S: filer laneway house
BC: filer laneway house built by ejm construction management inc. www.ejmgroup.com 2011 designed by brian billingsley, b2 architecture inc. www.b2arch.ca photography by derek lepper www.dereklepper.com building better lifestyles
FC: filer laneway house | 2011
1: EJM Construction Management Inc. Filer Laneway house 772 W 27th Avenue, Vancouver
2: Filer Laneway House 772 W 27th Avenue, Vancouver This project was commissioned by the Filer family, in order to take advantage of Vancouver's EcoDensity initiative. | With their prime location near BC Children's Hospital, the Filers chose to build with the intent to provide affordable rental accommodations to families who have children receiving treatment at the hospital.
4: The Journey From Vision to Reality With ground breaking occurring in July 2011, the construction process for the laneway house lasted 5 months. Due to limited space, the construction schedule had to be closely managed, as the site was unable to accommodate the same amount of storage as a standard residential location. As a result, subtrades had to work closely with each other, and through coordination, the project completed on schedule.
6: Utilization of Space The Filer laneway house is a very efficient use of 753 square feet. It was designed by local architect Brian Billingsley, of B2 Architecture, ensured that the design would maximize the usage of space in a creative and fresh manner. In the loft, there is access to a private rooftop patio, which is situated above the garage.
7: The kitchen and living room are slightly sunken down from the front entrance to maximize ceiling height. A large modern frosted window faces the lane, allowing for privacy as well as plenty of natural light. The living room opens onto an enclosed ground level patio. The master bedroom, located on the main floor, has ample space and storage, and the design features make the room appear spacious and airy.
8: Kitchen | To maximize limited storage space, cabinets were custom-built from floor to ceiling, with an attached island providing separation from the kitchen and living room, as well as serving a dual role as an eating area.
10: Living Room | The living room is open to both the kitchen and the lower patio, creating a natural flow in the house. The combination of the loft being open to the living room and the French doors out to the patio help perpetuate the feeling of extra space.
12: Main Bedroom and Front Entry The front entry and main bedroom feature vaulted ceilings. The bedroom features stacked windows looking out over the lower patio and a side window that frames a lit tree. The windows, in combination with strategically placed designer fixtures around the room ensure a well-lit master bedroom.
14: Bathroom To maximize space in the bathroom, a walk-in shower was selected over a tub/shower combination. The shower features a frosted window to allow for natural lighting. The cabinets have an innovative drawer at the bottom of the vanity, allowing for maximum under-sink storage.
16: Upper Loft The loft features three large skylights in the vaulted ceiling, plus a glass railing along the opening to the lower living area, making a restricted space appear lighter and larger. The loft can be used as a bedroom or an office, and accesses a cedar-enclosed roof-top deck, situated above the attached garage. (photo can be found on the back cover) The deck is finished so as to create a private refuge in a busy, compact area.
18: lower floor layout
19: upper floor layout