Bridge Brewing

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The beautiful thing about homes is that they extend beyond a house. Housestories Canada is excited to bring your the ‘community series’, featuring local businesses that make our communities, wherever that may be, better.

Bridge Brewing opened in North Vancouver in 2012, and since then it has become a staple of the community, expanded its capacity to create more beer-loving goodness, and is proudly a 99% waste-free brewery. If you’re ever in the area, check out the tasting and try the Bourbon Blood Orange Wheat Ale.

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the Green House

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The Green House is the home of Amy, Geoff, their son Edward, and two dog, Maizy & Sam. No matter where Edward goes in life, coloured doors will no doubt always remind him of home. He calls their home the green house because of the green door. When he plays in his room he goes through his yellow door. When he goes to his parents’ room it’s a red door. He might open a purple door to visit his mom in her office, or find his dad working out behind the orange door. When it’s bath time, it’s blue door time.

One the most striking things in the Green House for me was Edward’s giant teddy bear given to him by his grandparents. If Edward ever encounters a real bear in the woods someday, he might get a warm fuzzy feeling before running away in terror. 

Years from now when Edward thinks about the home that he grew up in, he’ll probably remember a home of discovery and play; of two large dogs that followed him around, of spending time with his parents in the yard, and he’ll most definitely remember exploring the magical stream that runs through the forest next to the house.

He might even be tempted to paint his door green.

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the Grouse House

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When Natalie and Adam first stepped through the front door of their North Vancouver home three years ago, they recognized that it was the one for them. Since then they have watched their young toddler turn into a young child, they brought home their second child, and made a comfortable life surrounded by nature.

The 'Grouse House' is a tranquil home where Natalie and Adam live with their two kids, Linden and Georgia, and their dogs Juno and Lucy. I always start a Housestories shoot with a casual interview with the family about their home, and one of the questions that I often ask is 'what will they miss the most about this home 15 years from now’, and the answers always have one thing in common - it’s the little things; the ordinary, everyday moments. In the 2 hours that I was there, I saw Natalie and Linden bottle a batch of homemade kombucha (pear flavoured) while Adam rocked their 10 week old daughter in the living room, I saw the two dogs Juno and Lucy following the family around the house and finding familiar places to lay down, and of course, I saw Linden turn into a superhero and fly around the home fighting crime (as a fellow parent of a two young kids, this came as no surprise to me).

Over time the past starts to fade, and it’s often the everyday moments that fade first. I hope that opening this album will be like stepping through the front door again, and experiencing a typical, ordinary, beautiful day in their home.

forever house

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There’s an image of Allan, a 64 year old, sitting on a bed in the room he grew up in, with a soft light from the window casting a bittersweet glow. In a few hours his three sisters would arrive to collect some of the last few items in the house. This was the forever house that Allan and his family moved into over 50 years ago. They would play out their lives here, laugh, play, cry. Eventually, one by one, this would be the house leave, and the house where grandkids would come and visit. 

When I arrived at this house things were in disarray - there were half-packed boxes, disassembled furniture, stacks of books and picture frames - and I was concerned that I wouldn’t be able to really capture the house, but in the empty spaces and the dusty details there was the home imbued with countless memories. However, forever is never forever. When Allan’s dad passed away six years ago, Allan moved in to help care for his mom, and when she developed dementia in the years that followed, they decided that it was time to sell the home. The new owners, however they may be, will have a forever house of their own, full of their own memories. I’m so grateful to have been able to capture even just a bit of this home’s story before it disappears forever.