Project Descriptions

Heritage Style Home

Major interior renovation from basement to top floor.

The house structure was upgraded and repaired as required, including new foundation work to support the new floor configurations.

In the basement the mechanical/laundry room was relocated, with an “on demand” water heating supplying water through the completely upgraded plumbing. A new office, recreation room and laundry system were included.

The main floor changes involved relocation of the powder room; removal of brick chimney replacing it with a zero-clearance gas fireplace in a traditional setting; opening up the kitchen/dining room; full kitchen renovation and inclusion of a bay window over the kitchen sink.

On the upper floor, new skylights were installed in the completely re-engineered roof; the bedrooms reconfigured to allow for more space and storage and the bathroom was renovated, including in-floor heat and a new shower enclosure.

The Douglas fir floor was repaired and refinished. The windows were replaced throughout the house with “period” wood thermal windows. The entire house was repainted inside and out.

Both the master bedroom and main-floor decks were rebuilt to modern standards and with western red cedar finishes.
The approach to this renovation was to keep the period of the house intact.

East Vancouver Transformation

Sow’s Ear to Silk Purse project. This East Vancouver home, circa 1930, was a pretty sad, worn-down home when the current owners bought it. With two small rooms, a cramped dormer upstairs and the traditional setup of tiny living room and dining room on the main, it was due for an upgrade. A complete gut of the home and total removal of the second floor allowed for a realignment of the stairwell and supporting walls on the main floor to open up the living room to the dining room and to expand the kitchen allowing for a new configuration of cabinets in shaker style and combination of Caesarstone and Marble countertops. A totally rebuilt main floor powder room replace the single, all-purpose that serviced the entire house previously. Upstairs, an entirely new roofline allowed for three full bedrooms and two baths. The master bedroom comes with a walk-in closet and 3 piece bath and has windows facing both the front of the house and looking out into the large back garden. The other bathroom is also a full 3 piece and serves the two kids’ rooms. This house has beautiful white oak flooring throughout all rooms except in the bathrooms which are tiled. The partially finished, half-below-grade basement includes a laundry room with new cabinets and TV room for the kids.

Blue Collar Makeover

This 1920’s over/under duplex was in what was originally a working-class neighbourhood that has morphed over the years into a diverse community.

Originally separated between the basement and main/upper floors with no staircase connecting them, this renovation opened up the basement to the main floor and re-configured it to allow for a guest bedroom, recreation room, office, workspace and mudroom/laundry room as well as a new 3-piece bath

The main floor was restructured to allow for an open plan in an “L” shape encompassing the Living Room, Dining Room and Kitchen. The entry foyer is accessible from both the living room and the hallway that conceals the stairwells to the basement and upper floors as well as the stylishly appointed powder room.

A central feature of the main floor is the gas fireplace unit installed in the faux brick firebox and chimney. The original chimney was removed to allow space for the high-efficiency furnace and Navien On-Demand water heating system in the basement and to open up space on the upper floor. The original fir slab mantel was re-configured to work with the new chimney. It is virtually impossible to tell that this is not a true brick chimney.

Upstairs, the frame was removed from the top of the main floor walls and the floor structure rebuilt, with new walls and vaulted truss construction providing 2 childrens’ bedrooms and 3 piece bath as well as a master suite which includes a walk-in closet and ensuite bath. The 3-piece ensuite forgoes the tub in favour of a large custom shower stall with beautiful tile appointments and plenty of natural light from the skylight in the vaulted ceiling.

Carpet in the basement and upper floors makes for a warm private area of the house, while the white oak flooring on the main floor and upper stairs is complemented by the hand-made white oak stair rail.

The front entry, which originally had stairs crossing the front of the house, was rebuilt to have a generous covered stoop and waterproof storage area underneath, providing a direct to the front stairwell which welcomes visitors to this beautiful, as new 3,000+ square foot home.

Victorian Style Home

Addition of wrap around covered deck and front entry to Victorian style home. Bay french doors replacing a bay window and skylights provide natural light to this fully covered deck. Done in traditional decking style with tongue and groove floorboards.

Addition of Dormer on West Coast Style Home

A dormer was added to this home to match the existing dormers and to make space for an ensuite bathroom.  The bathroom was completely renovated with all new fixtures, tub, separate shower and heated tile floor.

Outdoor Dining Area

An outside kitchen with a built-in barbecue, gas cooktop and fridge, in cabinets faced with stone and backed with a tile inlay. This outdoor eating area features a two-sided gas fireplace and detailed pergola to provide a nicely shaded spot for dinner poolside.

Condo Renovation

This project included the renovation of the kitchen in this Kitsilano condominium, as well as the installation of new hardwood floors, casings and baseboards.

Architectural Landscape Structures

This project entailed the construction and installation of a free-standing entry arbour with a gate and lighting and a Japanese arch bridge traversing a dry creek-bed in a traditional Japanese-style garden.


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    Shuley Contracting Ltd.
    Residential Contracting Services
    Port Coquitlam, British Columbia, Canada

    604-809-5140