What is a Lane Home or Coach house?

A Lane Home or Coach House is a small home located at the rear or alley-side of a property. They can be built in place of a current structure, like a carport or garage, or developed from unused land. Lane Homes are a perfect solution for families who need more space for their children, grandparents, or other relatives. They can also provide a secondary income through rental revenue, and offer an affordable solution to Vancouver’s growing population and housing market.

What kind of Lane Home can I build?

Most Lane Homes or Coach Houses can be built up between 700-1000sq ft. plus exemptions, depending on your current lot size, how large your existing property is, and how your property is shaped. We determine the most effective size and shape of your Lane Home during the first step of our process – our free site consultation. With this information, we are able to determine how many floors, bedrooms, bathrooms, and other rooms are possible, as well as any outdoor living, storage, utility room and kitchen space, based on your needs and lifestyle.

Is your Lot Eligible for a Lane Home?

Zoning, lot size, and parking requirements differ by municipality, however the main requirements for development are:

  • Property must be a minimum of 7-15m wide
  • Property must be accessible by a lane or flanking street, or be wide enough to have access to the front street by a driveway
  • Property must be able to facilitate 1-2 required on-site parking spaces

If you are interested in finding out if your property is applicable for a lane home or coach house, contact us for a FREE site consultation today!  We’d be happy to give you the information you need to fully understand the process and financing needed to build a lane home or coach house.