What Are Laneway Homes By The Way?
A laneway home can be described as a second home that is usually built in a house’s garage or backyard space. It is comparatively smaller than the actual house and also detached from it, usually opening to a back lane.
Why Do We Need Laneway Houses?
Laneway homes were first built in Vancouver as an attempt to increase the urban density without compromising a families’ privacy and/or single family feel in an area. The development of laneway houses allow more and more people to live in already existing urban area which is close to their colleges/universities, workplace etc, at an affordable rate, thus contributing to an area’s sustainability. Also, they have been serving as ideal places for the elderly, caregivers and adult children who want to live independently.
On the other hand, development of laneway homes also allows home owners to earn some extra money by utilizing the extra spaces of their land.
Laneway Houses in Calgary
Laneway homes and secondary suites are becoming more popular in Calgary granting that they can be built many ways; as stand alone buildings, above a garage or in a basement. To be classed as a legal suite and to conform with all city building codes can be a big investment but it is also a very smart investment as you are adding square footage of livable space to your home. Not only does this add value to your land but also gives you the option to rent the space out as a mortgage helper.
According to the design guidelines and regulations put forward by the government, anyone who is considering building a laneway home in Canada should keep the following things in mind:
⦁ Laneway homes should be a single storey. In the past, the government has received several complaints with regard to the mutli-storey laneway houses affecting privacy. Therefore, to limit the impact on neighbours, the authorities have come up with this law.
⦁ Open space in backyard should be maintained
⦁ There should be at least a 16 feet separation or gap between the main house and the laneway home that will make the backyard open space.
⦁ The government also asks the home owner to make sure there is at least a 3 feet wide fire access path free and clear, along one of the sides to the laneway homes entrance.
⦁ Another thing to remember is that the laneway home should have access to an open lane.
Are you Eligible?
A laneway home can be constructed in as small as a 32 feet space in any of the single family residential areas. To make sure you are eligible to construct a laneway home in your backyard, contact the City of Calgary's Planning and Development Service Center to find out if your lot is eligible and if this type of construction is allowed.
Aspire Renovations has been actively working in Calgary to help homeowners with everything that is involved in the process of constructing a laneway house. Call (403) 796- 4044 today to discuss your project and make this amazing addition to your home.