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Would you like to OWN a laneway house?

Don’t you love going to home and garden design shows?  You walk into a large hall, someone hands you a reusable shopping bag, and you walk out with a lot of brochures and information on how to live beautifully.

Well, at this year’s IDSwest show, September 19 through 22 at Vancouver Convention Centre West, you could walk out with a lovely new laneway home.

It’s in support of Alzheimer’s research, and you, too, could own a snazzy, carefully designed laneway home.

And while you’re at the show, be sure to check out the living roof on the convention centre.

About ladywholivesdownthelane

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

4 responses »

  1. Winning your own laneway sure would be sweet! I wonder if we could get it in our backyard 🙂 We’ll be there on Friday evening in the hopes that we can get a clearer idea of how we want to furnish the kitchen and bathrooms of our new place. Maybe we’ll meet get to meet you?

    • It would be great to meet sometime. We’re not quite ready to entertain yet, but are looking forward to it. It’s important to actually be in the house to see how everything is going to fit. Just looking at plans is not going to answer all your questions. For instance, it was while standing in the middle of the room that I realized that my dreams of a) tilt and turn windows, and b) silhouette blinds from Hunter Douglas are mutually exclusive. You can’t install those blinds on those windows. Now we’re scrambling for alternatives. And that prize laneway is sweet, isn’t it?

  2. Building a house is just like that isn’t it! We did get warning fairly early that the combination of the windows and joists our architect spec’d would make fitting blinds a challenge but compared to figuring out the mechanical it really didn’t seem very important to figure out so hmm… I think we’ll have to wait until the windows go in to really think about how that’s going to work out. Fortunately it’s just the living spaces that are like that. If it were that way in the bedrooms (where I happen to like black out curtains) we definitely would have stopped to figure it out.

    • Yup, it doesn’t matter how many times you stare at a blueprint, or gaze at a rendering, when you are standing in the middle of the room and you realize….hey, these windows go all the way to the ceiling. Hmmmmmm. And they open to the inside! Hmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm. Back to catalogues and on-line searches. But we think we’ve worked it out.


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