Materials & Technology

Vancouver home combines sleek West Coast style with modern technology

Thu, 10/11/2012 - 14:36

Space is an issue in any metropolis, as people need to make the most of what is available to them in their residence. This often means using the latest technology and products to consolidate household items into a small area.
One Vancouver residence is a rather small abode, according to Straight.com, but its use of the available space has allowed the owner to include a number of new and necessary technologies and products to give it the feel of a much larger home.
The news outlet reported that the layout of the home, located near the downtown area of Vancouver, lacks a separate dining room and relies on an open space approach to maximize the small amount of room that is available to a family.
"What makes this house unusual is the main floor is one big open plan, with the living-room-lounge at the front and the back all kitchen and eating area," architect John Henshaw told Straight.com. "So what you’re getting in this house is a really big kitchen - normally, on a 33-foot lot it’s jammed in the back. We’ve said, ‘You probably don’t live in the living room - the kitchen is the real focal point.'"
The use of technology like radiant heating also helps to maximize the available space in the residence, as the system is below the floor and doesn't require the use of radiators, heating ducts and air vents, all of which take up space.
Not only does the radiant heating system help to give a homeowner more space to work with, it makes each living space more comfortable for them and their family.