Laneway Home


Laneway House
Laneway House

We made it easy to design and build a laneway or carriage home in New Westminster, Vancouver, and North Vancouver, West Vancouver and soon in Burnaby. Here are the steps.

  1. FILL OUT THE ONLINE FORM Just click HERE 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 or obligation.

  1. FREE EVALUATION: At the first meeting we discuss the details and process of building a laneway home such as 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 to 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 start the design based on your budget. The cost of laneway homes starts from $350k excluding city connection fees and depending on what finishing material we incorporate the cost can go up. Then we will draw up a contract. We take care of all processes for you so you don’t have to worry at all!

  2. REPORTS: A complete lot survey, architectural, structural and interior design drawings, and an Energy Advisory Report. When everything is approved we will contact the municipality.

  1. MUNICIPALITY PERMITS:  We will do all the work required to get the building permit for you such as:

  • 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 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 35 years of design and construction and our outside the box thinking we provide the best quality material with minimizing unnecessary costs as well as our 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 the occupancy permit.

  1. PROTECTION: We are licensed, bonded and fully insured, so you can make sure your new laneway /couch home is built solid and backed by the most reliable insurance companies and BC Housing insurance enrollment.

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

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

In Pitt Meadows, laneway homes are called Garden Suites.

In West Vancouver as Coach homes.


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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, and the budget and think outside of the box. We find alternative solutions that keep costs down and value up!


Lane House New Westminster
Lane House Vancouver

The average homeowner has never built a home before, and so they do not know the tough questions to ask. Our experience helps us to see ahead and ask the tough questions that will ultimately help us 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.