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We have a cunning plan

We went over to see Laurel at  Novell and signed the contract and looked at the final plans and picked up our copies of the plans and the permits and signed a whopping great cheque.  And all is well. Better than well, really.

Would you like to see what the place will look like?

Like this:



(click on the images to embiggen)

That’s the main floor — nice, dark bedroom with a lovely bright bath with the walk-in shower we wanted. Plus the washer/dryer, the clothes closet outside the sleeping space, and the storage for our shoes int the bottom two stairs.  Then upstairs


the adorably small sitting room with the kitchen of our dreams — compact but just what we want. Plus the walk-out to the deck with green, living roof  all around it. A little deck off the north side stepping into our garden.

By the way, we were wondering the outside dimensions of the sectional we will be getting for our sitting area, so Novell kindly marked out the measurements — 4’2″ by 6’91/2″.

That is not the whole plan, of course, there is also a look at what the outside will be:


That’s what you’ll see walking up the lane — except with lovely plants around the front door on the lower left. The pitched  metal roof is rolled steel, continuing onto the cladding on the front of the deck. the siding and the board and batten will be painted to match the main house.

Going clockwise, if you can sneak between the fence and the house, on the west side:


See how you walk in on the lane level of the house and walk out on the yard level, with all the light coming through the windows. We have great plans for a green space between the home and the fence.

If you walk out the basement of the main house, you’ll see this:


The metal roof is rolled steel, and you see how the foundation continues below grade — that’s our bedroom.  You see the bedroom window, with the little window between the counter and the upper cabinets of the kitchen on that side of the house.

And of course, the east side of the building:


The bump up on the garage roof will be covered in living roof — with bulbs planted for a beautiful spring garden just outside our kitchen window.

S’pretty swell, isn’t it? You see how we couldn’t just buy a plan off the rack– the slope of the lot, plus our need for the special engineering the living roof requires meant that we needed something a little more…custom

Start of build will be May 13, and should last 30 weeks.

Bon yoyage, our little home!

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Starting the adventure of building a laneway house in the real-estate jungle of Vancouver, BC

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