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Laneway Housing (Lane)
Vancouver, British Columbia


A laneway house is a small, compact detached home located in the typical area of a standard single-family lot allocated for a garage.  It faces the lane or sidestreet (corner properties) and maintains the lot's backyard open space. Homes in laneways add invisible density to a city neighbourhood with minimum impact on existing infrastructure.

Only a portion of the area allocated for the main residence's garage is utilized. A one car garage is still required to be incorporated within the laneway structure.  Limited to rental or family use only, with no permitted strata-titling, laneway housing respond to the need for providing diverse kinds of rental accommodation.  In Vancouver, laneway homes have become a viable alternative to address affordable housing.
  • Post and beam construction
  • Small compact footprint - 2 bed @ 750 sf maximum
  • Reinventing the alley as another front door
  • Making use of a city's hidden greenbelts