This lane house in Vancouver has been given a makeover and a new contemporary expansion has been added to the traditional home. The family needed to expand their living space and this was the main reason they added the extension of the lane house. Thus, Laneway House by Alex Glegg Design was born to accommodate the growing family and their visitors.
Exterior Area: (Laneway House by Alex Glegg Design)
The design of the house cleverly bridges the indoor and outdoor divide; while ensuring that the home is big enough to suit the owners. The lane house needed to be welcoming for year-round use as well. At the back, there is a rear yard which is private but still provides a strong connection to the main house. The main house is a two-storey home with a partially sunken basement. The lane house and main house are connected by the patio and deck area.
The facade uses wood siding from Nakamoto Forestry and is very low maintenance. This is made from cypress and intensely burned as a preservative heat treatment using a traditional Japanese millwork process. The special heat treatment burns off hemicellulose, making the planks insect- and fungus-resistant; and increases the surface temperature of combustion to improve fire resistance.
Moving inside the lane house, you can see that the living area has two sets of foldaway doors designed without a corner post; which can be opened up for a view of the outdoors, creating a seamless connection. Meanwhile, the living area’s ceiling is vaulted up towards the main house so that natural light and air can flow inside the house. The kitchen and family room open onto a small deck. A half flight of stairs leads down to the rear garden, parking area, and lane for accessibility.
All images taken from Alex Glegg Design unless otherwise stated.
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