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Cute and little house in the woods.

Trying to fit as much living space — and style — into 500 square feet can be a real challenge.  You can see how that challenge is being met on the Vancouver Heritage Foundation Laneway House Tour on Saturday, October 19.  Get your tickets now for a great afternoon of discovering all the ways designers meet the constraints of building a home in a tightly restricted size limitation.  Our place and one other are the smallest homes at 500 square feet.  Some of the others go up to nearly 1000.  But in every one you will find lots of great decorating and renovating ideas.

Be listening to the Home Discovery Show Sunday morning, October 13, for a chance to win tickets to the tour!

Far away from Vancouver’s urban densification, homeowners outside of Golden, Colarado found themselves with a similar dilemna.  They wanted to build a studio/guest house close to their main dwelling, up in the Rocky Mountains.  But they were restricted by building codes to build in the footprint of a recently-demolished shack — to just 500 square feet.  And they wanted the new structure to fit in with the rustic style of their existing residence.

As this story in Houzz shows, the answer was a delightful little “Hobbit House” seemingly growing out of the granite of the hills.

Rustic Exterior by Golden Architects & DesignersTKP Architects pc

From the quaint rounded front door to the slate roof, every detail was carefully planned and executed.  Guests can make themselves at home in a loft bed

Rustic Bedroom by Golden Architects & Designers TKP Architects pc
Or a Murphy bed
Rustic Bedroom by Golden Architects & Designers TKP Architects pc
And the “kitchen” is actually a studio for the owner, a jewellery designer
Rustic Living Room by Golden Architects & Designers TKP Architects pc
There’s a modern bathroom that still fits the quaint esthetic (a custom concrete sink keeps the theme going).
Rustic Powder Room by Golden Architects & Designers TKP Architects pc
And the fireplace and open beams are a perfect way to incorporate “Hobbit” charm. The mullioned windows along one side are actually doors that slide open to the deck.
Rustic Living Room by Golden Architects & Designers TKP Architects pc
Once again we see that good design can overcome site difficulties.  Who wouldn’t want to make their way to this guest house after a day of hiking or skiing?
Rustic Exterior by Golden Architects & Designers TKP Architects pc

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

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