:

– bringing the building up to current seismic and building envelope standards
– providing a space plan that works with the needs of a modern family
– level of restoration considering the labour costs of current woodworking trades and material

The final plan was to restore the front facade to retain a strong historical connection with Strathcona and to renovate the rear of the house with an adequate addition to provide the needed space for  typical family functions. The basement is converted into a brightly lit artist rental studio and the upper floors house spacious living, dining kitchen spaces with two kids bedrooms, a shared bath, and a master bedroom with ensuite and office on the second floor.

Reclaimed, restored, recycled and re-purposed material are at the heart of this project making this project a very exciting process for us to be part of. The completed house will showcase the efforts made by Josh to refurbish a piece of Vancovuer history.

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