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Old 10-05-2012, 02:58 PM   #1
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Anyone have a Vancouver Special? An Amazing Transformation!!!

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There are a lot more pictures in the article. I'm too lazy to post them.
It's pretty amazing.

Can anyone ball park an estimate of how much this would cost?

Here is another one. Not a Vancouver Special though
http://www.vancitybuzz.com/2012/10/v...l-transformed/


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A guess would be about 500-700k to do that to the house, all top of the line and I'm sure the windows are self tinting as well since you don't see blinds.
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that first one looks great. maybe 1 too many soffit lights though
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A guess would be about 500-700k to do that to the house, all top of the line and I'm sure the windows are self tinting as well since you don't see blinds.
nah brah, you could probably get away with 300-400
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nah brah, you could probably get away with 300-400
It's delta I'm sure they received a "family" deal
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I don't think it would cost 400k. Granted I don't know anything about construction, but I was always told purchasing land was more expensive than building a house, and that is from scratch, not remodeling.
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The blue one was prob like 800k in van? Resold @ 1M+?
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Too bad i have a different meaning for Vancouver special.
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I don't think it would cost 400k. Granted I don't know anything about construction, but I was always told purchasing land was more expensive than building a house, and that is from scratch, not remodeling.
Sorry to say, but there are far too many variables for that to ever be a true.

A Vancouver special built on a very expensive lot, a Vancouver Mansion built on an average lot, a Valley Mansion built on acreage, a New School Vancouver Special built on a decent Burnaby lot... all very different build cost to land value relationships.

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A guess would be about 500-700k to do that to the house, all top of the line and I'm sure the windows are self tinting as well since you don't see blinds.
Too low, I would estimate $250-300/ft x 3500 square feet - $875,000 - $1,050,000. Difficult to give a realistic estimate based on only a few pictures, and no idea of what's behind the walls though.
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Renovation my ass...looks more like they tore down the house and built a new one....
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I thought I recognized that place. Top of Albert Street on the edge of the Burnaby Heights. Very nice place. Land wouldn't've been cheap, but they could probably sell for quite a nice amount.
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so after reading the article, what they essentially did to the 'delta residence'

added an entire new top floor to the house, re-did practically everything for the lower 2 floors.

In essence, what's left of the original house may be the framing of the first 2 floors. Technically it is a renovation, but not in our normal usage of the term
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Thought it would be some chick with a before and after picture with all the eye make up, fake lashes, extensions, and clubbing dress..
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I thought I recognized that place. Top of Albert Street on the edge of the Burnaby Heights. Very nice place. Land wouldn't've been cheap, but they could probably sell for quite a nice amount.
Now I've seen everything...
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Renovation my ass...looks more like they tore down the house and built a new one....
It's to save money.

If they tore it down, the permits City of Vancouver is a lot more vs if they just renovate even if they tore it down to just one wall.
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i thought to build your average house in the Vancouver proper is 300-400k...i'm surprised most of you are saying it's closer to 1M..
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Dont you need permits from the city for these types of reno's?
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It's on Capitol Hill. 2 million dollar view of Vancouver for sure.
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i thought to build your average house in the Vancouver proper is 300-400k...i'm surprised most of you are saying it's closer to 1M..
ding ding ding

especially if you don't have to do the form and frame again
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Dont you need permits from the city for these types of reno's?
Yes, you need a permit for any reno that affects structure, electrical, plumbing, or hvac.

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i thought to build your average house in the Vancouver proper is 300-400k...i'm surprised most of you are saying it's closer to 1M..
Average cost per square foot to build in Vancouver would be around $200/ft, you can get down a little lower with el cheapo finishings and a simple box structure, but the finishings and structure are more involved here.
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It's to save money.

If they tore it down, the permits City of Vancouver is a lot more vs if they just renovate even if they tore it down to just one wall.
Close, whether it's considered a reno or new build is based on percentage of the original structure remaining. You're right that it does make a very significant difference in price to keep it a reno versus a new build.
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Oh yeah, so that house is selling for $2mil. Might get it, might not.

There's a house right next to me. Tore it down, built a new concrete wall (took out the neighbor on the other side's sidewalk, just gravel now "we'll fix it later", took out mom's sidewalk foundation--gonna have to get redone). Asking 1.8mil initially. Now asking 1.68. Sign's been up for a few months.

They say it's a buyer's market, they might be right. Even on a place like Capitol hill.
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So there is a link to the design group that renovated the second house there (yew residence). I'm curious to know what the fees are for "spec home designers" vs "registered architects". Any know the general idea?

I'm looking at you, MindBomber or possibly Grid/Dino.



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They definitely gutted those renos down to the bones.

My dream home would be a Vancouver special gutted from the inside out with very little done to the outside, but all high quality on the inside.
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I'm not a 100% sure but I heard it's almost the same cost to have cedar walls on the exterior vs having regular stucco now.

Back in the day, stucco would've been cheaper but I think with the new building code, they have to add a layer of something. That costs pushed stucco the same costs to cedar sidings.

And the cedar sidings does make the house look a lot nicer.
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