Men of Vancouver (MofV) is a new bi-weekly editorial featuring stylish and professional men in Vancouver. Style by Sarai recently interviewed Devon Greenside for this exclusive in-depth photo editorial.
What do you do for a living?
I’m self employed. I work on new custom homes and renovations with my brother and our crew. We’re a small company focused on framing, finishing and general contracting. We’re called Greenside Construction, and have been active for the past 8 years. Having our own business has always been important, it’s a great source of motivation. We were the kids on the block who handed out homemade flyers and did our neighbour’s yard work.
Do you work all over the Lower Mainland?
We started in Richmond about 8 years ago, and moved into Vancouver shortly after. We’ve done a lot in the Kerrisdale area, and are now mainly in Vancouver, Burnaby, and North Van. A few years ago we took on a number of commercial contracts in Alberta, both framing and general contracting. It was great work experience, but ultimately we prefer the residential market here…and sleeping in our own beds.
When you’re working on projects, do you find yourself planning your future home at the same time?
Absolutely. After working on so many projects with different design ideas, you really refine your concept of a dream home. I like the direction modern home design is going, clean and simple looking with larger open spaces and better use of natural light. Builders are making homes to suit their clients lifestyle and needs.
DUNBAR LUMBER SUPPLY | 3637 West 16th Ave, Vancouver
What area of Vancouver do you live in?
Kitsilano for the last 3 years. I love it.
What do you like best about living in Kitsilano?
It cultivates a healthy, active lifestyle with its proximity to great outdoor spaces and abundance of fresh food markets. There’s loads of great restaurants and places to spend time with friends, and it’s close to downtown but removed enough to create a more relaxed vibe.
SOPHIE’S COSMIC CAFE | 2095 West 4th Ave, Vancouver
Speaking of restaurants, what do you like about Sophie’s Cosmic Cafe?
It’s oozing character and extensive menu, with lots of health friendly items.
What meals do you recommend people to try at Sophie’s?
Go for sunday brunch, wait in line outside. Try the nut & veggie burger, or get anything with eggs…and a caesar.
KITSILANO BEACH | 2305 Cornwall Street, Vancouver
Outside of work, what do you like to do with your spare time?
Sport and fitness. I’ve played soccer as far back as I can remember. It’s been a consistent part of my life and I’ve taken a lot from it over the years, so it deserves special mention. Other regulars for me are running, cycling and snowboarding. I also enjoy exploring and sharing music. Whether at live shows, listening to albums online, or tracks sent by friends.
What does a typical weekend look like for you?
The typical weekend kicks off with an early start and a book, paperwork if need be. Followed by a soccer game in the afternoon, celebratory dinner out with the lads, and red wine. Sunday will hopefully provide the energy for a morning bike ride or workout, brunch with friends and the afternoon often spent planning the week to come, or any other grand ideas.
Road ride or casual riding?
I prefer a challenging road ride in the company of a few friends, but I’ll never turn down a casual summer cruise, any excuse to take the Bianchi for a spin! Kits is a great starting point for both. Around UBC and out to Steveston, or through downtown while the city’s still asleep and over to Horseshoe Bay. It’s the perfect way to start a weekend.
What’s your favourite red wine?
Cab savs and Malbecs mostly, I’m not too picky. The Show and J Lohr are staples.
What book are you currently reading right now?
I’m a Stones fan and just finished “Life”, the Keith Richards autobio. Now I’m in the middle of “War” by Sabastian Junger. He spent the good part of a year with a platoon in a brutal area of Afghanistan to write it. It’s less about war and more about being human. Both were recommended by good friends.
How would you describe your style?
Simple, quality, confident, often subdued.
What does style mean to you?
I believe how you present yourself can be powerful, from what you choose to put on to how you carry it. It should come naturally, as an extension of your personality.
THANKS DEVON GREENSIDE, FOR BEING A STYLISH MAN IN VANCOUVER!
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