2018 Update: The first house tour of the year will be the Heritage House Tour on June 3rd. More information and tickets are available here. Other tour events are being planned for the fall. Be sure to sign up to receive our e-newsletter and hear about tours and other events as they are announced.
Laneway housing is not a new idea in Vancouver. It can be seen in Vancouver’s historic neighbourhoods dating back as far as the 1890s. Early lane homes often served as temporary residences while the main home was built, or as secondary housing for staff, guests or extended family. More recently infills have shown potential to be a positive tool in heritage conservation. Infill buildings and lane housing can be a way to add additional housing to a lot without demolishing the principal heritage residence. Heritage Revitalization Agreements can be utilized to restore and designate a heritage structure in exchange for additional density on a site. For several years, the Laneway House Tour was used to demonstrate methods of heritage preservation utilizing infill and lane housing and offering ticket holders a chance to explore these options and discuss projects with professional in the field.