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Published on Sep 11, 2017
Laneway housing continues to grow in popularity wherever it is allowed and Vancouver, Canada is no exception. Over 500 of the accessory dwellings have been built there since Vancouver first approved them in July 2009. This one is a recently completed project by Lanefab Design/Build. The small house has a total of 800 ft2 (74 m2), including the space labeled as a garage on the plans. The garage was insulated and finished like the rest of the house and is being used as the living room. That freed up the larger downstairs room to be used mainly for the kitchen and dining area, allowing for inclusion of a large kitchen island. The kitchen cabinetry is bright red, a color that is supposed to stimulate appetite. Whether that’s true or not, it sure makes for a striking love-it-or-hate-it look. The kitchen has a counter-level window to bring in light without sacrificing cupboard space.