Lands End home showcases natural textures, ocean views and outdoor spaces
Words Angela Cowan
Photography Lance Sullivan of Concept Photography
Overlooking a wide expanse of ocean along Lands End Road is a home that encapsulates luxury, well-thought-out living and all the best aspects of West Coast contemporary design. Built by GT Mann Contracting, the home won six gold CARE awards last year—including Project of the Year—and was customized to satisfy the homeowners’ every want and need.
The exterior’s blend of stucco, K2 stone and cedar is perfectly at home against the backdrop of unbroken sea and sky, with a West Coast vibe that was top of the list for the homeowners.
“As we both have spent most of our lives on the West Coast and love what it has to offer, we wanted a West Coast contemporary style that would encompass all aspects of the West Coast lifestyle,” say the homeowners.
“The slope and size of the lot were challenging. GT Mann and their team were very responsive to our needs,” they say. “They knew what we were looking for and delivered a beautiful home for us, helping us right from the excavation process to the finished product.”
Once inside the home, the first impression is of natural textures, warmth and open space. The fir front door, the wide-plank white hickory floors and the multiple finishes of walnut used throughout the build foster a quintessential West Coast feeling. Three varieties of tile on the fireplace surround and hearth provide a pivotal grounding point in the open and airy layout.
Sloped ceilings rise up toward the rear of the house, dotted with clerestory windows to let in extra light and improve solar gain. Below it all is an immense, 30-foot accordion door that opens fully to a covered balcony that runs the entire length of the house.
“It’s definitely the biggest accordion door we’ve done,” says Graeme Mann, owner of GT Mann Contracting. “They’re fantastic. They make your house feel so much bigger because you’ve got this amazing integrated outdoor space.”
“We love the outdoors, and we wanted to have lots of outdoor functional space, where the indoor-to-outdoor transition would be easy and seamless,” add the homeowners. “We’ve lived here just over a year now and we love the outdoor space on both levels. We use it more than we thought we would.”
Directly out from the interior living room is a covered outdoor lounging area that surrounds a gas fire pit. To the right is a two-sided wood-burning fireplace with a television mounted over top. At the far left end is a fully equipped outdoor kitchen and gas barbecue, providing plenty of opportunity for entertaining. And here, another seamless integration between inside and out: a second accordion window that folds open to create a pass-through between the two cooking stations.
The kitchen itself is a chef’s dream come true, with a Wolf gas cooktop, double wall ovens, built-in microwave and coffee maker, and spacious fridge and freezer. A butler’s pantry with an impressive wet bar set-up sits tucked away around the corner.
With its palette of soft neutral tones, stainless steels and light quartz features, the kitchen feels like its own distinct room while still being open and airy—a subtle way of creating a sense of boundaries without closing off any sight lines.
Statement lighting fixtures contribute to this—the three-layered circular pendant fixtures over the front foyer compared to the straight lines of the fixture over the dining table, for example—but nowhere in the house is this more spectacularly demonstrated than with the deeply stained walnut ceiling treatment that runs from inside the stairwell, over the dining table and up to the top of the vaulted ceiling.
Conceived by Carley Petillion and her team at Spaciz Design Company, the structure provides plenty of visual texture and personality to the otherwise streamlined ceiling.
“Thomas Phillips did an amazing job with the millwork, bringing what was on paper to life,” the homeowners add.
Down the hallway on the main floor, a series of naturally finished walnut doors open onto the elevator, the powder room and the laundry room before reaching the entrance to the primary bedroom and en suite, where the overall design takes on a decidedly decadent tone.
The bed rests against a partial wall that opens in behind to a walk-in closet complete with artfully lit shelves for displaying shoes, while a three-sided fireplace and tiled wall keep the flow smooth into the luxurious en suite. Expansive windows and another accordion door off the bedroom frame the gorgeous ocean view and bring the outdoors in again.
Going downstairs, there are three more bedrooms—each with their own individual en suites—as well as a small kitchen, making the space perfect for extended family and guests. This is clearly where the fun happens, with a pool table, big-screen TV, cosy fireplaces and a hot tub just steps out onto the lower deck.
Perhaps the jewel of this lower floor is the wine room, though. Fully controlled for temperature and humidity, it boasts an artfully displayed wall of bottles along with abundant storage and a rolling library ladder to reach the highest shelves.
The house is also equipped with 30 solar panels and two storage batteries, enabling the home to produce more electricity than it requires on an annual basis, with the excess sold back to BC Hydro.
The homeowners have taken full advantage of smart home technology as well, with home automation apps controlling everything from entertainment, lighting and security to showers, heating, fireplaces and window coverings.
Stepping back to look at the house as a whole, it all comes together to form the perfect home for the owners. They came to the table wanting somewhere that welcomed family and friends to come in and make memories, with abundant natural light, functional outdoor space, and beautiful ocean views accessible from just about anywhere in the home. And everyone, from the designers to the builders to all the sub-trades, joined forces to make those wishes a reality.
- 4,721 square feet, plus 927-square-foot garage
- 4 bedrooms
- 4 full bathrooms
- 2 half bathrooms
- 90- by 18-foot upper balcony
- Other features: elevator, hot tub, two accessory kitchens, putting green, humidity- and temperature-controlled wine room
- Architect/Design: Victoria Design Group
- Interior Design: Spaciz Design Company
- Construction & Interior Finishing: GT Mann Contracting,
Ground Up Custom Carpentry
- Interior Drywall: Alliston Interiors
- Cabinetry & Millwork: Thomas Phillips Woodworking
- Ceiling Beams: GT Mann Contracting, Ground Up Custom Carpentry
- Flooring: Hourigan’s Flooring
- Tiling: Supplied by Hourigan’s Flooring, installed by JY Tiling
- Doors: Slegg Building Materials, Karmanah Wood Design
- Windows: Innotech Windows + Doors
- Lighting: Pine Lighting
- Plumbing Fixtures: Emco
- Countertops: Colonial Countertops
- Fireplace Hearth/Stonework: JY Tiling
- Appliances: Trail Appliances
- Landscaping: Listco Landscape & Irrigation
- Exterior Siding: H&R Exteriors
- Home Automation: SmartWorx
- Elevator: Cripps Home Elevators of BC