Shifting Perspective: How Natural Beauty to Inspired One Couple to Revitalize a Neglected Site and Build Their Dream Home 

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When Arash Askarian and his wife Sherry first found the property on Leyland Street in West Vancouver that would become the site of their ultra-chic, modern home, it was inhabited by a neglected home overrun by the underbrush and vegetation surrounding it.  

While many would have dismissed the property, Arash and Sherry saw something different. They saw a structure not overcome by nature – but co-existing with it. Although the original home had to be removed, it inspired the couple to design a home that honored the landscape that it was part of. 

Q: How would you describe your home’s style?

A: My home is definitely modern. Clean lines, along with extensive use of concrete and glass, comes together to create luxurious modern home.

Q:  Your home is absolutely stunning. What was the motivation for its overall style?

A: I live in West Vancouver, which is a beautiful city with unbelievable ocean and mountain views, lush greenery, and it’s one of the few places in the world where you can go skiing or snowboarding, then head to the beach. I wanted a modern home that embodied everything that is so desirable and amazing about West Vancouver. Sweeping glass windows showcase the ocean views, bringing the outside in to give you the feeling of being one with nature.

Q: Why did you decide to go with modern-inspired architecture over other styles?

A: Modern embraces the beauty around it and strives to be part of the landscape. We saw the style as a way to honor and blend with the natural beauty of the city, without disrupting it.

Q:  What makes a home modern or defines modern style?

A: In the case of my home, its modern style really comes together through its combination of clean lines, clean spaces, lots of glass and concrete. These elements combined create a sleek, refined that allows natural light to flow throughout the home, highlighting the minimalist design and surrounding landscape.

Q: It’s clear that you have always had a strong vision for your home. How involved were you with the design exterior design of the home?

A:  I was heavily involved in the home’s look. I chose all of the materials and designed it.

Q:  What are some of your favorite modern design accents (interior or exterior)?

A: I really love the combination of glass and concrete. While the concrete may seem austere, the ample use of glass softens it, creating an elegant modern aesthetic. Of course, the infinity hot tub is a great way to relax and take in the surrounding view.

Q: What does it mean to be a modern homeowner? How does it feel to own a modern home?

A: To me it’s like removing a barrier between you, the homeowner, and the natural landscape of where the home is. It’s not about building a refuge from the environment, it’s about creating a space that integrates with it.

Q: Has owning a modern home impacted your lifestyle? If so, how?

A: It’s really taught me to collect less and to de-clutter.


Q: Why did you decide to use Nichiha on your home?

A: As a builder, our number one priority is to build not only beautiful homes but homes that will last. Quality is our top consideration, and we are always searching for materials that are unique, beautiful and, more importantly, long lasting. Although using Nichiha was more costly, it allowed us to build a solid hike with less maintenance. That’s why we used materials like Nichiha, which provided the smooth concrete look we wanted without the typical maintenance concerns. Additionally, we complemented the industrial look of Nichiha’s ArchitecturalBlock with an aluminum product that looked like cedar and a metal roof.

Q: What was your experience with Nichiha during the construction phase of the project?

A: I had a great experience! I couldn’t be happier with the result.

Q: Are you satisfied with Nichiha’s performance and the look it added to your home?

A: Absolutely. Everyone who’s seen the house is so impressed with it.