The first part of the house was built in 1898 - a 1 1/2 storey plus basement DOG (Dirt on Grade). Circa 1910, the balance of the front end of the house was completed and two shed dormers were added. The house had gas supplied from a neighbour's small plant that provided gas to three fixtures on the main floor - unusual for this part of Vancouver at the time. Pipes were found in the walls and documented. Electricity was connected in 1911 and water two years later in 1913. The bathtub was cast by Mott's of New York in 1922 and a bathroom was installed at this time.
There was some frightening remuddling of the house over time, so the majority of interior finishes were either salvaged from the house and reused or replaced in (almost) kind. Sadly, the stair balustrade had been removed and "modernized" - encased in a cheap veneer cladding, so has been rebuilt with gooseneck handrail, etc. Carefully, the wiring has been brought up to code - I have redesigned for 300 amp service :) ! I have taken liberties with the lower stairhall sconce gas fixtures (reproductions from Roy Electric) the living room (front parlour) gaselier is from New Westminster, BC and the dining room 2-arm gaselier was found in the garage. This, I rewired and reinstated in the dining room. A humble home, but I love having a formal dining room!! I have also purchased (liberties taken again) an antique combo electro-gaselier 2-arm fixture from Rejuvenation for the front bedroom.
The house reads vernacular Vancouver Edwardian/craftsman builder house due to the renovations from years ago. So far it has been an interesting and exciting project - more than that, a home and touchstone - here in the fairly frontier region of the West Coast.