A Craftsman-style laneway house | Lanefab
This shingled laneway cottage in Vancouver, Canada is the work of Lanefab Design/Build. A few months ago we looked at another of their projects, an energy-efficient home with Mid-Century Modern styling. This one sits in a neighborhood of heritage Craftsman and Edwardian houses, and so architect Bryn Davidson designed it to fit in, giving it a gabled roof, eaves brackets, shingle siding and appropriate windows. The cool gray paint is nicely balanced by the wood doors, porch post, soffits and fence.
The ground floor is taken up by the open plan living space. The floor plan is somewhat L-shaped, which gives the kitchen a bit of separation from the sitting area. Patio doors lead from the sitting area to a private patio at the side of the house. The main entrance door opens into a small entry alcove to the side of the living area, providing a bit more privacy. The entry alcove even has a coat closet, something which is too often omitted from small house plans.
The bedrooms and bathroom are on the upper floor. Both bedrooms have a cozy feel with vaulted ceilings that slope down low to the floor. An intersecting gable and exposed beams add architectural interest to one of the bedrooms while a skylight brightens the other. Altogether, the laneway house has 1,050 ft2 (97.5 m2) of floor space, which includes roughly 200 ft2 (18.5 m2) for the garage.
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