The Eastside Culture Crawl is a festival that celebrates and showcases the work of local artists. The crawl is now in its 17th year and attracts approximately 15,000 visitors over the 3 day event duration. Taking place between the boundaries of Victoria Drive, Main street and 1st Avenue, this is a great way to experience the heart of Vancouver’s creative community in a one stop shop.
Here is a beautiful video recap of DESIGNfinds – ‘Not Your Neighborhood Garage Sale’, courtesy of APM Production Ltd. The 5th annual sale, hosted at the North Vancouver ReStore, was a complete success. The sale not only created funding for safe, affordable housing, but also generated awareness by bringing the community together through volunteerism and of course, some wonderful design finds!
IDS West is suitably held in the Vancouver Convention Center, showcasing the beauty of design and sustainability. The West building is the first convention center in the world to receive the highest LEED rating with Platinum certification.
IDS West is the home of trade professionals, design enthusiasts and anyone looking for some inspiration. For the duration of the weekend, it provides design savvy individuals with a place to share ideas, network, shop and even learn a thing or two from guest speakers.
Below are some photos from ‘The Party on Opening Night’ and the weekend trade show.Dinner by Design Installations
The Interior Designers Institute of BC is putting together the Habitat for Humanity’s 5th annual garage sale. Hosted by the newest BC ReStore location in North Vancouver, the sale will be anything but average. Including building supplies, furniture, accessories and more, the sale features items donated by industry professionals, ensuring quality and value, without the hefty price tag.
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What is a laneway house, who lives in one, where are they built and why? Lately, I have noticed quite a few laneway houses popping up in and around Vancouver. Curiosity got the best of me, so I attended a panel discussion at the Hive with top laneway housing experts to answer a few of my questions.Section cut – two storey LWHPanel – From left to right: Kate Allen [Smallworks], Bryn Davidson [Lanefab], Sonia Erichsen [City of Vancouver] and Ellen Pond [Pembina Institute]A laneway house (LWH) is a one or two storey garage-sized home built on the lot of an existing single-family dwelling. The average LWH is approximately 590 sq ft.The minimum qualifications for a LWH are as follows: – A 33′ wide lot with lane access, or a double fronting lot
- Fire fighting access
- 16′ clearance to backyard space
- Maintenance of site permeability (green space)
- One off-street parking space, parking pad, or a parking spot inside the LWH
As Vancouver is now the most expensive North American city to live in, laneway houses can lessen the strain of mortgage payments by offering a rental income, as well as additional options for renters. This type of dwelling is typical for the aging population, adult children, caregivers and renters who wish to live in detached housing.
- Provides an alternative to renting a basement suite or apartment
- An excellent opportunity for meeting new people and having additional friendships, as many people enter and exit their home via. back entrances
- Adds more security and character to the lane
- Contributes to rental housing in the city, allowing an easier commute for jobs, services and amenities
- LWH’s meet green standards for energy and water efficiency
- Opens doors for creative “lanescaping” in the laneway, such as vertical gardens and plants
- Less accessibility for the aging population, as stairs can be seen as a major issue for the elderly to navigate
- Designated parking pads are not always used, creating wasted space
- LWH’s with a second floor can create shadows in alleyways and can also become a privacy issue where neighboring houses and yards can be completely visible
- The process for obtaining a permit to build a LWH is time consuming
- Separate connections are needed for plumbing and electrical
- Only affordable if the property is owned
- LWH’s are generally small when considering square footage
After weighing out the pros and cons of laneway housing, they can definitely work for many. As a low impact way to solve population density in Vancouver, laneway houses can provide the answer, with prices as high as they are.