27 Dec '13, 12pm

Two for One

Vancouver’s laneway house regulations became official in 2008 as part of the city’s Eco Density plan to support housing density, affordability, and livability. In varying shapes and sizes, these backyard outbuildings have popped up in single-family neighborhoods across the city as rental units, in-law suites, or guest quarters. For the House and Laneway House project, architect James Tuer of jwt Architecture sited the 425-square-foot laneway structure behind the 1,610-square-foot main house to create a private inner courtyard. His clients use the one-and-a-half-story accessory building as a small apartment for their grown son. The approach helps to increase density in pricy communities while retaining a single-family feeling, Tuer says. “You can nearly double the population of a standard residential block and the new construction can only be seen from the street from the f...

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