DESIGN MONTREAL AUTUMN 2017
EVERYONE HAS PRECONCEIVED NOTIONS ABOUT PROFESSIONALS. For instance, you don’t expect a doctor to be a smoker. You don’t expect orthodontists to have children with crooked teeth. Accountants should be able to do simple math in their heads, and carpenters ought to be able to find a stud in a wall. But what about custom-home builders? What do you expect of them? Well, first, the concept of “custom” evokes the expectation that there is the ability to create something unique. And second, the combination of the terms “custom” and “home” automatically generates an expectation that the creation will be spectacular. For proof, you can browse through a custom-home builder’s portfolio of projects.
If you look at Jim Smith’s portfolio, the first house you would see is his own. And the descriptors of “spectacular” and “unique” only begin to tell the story. After almost 20 years of building and renovating homes in Vancouver, Jim, the founder of Smithwood Builders, has recently completed the construction of his own family’s home in Deep Cove, a district of North Vancouver. It is a modern 3,350-square-foot, three-storey residence that is now home for him, his wife Joanne, and their twin six-year-old boys. They bought the property, a 6,000-square-foot lot, three years ago. •
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