Tag Archive: Canada

Birds’ Hill Cottage

A coastal rainforest surrounds Birds’ Hill Cottage in British Columbia. The vacation rental cottage is located on Salt Spring Island, a 90-minute ferry ride from Vancouver. With its board siding and peeled log… Continue reading

Two Birds laneway house | Lanefab

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… Continue reading

Buttercup laneway house in Vancouver

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.… Continue reading

Up the Lake and Off the Grid

Margy has written in to describe the small float home where she and her husband live full-time far off the grid and far off the paved road in coastal British Columbia. Thank you… Continue reading

The Cypress Laneway House | Smallworks

A young couple added this compact laneway house to their property in Vancouver, BC, intending to use it as a “mortgage helper” by renting it out. Because their lot is located on a… Continue reading

Contemporary coastal cottage on Bowen Island, BC

Visitors to coastal British Columbia can enjoy ocean views from this small cottage on Bowen Island, just a short ferry ride from Vancouver. Other windows look into the adjacent forest of majestic cedars… Continue reading

Tiny house for sale in Vancouver — must be moved

$20000 / 250ft2 – Tiny house / cabin / studio (Vancouver) 12′ x 24′ footprint tiny house FOR SALE! Yes, the entire house! So reads an ad on Craigslist for Vancouver, British Columbia.… Continue reading

Coastal cottage on Grand Manan Island

The relative isolation of an island community isn’t for everybody, but for many it would be a dream come true. Today Doris shares with us her charming coastal cottage and the island where… Continue reading

A storybook cob cottage

Cob is an age-old method of building that can be used to create very unique organically-shaped structures. This particular example, called the Cob Cottage, is situated on Mayne Island, a quiet and laid-back… Continue reading

Artwood Cottage

Artwood Cottage is a cozy vacation hideaway in the woods on Pender Island, part of the Gulf Islands chain along the southern coast of British Columbia. The small cottage was restored by its… Continue reading

The Totems | Henry Yorke Mann

Surrounded by towering trees and the tranquil water of a man-made pond, “the Totems” has an almost mystical quality. The roof of the log cabin is carried by massive abstracted totem pole figures… Continue reading

Magnolia Tree Lane House | Lanefab

Magnolia Tree Lane House is a stylish new laneway house in Vancouver, built in the backyard of an existing house. It is named for the beautiful mature magnolia tree that was the centerpiece… Continue reading

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… Continue reading

A laneway house for a young family | Lanefab

A couple and their infant son live in this laneway house in Vancouver, Canada. Like many owners of laneway houses in Vancouver, where property prices are still extremely high, they had their new… Continue reading

Chalet EXP, a tiny modern cabin for Quebec’s wilderness parks

Quebec’s provincial park system has been introducing a new model of cabin accommodation with a modern design. Chalet EXP (“experience”) is a wood structure with a studio floor plan designed for two.

An off-grid cob retreat on a private bluff

Stoltz Bluff Eco-Retreat sits on 40 acres of private forest land overlooking a river valley on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. The small house was designed and hand-built by owners Tonya and Leon using… Continue reading

An energy-efficient contemporary laneway house by Lanefab

Laneway housing continues to grow in popularity wherever it is allowed and Vancouver, Canada is no exception. Over 500 of the accessory dwellings have been built there since Vancouver first approved them in… Continue reading

Solar Decathlon 2013: Borealis, a small house for shared living

Team Alberta Solar Decathlon took a unique approach to the Solar Decathlon 2013 competition. Their entry, called Borealis, is designed to be shared by unrelated housemates. The small house features two separate bedroom… Continue reading

Scott and Tania’s “Pint-Sized House” | Architrix Design Studio

Though looking very much like a restored Edwardian worker’s cottage from the early 1900’s, this small house was actually completed just last year. It is the home of Tania and Scott, a newlywed… Continue reading

A loft-like laneway house by Lanefab

Lanefab Design/Build recently completed this laneway house in the backyard of their clients’ existing house in Vancouver, Canada. The owners are renting the laneway house out for now but plan to eventually move… Continue reading

Studio37, a modern prefab cottage | Small Modern Living

More and more cities are allowing small houses to be built in the backyards of existing houses. Whether called accessory dwelling units, granny flats or garden cottages, they increase urban density without changing… Continue reading

A post and beam cabin in the B.C. woods

Monika and Sam built this small cabin of their own design near Horsefly Lake in central British Columbia. They had no real plans but as Sam is a log home builder and Monika… Continue reading

Weekend Fun: The Gambier Island Tiny Getaway Cabin

This attractive little cabin overlooks the coastal waters and islands of British Columbia. It is located in a development of recreational lots on Gambier Island, just north of Vancouver. The vendor is offering… Continue reading

The Sea and Sky Cottage on Cape Breton Island

The Cape Breton landscape is dotted with small gable-roofed houses, often shingled and with minimal roof overhangs. The Sea and Sky Cottage was designed by architect Craig Applegath and artist Stewart Applegath to… Continue reading

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