Vancouver Laneway Homes

Vancouver Laneway Homes

Affordable, Sustainable Living in a Laneway Home
Designed and Built by Kerr Construction

In July 28, 2009 the City of Vancouver approved Laneway Homes to be built on lots where normally a garage would be placed.

Laneway Homes Offer Supportable Eco-Density

kerr construction laneway homes

Vancouver and other cities in the Lower Mainland have found that building laneway homes creates an excellent source of affordable rental homes for urban residents in an environmentally sustainable manner.

Part of the reason behind this project is the effort to increase the number of people living in Vancouver; and in the drive for eco-density, this type of building provides an affordable self contained second home on a single-family lot, while giving privacy and green space to all occupants. A rented laneway house can also provide an additional source of income for the homeowner.

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A Laneway House For Aging Family Members?

Building a laneway home on an existing lot is a good way to care for aging family members, or accommodate the need for affordable living space for young families. Recently, in an article about the 2012 Laneway Homes Tour that took place in October, the Vancouver Heritage Foundation noted that these small homes have become popular among those dealing with the challenges of affordability … “with rising housing costs, the laneway house has become a popular alternative for urban couples looking to move out of parents’ basements or highrise rentals.”

Preserving Historic Homes By Building a Laneway Home

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation also noted that laneway homes can provide financial benefits for the owner of the property’s main residence. “Built behind existing homes, these structures offer added income for the owner, can be a great rental option for young families, and preserve historic homes by infilling rear yards, which allows for gentler densification versus demolition and new builds.”

Laneway Homes

Vancouver Laneway Homes Requirements:

  • RS-1 and RS-5 Single Family areas
  • Lots 33’ wide and wider with an open lane, on a double fronting street or on a corner with a corner with a lane dedication
  • Unit within the area on the rear 26’ of the lot with a minimum 16’ separation between the laneway home and the main house
  • Rental or Family only no strata titled
  • Minimum of one on-site parking space
  • Unit size will be based on the lot size with a maximum of 750 sq ft
  • 1 and 1 ½ storey configurations are acceptable

Laneway Homes 

Kerr Construction can design and build your ideal laneway home.
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Some Testimonials from Our Past Clients

House Renovation. Good comprehensive work on project from initial discussion of concepts to architectural design to execution to lockup. Work was well done and has...

M, Vancouver

HomeStars Review

We are very happy with our new home office thanks to Kerr Construction. Their team, including project managers, trades and sub-trades, is professional, friendly and...

C.M, North Vancouver

We would like to thank you for renovating the bathroom of our 60 year old house. The work was essentially completed within three weeks as...

B & E, Vancouver

Kerr did worked on several projects in on house. They replaced all the interior doors in our house, put in new hardware frames, crown moldings...

Ron, Vancouver

HomeStars Review

We hired Kerr Construction to tear down our 25 year old North Van bungalow right down to the concrete foundations, and then rebuild it 50%...

Kaufman, North Van

Google Review

We are extremely pleased with the quality of the work performed by the Kerr crew on our renovation. They were onsite, ready to work everyday...

Dale T., New Westminster

This letter will confirm that Kerr Construction has done many jobs for the Justice Institute and we have found his work to be of first...

P.W., Vancouver

Renovation of decks. The work was performed on time. I was always kept informed of their progress. The quality of the work was very good...

Neil, Kitsilano

HomeStars Review

Kerr gives detailed info before the work begins with regard to what will be happening and when, they stick to that plan and clean up...

Penny P., Vancouver

GuildQuality Review

Kerr Construction did an outstanding job on our very extensive and complicated renovation project. We have a circa 1925 Heritage home which we loved but...

Anna K., Vancouver


Our Projects Run Smoothly,
On Budget and On Schedule

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schedule makes a successful home renovation or
new building construction



Detailed Planning,
Skilled Workmanship

At Kerr we think through all the little details
and how things will function, like which way doors
will swing on the cabinets or the fridge



The Homeowner is
Part of the Process

This puts the homeowner in control
and is the best way to make sure they
are getting the most value out of their project