Laneway housing is a novel solution to Vancouver’s real estate crunch, letting homeowners build these structures and use them – or rent them out to tenants. Vancouver allows these structures in special single-family zones. It’s likely only a matter of time before population pressures give even more neighborhoods see laneway housing sprouting up. We’re part of this trend, building and designing laneway house for our clients throughout the Vancouver area.
What is a laneway house – and am I eligible as a homeowner to build one?
You’ll need a minimum space of 9.8 meters in width, significant separation from the main house, laneway access and other considerations – and even then, the impact on neighbourhood privacy will be considered by the City before you can go ahead. You can see if your residential lot is zoned to allow for laneway housing by visiting the city’s handy web-based zoning application.
What’s my laneway house going to cost to build?
Every laneway house project is different and the overall budget will depend on design elements that you approve. Without knowing your needs, we can’t give you a dollar figure for what a laneway house costs – but once you do tell us what you want, we promise we’ll get you those numbers ASAP.
How big can my laneway house in Vancouver be?
“The maximum ﬂoor area of a laneway house is determined by multiplying the lot area by 0.16. This results in maximum unit sizes of approximately 56m2 (644ft2) on standard 33’ x 122’ lots, and 84m2 (900ft2) on 50’ x 122’ lots. The maximum size of a laneway house is 900 ft2, regardless of lot size.”A laneway house with a partial upper-storey can be as high as 5.5 m – any higher and your modest laneway house could seem pretty oppressive to the neighbours!
Designing laneway housing projects in Vancouver can be as challenging as designing an entire single family home. There are the usual electrical and plumbing complexities, but you also must have a plan to address privacy and parking issues. We help you handle those headaches.
We show you the options in a complete pre-construction plan. That way, you can make an informed choice – and we also make sure the overall style, colors and theme of the laneway house matches your adjoining property and fits into the overall neighborhood.
Want this laneway house to give you extra space for your growing family? Just want an income generator with tenants? Either way, we’ll create a new livable space that looks great.