• Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio
  • Making great progress on Powell River Waterfront House + Studio

We paid a visit to our project site in Powell River this December and how pleased we were to see the progress! The project is for a Main House and Studio/Workshop space for a couple from Vancouver. And what a beautiful waterfront setting this is! Breathtaking waterviews can be seen from virtually every room in the house. The cozy Studio at the back of the property doesn't lose out on the view either, perched above it looks over the roof of the Main House to the ocean beyond. It was so great to see how warm and bright the whole house and the studio feel bathed in winter sunlight! Access to light was a big concern for the clients and the house is sited and designed to take maximum advantage of solar gain. A nice grove of trees surrounds the buildings, the clients were adamant about preserving as many trees as possible on the site and the trees do add to the feeling of peaceful and seclu ...

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It’s official! The Spiritual Practice of Architecture gets published on Elephant Journal

I've been a reader of Elephant Journal for a long time, I love the inspirational content and most of all the authenticity of the writers. Today I have the privilege to be one of the writers for Elephant Journal! My article "The Spiritual Practice of Architecture" managed to capture their hearts and now it's officially up! It's been such an honor for me to collaborate with such amazing people! And I'm sure it won't be the last time... Here it goes, please share and enjoy! http://www.elephantjournal.com/2014/06/the-spiritual-practice-of-architecture-ana-sandrin/   ...

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The Spiritual Practice of Architecture

Intro As far as I can remember as a kid I have wanted to be an architect. My first recollection of expressing such an interest was in grade 6, when we were asked to write an essay about the career we imagined for ourselves, as if we were describing a typical workday. Without hesitation I put down words visualizing a client coming into my office filled with dreams and on this blank piece of paper before me I began to transform their dreams into reality – there began my dream to become an architect.  Today I have made architecture my career and established my own architecture practice with my husband, Howard, who I met in architecture school. It’s been a long journey. I could not have predicted where this path would take me nonetheless I followed my bliss - sometimes passionately, sometimes arduously, sometimes optimistically, sometimes naively, at times disillusioned, frustrated or exh ...

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  • West Van Uplift near completion!
  • West Van Uplift near completion!
  • West Van Uplift near completion!

We are so excited to see this home renovation project of ours in West Vancouver getting near completion! We just dropped by for a site visit and were so pleased with what we saw! It is hard to believe it is the same house. Absolutely beautiful construction and attention to details! The owner wanted to stay very true to the original design and did not settle for less. It's amazing to look at the rendering next to the construction photo and how close they are to each other! It is certainly a treat for us architects each time to see something manifest in reality just as we had envisioned in the drawing, it makes our work worthwhile! And the part that is even more gratifying is seeing our clients so happy and proud of their new home!  The landscaping will be going in next, and then it will be time for some beautiful architectural photography to document the project. Stay posted! ...

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