Private Residence, Vancouver Island
Nestled amidst the spectacular natural beauty of Yellow Point’s 160-acre beachfront property on Vancouver Island’s east coast, this residence, commissioned by Sabina’s uncle and lodge proprietors, Richard and Sandi Hill, holds profound significance as the granddaughter of Gerry Hill Sr. – the visionary behind the original Yellow Point Lodge built in 1939.
As a recent graduate from UBC’s School of Architecture, Sabina embraced the challenge of designing a home that not only paid homage to her grandfather’s legacy but also embodied the enduring spirit of her family’s connection to this remarkable place.
The house is integrated with the wind-eroded sandstone outcrop, incorporating indigenous materials such as cedar, Douglas fir, and sandstone. Designed as three connected pavilions (living/family/kitchen/dining, main bedroom and ensuite, and children’s/guest bedrooms), it offers open, light-filled spaces, soaring cathedral ceilings, custom-built sliding doors, and a majestic sandstone fireplace.
Views from this residence are directed towards a spectacular landscape of textured sandstone outcrops and the distant expanse of Stuart Channel. A massive Gary Oak is the focal point of the open plan living room, with 15 foot-wide sliding doors that invite the outside in.