EUROPEAN MINIMALISM IN THE CANADIAN TREETOPS


Hard to imagine that this clean and bright home in the lush treetops of Vancouver was once "badly maintained, dirty and smelly, with dingy carpet," as its owner, architectural designer Anja Henche, describes it. Henche spent a year refreshing the house, first by opening the upper-level floor plan and knocking down a wall, then completely revamping an enclosed kitchen layout to maximize the surrounding views, which include nearby Eagle Harbour. She overcame the home's unpleasant beginnings by adding new whitewashed oak floors, crisp white walls and crystal-clear skylights that create a light-filled fortress in the canopy.

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