As demand for Vancouver housing continues to rise, the number of people looking to capitalize on the need for alternative and affordable options grows too.
And one company is betting that even the laneway home can be downsized.
“We said ‘why isn’t someone doing this in the laneway market as well?'” says Geoff Baker of Westcoast Outbuildings.
“There’s definitely demand for it, there’s definitely need for it, and I don’t see a better time to do it.”
Baker’s company specializes in building small buildings from their North Vancouver facility, before shipping and installing them at the client’s location of choice.
PHOTOS: Some of the one-room buildings Westcoast Studio has built in B.C.
But now they’re looking to build larger structures and turn them into mini laneway houses. They would have showers, in-house laundry, electricity and wifi, but no larger than about 500 square feet. Baker believes it would provide the same benefits as regular laneway homes – for both owner and renter – with a maximum price of $150,000.
“We can build from beginning to end…at a 3-and-a-half week process for 300 square feet as a laneway house, where as on site you could be looking at 2-4 months for a similar-sized structure,” he says.