Laneway houses have really caught fire in the past couple years. And, why not? With our ever-growing city and need to control urban sprawl, it is the perfect solution to many of the problems we are encountering in these modern times.
Utilizing pre-existing lots wherein the main house is currently situated, a secondary, smaller home can be designed and built. The laneway house is usually built at the back of the main house, and can be one or two stories high.
In the design and build of these types of homes, it is important to create a design that will match the main home. This will provide a cohesive, overall feel to the entire look of your home and will surely increase your curb appeal.
Maximizing space is another key element that needs to be incorporated into the design. By having an open concept, this will help make the space appear and feel larger. Allowing maximum daylight in the living space; in addition to the incorporation of the right colour palette, are also tricks of the trade that we at Well Balanced Designs can share with you throughout the entire design process.
The laneway house has been developed as a solution to a variety of problems for the modern homeowner. These compact homes can be used as mortgage helpers, affordable suites for ageing parents, young families just getting started, and students. By renting out this additional space, it is a brilliant way to generate extra income for our clients wanting to get ahead of those mortgage payments and added expenses that come hand-in-hand with living life in our beautiful city. In a nutshell, laneway housing is versatile.
One of the first steps to consider before undertaking the build of a laneway house, are the permits and by-laws. For example, in the design and build of our most recent laneway house, B.C. Hydro wiring was too close to the home so special roofing had to be brought in to accommodate for this. We are mindful that utility companies require their own set of requirements and there may be limitations to the services that are offered to laneway home residents. Building a laneway home requires in-depth research, time, and planning. By hiring the right professional, who is experienced in the entire process from the ground up, we at Well Balanced Designs are prepared for whatever challenges might crop up.
One other decision to consider when building your laneway house is the incorporation of an Eco-friendly design. With today’s environmental issues and our green city standards, there are numerous incentive programs offered to reducing our carbon footprint even in the design and build industry. Great websites to research these programs are the Power Smart New Home Program and the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC): Energy Efficient Mortgage Loan.
Check them out and give us a call when you are ready to start your design and build project!