Raincouver: Rain Catchment Systems and Homes That Use Them in West Vancouver

Raincouver Rain Catchment Systems Resider

Yes, it rains in Vancouver. A lot. But besides it being a default conversation starter, a reason to complain on Facebook, or perhaps even population control for our small city, some prefer to be resourceful and capitalize on the use of rain catchment systems. Also known as rain harvesting, it is the accumulation and deposition of rainwater for reuse before it reaches the aquifer.

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Aperture by Renowned Arno Matis Architecture to Become Reality on West 41st Avenue

Aperture by Arno Matis Exterior

“It will be like living in an idea.”

Words expressed by the Urban Design Panel regarding the recent rezoning approval of 777 – 795 West 41st Ave., where Arno Matis Architecture’s Aperture development will be built in the Cambie Corridor. The structure, much like the 6th and Willow townhouse complex, possesses an architectural presence that welcomely deviates from the standard podium, green glass facade design synonymous with Vancouver’s downtown core.

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Kingdom Tower – The World’s Next Tallest Building

World's Next Tallest Building - Kingdom Tower

The next building attempting to pierce the atmosphere is to be located in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, aptly named Kingdom Tower. This will be the $1.2 billion centerpiece and the first construction phase of Kingdom City near the Red Sea. It would stand 3,280 feet high (1km or 1,000 metres), and sit 200 metres deep.
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Top 8 Luxury Swimming Pools

With summer just around the corner, it’s almost time to shed the winter blues and slip into your favorite speedos with rum & coke in hand. To scintillate your senses and heighten the anticipation of splashing into a turquoise blue oasis to cool off from the heat, here are our top picks for the most lavish pools around the world.

8. Hotel Indigo Glass Pool – Hong Kong

Glass Pool Hotel Indigo by Aedas
The beacon for this luxury accommodation in Hong Kong features a glass bottom pool which lights up at night to give it a visual presence to the creeps spectators below.

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Vancouver’s West End Gentrification

West End and English Bay

“Any change, even a change for the better, is always accompanied by drawbacks and discomforts.”
– Arnold Bennett

It’s one of the most densely populated neighborhoods in Western Canada, comprising 35% of Downtown Vancouver‘s peninsula, and with the City under significant development pressure, its existing residential and commercial stock is undergoing a substantial turnover. The concern: does this come at the cost of neighborhood character as change brings new height and density increases to the community?

As a resident since the 2010 Olympics, I’ve witnessed this eclectic community transform, drawing an increasing number of visitors to its highly desirable amenities. The lingering scent of Olympia’s greek food, peaceful sounds of chirping birds, and Denman Street intersection road rage from “over-walkability”, are all atmospheric staples. Nowadays, the sounds of excavators and dumptrucks, mainstream commercial establishments such as Burger King and C-Lovers taking over beloved local shops, and multiple re-zoning permits, makes one curious as to what’s in store for this developing urban landscape.

The West End neighborhood was officially established in 1969, and is a 204 hectare area bounded by Georgia Street to the North, Denman Street to the West, and Burrard Street to the East. The population is approximately 44,543 (Census 2011), with the majority (48%) in the 20-39 age group, at an average of 218 persons occupying each hectare.
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A Complete DIY Guide to Painting Your Home

DIY Painting | Resider

Painting your place is one of the simplest and most cost-effective ways to turn house into home, but for the uninitiated, it can seem like a daunting task. Color not only injects life into a space, it provides walls with a protective layer to guard against moisture, fading, and temperature changes. This guide will cover every aspect of DIY painting, including how to save money on supplies, sourcing the same tools as the professionals, achieving razor sharp lines without using tape, and applying a finish that will last for years to come.

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CMHC Tightens Mortgage Rules; An Interactive Timeline of the Corporation’s History

CMH Mortgage Rules 2014 | Resider

CMHC (Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation) is a Crown corporation of the Government of Canada that provides residential mortgage loans to Canadian home buyers paying under 20% down payment to as low as 5%. These high-ratio mortgages must be insured by a third-party such as CMHC, or Genworth Financial Canada, and impose an insurance premium. The inception of CMHC roots back to 1946 during the post World War II era, where the government assisted returning soldiers by offering low-cost mortgages with small down payments under favourable terms, to accommodate their desires to have families.

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North Vancouver’s Harbourside Waterfront Development Given Greenlight by City Council

Harbourside Development Site, North Vancouver | Resider

The Harbourside Waterfront Development located in The City of North Vancouver, is the largest commercial/residential development proposal in recent years, and it has won approval from the City (5-2) to realize its vision. The site is currently a collection of lands already partially developed by Concert Properties, with zoning in place to allow for the final phase of adding commercial space. This will add roughly 300,000 square feet of commercial area along Harbourside Drive, providing an estimated 1,500 new jobs. The residential portion will house 800 strata and rental units. While Translink has no plans to run transit, a private shuttle linking the neighborhood with the Seabus terminal is in the works.

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6th and Willow Townhomes

6th and Willow Townhomes | Resider

“The essence is the essential and the essential is the essence.”

A true architectural masterpiece designed by Michael Green Architecture, this breathtaking residence sits on the corner of 6th and Willow in the Fairview area of Vancouver West. Its minimalist yet richly contemporary style blends into the surrounding environment, capitalizing off of the orientation to the sun with a weathering steel facade, providing privacy, shade, and sound attenuation. Fostering community between its residents lies a private 25 foot wide courtyard between the North and South homes, offering a tranquil oasis within the busy city.
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