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Laneway & In-Fill Homes

Laneway & In-Fill Homes are a fantastic opportunity for Vancouver homeowners to add a second dwelling unit to their property. Many Vancouver homes backing onto a laneway are now able to build a dwelling unit at the back of the property facing the lane. Laneway & In-Fill Homes can be used to create rental income, or for homeowners who wish to create a secondary suite for their children, aging parents, or other relatives. Laneway & In-Fill Homes have been permitted in other cities for many years, with thousands of units built on the West Coast over the past few years.

Laneway Home Design

Strict design criteria regulate the design of laneway homes and suites in Vancouver. Minimum and maximum width and depth, along with maximum height limit the size of laneway homes. Most laneway homes would have dimensions of a typical backyard garage, or just slightly larger.

Design criteria also ensure Laneway Homes will fit the character of the neighbourhood, and minimize the impact on adjacent properties. Laneway Home design criteria reduce shadows and loss of natural light, and avoid balconies or windows overlooking neighbouring back yards. Regardless, the opportunity existing to design and build a laneway home as a bachelor or one bedroom apartment, similar in size to many of the small condo units being built in the city of Vancouver.

Design + Build

Laneway & In-Fill Homes have two unique challenges when it comes to design and construction. The first being design – designing a small space that is energy efficient, functional and feels larger that it is. The second is building a home in a space that doesn’t have much room to store equipment, materials, and garbage.

Abstract Homes has an exceptional history of meeting these challenges. Our design philosophy is to build compact, highly energy efficient and functional spaces that delight homeowners. And - we have worked on some of the most challenging Vancouver properties for many years!

Our mission is to provide a complete laneway home package:

  • laneway home design
  • permits
  • laneway home construction