This Arts and Crafts Laneway House in the Dunbar neighborhood of Vancouver combines lovely landscaping and a subtle design in a two bedroom with plenty of living space plus a nice courtyard.
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A great little starter Vancouver Laneway House that disappears into the streetscape on its corner lot.
+ den/flex room
A well proportioned Vancouver Laneway House to suit small scale neighborhoods, this home displays a superb application of traditional architecture in a modest footprint.
The Arts & Crafts – Version 1 is anchored by a functional U-shaped kitchen with bar seating. A sitting room acts as a buffer space and connects an outdoor living space to the interior. Large closets as well as under-height storage spaces support a functional cozy space. Floorplans include 1 layout for this version of the Arts & Crafts.
The Arts & Crafts – Version 2 has a U-shaped kitchen with a sink under the window providing a functional and enjoyable work space for cooking. With two rooms on the second level, this model works well for home-based entrepreneurs or studious professionals. The larger of the two upper rooms has a connected balcony creating a luxurious master bedroom setting. Floorplans include 2 alternate layouts for this version of the Arts & Crafts.
The Arts & Crafts – Version 3 is a great fit for those looking for a substantial rental unit or a cozy starter home, or for those looking to downsize from a full-size house. It boasts maximum storage on each level and a generous open concept living space. Floorplans include 3 alternate layouts for this version of the Arts & Crafts.
Smaller homes are less expensive than larger ones in terms of taxes and building, heating, maintenance, and repair costs. In addition to costing less, small houses may encourage a less cluttered and simpler lifestyle and reduce ecological impacts for their residents. The typical size of a small home seldom exceeds 500 square feet (46 m2). The typical tiny house on wheels is usually less than 8 ft by 20 ft, with livable space totaling 120 square feet or less, for ease of towing and to exempt it from the need for a building permit.
Small houses may emphasize design over size, utilize dual purpose features and multi-functional furniture, and incorporate technological advances of space saving equipment and appliances. Vertical space optimization is also a common feature of small houses and apartments.
As small houses may be attractive as second homes or retirement houses which 2 out of five people are over 50, their increased utilization may lead to development of more land. People interested in building a small home can encounter institutional “discrimination” when building codes require minimum size well above the size of a small home. Also, neighbors may be hostile because they fear negative impacts on their property values. There has also been opposition based on this fact, due to concerns about increased taxes.
Zoning regulations pose more of a challenge than building codes. Many cities and counties have minimum size requirements of 1,000 square feet or more for construction of a new home on its own land. The specific minimum will be determined by your zone. For example, in Manatee County, Florida, new houses in zone R1 must be at least 1500 square feet, but in zones R2 & R3 only 800 square feet. In contrast, in Sarasota County, Florida, there is no minimum house size. Call your local Zoning or Planning Department to find out what the minimum is for your land.
If a tiny home on its own land isn't possible, explore building your tiny house as an Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) or granny flat in the backyard of an existing home. Here's a handy guide on How to Build a Tiny House (ADU), written by The United Way in Brevard, NC. While the information is specific to Brevard, much of it would also be applicable to other states. Be sure to check zoning in your neighborhood as only some areas allow ADUs.
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