Incredible Small Home With a Balcony


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This Vancouver Arts and Crafts Laneway House sits snug beside it’s main house and is well fitted to a community with lots of children.

On an open, wide corner lot over-looking a tree lined street, this home with its big balcony adds family eyes on the street and helps create a safe play area where children have both a sense of independence and security knowing parents and care givers are close at hand. A well proportioned Vancouver Laneway House to suit small scale neighborhoods, this home displays a superb application of traditional architecture in a modest footprint.

The Arts & Crafts – Version 1 is anchored by a functional U-shaped kitchen with bar seating. A sitting room acts as a buffer space and connects an outdoor living space to the interior. Large closets as well as under-height storage spaces support a functional cozy space. Floorplans include 1 layout for this version of the Arts & Crafts.

The Arts & Crafts – Version 2 has a U-shaped kitchen with a sink under the window providing a functional and enjoyable work space for cooking. With two rooms on the second level, this model works well for home-based entrepreneurs or studious professionals. The larger of the two upper rooms has a connected balcony creating a luxurious master bedroom setting. Floorplans include 2 alternate layouts for this version of the Arts & Crafts.

The Arts & Crafts – Version 3 is a great fit for those looking for a substantial rental unit or a cozy starter home, or for those looking to downsize from a full-size house. It boasts maximum storage on each level and a generous open concept living space. Floorplans include 3 alternate layouts for this version of the Arts & Crafts.

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