Craftsman Estates

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2688 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC

Craftsman Estates
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Charming blue townhouse in a cookie-cutter neighborhood
Building Information
Developer Brody Development Group
Management Company Stratawest
Number of Units 40
Number of Floors 3
Year Built 2002
Construction Method Wood Frame
Type of Roof Asphalt
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2688 Mountain Highway, North Vancouver, BC
Distance to Public Transit Less than one block
Region Vancouver
Municipality North Vancouver
Zoning CD22
Title of Land Strata


Contents

Background

Lynn Valley Lumber Mill
Lynn Valley Logging

Craftsman Estates is located in the Westlynn neighborhood of Lynn Valley in North Vancouver. The Lynn Valley area was initially known as Shaketown. It is assumed that it was so named because of the shake-sided shacks that housed the first lumberjacks, cooks and blacksmiths. Others are under the impression that the name came from the cedar shakes produced by the mill.


Mountain Highway was originally known as Center Road. It was a path used by the oxen pulling the felled logs down to Moodyville waterfront. Lynn Valley was named after the pioneer family Linn.


Mill street was the first lumber mill. It was owned by the Hastings Shingle Manufacturing Company. There were log flumes running down the mountains and quite frequently children, cats and dogs would lose their footings and fall in. The lazy logging employees sometimes chose to take a ride down the mountain in the flume.[1]


Location

Pioneer Park

Within walking distance, there is Hastings Creek Park, Kirkstone Park and Pioneer Park.


In the general neighborhood is a grocery store, banks, churches, medical services, Olive Grove Child Care, Eastview Elementary School, Ross Road Elementary School, School District No. 44 North Vancouver, restaurants, entertainment, and coffee shops. [2]


Popular destinations include Lynn creek, with hiking trails to Lynn Canyon. For those rainy days in North Vancouver, when hiking may not be the best option, the Karen Magnusson Community center offers skating, swimming and a gym.[3]

Construction

Supporting the building is a concrete perimeter foundation reinforced with steel rebar. This technique has been used for decades in British Columbia. In order to insulate these walls, they are furred out. This means a second wall is built on the interior with its one and only purpose being to stop water. The studs on this furring wall must be pressure treated because they will be in contact with concrete, and concrete is a porous material. All the rebar in the basement is coated with epoxy. The salt from the roads, brought into the garages, is capable of eroding the uncoated steel within the concrete.


The exterior construction method consists of a full rain screen. This defeats the pressure differential that sucks water vapor into the building. As a result, water captured within the building envelope will simply drain out of the weep holes and down the flashing.


The facade is clad with wood paneling. The paint provides protection from staining and rotting due to moisture. Since Vancouver is considered a Temperate Rain forest, Building Scientists' main focus is to prevent water ingress and damage such as rotting.

Layout and Features

Kitchen
Bedroom

Typical features in the suite include nine foot ceilings and open floor plans, allowing for tons of natural light to bright up the space.


There is also a gas fireplace, granite counter tops and maple shaker-style cabinets. In the bathrooms, there are both soaker tubs and showers. The master bedrooms have walk in closets. As a convenience to residents, there is in suite laundry and private patios. The entire complex is gated for safety and security.[4]


Select homes also feature hardwood flooring, vaulted ceilings, finished basements, radiant floor heating and crown moldings. [5]


The maintenance fee covers garbage pickup, gardening, and management services.

Floor Plans

There are a variety of floor plans making up Craftsman Estates, here is an example of a couple:

Amenities

Storage room and garage

The amenities that Craftsman Estates provides are typical for detached housing:

  • storage room
  • parking


Neighborhood amenities include:


  • Tim Hortons
  • Esso gas station
  • North Vancouver Christian Academy

Bylaws

Craftsman Estates Bylaws
Rentals No
Pets Yes
Barbecues Yes


  • One pet is permitted
  • Rentals are prohibited
  • Barbecues are acceptable

Sustainability

These houses were not designed with extraordinary sustainability practices. However, it can be assumed based on the date, they are properly insulated. This reduces the homes energy use because there is less hot air escaping through the walls so not as much power is used for heating.


There are many ways for the home owners to contribute to North Vancouver's movement towards greener living. Simple ways to do this include:

  • green up your appliances with brands displaying an Energy Star logo
  • watch your homes air tempearture
  • preserve water
  • use green cleaning products
  • use efficient light bulbs such as Compact Fluorescent
  • use native plants in the gardens, potentially ones that don't require a lot of watering

Trivia

Hastings Creek
  • Hastings Creek Park features the Coffee Loop. It is a 3.2 kilometer stroll over dirt, boardwalk and pavement trails.
  • Before the mid 1800s, Hastings creek was a part of the prime spawning area for cutthroat, steelhead, coho and chinook salmon.
  • Today, the creek is considered to be one of the most important small fish streams.

References

  1. Lynn Valley Life
  2. BC Condos
  3. Advent Vancouver
  4. Eco Realty Inc.
  5. The Botto Team


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