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, I have decided that they aren’t for me. However, I do believe that they can definitely work for many and can be seen as a low impact way to solve population density in Vancouver with housing prices as high as they are.
The Google work environment promotes creativity, collaboration and the sharing of ideas, through the effective design layout, which sets itself apart from the typical office. Located in the Electra Tower in central Tel Aviv, the office boasts views of the city and sea through full length windows, while allowing in generous amounts of natural light. Communication is key in this office and it is shown through 50% of the floor plan being open. Perfect for conversation, many areas display a casual demeanor of comfortable lounge seating consisting of banquettes, booths, or benches. The other half of the space is more enclosed, to allow focus and privacy. Each floor of the 8,000 m2 office is contrasted by aspects of the diversity in Israel, portraying a different theme relating to the building’s surroundings. The Google cafeteria features three restaurants, each themed differently: Non-kosher, kosher dairy and kosher meat. Featuring a slide between floors, a Lego room, music room, full gym and a rooftop overlooking the Mediterranean Sea, this office could be enough motivation to make most opt (or lust) for a career change. The project is currently awaiting LEED Platinum certification; If granted, this will be the first of its category in Israel.
Ten million pennies, or $100,000 is the cost equivalent for building supplies that the Habitat for Humanity can use to build a safe, affordable home for one family. With the ultimate goal of collecting 690 million pennies, the Habitat can build an additional 69 homes across Canada.