Two Birds laneway house | Lanefab

The Two Birds laneway house, an energy-efficient modern home with two bedrooms in a 940 sq ft single-level plan. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The Two Birds laneway house is somewhat of an anomaly for Vancouver, Canada. Because it is built on a large (for Vancouver) lot of 80′ in width, architect Bryn Davidson of Lanefab Design/Build was able to design a floor plan with two bedrooms on a single level.

The home’s 940 ft2 (87.3 m2) floor space is divided into two rectangular volumes arranged in an L shape around the sunny south-facing patio. The two parts are separated slightly, joined only by the narrow neck of the entry hall. The larger part contains the public spaces and one of the bedrooms, while the other is the master bedroom suite. The floor plan lends itself to building in phases, starting with just a small one-bedroom house and only proceeding with the second bedroom when it is needed or the budget allows.

The Two Birds laneway house, an energy-efficient modern home with two bedrooms in a 940 sq ft single-level plan. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

The main living space opens to the patio with a folding window wall. The room has a high ceiling that follows the line of the shed roof. Reclaimed timber beams add a slight rustic touch to the otherwise contemporary interior. A corner window seat with lowered ceiling creates an intimate dining alcove within the larger living space.

The Two Birds laneway house, an energy-efficient modern home with two bedrooms in a 940 sq ft single-level plan. | www.facebook.com/SmallHouseBliss

Clerestory windows were used in the bathrooms and bedrooms to get natural light without giving up privacy. For views, the master bedroom has windows on either side of the bed looking into fenced-off pocket gardens. One small garden is tucked between the master bedroom wing and the main house, where it can also be seen from the entry hall.

The small house was designed to be very energy-efficient with a superinsulated shell. Triple-glazed windows are set in 13″-thick walls built from structural insulated panels. With some passive solar gain, very little additional heating is required.

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Photographs by Colin Perry, courtesy of Lanefab Design/Build.

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