For years we have been talking about owning a house where we could build a laneway house, which is why we searched for property with the right zoning so we could eventually do so. In Vancouver that meant a house in a RS-1 or RS-5 zone. Our house is in a RS-1 zone. Perfect. We can build a mini-house if we want to. And I know Cool J REALLY wants to. Our pocketbook doesn't.
It's fun to research laneway housing in Vancouver and to see the occasional construction site while riding bikes through East Vancouver. "Look how cute that one is!!" or "What did they do that for? Huh". It certainly ignites our excitement to see these mini-houses popping up and of course our imagination runs wild! What is our little house going to look like?
Luckily we have made friends with a very cute gay boy couple who have built their very own laneway house. We have been able to hear and see the progress they've made, what problems they've encountered, what processes they went through and, of course, expected a personal tour of the finished project!
|Michael(L), Steve(R) and Buddy|
Ok, so how cute is that?? And that's just the outside! Take a look inside:
|Stairwell to loft bedroom|
|Main entrance into kitchen|
I'm sure that this "little" project (haha) didn't cost very much. Yeah right. I'm sure it cost a pretty penny but they will be paying it off with monthly rent cheques courtesy of their new tenants. And they welcome pets. How awesome is that?!
So what is our laneway house going to look like? Not sure. Well, depends on who you ask. Cool J can probably outline what she wants. Including the fact that she wants it to be built out of rammed earth, which is another trend that is starting to pick up speed. Maybe its the fact that Randy Bachman (The Guess Who, BTO -Bachman Turner Overdrive) has a rammed earth house on Salt Spring Island. Rammed earth you say? What's that? Well, I'll let David Suzuki explain & take care of the business of showing you around Bachman's rammed earth house :
So picture a mini rammed earth house in the backyard of 2 eastside lesbians. Now picture the Lez Renovate videos that go along with that adventure! Wow. Look out renovators and renovation supporters, your socks are going to be knocked off with excitement. But don't hold your breath until then, we need to save up first.