About Laneway Housing:
The City of Vancouver recently committed to make environmental sustainability a primary goal in city planning decisions, in ways that also support housing affordability and liveability.
One of its first “Ecodensity” initiatives was to permit the building of laneway houses to increase density in existing neighbourhoods, while retaining the single-family feel of each area.
Laneway houses are small detached houses at the back of a single-famiy lot (sitting where a garage would typically be) and face the laneway.
They usually range in size from 500 to 750 square feet and they are either 1 story or 1 story plus a loft. The houses are meant for rental or family use only. More info here: http://vancouver.ca/commsvcs/lanewayhousing/
Smallworks worked closely with the City to bring the laneway housing to Vancouver, and they continue to be the most established laneway house builders.
They aim to build houses which are small, beautiful, and sustainable.
Their process is guided by strong values including respect for the environment, the desire to live simply and modestly, and a focus on high quality. More info here: www.smallworks.ca
Paula and Skip’s Edwardian:
This is a 500 square foot small house in a traditional style.
It offers a comfortable main level with garden doors which connect to a generous outdoor living space.
The open staircase overlooks a vaulted ceiling which creates an expansive visual space while providing a private area on the second level for a flexible bedroom.
Generous personal storage space including crawlspaces for longterm storage.
If you want to check out the rest of the pictures, see below:
Photos Courtesy of SmallWorks/Laneway Housing
Written by Karen Young Chester for Tiny House Talk. Edited by Alex Pino.
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