Purchasing a home in Vancouver, B.C. is a challenge, even for high-income earners. When it came to Petto Chan and his wife, finding something modern and in a good location for under $800,000 was virtually impossible. That's when they started to look at other alternatives.
Folding fiberglass doors join the kitchen with an outdoor living space. Photo courtesy Matthew Millman for the New York Times.

They came up with the idea to build on land they wouldn't have to purchase - in Petto's parent's backyard. Thanks to city by-laws passed in 2009, laneway houses are becoming a common sight in Vancouver. The home ended up being more affordable than they expected.

For less than $500,000, Petto and his family ended up with a sustainable, energy efficient home. Expansive, energy efficient Cascadia Windows allow for plenty of natural light to enter each room.

Their two-bedroom, 1,050-square-foot laneway house is sleek and energy-efficient, and designed to meet their exact needs. And it was more affordable than they expected.

sandy keenan, the new york times

Cascadia Windows let in natural light without sacrificing energy efficiency.

The home is highly insulated, and is complete with a solar array roof that means there are months in the year when the house runs net-zero. At most, energy costs run a little over $80 per month during winter months.

Read the New York Times article here.


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