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Getting up close and personal with laneway homes

VANCOUVER (NEWS1130) – The Lower Mainland has seen a boom in laneway housing in recent years, and heritage advocates like them because they’re a more discreet way of adding density.

The Vancouver Heritage Foundation is hosting a tour this weekend that lets you get up close and personal with these homes.

Typically built behind older homes, proponents say they’re a way of hitting two birds with one stone.

“The city has goals around increasing density and this is an option that can move towards more density without demolishing existing homes,” says Vancouver Heritage Foundation Executive Director Judith Mosley.

“From our point of view… [we’re] really interested in the retention of older homes. So, we see laneway houses as a way that a home owner can add accommodation without redeveloping the main home on the site.”

The City of Vancouver recently celebrated its 1000th laneway housing permit since introducing the program in 2009.

Tomorrow afternoon’s self-guided tour, now in its fourth year, includes seven of these homes, runs four hours, and can accommodate up to 500 people.

Tickets cost $30 and can be purchased here.