Hey, the 1970s weren’t all bad. That’s the spirited approach this father and his three kids took with a 40-year-old house on the outskirts of Vancouver. Though nothing inside the house had changed since disco music topped the charts, everything had been superbly maintained. All it needed was a little refresher.
Interior designer Sarah Gallop stepped in to update the home’s function by opening the compartmentalized rooms, but she maintained the hustle-dance vibe by preserving the original fireplace and wood paneling in the living room. “We wanted to keep the home in that era, because the client is a little funky,” Gallop says.
Houzz at a Glance
Location: Delta area of Vancouver
Who lives here: A father in the media business and his 3 kids, ages 10 to 13
General contractor: Best Builders
Size: 2,120 square feet (197 square meters); 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms
The front door originally led down these stairs and into the kitchen, which was closed off with three walls and a flat, dropped ceiling. “I walked in and immediately thought, ‘This is not the right spot for this room,’” Gallop says.
After” photography by Ema Peter
AFTER: Gallop relocated the kitchen to a back wall where the former dining room used to be, to create an open layout that connects the living room and new dining space (in the former kitchen).
Houzz Tour: Dancing to the 1970s in an Updated Vancouver Home