Vancouver Family Heritage
Vancouver homeowners turn single family home into duplex with carriage house with the help of the My House Design/Build Team. A beautiful story of thoughtful density, enabling families to stay near each other and share the costs and benefits of being homeowners in a strata-free environment.
Turning Single Family Home into Duplex plus a Laneway House
As children, the homeowners grew up on this corner, once living as siblings with parents in the original house that stood here. Fast forward several decades, now adults, the siblings enjoy their childhood neighbourhood with their own families in a beautiful new duplex. This new build (also considered a townhouse build, as the awards below recognize) captured the heritage look of the original home and surrounding neighbourhood while also providing two families their own space in new, energy-efficient, beautifully functional homes. Their parents, too, are close by, in the new custom designed laneway house in the back.
The City of Vancouver is now encouraging homeowners to densify their single-family lots, allowing secondary suites to be built starting in 2003, and laneway houses since 2009.
Watch the videos lower on this page to see the demolition and construction phases as Vancouver homeowners turn single family home into duplex and carriage house.
2015 BC Georgie Awards
Best Townhouse Development (Winner) 2016
Best Affordable Certified Home – Production or Custom (Finalist)
2015 GVHBA Ovation Awards
BC Housing Award for Excellence in Creating Affordable Housing Choices (Winner)
Best Townhouse/Rowhome Community: Less than 1,500 s.f. (Winner)
Excellence in Innovation & Sustainability in New Residential Construction (Finalist)