Traditional flair meets modern living

From busy family life to evening entertaining, this Oak Bay custom home makes it easy

Traditional architecture and natural materials allow this new home to fit comfortably in its established Estevan village neighbourhood.

Traditional architecture and natural materials allow this new home to fit comfortably in its established Estevan village neighbourhood.

Open-plan, modern living meets timeless design in this award-winning Oak Bay home.

Located in the Estevan Village area, the custom home from GT Mann Construction rose from a previously empty lot.

“The homeowners had a vision for an open floorplan but a traditional home,” says builder Graeme Mann. “They definitely wanted it to have a nice flow.”

Outside, it was important that the home fit in with the established neighbourhood. The traditional Craftsman design features Island-milled cedar shakes, illuminated soffits and gables. A flat roof tucked behind a hip roof accommodates height restrictions without sacrificing design.

Inside, the homeowners, parents of two young children, appreciate the open, main-floor living, with bedrooms upstairs and roomy home office and media centre downstairs, Mann says.

Beyond the livability, the timeless details stand out, he adds.

“I like the finishing details in the home – all the details in the woodwork and the coffered ceiling. We were very pleased with the result.”

The home was a finalist in three categories of the 2015 Construction and Renovations of Excellence (CARE) Awards of Vancouver Island, hosted by the Victoria Residential Builders Association. It took home silver in Best Single Family Detached Custom Home over 3,000 sq. ft., Best Traditional Kitchen 200 to 300 sq. ft and Best Master Suite over 400 sq. ft.

Embracing today’s great room concept, the main floor features a a warm coastal colour palette and kitchen overlooking the dining area and living room with easy access to the rear garden and mudroom.

Blending timeless design and easy functionality, the kitchen is perfect for both entertaining and a busy young family, with a large, quartz-topped island and full-height, painted solid wood cabinets, including panels disguising the built-in dishwasher and fridge. Finishing details include crown moulding, crown valance, corbel details and furniture kicks.

Upstairs, the vaulted master suite, with ample windows enjoys a walk-in closet and roomy ensuite, with heated Carrera marble floor, floor-to-ceiling marble backsplash, large shower, built-in make-up vanity and private toilet closet.

Among the creative design features is a dual-door detached garage allowing for drive-though parking – accessed from both the main driveway and lane behind, Mann says.

Modern environmental considerations include hot water on-demand, high-efficiency heat pump/furnace, windows and insulation, plus easy-care irrigated landscaping and long-lasting composite decking. An elaborate pump system also accommodates municipal drain concerns.


Just Posted

Norman Mogensen sets up strings for his beans in his plot in the Oak Bay community gardens. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Oak Bay gardener spends decades cultivating, improving daddy’s beans

85-year-old vegan part of the community gardens scene

Diana Durrand and Arlene Nesbitt celebrate the new artist space in 2014. Gage Gallery moves this summer from Oak Bay to Bastion Square in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Gage Gallery moving to Bastion Square

Vivid Connections, a showcase by Laura Feeleus and Elizabeth Carefoot, opens new venue June 29

Theatre SKAM is offering mobile, pop-up performances to Greater Victoria residents once again this summer. They’ll feature emerging artists Yasmin D’Oshun, Courtney Crawford, Kaelan Bain and Kendra Bidwell (left to right). (Courtesy of Theatre SKAM)
Theatre performances can be ordered to Greater Victoria front yards this summer

Theatre SKAM offering mobile, pop-up performances once again

Days after students’ return to Victoria High School was delayed by a year, the province has announced some amenities that will be included in the school’s expansion project. (Photo by Cole Descoteau)
Child-care spots, artificial turf field, non-profit space included in Vic High expansion

SD61 now aims to welcome students back at the high school by September 2023

Gwen Spencer Hethey with her uncle and mentor Major Frederick Richardson. (Courtesy of Greater Victoria Sports Hall of Fame)
‘She was a killer’: The Victoria woman who pioneered female sharpshooting

Gwen Spencer Hethey made military men ‘look like turkeys’ says her son

Marco Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship during a press conference in Ottawa on Thursday, May 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canada to welcome 45,000 refugees this year, says immigration minister

Canada plans to increase persons admitted from 23,500 to 45,000 and expedite permanent residency applications

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NACI advice to mix vaccines gets varied reaction from AstraZeneca double-dosers

NACI recommends an mRNA vaccine for all Canadians receiving a second dose of a COVID-19 vaccine

A aerial view shows the debris going into Quesnel Lake caused by a tailings pond breach near the town of Likely, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Updated tailings code after Mount Polley an improvement: B.C. mines auditor

British Columbia’s chief auditor of mines has found changes to the province’s requirements for tailings storage facilities

A North Vancouver man was arrested Friday and three police officers were injured after a 10-person broke out at English Bay on June 19, 2021. (Youtube/Screen grab)
Man arrested, 3 police injured during 10-person brawl at Vancouver beach

The arrest was captured on video by bystanders, many of whom heckled the officers as they struggled with the handcuffed man

Patrick O’Brien, a 75-year-old fisherman, went missing near Port Angeles Thursday evening. (Courtesy of U.S. Coast Guard)
Search for lost fisherman near Victoria suspended, U.S. Coast Guard says

The 75-year-old man was reported missing Thursday evening

Bruce Springsteen performs at the 13th annual Stand Up For Heroes benefit concert in support of the Bob Woodruff Foundation in New York on Nov. 4, 2019. (Greg Allen/Invision/AP)
Canadians who got AstraZeneca shot can now see ‘Springsteen on Broadway’

B.C. mayor David Screech who received his second AstraZeneca dose last week can now attend the show

New research suggests wolves can be steered away from the endangered caribou herds they prey on by making the man-made trails they use to hunt harder to move along. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Culling cutlines, not B.C. wolves, key to preserving caribou herds: researcher

The government has turned to killing hundreds of wolves in an effort to keep caribou around

Gary Abbott (left) and Louis De Jaeger were two of the organizers for the 2014 Spirit of the People Powwow in Chilliwack. Monday, June 21, 2021 is Indigenous Peoples Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of June 20 to 26

Indigenous Peoples Day, Take Your Dog to Work Day, Onion Rings Day all coming up this week

Most Read