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Focusing on unique, detached, homes that feature a Laneway home...Carriage & Coach homes.
City of Vancouver has permitted laneway housing in all single-family neighbourhoods(RS zoning). A number of residents are adding laneway homes to their existing property, while others have decided to build them alongside their new construction. On average, 11 laneway house permits were issued per month during the first 100 laneway homes built in Vancouver, according to a study done by the city. 1043 LWH have been approved and 577 have been given final inspection as of August 2013, since May 2013 there have been 113 finals approved. That’s over 35 a month.
What is a Laneway House?
Laneway housing is a detached dwelling on a single-family lot, facing the back laneway where the garage is located. One exterior parking space (minimum) is required on all lots with a laneway home. Houses that already have a secondary suite are still eligible. Note that STRATA TITLING IS NOT PERMITTED, as these dwellings are non-saleable.
Why Build a Laneway House?
Every owner has their own reason for wanting to build a laneway home, but most cite the need for alternative housing options. Here are the most common reasons:
Aging parents: A home in the backyard provides close proximity for parents who are fairly independent but still need some care. This could also be a space for caregivers.
Read more about the lot requirements and dimensions for building a laneway house.
What are the Requirements for Building a Laneway House?
Want to know if your lot is eligible for laneway housing? Here are a few criteria:
RS zoning, single-family zoning
How Big are Laneway Homes?
Laneway housing can be built in 1 and 1½ storey configurations. The maximum floor area can be determined by multiplying the lot area by 0.16.
On standard 33’ x 122’ lots, this allows a maximum of an approximately 644 square foot home.
If you choose to build a 1 storey house it is limited to the same maximum height as a garage which ranges from 12ft flat and 15 ft sloped roof. Also they allow you to build 32 feet from the alley instead of 25feet which will give you a larger foot print.
There are many other options, and criteria, that will need further investigation, cost, specific lot dimensions, style, age of the house, house location on the property, and corner lot considerations. Who would you hire to construct, which company? If you have any questions about your specific property, or project, or you simply want to meet in person, and discuss your possibilities...Feel free- at no obligation, to email, or call me directly. Let's meet for a coffee, on me, of course, and let's make the right move!
|Some examples of a Laneway Home, Carriage & Coach homes...|
Below is Van City's link to building your very own Laneway home...The possibilities are endless..." where is your lane?