Project size: 3,600 sf

Program: The Rough House is a single family residence rooted in handmade craft and built to showcase local artisans and their design processes.

Location: Vancouver’s residential Kitsilano neighborhood.

Solution: Situated within a tight urban lot, the house is separated from its neighbors for privacy and sense of place. Interventions such as the narrowing of the building to support increased side yards and landscape edges, and the mixing and matching of textures, enhance the space. The first and second floors are influenced by the Japanese principle of shakkei, or “borrowed landscape,” which integrates framed views of nature into the architecture.

Construction and materials: Materials were selected to showcase the work process of local skilled artisans. To address the need for compositional balance not only at the building massing level but also at the scale of fine, medium, and coarse material selection, carbonized cypress was used for exterior cladding. Board-form concrete was selected for exterior window surrounds and soffits.


Additional Information

Completion date: July 2015

Gross square footage: 3,600 sf

Total project cost: withheld

Total construction cost: withheld

Client/Owner: Monica Berdin and Clinton Cuddington




Measured Architecture Inc.
207-1836 W. 5th Avenue
Vancouver, BC
V6J 1P3


Personnel in architect's firm who should receive special credit:

Clinton Cuddington, Principal

Piers Cunnington, Principal


Architect of record:

Clinton Cuddington


Interior designer:

DMonica Berdin and Clinton Cuddington



Fast + Epp - Structural,
Geopacific - Geotech


General contractor:

Powers Construction



Ema Peter / Andrew Latreille / Martin Tessler



Landscape: Aloe Designs

Other: Dear Human - Hand Made Tile - Noel O'Connell + Jasna Sokolovic
Ravi Design - Ravi Pankhania - Curtains
Epic MetalWorks - Interior steelwork
Nico Spacecraft - Millwork



Structural System

Typical Wood Frame Construction
Board Form Concrete for some load bearing walls

Exterior Cladding

Precast concrete: Powers Construction

Wood: Delta Millworks Inc
Powers Construction

Other cladding unique to this project: Delta Millworks Inc -  Shou Sugi Ban wood cladding


Built-up roofing: Butterfly roof for solar panels

Other: Soprema Green Roof Systems


Wood frame: Western Windows


Glass: Atlas Meridian Glazing (AMG)

Insulated-panel or plastic glazing: NA


Entrances: Western Windows

Upswinging doors, other: Western Windows


Locksets: Emtek

Interior Finishes

Cabinetwork and custom woodwork: All custom woodwork by Nico Spacecraft

Paints and stains: Benjamin Moore

Special surfacing: Power Trowelled Concrete [Remple Concrete/Nelson Concrete]
Epic MetalWorks - All interior steel elements including staircase, walls ect.

Floor and wall tile: Dear Human - Hand Made Tile - Noel O'Connell + Jasna Sokolovic
All Washrooms

Resilient flooring: Hardwood Installed by Cypress Hardwood – PurParket – White Oak

Raised flooring: Hand Made Tiles made by Dear Human  - Noel O'Connell + Jasna Sokolovic

Special interior finishes unique to this project: Hand Made Tiles made by Dear Human  - Noel O'Connell + Jasna Sokolovic


Upholstery: RAVI DESIGN/CURTAIN OTAKU- Ravi Pankhania


Interior ambient lighting: Dasal lighting
Metalarte – Sentry [Light Form]

Downlights: Dasal lighting

Tasklighting: Ino Maurer Zettel
Fortuny Studio 51 Trupod Floor Lamp
Havana floor light by Foscarini [Livingspace]

Dimming system or other lighting controls: Lutron



Photovoltaic system:

Other unique products that contribute to sustainability: Suprima Green Roof systems
Green wall by Aloe
Butterfly roof for solar panels