An exterior repainting project Warline worked on this summer was the one of four heritage houses on the 100 block of West 10th Avenue in Vancouver. These four houses, owned by the Davis family, are designated heritage buildings by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. They are often fondly referred to as Painted Ladies, due to the multiple colours that embellish and enhance the architectural details of the houses.
|144 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver. A regisitered Vancouver Heritage home|
During the project, I spent some time with John Davis, the owner and caretaker of these showcase heritage homes. We talked about the houses, the commitment to restoring them and the tough choice of how best to use colour to make these houses look as fabulous as they do.
|Vintage signage adds to the charm and character of the homes|
When I asked John what the biggest challenge was in choosing colour schemes for four houses in a row, he told me "it was making them work together, yet not appear to have one owner or to have been done by one person."
||Even the stairs get colourful |
The houses aren’t authentic heritage colours as specified by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. John said they did apply for the True Colours grant sponsored by the Foundation but they were denied because they wanted to use colours outside of the approved True Colours Palette. Instead, the painting and maintenance of the four houses is funded 100% by John and his family.
|Our paint crews loved working on the details.|
At Warline’s suggestion, John decided to use all Cloverdale Paint products for the exterior painting of the house. This was a change from previous products used, but John liked the manufacturers warranties Cloverdale Paint offered as well as the fact that he would be dealing with a local BC business. We like working with Cloverdale Paint on our exterior projects because their paints are perfectly suited to the local climate.
|Did the rose inspire the colours perhaps?|
The four houses have a total of 17 suites within them, where John and other members of the family live. The remaining suites are rented out as long term and short term rentals. To upgrade the houses for this kind of use they were stripped to the studs, structurally upgraded and all new mechanical systems were installed. The house we painted originally had no foundation or ground level space, so it was lifted onto piles, a foundation poured, and the house put back down onto the new foundation. All of which took a lot of time and money, but looking at the end result and the attention these beautiful houses get, it was definitely worth it.
|What a great colour combination|
Do you own a heritage home that needs to be made as beautiful as this one? If so, give us a call or set up an appointment and we will be happy to come and do an estimate for you.