Modern Flair

Winner of the 2023 Havan Awards for Housing Excellence for Best New Small-Scale Home!

A laneway home combines modern flair with traditional aesthetics, featuring pebble dash stucco, cedar horizontal siding and black aluminum windows.  Working professionals with a young child wanted a starter home that was close to their parents in Vancouver.  Affordability was achieved by building a double storey laneway home on the same property.  Despite the smaller footprint, this home was designed to feel like a full sized home with all of the amenities needed for a young family.  Every inch of the home was maximized with the lower level housing the bedrooms and main bathroom.  The upper floor with its loft-like structure is considered the hub of the home with an open kitchen and living room floor plan.  There is even a laundry area tucked in at the stop of the stairs.  Clutter is kept at a minimum with innovative storage solutions, from unique cubbies and wall to wall counter access, to full height custom cabinetry.  The skylight on the upper floor brings in natural light and the windows are strategically placed so as not to look into the neighboring properties.  HRV, for clean healthy air quality and a high efficiency combination boiler for domestic hot water and radiant in-floor heating was installed providing comfort underfoot year round.  

For a seamless transition inside and out, a clean contemporary design was created using natural wood elements and a neutral color palette.  The home’s exterior complements the main home and surrounding neighborhood.  A patio off the home office helps expand the living footprint and an outdoor space at the side of the house can be used as a kids play area or additional parking, complete with electric charging station.  Solar panels on the roof offset a good portion of the electricity consumption.