Buttercup laneway house in Vancouver

Buttercup Guest House, a 780 sq ft backyard cottage with a bedroom and bathroom on both floors. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

This Craftsman-style laneway house sits in a Vancouver, Canada, backyard. The Buttercup Guest House is one of the hundreds of laneway houses built in Vancouver since its laneway housing program was adopted 2009. The goal of the program was to increase the supply and variety of housing within the city, but some of them, like Buttercup, are being used as vacation rentals instead.

Buttercup Guest House, a 780 sq ft backyard cottage with a bedroom and bathroom on both floors. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Buttercup was built by Vancouver laneway house specialist Lanefab Design/Build. The cottage’s 780 ft2 (72.5 m2) floor plan has two bedrooms, one on the ground level and one tucked into the roof space, both of which can accommodate a queen-sized bed. There is also a bathroom on each level, giving you the choice of either single-level living or the increased privacy of an upstairs master suite. The downstairs bathroom has a bathtub while the one upstairs has a shower with a window.

Buttercup Guest House, a 780 sq ft backyard cottage with a bedroom and bathroom on both floors. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

A small recessed “front” porch faces the alley. As you enter the backyard cottage, a short hallway takes you past the bedroom and stairs to the open living space along the back half of the home. The U-shaped kitchen is at one end and the sitting area at the other. The dining space in the middle has French doors opening to a paver-stone terrace.

Buttercup Guest House, a 780 sq ft backyard cottage with a bedroom and bathroom on both floors. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The upper stair landing was designed to be big enough to include a built-in desk, allowing it to double as a small study or home office.

The Buttercup Guest House can be rented through Homeaway. Have a wonderful weekend!

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