From Dream to Reality
Jenish House Plan 7-4-892

Clara Gordic first saw Jenish house plan 7-4-892 on the beach at Skaha Lake in the Okanagan, as she leafed through a Jenish House Design magazine searching for ideas for her family's dream home.

"It appeared perfect," she said of the two storey, full basement plan.

Today the nearly 4,000 square foot house in Burnaby is, after some minor modifications, a spacious home to the Gordic family – and a finalist for the best new house of its size in British Columbia in the annual Georgie Awards.

Clara and Mitch Gordic had already purchased a 66-foot by 140-foot view lot and were looking for the right plan for their first new house for themselves and four children aged 11 to 20.

Plan 7-4-892 fit the lot, and the active family's requirements for plenty of space within a classical architectural style.

After the family had worked with the Jenish office in Surrey on some slight changes to the plan, the Gordics entrusted Advent Construction Ltd. of Coquitlam, an experienced home builder, with the contract to build the home.

One of the two attached garages was turned into a guest bedroom, and the main stairway in the house was altered. As well, the laundry room was moved to a new mudroom on the main level, and a laundry chute was added to a closet on the second level.

Upstairs, the former laundry room became an ensuite for one of the three children's bedrooms.

The entire basement was finished, with a theatre-style family room and entertainment space, including surround-sound speakers set right into the walls. The house is also equipped with a whole house intercom and security package.

Jenish designer Sal Uribe, who the Gordic praised for adding input which allowed their changes to match the overall plan perfectly, handled the modifications.

Inside, the Gordics chose engineered dark Maple hardwood flooring for the den, bedrooms, and had infloor hot water radiant heating installed. A high-efficiency gas fireplace was also added, as was an air conditioning system and a built-in central vacuum. "We use all the space."

Dramatic Limestone tiles in large 18-inch by 18-inch format, were chosen for the entire main living area and the kitchen floors.

Kitchen countertops are finished in dark granite, offset with stainless steel appliances and full-height Tuscan-style Maple cabinets, reflecting a theme of traditional, durable materials in a classic style.

Some of the modifications helped retain a traditional look to the exterior. These included the removal of a skylight that was in the original plan, and the elimination of a second floor balcony. Also, the Gordics opted to have the entire exterior sheathed in stone. The roof, with its trio of peaks and valleys, was finished in long-wearing Duroid shingles.

The entire lot has now been landscaped, under Clara's careful eye, and it includes a winding walkway, rear yard fencing and a multi-level lawn served with an inground irrigation system.

"The kids love this house," Clara said, "we use all of the space and the plan is very functional and attractive."

Construction of the home went very smoothly, with work starting in June of last year. When complete, Advent Construction and Jenish House Design entered the house in the annual Georgie Awards competition, sponsored by the Canadian Home Builders' Association of British Columbia. The Gordic house was chosen as a finalist in the competitive category of "Best Single Family Detached Home 3,000 - 3,999 Square Feet." The final Gold Georgie Awards will be presented on February 9 in Vancouver.



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