Monday, November 17, 2014

3 Bedroom, 2 Bath, 1000 sq/ft

Our Laneway House plans by Lanefab
It might have been about a year and a half ago when I asked my wife what she thought about building a laneway house on my parents' property. At the time she wasn't really into the idea and was more into getting our own place. We were, and still are, renting a 1 bedroom apartment near City Hall and weren't really in a rush to move. We like the neighbourhood, it's close to my wife's work and it's pretty central for us (from family, downtown, etc). That all changed when we found out that we were expecting. 
I remember we went out for a walk and I brought up the laneway house idea again. I think by that time we had gone out to look at a few townhouses and looked at renting a two bedroom in our neighbourhood - both very expensive, I guess the laneway option was looking better and better. 

One of the key things that we wanted from a laneway house was having 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. I know that is a lot to ask for in a space that is just under 1000 sq/ft (which is the size limit of a laneway house), but we knew that having this configuration would help make the laneway house our almost forever home. Timing worked well in our favour because at around the time when we finally decided to build a laneway house the rules for building an attached garage had changed. The new rules make it so that you no longer have to build a garage, which really helped us get a configuration that maximizes our space. 

Our initial list of wants were: 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 bathrooms, 2 storeys, balcony, patio, and two of the bedrooms had to be on the second level with an ensuite. If you look at the image of Bryn's mock up from the previous post you can see that we were a bit too ambitious with our small laneway house. In the next post I'll break down why we went from 2 storeys to 1.


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