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Vancouver Aerial

It’s definitely no secret that Vancouver, British Columbia is one of the most sought-after Postal Codes in the Country… heck, the World!  Surrounded by rain forests, the ocean, harbors, un-obstructed views of the mountains, world-class parks, and every imaginable recreational activity available at your fingertips; skiing & snowboarding, kayaking, sailing, hiking, mountain biking, beach volleyball etc… to just name a few!

Though, with these natural amenities comes a hefty Price-Tag to reside in one of the most (Arguably the MOST) beautiful city in the world!  With 2013 upon us, expect to pay even more with prices still steady and in some cases on the rise, hitting you right where it hurts, your pocketbook!  With higher property value assessments come higher property taxes… so you might have one thing to be thankful for, you don’t live in one of the next few homes!

Get out your checkbooks, because here are the TOP 10 Most Expensive Homes:

TEN

5850 Marine Drive NW, Vancouver – $21,852,000

A two-storey home built in 1948, which sits on a lot of just under 75,000 square feet. The home has five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

5850 Northwest Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia

5850 Northwest Marine Drive, Vancouver, British Columbia

NINE

3489 Osler Street, Vancouver – $22,007,000

A two-storey home built in 1997, this home has six bedrooms and seven bathrooms.

3489 Osler Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

3489 Osler Street, Vancouver, British Columbia

EIGHT

3330 Radcliffe Avenue, West Vancouver – $23,571,000

A one-storey house, built in 1999, with five bedrooms and six bathrooms.

3330 Radcliffe Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia

3330 Radcliffe Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia

 

SEVEN

1388 The Crescent, Vancouver – $24,255,000

This three-storey house built in 1912 has eight bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

1388 The Crescent, Vancouver, British Columbia

1388 The Crescent, Vancouver, British Columbia

SIX

2815 Point Grey Road, Vancouver – $24,413,000

This house, built in 1962, has five bedrooms and six bathrooms. It sits on just under an acre.

2815 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, British Columbia

2815 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, British Columbia

FIVE

4857 Belmont Avenue, Vancouver – $24,590,000

This house, built in 1986, sits on 2.8 acres. The two-storey house as five bedrooms and eight bathrooms.

 4857 Belmont Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia

4857 Belmont Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia

FOUR

5695 Newton Wynd, Vancouver – 25,420,000

Built in 1992, the two-storey house as eight bedrooms and 13 bathrooms.

 5696 Newton Wynd, Vancouver, British Columbia

5696 Newton Wynd, Vancouver, British Columbia

THREE

4719 Belmont Avenue Vancouver – $25,513,000

This two-storey custom home, built in 1997, sits on an almost 60,000-square-foot lot. It has six bedrooms and 10 bathrooms.

4719 Belmont Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia

4719 Belmont Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia

TWO

3085 Point Grey Road, Vancouver – $35,168,000

An unfinished home in Point Grey, slated to feature seven bedrooms and nine bathrooms.

3085 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, British Columbia

3085 Point Grey Road, Vancouver, British Columbia

ONE

4707 Belmont Avenue, Vancouver – $39, 269,000

This custom home in Vancouver’s Point Grey neighborhood was built in 2007. The 1.7-acre home has 10 bedrooms and 17 bathrooms.

4707 Belmont Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia

4707 Belmont Avenue, Vancouver, British Columbia

New Year – New Trends – 2013…

 

At KALU INTERIORS we are always trying to maintain ourselves at the forefront of design, architecture, trends, technology, materials & colors.   As you already know, trends come & go… so of course with a New Year of 2013, a slew of new trends have found themselves at our doorstep!  It’s not always easy incorporating these into your home, lifestyle & fashion, as we all have our own particular tastes and acquired possessions throughout the years- as do our clients.   So here’s KALU’s philosophy:

“Trends” can be incorporated subtly into your home, as they can into your style.  For instance: a new pair of shoes, handbag, or jewelry can keep you “In Fashion” without having to overhaul your entire wardrobe!  The same is with your home: substitute a throw, pillows, lamp, area rug, or freshen your walls with a new paint color!  These little adjustments can offer a nice change, keep you current, and save your money in the bank!

So what are these new and exciting Trends for 2013?  Well here is where we see design for the year:  It’s all about the OLD&NEW for 2013… Where the Old World Artisan sips coffee with the Young Urbanite, and they birth the URBAN ARTISAN.  It’s mature, elegant, worldly and sophisticated but with a slightly new outlook, perspective, and bold awakening!

 

COLOR

Classic Colors with Hip & Bold Colors:

Grey & Beige MEET Yellow & Purple

 

 

TEXTURE

Rich Textures paired with Sleek & Modern Finishes:

Brass & Gold MEET Glossy Lacquers

 

 

 

PATTERN

Old World Patterns with New Technologically-Advanced Fabrics:

Brocades MEET Computer-Generated Patterns

 

 

DESIGN

Historical Bones with Modern Structures:

Reclaimed Woods MEET Concrete & Glass

 

 

 

FURNITURE

Antique & Modern:

Antiques MEET Mid-Century Modern & Contemporary

Dear Santa, I’ve Been Nice!

In-keeping with the Spirit of the Holidays, and with Kalu Interiors’ goal to make the world a more beautiful place one home at a time… we thought to ourselves, “What would be that gift, that would be THE GIFT that would just keep on giving?” You’re in luck, we’ve done the research for you! We introduce to you the: Carte Blanche Mid-Century Modern Furniture Collection.

Trends come & go… but the one style that has always and will continue to maintain a sense of ‘Classic’ is the Mid-Century Modern Style. It’s not only classic, but it’s chic, contemporary, a staple, playful, and prides itself in a level of quality and craftsmanship you just don’t see anymore!

But scared to “re-gift” a vintage or used product… not to worry, the Carte Blanche Collection is newly produced, but holds true to those cornerstones of the Originals. These unique pieces are designed & produced by Carte Blanche with the upmost attention to quality, construction, and use of materials. All hand-crafted of genuine solid birch wood & teak veneers, they are offered in various stains and materials within a range of Chairs, Loungers, Benches, Sofas, Credenzas, Media Units, Cabinets and Tables. Not to mention… it is now available in Vancouver! At prices that even had US dumbfounded!

So just who IS that person on your “Nice List?” Kalu Interiors has found something perfect for whomever that may be…

 

THE LOUNGER

Give them the Chaise Chair: W64cm x D77cm x H76cm

THE WORKER

Give them the L Desk: W100cm x D50cm x H74cm

THE READER

Give them the Bookrest Cabinet: W60cm x D34cm

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x H62cm

THE DINER

Give them the Attic Chair: W62cm x D55cm x H70cm

THE COUCH POTATO

Give them the Pleats Sofa: W180cm x D80cm x H90cm

THE ENTERTAINER

Give them the Symmetric Cabinet: W180cm x D47cm x H65cm

THE VAIN ONE

Give them the Pilotis: W120m x D50cm x H75cm

Back to Business!

Holiday Greetings to our fellow Design Followers & Lovers!

Please excuse our previous appearances… but KALU was “under construction” and are very proud to announce that we have moved into a new office: Presenting KALU Interiors Head Office at 1228 Hamilton St. in Yaletown, Vancouver.

 

Here’s what KALU is doing:

-We are developing more ways for you to stay connected with us!  …And for us to stay connected with you!

-Updating our website & blog, stay tuned!

-Some projects are coming upon completion,  final products & pictures coming soon!

 

Here’s a little sneak-peak of our new office, and where the design magic happens… Enjoy!

 

Happy Holidays from,

Phyllis & Aleem!

Finally…..Project Updates!

Wow….long overdue but better late than never I guess!  It’s been a whirlwind of a year with lots of projects finishing up.  We’d like to share with your some of our favorites!

False Creek Apartment

This is one of those projects that looked like a totally different place in the end.  Client wanted to update their apartment to a modern sleek place to entertain.  This one was fun because it is so our style.  We were ecstatic with the results!!

Kitchen Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ensuite Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Powder Room Before

 

 

 

Powder Room - After

 

 

Ensuite - After

 

Ensuite - After2

 

 

 Vancouver House 

 This was a new build and the client took a leap of faith with us considering it is nothing like anything that we’ve ever done.  They wanted a traditional house with some contemporary and youthful elements.  Now that is is completed, it’s absolutely stunning!

 

Kitchen1

 

Kitchen2

 

 

Living room

 

 

Girls Room

 

 

Master Ensuite

 

 Richmond Home 

This one was fun!!  Mainly just furniture and prettying it up.  Clients wanted a modern space but were restricted by the elements of the house.  Using textures and colours we worked with the existing paint to pretty up the space.

 

Living Room - Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dining Room Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Nook - Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Living Room - After

 

Dining Room - After

 

Kitchen Nook - After

 

 West Vancouver Home 

 This one actually just wrapped up.  It was a house that much needed updating and some rethought.  We opened up the kitchen wall and changed the shape from a galley style kitchen to an L-shape with an island.  The result was much more efficient and overall it looks much bigger.

 

Kitchen Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen Before2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ensuite Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kitchen After

 

 

Kitchen After2

 

 

Ensuite After

 

 

Ensuite - After2

 

 Downtown Condo

 This project is still ongoing but just a sneak peak at the completed second bathroom. 

 

Bathroom - Before

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathroom – Before2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bathroom - After

 

 

Bathroom Vanity - After

 

 Please feel free to let us know what you think!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The Glass Box – AIKYA by Cadence Architects

The AIKYA commercial building located in Bangalore, India is designed by Cadence Architects. The building is unique in its modern angular shape with a large glass façade to facilitate its retail space. The building houses an atrium in the centre, connecting each level. The interior is constructed through laser cut fiber cement boards.

“Typically a commercial complex is conceived as a generic glass box or clad with materials like ACP. The consequent result of such surface articulation results in the clichéd result that we mostly see around us. When we set out to conceive the project, which was situated on a tight site measuring 60’ x 40’, we were interested in issues of identity and experience. The idea was to conceive an envelope that rose above the glass box while it established a new identity and visual experience.
We understood the importance of the glass façade to enable successful functioning of a retail facility with high visibility. We set out on a process of distorting the glass box with a solid edge around it, we further conceived the transparent edge as a void in a solid as opposed to a two dimensional transparent edge. The object was further articulated as a chiseled object which is multi faceted. A staircase connecting ground to the first level was further fused with the faceted object. The crystalline form was realized using Ferro concrete whose end result was an animated box, frozen while evolving.
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three floors of the commercial complex and the penthouse above. Keeping the faceted feel of the outside consistent with the inside, a figural void is carved out as an atrium that spatially connects the floors of the commercial complex. The inner surface of the faceted box is given a different effect by using laser cut compressed fiber cement board. The penthouse above is programmatically detached from the commercial establishment below.” – Cadence

 

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HI-MACS House

The HI-MACS house is a villa located in Bavaria, Germany and designed by Karl Dreer and Bembe

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Dellinger Architects. The house is made entirely of HI-MACS Solid Surface, including the entire exterior and interior, from the terrace to the countertops and the sinks. HI-MACS material consists of 75% natural minerals and pigments, and 25% acrylates. The 1200 square meter home is entirely white in exterior and interior. A soft ambient lighting warms the otherwise cold interior.

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Quarry Lamps

British Designer Benjamin Hubert collaborated with Spanish furniture brand De La Espada to develop a collection of furniture, featuring seating, tables and lighting. One feature in this collection includes the Quarry Lamps, a skillfully crafted hand-turned thin-walled marble pedant light. The interior of the shades are left rough while the exterior is buffed to sheen. As light is diffused through the marble shades, the texture and veining is exposed, adding a sense of individuality.

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BloomX Collection by MTH Woodworks

The BloomX Collection from Vancouver based MTH Woodworks features a series of tables made from salvaged birch inlayed in organic resin. This minimalistic approach of expressing the West Coast flavor in combination with the designers’ environmental ethics gives a direct sense of the evolution of design in the modern world. The juxtaposition of nature and man has a simple, yet strong appeal.

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