May 27, 2016
Right at home in Edgemont Village
Connaught, a new mixed-use development, is designed to fit seamlessly into the North Vancouver neighbourhood
BY KATHLEEN FREIMOND
The interiors of the 82 residences at Connaught, a new development coming to North Vancouver’s Edgemont Village, will be as diverse as the exterior of the buildings, which are designed to complement the eclectic, low-rise character of one of the Lower Mainland’s most desirable neighbourhoods.
The mixed-use development occupies a 0.8-hectare block bounded by Ridgewood Drive, Edgemont Boulevard, Connaught Crescent and Ayr Avenue. It will feature a variety of residences ranging from 750-square-foot, one-bedroom units to larger 1,600-square-foot town homes. A Thrifty Foods grocery store and about 26,000 square feet of commercial space are also part of the complex.
Construction of Connaught is due to start this fall with completion in late 2018 or early 2019, says Mike Ward, senior vice-president of development and general manager for Grosvenor America’s Vancouver office.
Challenged with a sloping site and a mandate to augment the development’s existing surroundings, the architects focused on design elements that will enhance its village ambience — features like wider-than-usual sidewalks, generous setbacks and three plazas, says architect Keith Hemphill of RHA Architects.
“Connaught is contextually oriented and every facade takes into account its surroundings, such as single-family residences across the street to the north, churches, the commercial area and a residence for seniors on the east side,” says Hemphill.
“We paid a lot of attention to breaking up the size and shape of the various parts of the development and used a range of finishes like stone, cedar and some exposed architectural concrete to make Connaught a comfortable architectural fit into the village landscape,” he adds.
THREE DIFFERENT COLOUR SCHEMES ALLOW BUYERS TO INDULGE THEIR PERSONAL PREFERENCES
Ward says the development has attracted a diverse group of buyers ranging from young families to downsizers. “It’s worth noting that 93 per cent of our buyers currently live within 10 kilometres of the site and 85 per cent are from the North Shore,” he says.
Scott Trepp of Trepp Design says the profile of buyers and the architectural style of Edgemont Village itself inspired the interior design of the residences.
“We recognized that many of the purchasers would come from single-family homes in the area, so we worked with a cabinet manufacturer to custom-design cabinet doors that are a modern take on the traditional Shaker style,” he says. “The end result is a refined detail with the thin frame around the edge of the door creating a slightly recessed centre panel.”
To provide continuity while allowing for personal preferences, Trepp developed three colour schemes. The light version features white oak, a second option incorporates dark-stained white oak, while the third choice is based on white-lacquered wood cabinetry.
Polished Caesarstone countertops and marble-slab backsplashes are specified, and a high-end package of Bosch appliances, including gas cooktops, will complete the kitchens. Banks of drawers on either side of the cooktop ensure the space is functional, and refrigerators are concealed behind integrated panels to give the space a more cohesive look, says Trepp.
“In the bathrooms, the tiles on the wall, floor, into the shower and around the tub are large-format 12- by 24-inch marble,” he adds. “The countertops are substantial, five-inch-thick Caesarstone, and the same panel detail we used in the kitchen cabinetry is used in the bathroom. The vanity is raised on chrome legs, making it feel like a piece of furniture rather than a standard off-the-shelf cabinet.”
The backdrop for the interiors is wide-plank, wire-brushed hardwood flooring throughout the living areas and a soft-white Benjamin Moore paint colour. Lighting, often a very personal choice, is recessed to allow homeowners to select their own decorative lighting.
All the parking at Connaught, which includes over 350 residential and retail parking stalls, is underground and accessed from Ayr Avenue. •