This weekend the designer, Laurel, came over to show us the concepts the team had come up with for the renos and the laneway house. This is the preliminary preliminary part of the design process.
First they showed us all the plot lines, etc. of the current home. The property slopes quite a bit from the front to the back, and that gives them some chances to put the laneway house onto more than two levels.
Then they showed us three ideas for the basement reno. The idea is to split the space into a legal suite and a family room/bedroom/bathroom/laundry room combo for the homeowners (DD and DSIL). The first plan was a split with one third suite and two thirds family room etc — not quite right. Then they showed a design for a half and half arrangement — too much suite and not enough family etc. Then, just like that Goldilocks story, they showed one that was just right! The suite will be a studio, but the family room, etc, is lovely and spacious, with room for a nice bedroom.
Then they showed us a very clever way to split the back yard between two spaces, that could be combined just by opening a gate. Very handy when one of the homes will have a dog and the other home will not. Or will have a different dog.
Then onto the laneway design. The first design they showed us was the main floor — bedroom with closets, bath, laundry, etc. Nice, but…..Then they showed us the design tweaked by moving the closets out of the bedroom and into a separate space with the washer. Yes! Love it. Love the staircase. Love the idea of French doors onto the yard half way up the staircase (using the slope in the yard to provide access at that level). The top floor looked great, too. Small galley kitchen with counter for eating. Very small sitting room with good-sized deck. Loved it. Loved the roof lines, too. Many levels of flat roof (living roofy-garden) with a gable open to the top floor over the stair case. So light and airy! They also had plans drawn up for a top floor with a gable roof — there would be more storage on top, but the design was ix-nayed by Cal, who just didn’t like it as well. I didn’t like it as well, but it was also cheaper. When someone says cheaper, even if I know I don’t like it nearly as well, something deep in my wallet says to give it a chance. So it’s good that I don’t have to consider that plan. Too much choice makes a person insane.
Next Saturday we will go for the Lane Home Tour put on by the Vancouver Heritage Foundation. DD had to bow out because she is attending a wedding, so we were able to offer her ticket to Laurel. Looking forward to seeing what other people are doing with their homes.