Jenish House Plan 6-5-302
A unique waterfront enclave on Vancouver Island proved an ideal environment for this edition's cover featureX of a Jenish designed home.
"The owner had been looking for the right waterfront property for more than 10 years," explains Bill Reynolds of Dover Bay Construction of Nanaimo, who's father Gary Reynolds, known and respected for his attention to detail with meticulous care, took the Jenish Design to completion.
"As soon as he saw this property he knew it was the location."
It is indeed an inspired choice. Studded with majestic 100-year-old Arbutus trees and framed by 180 degrees of ocean vistas, the waterfront acreage was deemed perfect for a vacation and retirement home from Jenish Design plan 6-5-302, carefully modified by Kevin Krastel of Krastel Design Group Ltd. of Nanaimo.
The original Jenish Design covered 3,322 square feet on two levels (see plan, page 135).
Krastel's modifications are precisely designed for the client's tastes and the advantageous location with its ocean and forest views. One of the interesting changes was the inclusion of a window-lined art gallery that runs 36 feet along the rear of the house, next to the 44-foot long rear deck.
Natural site respected
The entire house was placed on the original footprint of an old cottage/beach house and great care was taken to protect the natural and historic landscape. An old tennis court was transformed into a bocce court with cedar pergola, decking and seating. Even old rope swings and the original flagpole have been refurbished.
The entire property was landscaped to retain as many of the original trees and plantings as possible. The driveway and parking area are crushed stone. The pathways that radiate from the house to the beach and the Island forests are in crushed stone and flagstones. Wildlife is so abundant – from whales and sea lions offshore to eagles and gentle deer that have made the acreage home – that the front door is a actually a Dutch door that allows the owners to feed deer by hand.
In all, including the new art gallery, garage and loft space, the final floor plan measures 4,181 square feet.
Notes Bill Reynolds: "I was taught long ago that you never change a piece of property to suit a house. You create a house to suit the property." It is a lesson apparently well learned.