The Ward Residence

Renovation and Addition, Vernon, BC

This 1970’s home was updated to make a functional, family space for kids and adults alike! The home was opened up to the studs for new insulation, electrical, plumbing, and energy-efficient windows & doors. The addition allows for a larger kitchen, open great room design, “man cave” below, larger lakeside deck and wrap-around decks on both levels. The original galley kitchen and dining room walls were removed to create more practical entertaining space.

Creative features:


  • three-sided fireplace
  • unique mural on the bar wall
  • laundry & butler pantry off kitchen
  • cooktop in island
  • LED panel of lights at eating bar
  • contemporary motion sensor LED lighting for all rooms except bedroom ceiling lights
  • fun elements with the red entry door & port-hole windows
  • “Man Cave” on the lower level with games area, extreme audio/media systems with access to the hot tub deck
  • “grandchild friendly” with flat, easy to clean surfaces including panel ready appliances, 24×24 tiles, quartz tops, drywall return
  • undercounter lighting in the floating cabinets in the bathrooms
  • Nano doors to the BBQ deck for easy indoor/outdoor living
  • master bedroom & ensuite reconfigured & updated
  • 2nd ensuite added in the guest bedroom on the lower level
  • new decks surround the front of the home joining the bedrooms to the decks
  • short post glass railings enhance the view from this incredible location on Okanagan Lake


  • a second level added to the garage for easier vehicle access from the steep driveway
  • a firepit on the master bedroom deck area
  • three season outdoor living with misters and patio heaters on most decks
  • new dock and tram that accesses both levels of the home

Construction challenges and details:

  • With the original home built on stilts on a cliff face, the addition required more steel beams & posts anchored into the rock
  • It required 5 levels of scaffolding for the trades to complete the exterior work
  • The client’s closed in the steel work pilings under the home for a large storage area
  • New water and sewer services were added; previously on the home used lake water and had a septic system
  • Energy Star appliances
  • Heated floors in the kitchen, laundry, bathroom & master bedroom
  • Remote controlled blinds for the upper floor to keep out the blazing summer sun
  • New stucco, fir soffit, wood siding, & rock exterior for minimal exterior maintenance

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