Missing “Middle Housing”

Missing “Middle Housing” May Be Filled by Tsawwassen, BC Prototype Cottage A unique prototype home in Tsawwassen, BC has the potential to provide a new level of affordability for single-family houses creating that “missing middle housing” between a conventional single family home and a townhouse or condominium apartment. The 1,190 square foot prototype cottage is… Continue reading Missing “Middle Housing”

Smallworks’ Laneway Housing Report – Vol. 1 No. 6

Our latest newsletter reviews the Vancouver talk given by Ross Chapin, exponent of the pocket neighbourhood, and encapsulates the upcoming refinements of Vancouver’s Laneway Housing Program. Download a pdf of the newsletter.

Affordable Comfort Plus Connection

The small-home in a pocket neighbourhood philosophy, a la Ross Chapin, has attracted big interest in the past and continues to do so. “Livability and sustainability – not to mention affordability – are key words in the Vancouver region right now as cities struggle to balance a need to accommodate an estimated one million more… Continue reading Affordable Comfort Plus Connection

An Evening with Ross Chapin

Pencil this event into your calendar! Wednesday, January 23, 7:00 – 9:00 p.m. Fredric Lasserre Building 6333 Memorial Road University of British Columbia Vancouver, BC For 15 years, Ross Chapin, FAIA, an architect, land planner and author from Seattle, WA, has pioneered the advocacy of Pocket Neighbourhoods, small-scale settings with a shared commons that foster a sense… Continue reading An Evening with Ross Chapin

Smallworks’ Laneway Housing Report – Vol. 1 No. 5

Total of 61 Smallworks’ laneway houses occupied, under construction and/or in process! Plus, parking vs. sustainable land use: Should Vancouver price residential parking to equal transit costs? And, a peak at a Smallworks-designed home energy efficiency feature. Read all the details…

Smallworks’ Laneway Housing Report – Vol. 1 No. 4

More exciting news from Smallworks in Issue 4 of our Laneway Housing Report! Read about the newly formed advocacy group, Small Housing BC, plus, discover how that “missing middle housing”—the affordable option between a conventional single family home and a townhouse or condominium apartment—may be filled by a unique cottage-style home built by Smallworks as a prototype for… Continue reading Smallworks’ Laneway Housing Report – Vol. 1 No. 4

Smallworks’ Laneway Housing Report – Vol. 1 No. 3

Issue 3 of our Laneway Housing Report describes Smallworks’ design solution for a livable space. Yes, space really does matter and fitting a workable design within the constricted footprint available for a laneway house on a 33 ft. wide lot is a challenge but Smallworks is up to it! Also, discover how Smallworks stands up for… Continue reading Smallworks’ Laneway Housing Report – Vol. 1 No. 3

Smallworks’ Laneway Housing Report – Vol. 1 No. 2

Have a look at the second issue of our Laneway Housing Report and read about how our standard designs speed up approvals and improve quality control but still allow for homeowner personalization, how laneway housing could be made more affordable, and how investing in a new laneway home can help you unlock and leverage the… Continue reading Smallworks’ Laneway Housing Report – Vol. 1 No. 2

Smallworks’ Laneway Housing Report – Vol. 1 No. 1

Have a look at the premiere issue of our new publication and read about what motivates a laneway house purchaser, our ideas on how the Laneway Housing Program could be improved, plus our proprietary high performance wall system.