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Burnaby is accepting applications for Laneway Homes

Burnaby accepting applications for Laneway Homes

Starting Monday, September 18 2023 after many months of waiting, the city of Burnaby is accepting applications for Laneway homes.

If you like to know more about the regulations and zoning, click here to know more!

We build a laneway home within 4 to 8 months after the permit is issued and have many happy clients who testify to our honesty and integrity in our project.

If you are interested in building one, please call 604-929-6696 or contact us to start your application right away! (or simply fill out the form below!)

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Eligible Properties:

First and foremost, the lot has to have vehicular access either from a lane or from a side street. Some corner lots will require approval from the engineering department.
The Laneway home will be constructed at the rear of the lot.

The lot zoning should be on a single family zoning such as R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R8, R10, R11, R12, RM1, RM2, RM3, and RM6.
Please consult with us to see if your lot is eligible for building a laneway home by clicking here.

What size can we build on a lot?

The maximum allowed floor area of a laneway home is 20% of the lot size up to a maximum of 1,507 SF. 
For example, if your lot size is 7,000 SF your laneway house can not be more than 1,400 SF.
Other considerations such as site coverage and impervious area coverage will affect the size of the home as well.

  • The Laneway home can not be more than 2 storeys
  • The maximum height can not be more than 24.93 ft for a sloped roof
  • The maximum height can not be more than 21.98 ft for a flat roof
  • Passive house has some exemptions
  • Basements and sellers are allowed in laneway homes
  • The Laneway home can not be more than 2 storey
  • The maximum height can not be more than 24.93 ft for a sloped roof
  • The maximum height can not be more than 21.98 ft for a flat roof
  • Passive house has some exemptions
  • Basement and sellers are allowed in laneway homes  
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There are other restrictions such as sideyard and rear setback, outdoor space, distance from the main house, access, servicing and the construction method that all can be taken care of by our team as soon as our client has decided to move forward with the project.

There are many benefits of investing in a laneway home construction and we assure our clients we build the most cost-effective one with the best standard in the market.
Our business module is on win-win philosophy and we take pride in having many happy clients because of our work ethic. See what our past clients say about our services by clicking here.

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The city of Burnaby is aiming to accept building permit applications by September 2023. Considering the number of homeowners who would like to apply for the permit, there will be a huge number of applicants’ anticipation. 
The question is how the city can handle the number of applications.
We experienced similar situations in other municipalities and the backlog of applications is taking years to be taken care of.
If an applicant wants to wait until September 2023 to start their process, it will take about two months to have the initial documents ready to submit to the city.

By the time the documents are ready, there will be a huge number of applicants who applied for the permit already.

The best approach is to hire the company of your choice and have them have all the documents ready and as soon as the permit application is open to submit, your application will be one of the first ones.
Fill out the form below and let us help you to build your Laneway home sooner!

We are all working toward a better community. We can do it by opening the floor for dialogue and listening to all the ideas on the table.

Contact us if you need to know more about how can you make a difference and make your home energy efficient.

 





 


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How to start building a laneway home?

How to start a Laneway house project?

Each municipalites have their own rules and regulations, some are easier to accept the laneway homes some harder.
For example, in the city of Vancouver, most properties are eligible to build a laneway home. (It’s always a good idea to call 311 and talk to the enquiry center to make sure your lot is eligible).
On the other hand, in the city of Coquitlam, only lots that are zoned as RT are eligible for building a laneway home. However, this might change soon.
The city of Burnaby is accepting the construction of laneway homes starting in the Fall of 2023 after many years of debates. Read more here.

Step by step guide:

The following is the step-by-step guide as per our experience to help you to find your way.

But if you want to make it easier, contact us and we will take care of all these steps for you and take you from a concept to the move-in to your brand new laneway home in a timely manner.

 

1-Find out the local zoning and regulations,
Check out the municipal website and call them to find out if your property qualifies for this kind of structure. Take note of the regulations, because they will have a major impact on your design. Do you have to provide off-street parking? How big can it be? Setbacks from the property line and the house?
Your designer can help you with some of them too.

The city requires that the owner occupy one of the buildings, note that this building can not be stratified.

 

2-Talk to a designer/builder,
Once you’ve confirmed that you can build a laneway house talk to a designer or a builder to get an idea about the process cost. In many cases, the builder will take care of the rest.

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3-Site survey
If you hire a builder, they will hire a surveyor for you, or you can hire a surveyor from the telephone book.
We would need a legal survey taken by a BC certified engineer to determine the lot boundary, elevations and utilities location

 

4-Talk to utilities and city services
This new house will need to hook up to sewer and water, electricity and, possibly, gas. Find out the costs of connection fees and permits so you can plan your budget. Check with your city services, BC Hydro and Fortis. Show them the site survey so they can alert you to any concerns that may affect the design or siting of your laneway house.

If there’s an older home on the lot, you might need to update the water line for the sprinkler system or twin the sewer system. It’s important to know these things beforehand.

“We always advise customers to contact BC Hydro before they begin the design process to get a connection estimate,” says Mora Scott from Media Relations and Issues Management at BC Hydro. “The amount of work required will vary for each situation so understanding the cost up front can save customers time and money.”

Later, in the design phase, applicants are required to work with BC Hydro to complete an electrical feasibility study and a physical feasibility study. To proceed with construction, applicants are then required to obtain an electrical permit from the city.

BC Hydro costs associated with a laneway house depend on a number of factors, including height, design and allocation of the laneway house or location on the property.In most cases, BC Hydro will need to add new equipment or upgrade the existing electrical system to provide electrical service to a laneway house.  Mora Scott says that, depending on the scope of work required, costs are usually around $500, but they can go much higher for more complex cases.

Homeowners could be prevented from building a laneway house if they don’t meet BC Hydro’s standard connection guidelines.

“For example, clearance requirements from BC Hydro’s electrical infrastructure are there to keep workers and the public safe,” she says,. “Property owners or parties acting on behalf of a property owner who make an application for electrical service are responsible for ensuring that a laneway or coach house close to the property line meets minimum clearance requirements.”

The standard connection guidelines are available here. For more information about the application process, call BC Hydro’s Electric Service Coordination Centre at 1-877-520-1355.

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5-Design
First of all you need to know your style. Do you want the new building look like the main house or you want a different look? Your designer can help you answering some of these questions, but it’s a good idea to do some research and soul searching to know yourself and your style.

Get a design done!

You will need detailed plans in order to get permits. A company with experience designing and/or building laneway homes is a good idea because they’re familiar with the regulations and the kinds of problems that can arise with this kind of project. In fact, if you have them on the side from the start, they can guide you through the entire process.

They can help you to hire all other engineers and consultants that required to have all documents ready for the permit application submission.

 

6-Applying for building permits
Once you have your detailed drawings, you take them to the city for approval. Generally, you will need a development permit, and once you’ve been approved for that you’ll need a building permit. (Depends on the municipalities. For example city of Vancouver will have a combined application but for the district of West Vancouver you would need to apply for DP first and then BP)

In Vancouver, the permit process takes about six months, although the city recently went back to the city council to reduce the length of the process for one-storey laneway homes.

 

7-Finance 

All this will cost money. CMHC offers forgivable loans through its Residential Rehabilitation Assistance Program if the home is built to accommodate the needs of seniors or people with disabilities.

Some banks offer a Laneway Homebuyers’ Bundle that includes free legal and appraisal services, plus a preferred interest rate and the potential to earn up to 2% cashback.

 

8- Construction

Build it…If you don’t have any building experience, you better leave it to experts and hire someone who can help you throughout the process.

We take care of the construction of the laneway home within 4 to 6 months, depending on the time of the year we start.
Our work is insured and bonded by a reputable insurance company, even though we never had any claims within the last 35 years of our practice.

 

9-Move in
Hopefully, you hired a builder who cares about the environment and builds a green home for you. So, you can enjoy your new Laneway home with minimum operation cost.

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Burnaby laneway home

Burnaby Laneway homes are coming in the fall of 2023!

Burnaby Laneway Homes coming in effect soon!

After many years of waiting, the city of Burnaby has decided to accept the fact that the city needs more housing options to combat the rental shortage. After going through the process, the city held a couple of open houses on March 28 and 29th and is expecting to present the program to the council’s approval in the fall of 2023.

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Eligible Properties:

First and foremost, the lot has to have vehicular access either from a lane or from a side street. Some corner lots will require approval from the engineering department.
The Laneway home will be constructed at the rear of the lot.

The lot zoning should be on a single family zoning such as R1, R2, R3, R4, R5, R6, R8, R10, R11, R12, RM1, RM2, RM3, and RM6.
Please consult with us to see if your lot is eligible for building a laneway home by clicking here.

What size can we build on a lot?

The maximum allowed floor area of a laneway home is 20% of the lot size up to a maximum of 1,507 SF. 
For example, if your lot size is 7,000 SF your laneway house can not be more than 1,400 SF.
Other considerations such as site coverage and impervious area coverage will affect the size of the home as well.

  • The Laneway home can not be more than 2 storeys
  • The maximum height can not be more than 24.93 ft for a sloped roof
  • The maximum height can not be more than 21.98 ft for a flat roof
  • Passive house has some exemptions
  • Basements and sellers are allowed in laneway homes
  • The Laneway home can not be more than 2 storey
  • The maximum height can not be more than 24.93 ft for a sloped roof
  • The maximum height can not be more than 21.98 ft for a flat roof
  • Passive house has some exemptions
  • Basement and sellers are allowed in laneway homes  
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There are other restrictions such as sideyard and rear setback, outdoor space, distance from the main house, access, servicing and the construction method that all can be taken care of by our team as soon as our client has decided to move forward with the project.

There are many benefits of investing in a laneway home construction and we assure our clients we build the most cost-effective one with the best standard in the market.
Our business module is on win-win philosophy and we take pride in having many happy clients because of our work ethic. See what our past clients say about our services by clicking here.

Vancouver laneway house

The city of Burnaby is aiming to accept building permit applications by September 2023. Considering the number of homeowners who would like to apply for the permit, there will be a huge number of applicants’ anticipation. 
The question is how the city can handle the number of applications.
We experienced similar situations in other municipalities and the backlog of applications is taking years to be taken care of.
If an applicant wants to wait until September 2023 to start their process, it will take about two months to have the initial documents ready to submit to the city.

By the time the documents are ready, there will be a huge number of applicants who applied for the permit already.

The best approach is to hire the company of your choice and have them have all the documents ready and as soon as the permit application is open to submit, your application will be one of the first ones.
Fill out the form below and let us help you to build your Laneway home sooner!

We are all working toward a better community. We can do it by opening the floor for dialogue and listening to all the ideas on the table.

Contact us if you need to know more about how can you make a difference and make your home energy efficient.

 





 


Burnaby Laneway home

Cost of building a Laneway house:

Cost of building a Laneway house:

There are many factors involved when it comes to calculating the cost of a laneway home. I remember back in 2019 I was building laneway homes for under $200K.
Since then there have been many changes occurred like COVID-19 which affected the supply change and also poverty value went up by over 35% or more.
Depends on the size of the lot you have the size of the laneway homes will be different and every day the city is coming up with new changes and regulations which also affect the end products.

But to give you an idea of an estimate of what you can get for a Vancouver standard lot of 33’X120′ which gives you approximately 40 SF of laneway home would cost you around $400K all in.
This guestimation has a quality finish but not luxury. The heating system is an electric heat pump with an electric hot water tank and  stucco exterior with high-quality windows and doors.

If you have decided to make changes on any products or exterior finishings, we make the calculation and add the extra cost on the total project value. As simple as that!
Remember, we are homeowners too and we know how frustrating will be when you are going to an unknown territory. That’s why we try our best to make the process as simple, transparent and understandable as possible.

What is included in the price?

We make sure to avoid any disturbances from your life so you can have a smooth transition to having a brand new laneway home in your yard.
We take care of all the design and permitting process, material choice (with your consultation) and construction to the final occupancy.

These are the steps:

1-Design (Architecture, Structure, landscaping,  Energy modelling and all other engineering),

2-Permit submission on your behalf and follow-ups. We will have the required meetings with the city staff to go over requirements and have the documents ready for them when needed,

3- Construction of the Lane house:  Demo, Excavation, Footing, Framing, Insulation, Drywall, Plumbing, Electrical, Painting, Asphalt Roofing, Vinyl Windows and hollow core doors, Stucco siding, Laminate Flooring, Tilling, Kitchen cabinets, Vanity, toilet, shower, Baseboards and door casings, Electrical water heater and Electrical baseboard heater, and minor Landscaping (All at the standard level)

 

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What’s not included?

1- Land (of course you have to own the land so we can build on it. It might sound obvious but it appeared as a question in the past, so we have to clarify)

2- Sewer and water connections fees requested by the engineering department. In some cases are not required but in other cases could be as much as $30k.

3-The size of the laneway house will determine the total cost but at the same time the type of finishing as well.
For example if the client decided to instal metal roofing and solar panels, these items will be calculated separately in the contract.
cost will be recalculated if the lane house is bigger than mentioned above or if any upgrade is requested on finishing material,

5-GST

 

Contact now to book a free consultation at 604-929-6696