Having a little cottage behind her home has always been a dream for Ocea Ringrose.
“Growing up as a kid I always loved the idea of having a little coach house or a little studio house,” Ringrose said. “It’s just so cool.”
In one year, Ringrose will have that cottage.
She and her partner, Colin Meacham, are tearing down their home, built in 1927, and rebuilding it along with a laneway house, an option they wouldn’t have had a year ago.
The last July to allow laneway housing in areas currently zoned for.
“Being at Trout Lake, we’re on a peat bog here. So everything’s sinking,” Ringrose said. “We waited long enough for the city to implement laneway housing so we feel really lucky that now we have an opportunity to do something special.”
Ronda Howard, a senior city planner, said Vancouverites expressed interest in housing aging parents near caregivers, and providing starter homes for adult children in their own communities.
But building and development permits, , construction fees and landscaping fees make laneway housing expensive.