BUILDING YOUR LANEWAY HOUSE

Do you love your home but feel that you are running out of space?  A laneway home or coach house could be the perfect solution for you.  Silvercrest Custom Homes & Renovations will help you maximize the potential of your laneway house Vancouver to give you the additional space that you need.

If you are interested in finding out if your property is applicable for a laneway home or coach house, contact us for a complementary consultation today!  We’d be happy to give you all the information you need to fully understand the process and financing needed to build a laneway home in Vancouver.

Building It Right

 

Greg Birch CPA,CGA

Greg is known for his building sensibility and construction of affordable, high performance homes with the latest technology. 

Greg graduated with a degree in Bachelor of Business Administration from Simon Fraser University and holds a Chartered Professional Accountant designation. He is responsible for overseeing project management for every one of our builds and renovations. Greg’s philosophy is about staying true and authentic to style and creating a comfortable, functional and affordable living environment.

 

FULL TRANSPARENCY WITH SILVERCREST CUSTOMER PROJECT PORTAL

People are choosing Silvercrest Custom Homes and Renovations because we provide transparency and control for our clients. Our clients can view construction progress, approve sub-trade quotes, make interior finish selections and much more anywhere and anytime by accessing our cloud based Customer Project Portal on their desktop or smart phone. Not tech savvy, no worries, we still have you covered.  Get daily progress reports emailed to you directly, telephone meetings,  onsite reviews,  or schedule weekly in person meetings. Click on the video to find out more about our process and how it protects you.

 

IS YOUR LOT ELIGIBLE FOR A LANEWAY HOME?

Some of the key regulations for laneway homes are as follows:

  • Located on a lot at least 33 feet wide
  • Property must have open lane on a double fronting street or on a corner with lane dedication
  • Fire access must be provided from the street along one of the side yards to the entrance of the laneway home
  • Minimum of one on-site parking space must be provided
  • A minimum of 16 feet separation is required between the main house and laneway house

 

WHAT SIZE OF LANEWAY HOME CAN I BUILD?

We determine the most effective size and shape of your laneway home during the first step of our process:

  • Maximum allowable unit size is based on lot size, to a maximum of 900 sq. ft. For example, a maximum unit size of approximately 650 square foot is allowed on a 33 ft. x 122 ft. lot.
  • 1 and 1½ storey configurations are possible, with guidelines to address upper storey massing, privacy and shadowing

If you are interested in finding out if your property is applicable for a laneway home or coach house, contact us for a complementary consultation today!  We’d be happy to give you all the information you need to fully understand the process and financing needed to build a laneway home or coach house.

 

HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE TO BUILD MY LANEWAY?

Step 1

Survey and Plan Design

The Survey and Plan Design Phase involves:

  • an on-site consultation to determine opportunities and identify any site specific issues
  • we then proceed with a site survey
  • we then review floor plan design, your design is what drives our objectives
This stage usually lasts approximately 4-5 weeks
Step 2

Permit Application & Interior Design

The Permit Application & Interior Design Phase Involves:

  • the initial application for your city permits
  • interior design coordination
  • detailed plan
  • building specification listing is generated for the project

This process usually takes 3-4 months

Step 3

Budget and Allowance Preparation

The Budget and Allowance Preparation Phase Involves

  • Project is tendered for pricing from various suppliers and approved sub-trades.
  • Specialty products are sourced and priced at this time.

This process takes approx 4 weeks and runs concretely with the permit application and interior design phase.

Step 4

Budget and Allowance Review

The Budget and Allowance Review Phase Involves

  • presenting and reviewing a detailed, allowance budget
  • We begin construction of the laneway upon client acceptance.

The process usually takes 2 weeks and runs concretely with the permit application and interior design phase.

Step 5

Laneway Home Construction

Laneway Home Construction Phase Involves

  • everything from demolition of any old garages
  • framing and lock up
  • exterior details
  • all the way to the paint & interior trim works
  • the final stage of this step is issuance of the  final occupancy permit from the city

This process takes 5-6 months and will depend upon the complexity of the design.

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