Laneway Home


Laneway House
Laneway House

We have made it easy to have a custom design and a quality built laneway or carriage home in New Westminster, Vancouver, and North Vancouver. Here are the steps.

  1. FILL OUT THE ONLINE FORM Just fill out the online form above to book your free consultation. At our first meeting we are there primarily to listen to your needs and visually assess your property. We come to you and there is no cost and obligation.

  1. FREE EVALUATION: At the first meeting we discuss the details of the building you envision: the exterior and interior designs, the construction materials and your personal desires. We can design a single or a two-story home depending on your needs, the lot and the City regulations. Regulations do have a major impact on design. We have to consider things like: Do you have to provide off-street parking? How many people can live there? How big can the home be? What is the required setback form the property line and your home? It is important that each project is carefully thought through.

  1. CONTRACT: Once we confirm you can build a laneway on your property we talk to a builder to get an idea of cost and process. Then we will draw up a contract. After signing we will provide the following.

  2. REPORTS: A complete Lot Survey, Architectural Drawings, and an Energy Advisory Report. When everything is approved we will contact the municipality.

  1. MUNICIPALITY PERMITS: You do not have to worry about the details. We will do all the work with the municipality including:

  • Development Permit Application (Title Search, Legal Property Survey, Architectural Drawing, Floor Plans, Site Plans, Elevations, Sections, Landscape drawings)

  • Development Permit Review,

  • Consultation,

  • Finalizing Plan,

  • Development Permit Approval,

  • Building Permit Application,

  • Servicing with the Engineering Department,

  • Building Permit Issuance and Construction and Inspections.

Dealing with the municipality can be confusing and cumbersome for the average homeowner. We cut through the red tape and keep your the project moving.

  1. HIRING: Before construction we will hire all the engineers and consultants that the city requires on your behalf.

  1. CONSTRUCTION: With 30 years of design and construction we can think outside the box and provide the materials, labour and management system that ensures the job gets done on time and on budget.

  1. FINAL PERMITS. We continue to communicate with the City and right through the project until you are delivered your occupancy permit.

  1. PROTECTION: We are licensed, bonded and fully insured, so you can sleep easy when you place the design and build of your new laneway or carriage home in our hands. We are a HPO licensed builder, member of ASTTBC and associate member of AIBC.

  1. ENVIRONMENT: We design with Built-Green and Passive House Standards when requested which creates the most energy efficient homes in the world.

  1. FENG SHUI: We are happy to accommodate Feng Shui design principles into your home.


Laneway Home Vancouver
Laneway Home Design


Laneway homes in Vancouver are allowed in all RS single-family zones, RT-11/11N and RM-7/7N.

In City of North Vancouver, a Laneway Home is called a Coach House. It categorized as Level A (one storey) and Level B (1-1/2 storey).

In Pitt Meadows, laneway homes are called Garden Suites.



Lane House vancouver
Lane House Build


We know architectural design and building construction upside down and backwards after 30 years of experience. We can look at your needs, the lot, the budget and think outside of the box. We find alternative solutions that keep costs down and value up!


Here’s an example of how we saved one homeowner time and money.

Radiant floor heating is fairly low cast when the square footage is not large, but as the house gets bigger the cost obviously goes up. To keep the costs down in a large Richmond home we used the existing Hvac ducts for both heat and air conditioning. This reduced the cost of labour and materials by 50%!


Lane House New Westminster
Lane House New Westminster

The average homeowner has never built a home before, and so they do not know the tough questions to ask. Experience helps us see head and ask the tough questions that will ultimately help you not to waste time or money in the construction process. Because we intimately understand both the design and the building process – you can trust us to know:

  • What to look out for at every stage

  • What might be missing or overlooking

  • Is the estimating done correctly,

  • What about all the regulations and building codes.

You need someone with the in-depth knowledge and experience who knows the answers to your most worrying questions.