The client asked us to do a feature wall to match the a modern, Scandinavian design of their house which has an open floor plan, many skylights, contemporary furniture, and a view of the ocean.
“The history of the picturesque little village of Caulfeild is chiefly bound up with the latterday life of the highly respected and lovable English gentleman, FRANCIS WILLIAM CAULFEILD. It was his sterling qualities of perseverance and rectitude and his great love of nature that enabled him to accomplish his ideals. He took great joy in his work, overcoming obstacles that would have deterred many a younger man, and left a creation that will forever remain beautiful, a village and estate of which residents of Vancouver, and the North Shore of Burrard Inlet, will always speak of with pride, as well as with gratitude and admiration for the man and mind responsible for its creation.”
- H.A. Stone, A Short History of Caulfeild Village
Mr. Caulfeild was responsible for the West Vancouver hamlet that bears his name, which contains many luxury heritage homes nestled in Arbutus trees with views of the ocean. He was an Englishman who travelled all the way to Vancouver in 1898 and fell in love with the North shore mountains. To appreciate some of Mr. Caulfeild's difficulties, no road of any practical use existed to connect the property with other settlements on the North shore at the time, so a road to civilization was his first problem. The municipality of West Vancouver was not formed until 1912.
Our client resides in Caulfeild’s first house, built in 1904, and wanted a fireplace that would match the heritage pedigree of the home – complete with historical plaque! They wanted to retain the heritage look of the old fireplace but update it with an efficient insert and more modern flair. Tetristone was involved in every stage of the process, which was a complete remodel. The stone was locally sourced slate from Vancouver Island. The owners were thrilled with the finished product, and it will no doubt add to the timelessness of the property for years to come.
The city of Vancouver paid $55 million to buy the nine-kilometre stretch of land along the abandoned rail line known as the Arbutus corridor. It was originally part of a CP Rail line known as the Marpole Spur, which ran from False Creek to Port Coquitlam. The space will become a public greenway for cyclists and foot traffic, comparable to New York's High Line. This route began construction in 1901, stopped serving passengers in the 1950s and was last used in 2001 for Molson's freight. This client's corner lot residence is located adjacent to the corridor, and since foot traffic has increased dramatically, we erected a heritage-style brick enclosure to protect their privacy. Because the property was sloped, the walls had to be terraced. The project consisted of heritage-style brick mixed with raked recessed joints, custom concrete caps and an exposed concrete footing. The wall included custom-built curved sections, brass plaques, inset lighting, an inset mailbox, and custom cedar gates. The ground cover for the entryways and interior were also done in paving stones. This was an ambitious project with a high degree of satisfaction both for our masons and the client.
The owners of this heritage residence in Shaughnessy needed to update their front entrance with newer gate technology, so they had to rebuild their four main pillars as well as regrout their property's retaining walls. A new driveway was put in at the same time. In order to retain the property's heritage feel, we used century-old protruding grout techniques with modern materials. Not all the original stone could be salvaged, so some new stone had to be sourced to match. The original quarries that the stone came from no longer exist, so we used stone from Pitt Lake. The new granite caps came all the way from China!
This week we finished work on a kiosk for an outdoor pool area in West Van. It features a kitchen area complete with pizza oven and TV, and a hot tub. The kiosk is fashioned out of custom-cut limestone to match the shingles of the main house. We can't wait to see the finished product! This client is going to enjoy an amazing summer with stunning ocean views.
Mark wanted matching fireplaces for his house, upstairs and downstairs. We fashioned them out of dry stack basalt ledgestone, with custom-cut Douglas fir mantels. We think they are a cute addition to his beautiful home!
During this winter's chilly weather, we stayed warm working on all the interior stone for Atmosphere's new store in the Park Royal South shopping complex in West Van. The project included a custom-cut stone background for one of the entrance signs...very tricky vectors!
Natalie and her husband bought a chalet in Whistler that had a fireplace that stood unfinished...for 30 years! They bought it from an older gentleman who built the whole house as a passion project, but ran out of time. So the first thing they did was contact Tetristone to design one. The final fireplace was made from basalt ledgestone veneer – 70% snapped edge, 30% live edge. The hearth was made from custom-cut polished basalt slabs, with a Douglas fir mantel sourced from a local sawmill. They also added nighttime lighting for a shadow effect. The previous owner was astonished as he said it was exactly what he had envisioned! The new owners love it too.