Yew House is situated on a small corner lot in Kitsilano, one of Vancouver’s original working class neighbourhoods. Originally built in 1910, the house has undergone a patchwork of renovations with most of its land being sold off to accommodate a neighbouring development in the 1970’s. Due to the sale of this land it is now impossible to build a new house of the same size on the lot. Following these zoning restrictions, the existing house was upgraded by gutting it down to the studs, re-insulating and seismically upgrading the timber shell.

Finishes were kept hardwearing and timeless throughout. The floors, including the stairs, are European White Oak. The millwork is a combination of Oak and Baltic Birch. During the demolition, an original fire place was discovered hidden behind drywall. It was restored and helps to define the dining and living areas.

Designed with Campos Studio.
Photography by Conrad Brown.