Your Sleek, Ultra-Modern Vancouver Beach House

While it was inspired by the chic modern homes that dot the beaches of the California coastline — and actually described by those who built it as “sexy” — the Beachaus II by InHaus Development in White Rock, British Columbia, is more than just a pretty face. Chock full of energy efficient features, this home is slated to take LEED Platinum from the Canada Green Building Council.

This ultra-modern, 2000-square-foot, three-bedroom home is actually the second of two projects that were the first independently certified LEED homes to be built in the White Rock / South Surrey area (located 30 minutes from Vancouver). The first, Beachaus I, has already been sold; Beachaus II is currently on the market. The two homes were designed to serve as a model for a number of projects that InHaus Development currently has planned for the area, where it’s based.

Beachaus II

image via InHaus Development

The Beachaus II’s green features include high quality, low-E fiberglass windows; FSC-certified solid wood (walnut) cabinetry; carbonized, strand-woven bamboo flooring; in-floor hydronic radiant heat; and passive (natural) ventilation with an operable skylight. You’ll find Energy Star rated appliances throughout the house — including some high-end models by Bosch in the kitchen — and smart lighting made smarter by occupancy sensors. The home’s energy profile has been optimized through intelligent energy monitoring and a Control4 “SmartHome” automation system.

And then there are those thoughtful lifestyle touches that are, well, sexy. The private rooftop patio, for instance, and the sweeping 12-foot ceilings. The integrated kayak storage is definitely a plus, considering the fact that the home is located just a stone’s throw from the beach, as is the extra-wide garage with bicycle storage area. The home includes a large separate office/studio space and four bathrooms.

Beachaus II inside

image via InHaus Development

That sleek, ultra-modern look results, in part, from a collaboration between InHaus and Pb Elemental Design of Seattle. Pb Elemental is known for their unique modern / minimalist aesthetic, and one of its principals, Chris Pardos, was named as one of the “Top Architects Under 40” in the 2010 book Worldwide Architecture: The Next Generation.

Our favorite green tech detail? You can control the home’s smart energy systems via remote control with your smartphone or iPad. Now that’s ultra-modern.

Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.