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When is a garage not a garage?

There’s a new house being built down the street from our rental suite.  It’s a huge mega house and I wasn’t surprised to see a structure being built behind it, on the lane.  But I was disappointed when it became obvious it was going to be a garage — not a laneway house.  There’s a laneway house just two doors down from it, but they decided to put cars and not people in that space.

It seems such a waste to me. I would like to see that space turned over to densification.  But it’s not too late!  They could still do it — according to Apartment Therapy, Naomi and her husband turned their two-car garage in Portland into a lovely and liveable Accessory Dwelling Unit.  It’s a great story.

PortlandKitchen

It is now a beautiful, modern living space modern with open plan, great daylight and highly energy efficient with many sustainable features. Highlights include re-used materials from Portland’s Rebuilding Center; 11 inch thick insulated walls which maintain a comfortable temperature range year round; radiant heating under our concrete floor; solar panels; combination washer/dryer in one; and a barn door made from reclaimed old growth fir.

That barn door adds interest and privacy to the home while saving space.  A simple shelf becomes an office with the use of a laptop.

PortlandDoor

The decor is fresh and modern but keeps a cozy feel.

PortlandLounge

Naomi rents out the main house on the property, and she and her husband live in the suite.  The money they make/save allows them to travel.

I think that’s a better use for the land — a comfortable and attractive home that fits into the neighbourhood.

PortlandExteriorRead the whole story at Apartment Therapy.

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

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