A family’s desire to own land in Vancouver was realized through densification. Turning the basement in to a suite and adding a laneway house became a means to extra income. Although modern in aesthetics, the exterior of the home remains unobtrusive with a monochromatic palette of stucco and Hardie-lap siding. The roof of the main home was blown off and steel beams were added to make way for a third floor. This gave the family enough space to convert the basement in to a rental unit, keeping a small space for a mudroom leading up to the main floor. Overall tightness was drastically improved to impede leakage and improve air quality while a high efficiency combination boiler provides the home with heat and hot water. High performance wood and metal-clad windows were installed for energy efficiency in white so as not to stray from the homogenous exterior. The main floor has an openness and ease of flow to it. A small foyer with storage leads to the kitchen, dining room and living room. Off the hall and away from the hub sits the powder room. The third floor bedrooms and bathrooms are removed from the hustle and bustle of the main floor. The large primary room that sits opposite the kids’ bedroom, has space for a home office, walk-in closet and en-suite. The interior finishes also boast a neutral palette of warm woods, whites and soft grays. Quality, durable finishes of quartz counters, rift-cut white oak custom cabinetry and energy efficient appliances meet the homeowners’ expectations. The feature of the kitchen is the oversized floating walnut island adding drama to the white and gray perimeter cabinets.
The laneway home with similar architectural lines and angles creates a sense of unity on the property. The laneway was designed for aging in place with ground level access and in unit laundry. High ceilings add to the perception of greater sq.ft. and clerestory windows in the roof bring in tons of natural light. A streamlined kitchen in hues of gray from the quartz countertops to the custom cabinetry gives this home a modern and moody feel. The open concept plan substantiates the feel of a large space. Entrance, kitchen and living room flow together while the two bedrooms and bathroom are tucked away for more privacy. Concrete floors, coloured in a warm beige bring in warmth and cut down on allergens, keeping the air quality clean. The homeowners plan to stay on this property for years to come and now have options for their living needs.