3nd annual laneway house tour hosted by the vancouver heritage foundation took place on october 20th 2012.
it is interesting to note that there is so much similarity to many of the laneway houses, and this is probably due to the stringent zoning bylaw that accompanies each laneway house design. the one major thing that ends up guiding each house is excluded floor area under sloped ceiling rule, hence why there are next to no laneway houses with flat roofs 😦
so sad to see these popping up this way. why the city insists on building houses that look like they were designed for the 19th century when clearly we are living in the 21st century. in order to reiterate what has already been said check out BuildLLC’s blog post ‘the black hole of design’ about this issue which drives me nuts!
ok. now that I got that rant out of the way, let’s get back to the laneway houses on the tour , worth mentioning :
the most spectacular laneway house by a long shot was the one at 2692 east 19th avenue by lanefab.
the high windows along the yard side. it seems that lanefab really does try to do the right thing by employing prefabricated construction and using triple-glazed fiberglass windows. the interior finishing was well detailed with touches such as stained interior wood sills, jambs and trim around the windows, polished concrete floors.
the garage doors to the laneway house. interesting to note that none of the laneway houses were using their garage as a place to store a car (officially). which means that now there is 0 car parking ons0te for the house or the laneway house. could this be a problem? who needs a car anyway?
the only other interesting laneway house is 128 north kamloops street. see some images on the builder urban lane homes website.
looking forward to see how d’arcy jones’s laneway house turns out. this one looks really cool and no sloped roofs!