A charming laneway cottage in Vancouver | Smallworks
Like a growing number of cities across North America, Vancouver allows homeowners to build an accessory dwelling unit behind the existing house provided there is a back alley. This laneway house, as they are called in Vancouver, was designed and built by Smallworks Studios/Laneway Housing, a firm that specializes in these small houses.
Because this cottage is built on a corner lot, the front entrance was placed facing the flanking street. The roof overhang extends a bit to form a canopy over the bright red entrance door, which opens to a small entry area with a coat closet to one side and a staircase starting up on the other. The living room is straight ahead while the eat-in kitchen is to the right, facing the alley.
The living room and kitchen are open to each other but subtly separated by the upper part of the stairs. A bathroom is located in a shed-roofed ell opposite the entry. Rounding out the ground floor is a laundry closet in the kitchen area and some storage space accessed from outside.
The owners chose exterior finishes and colors to match the main house. On the inside, Craftsman-style window and door casings relate back to the traditional exterior. Aside from that, the interior leans more towards the contemporary with polished concrete floors, glossy cabinetry, the subway tile kitchen backsplash and a cool shade of gray paint.
The L-shaped stair lands in the center of the upper floor, providing efficient access to two bedrooms and a second bathroom. Altogether the cottage has 675 ft2 (62.7 m2) of living space plus 40 ft2 (3.7 m2) of additional storage.
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